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My Nikon 50mm 1.8 is the lens that I usually always have on my camera (however, if I had it MY way, I would have the Sigma 24 1.4 on it all the times, but I don’t have that lens…yet!). I bought the 50mm back when I had my crop frame camera, my Nikon 5100, which was my first DSLR ever. On the crop frame, however, it’s even more zoomed in because of the crop frame. Once I upgraded to the Nikon D610, I was actually able to use the 50mm at the 50 length (the crop frame compresses it, so it’s more of a 75mm instead). So, with my full frame Nikon D610, I was able to shoot a little wider with it. And I love it! It’s definitely a very good first lens after the lens kit lenses. Kit lenses are the lenses that come with your camera.
Now, I mentioned the word prime lens earlier. What does that mean? It means that the zoom is fixed. You can’t zoom in or out, if you want to get closer or farther away, you have to move your feet. I love prime lenses. They are the best! They are sharper, and create prettier bokeh, in my opinion.
Now, my fancy old and trusty Nikon 50 that I said I use to freelens with, and that’s really the ONLY reason I have it, is slightly cheaper than this Nikon 50. So, what’s freelens, you ask? It’s INCREDIBLY hard and I still have so much to learn and practice. You basically detach your lens from your camera (your camera should be turned OFF at this point) and you then turn your camera back on and put the lens up close to the camera. Then you play around and move the lens around to try to get a slice of focus.
Again, I need to repeat, it’s INCREDIBLY hard! But the result is amazing. I always find that freelensing works BEST when the light is AMAZING. I’ve tried it before where the light was flat, the resulting image just wasn’t as magical.
All in all, my Nikon 50 is my go to lens. It’s sharp, it’s wide enough (mostly 😉 ) and it gets the job done!! Get out there and pick up your camera and experiment.
Find out if your lens can freelens and practice that! It’s a great way to get your creativity juices flowing. Although, be careful about getting dust on your sensor. Freelensing IS dangerous to your camera. But it’s fun and something different.