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A common prime focal length of 50 millimeters

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Why is the 50mm prime lens the most standard?

Seems that most photographers choose the 50mm as their prime lens (at least from what I've read). I'm looking at getting a prime lens for my Nikon D3000 and the cost difference between the 35mm 1.8 ...
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Why do people recommend 50mm or other prime lenses as starting lenses for learning photography?

I've seen quite a few people recommend the 50mm prime lenses, in particular the sub-$100 50mm/f1.8, as a starting lens for photographers (especially because they're likely to be using cameras with ...
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Do I really need a fast 50mm lens?

Everyone I speak to says that a 50mm lens is the best and beats them all as an all-rounder. I was wondering whether to get myself a decent, fast 50mm as well. However I'm still not 100% sure whether I ...
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Is it worth to upgrade from Canon 50mm f/1.8 to Canon 50mm f/1.4 on 550d?

I'm a newbie in the world of DSLR photography, having played around with my Canon 550d for few months. After posting my first question here and getting some superb advices I decided to buy Canon 50mm ...
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Why there is no Canon 50mm *IS* lens?

Canon's 50mm prime lenses are all non-IS (Image Stabilization) for some reason. Considering the popularity of these range primes, shouldn't Canon be interested in shipping a new, optically improved IS ...
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Canon 50mm lens: f/1.2 L or f/1.4? Alternative brands?

I am in the market for a 50mm lens for my Canon DSLR. I've read plenty of reviews, and all of them have great things to say about both lenses. From a scientific perspective, the f/1.2 performs better ...
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What's the advantage of buying a fixed 50mm f/1.8 lens when my camera has an 18-55mm zoom lens?

I've got a Nikon D3100 with an 18-55mm zoom lens. I'm keen to experiment with some other lenses and a friend of mine recently reccommended I purchase a fixed 50mm f/1.8 lens as he said it's good for ...
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Will a 50mm f/1.8 work for general outdoor photography?

I want to know if it's advisable to use 50mm lens for general outdoor photography. I'm torn between 35mm and 50mm primes, and have read all the pros and cons. I understand that 50mm could be tight in ...
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Why are 50mm Lenses Cheaper?

There is no doubt that 50mm lenses, if all other variables are held equal, will beat any other lens when it comes to value for price (lower f/number). I want to know why. Possible theories I have ...
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In food photography (using a nifty fifty lens) how can I make my food shot more in focus and not blurry?

I've recently purchased a "nifty fifty" lens for my food photography. I've noticed that when I'm taking photos of my food, I just can't seem to get the focus down. For example, when I get my shot ...
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is it normal to get significant lens flare with a 50mm f/1.8 Canon prime lens?

I've purchased a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II. But I'm really disappointed in the results, especially when using it for night photography. :( In my night shots a lot of lens flare appears in my photos. I'...
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50mm vs 85mm for portraits on a crop sensor?

I've read several times that a 50mm lens will make features like noses noticeably stand out compared to an 85mm lens. However, I'm never sure if the post/article is describing results on a full frame ...
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What's the difference between using a 50mm f/1.8G and a 50mm f/1.8D with a Nikon D80?

Recently, Nikon announced their new 50mm f/1.8G lens, as revamp of the old 50mm f/1.8D. Here's how Gizmodo describes the difference: The main difference between this new "nifty fifty" and the ...
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Is a 50mm f/1.8 or 50mm f/1.4 a good lens for portraits in low light?

I only have one lens right now. It's the Canon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit lens. I think this lens is great when the lighting conditions are right but in low light I usually have to resort to flash. ...
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How important is auto-focus with a 50mm lens?

I have a Nikon D5000. I have wanted the 50mm AF-S as a portrait lenses for a while, but it was sold out forever. I finally broke down and got the older 50mm AF. Good lens, but no auto-focus on my ...
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Will the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 give better auto-focus results than the 50mm f/1.8?

I'm currently shooting with a Canon EF 1.8 50mm. I like this lens — it's pretty sharp and the shallow depth-of-field at F1.8 is great. But I always face a problem using auto-focus: almost every shot ...
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Why does wide angle lens adapter + large aperture make images blurry?

