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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 image-stabilized Canon 50mm 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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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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What's a nifty-fifty?

In the comments on Who, or what, is an "Uncle Bob"?: ... it does have a place amongst the terms and slang used by photographers (nifty-fifty is another example, if you're versed in ...
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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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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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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 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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Is having only a 35mm lens on APS-C sufficient for travel shooting in NYC/Washington DC? [closed]

I am taking a trip to New York city next week. I would be visiting the usual tourist places - Statue of Liberty, Top of the Rock, One World Observatory, Brooklyn Bridge etc. I am also planning to take ...
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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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(film) What can cause blue vignetting on sub-exposed or dark shots?

I recently purchased a 70's-something Canon AE-1 and started experimenting with film. I was using a Kodak Ultramax 400, and took some night shots hand held at 1/30 with a 50mm f1.8 lens. Those shots ...
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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 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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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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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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What can an 11mm lens do what a 50mm can't?

I think that with 50mm I will be forced to shoot at minimum f8 to keep everything visible, and will have to move back to include everything in the scene. Is there anything else that will stop me from ...
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Is a 50mm lens suitable for product photography?

I have a 50mm lens, and I am still a beginner. Is this lens suitable for product photography, especially food?
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Ideal way to focus for portrait photography using a prime lens with narrow depth of field?

I recently invested in the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens for Canon. I want to know which is the best way to focus for portraits. I am using a camera with APS-C cropped sensor. Should I use focal points to ...
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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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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 understanding ...
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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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What are the high level differences b/w Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G and f/1.4G, and G/D [duplicate]

I am a beginner in DSLR, and would like to purchase another lens other than my kit lenses came with my D3400. After so much googling, and reading blogs, I have decided to purchase one 50mm lens. I ...
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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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Why is aperture stuck at F1.8 on Yongnuo 50mm for Canon EF?

I recently bought a Yongnuo 50mm for my Canon 5D MkIII. I'm having problems adjusting the aperture, it seems like it always shoots at ƒ/1.8. I adjust the aperture in the camera up to ƒ/22 but it ...
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Nikon 35mm 1.8g or 50mm 1.8g on D3200? [duplicate]

I've got a D3200 and two zoom lenses, 18-55 and 55-200. I want to buy my first prime lens now and I have a hard time deciding between 35 and 50mm (both 1.8g). The price difference can be ignored, as ...
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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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Black corner on pictures

I noticed that all the pictures I have taken the other day have the top right corner that is black (see example below). There is various pictures with different aperture and exposure, all with the ...
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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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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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What part of Canon 50mm f1.4 is responsible for failure to autofocus?

I have the Canon 50mm f1.4 which had the common focus issue due to deformed inner focus ring. I have straightened the ring and the lens now had full range of manual focus, but Autofocus cannot find a ...
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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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How to achieve a normal 50mm look with a Nikon APS-C camera?

I have an APS-C camera and want a lens that will achieve a normal 50mm look. Do I buy a DX 50 mm or get the FX 35mm? Will they have the same effect?
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Lens for beach and portrait photography

I own a Nikon D3300, which I bought along with an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6. I am a complete newbie and until now I've been shooting in auto mode. Recently I learned about Aperture, Shutter speed and ISO ...
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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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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 I'm ...
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Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens won't go down to f/1.8

Bought a 1.8 lens. Today on manual I realised it won't go down to f/1.8, the lowest is f/2.8, but on other modes it does. The camera is a Canon 5Ds. p.s - just moved to canon so is there a setting ...
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What exposure mistake caused this film photograph to come out dull and gray?

I am new to shooting film and was wondering what mistake I made between these 2 photos?
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Which one captures sharper photo Nikon 50mm f/1.8G vs 35mm f/1.8G on D5200? [closed]

I want to do portrait photography that's why I am considering to buy a prime lens. I want sharp photographs with intense blur. I am aware of the fact that 50mm will act like 75mm after sensor crop. ...
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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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Is there a low light picture quality difference between 50mm 1.8 G and 85mm 1.8 G Nikon?

Yesterday I went to the Nikon showroom and tested both the lenses with 5500 and 5300 bodies. Not sure which lens was mounted on which one though. There were florescent yellow bulbs in the shop, no/...