I have a kit 18-55mm lens on my Canon. I also have a .45 wide-angle lens that I use on the kit lens. The results are fairly sharp. When I try to use the .45 wide-angle lens on the 50mm @ f/1.4, it ...
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Between Nikon 18-55mm II and 50mm f/1.8, which suits my needs better?

I am an absolute beginner in serious photography. I'm a position to get a Nikon D70 body for $100 or so. I've been researching lenses and I'm debating if I should get the one that originally came ...
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Missing focus with Canon 50mm 1.8 lens - is it the lens or me?

I purchased a Canon EOS 650D and EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens. Unfortunately, the auto-focus seems to miss focus at f/1.8. I've tried setting it to single-point auto-focus: it is better, but still not good ...
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Why do I have a purple tint on black lines on white backround?

I've taken this picture with a Nikon D3200 using the 50mm 1.8 lens. It contains bulbs hanging from lines stretched across two structures with a building and some sky in the background. At the top of ...
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Canon 50mm f/1.2 focus shift not seen yet

I know that this lens is known to exhibits focus shift if the object is less than 4 feet away within the range f/2-f/4. However, I've done quite a lot of close-up photography (mostly flowers), ...
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Can anyone offer me some shooting advice for a wedding ceremony?

I will be taking some photos at a friend's wedding. Mainly the ceremony. It will be outdoors in some very nice gardens and a little before sunset, around 6.15pm while sunset is at 7.20pm in that city. ...
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Nikon 50mm FX as general-purpose lens on DX?

I have a Nikon D5100 with the excellent 35mm 1.8 (DX) prime lens and am now looking at the 50mm 1.4 (FX). This is (according to my research) a 75mm equivalent on a DX body. Does anyone else have ...
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How do the 50mm f/1.4 lenses from Sigma and Canon compare?

I'm looking to buy a "nifty 50" for my APS-C Canon. I'm stuck between the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens and the Sigma 50mm f1.4 EX DG HSM. What are the significant differences between these lenses and ...
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Should back-focus be constant for all focus distances?

I have a problem: Back-focus of my lens is not constant so it is not possible to calibrate it using AF fine tuning. I have body Nikon D7000 and the lens is Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D. I've bought the lens ...
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Live view focus problem with Nikon D600 and 50/1.8G

I just bought a new D600 and a Nikon AF-S 50/1.8G lens. However, it fails to focus in live view mode. It just searches without success. Live view focus works fine with my Tamron 28-300 Zoom and my ...
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Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM vs Canon 50mm f/1.8 II?

What are difference between canon 50 mm f/1.8 STM vs canon 50 mm f/1.8 II ? which is better to buy?
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Why did my 50mm f/1.8 Canon lens deactivate autofocus on Canon EOS 1000D?

I recently lent my 50mm f/1.8 lens to a friend who owns a Canon EOS 1000D. Afetrwards he told me that the camera had deactivated autofocus when he switched back to his kit lens (18-55). Is this ...
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What are the distinquishing features of 50mm prime lenses for Sony?

I have a Sony SLT A58 and the standard 18-55mm zoom, and am thinking to go for a 50mm prime — but I am not sure which is the best one for me. Are there other manufacturers besides Sony which develop ...
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Why do zooms have small apertures even around 50mm?

A 50mm f/1.8 prime from one of the major manufacturers can easily be found for $200 or less, but zooms that include 50mm in their range always seem to have much smaller apertures even at 50mm until ...
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How can I make phase-detection AF more accurate with a Canon 650d and 50mm/1.8?

This is what I get pretty much every time when shooting in Live View mode using the Canon 50 1.8: This is what I get when I'm lucky when focusing through the viewfinder: This is what I get when ...
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Why does my lens refocus when the f-stop is changed?

I have a prime Sigma f1.4 50mm lens on my Nikon D90 in P mode and focus mode on a set point of the field and notice that when I am using a tripod and change the f-stop that the camera changes the ...
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I got a 35mm f/1.8G when I meant to get the 50mm f/1.4G — should I sell it or keep it?

I'm a Nikon user and I'm using a D90. I bought a lens recently but got ripped off. I was aiming for 50mm f/1.4G but apparently the seller offer me the other one which is 35mm f/1.8G DX and the worst ...
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50mm lens=75mm on DX camera? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a 50mm lens for my nikon d3100 and I just came across an AF-S 50mm f/1.8G lens and it says in the description that if it's used on a DX camera, the angle of view is going to be 75mm. I ...
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Is 35mm or 50mm better on a cropped DSLR for street photography?

I am going on a trip to Thailand and want to visit the night markets and temples. Considering that on a cropped sensor the following focal lengths will be: 35mm - 52.5mm 50mm - 75mm My ...
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Difference between what I see on LCD and final image

I have a Canon 650D with 50mm budget lens. When I take photos they end up looking different than when I preview them on the LCD display. Usually they are darker and there is less bokeh. Is this ...
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How can I improve my low light sports photography with Nikon D90 and lenses 70-200 2.8, 50 1.4?

I have nikon D90 and I use for sport pictures Nikon 70-200mm VR II 2.8 and Nikon 50 mm 1.4 lenses. I am taking pictures of quad hockey skates (rink hockey) in a field (20m*40m) outdoor in the evening ...
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Doubt: Can I use Nikkor 50mm f1.8G with Nikon D5500? [duplicate]

I am new to photography and I am getting a good deal to buy Nikkor 50mm f1.8G lens. My question is whether I can use Nikkor 50mm f1.8G lens with my crop frame camera Nikon D5500 or not? My initial ...
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What is a 50mm focal length good for on an APS-C camera?

This is on a Sony NEX, so the 35-mm equivalent focal length is 75mm. What kind of photography is this focal length good for? I shoot low-light, landscapes / cityscapes, and the typical vacation ...
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My Brand New Nikon 50mm f/1.8D giving problem

My lens is Nikkor 50mm f1.8D and camera is Nikon D7000. I bought the lens yesterday. (24.09.2013) In spite of setting the lens aperture locked at f22, as recommended, my Nikon D7000 camera apertures ...
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Can I fix a M42 50mm lens myself?

I've been using the Pentacon 50mm f1.8 with pleasure on my Canon 550D with the help of a M42 to EOS adapter. Some weeks ago however the lens housing got damaged in my luggage such that turning the ...
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How can I increase the amount of 'keepers' from my Nikkor 50mm 1.8D

I have been using this lens for a while, mostly for portraits and have noticed that for some reason the outdoor pictures where I most likely had to quickly compose and take the shot have had something ...
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Which is a better focal length for fashion models on the runway: 50mm or 35mm?

Which is a better focal length for fashion photography: 50mm or 35mm? I have Nikon D5100 and Nikon D7000 and I'm interested specifically for ramp walk.
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How do I repair the front assembly coming off my Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II?

I have a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens and while I was taking a shot using AF, the lens detached and opened into two parts in the ring at the tip of the lens, and I got an error: "shooting is not ...
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Could skipping the 18-55mm kit lens with Rebel T3i be a foolish move, to replace it with a 50mm f/1.8? [duplicate]

I am planning to buy a canon Rebel T3i, the additional cost for including the 18-55mm kit lens is only around $50. But since I am on a tight budget, I was thinking about getting a 50mm f/1.8 instead, ...
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Which of my lenses should I carry with me to Mauritius?

I am traveling to Mauritius next month. I am an amateur photographer. I have a kit lens - 18-55mm and a zoom lens 55-300mm. I have found the zoom lens extremely useful, especially when shooting ...
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Is there any critical feature present in Nikon 85mm f/1.8G over 50mm 1.8G? [duplicate]

While comparing Nikon 85mm f/1.8G and 50mm 1.8G, I found the former to be quite a bit costlier. The differences, as I find, are obvious ones because of the focal lengths, e.g. angle of view, dimension,...
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Is it stupid to purchase AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D over AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G to save a few bucks? [duplicate]

I own a Nikon D5300 body, but wish to upgrade to a Pro FX body in future (not any time soon). Between AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D and AF-S NIKKOR 50MM F/1.8G, I prefer to buy the former, but at the same ...
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50mm vs 35mm cropped [duplicate]

For shooting portraits, why is 50mm preferable? For example with an APS-C sensor, why is it not ok to take photos with 35mm equivalent and simply crop them (to 50mm equivalent)? or take photos closer ...
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Nikon D3300 with AF 50mm lens [on hold]

I'm going to buy an AF 50mm lens for my Nikon D3300 because I do not have money to buy an AF-S lens. I plan to use it with manual focus. Will it be worth it and give good results ?