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What lens should I buy first?
What lens should I buy first?

The most popular question I get asked is “What lens should I buy first?”. Most people purchase the camera as a kit. This means you buy the body and the kit lens that comes with it, normally a 18-55mm zoom lens. I recommend skipping the kit lens and buying the camera body only. This leaves the question, what lens should I buy first?

There are so many lenses on the market and it can be quiet daunting to shift through them all to figure out which one will help you achieve the look you want.

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What lens should I buy first?

I tell everyone the same thing my photography mentor told me, the 50mm 1.8. This lens does it all for an affordable cost.

I still remember the day I got my 50mm 1.8. I fell madly in love with it. I was pretty sure that all my images from this lens were frame worthy. What a difference in the image quality in this lens and my kit lens I had been using. I still love my 50mm but I have since upgraded to the 50mm 1.4. You can read more about the difference between the 50mm 1.8 vs 50mm 1.4 here.

I took this photo the first day I got my 50mm 1.8. What a difference I noticed right away in my images.

Read more: Must-Have photography equipment for beginners

4 Reason Why You Should Get the 50mm 1.8 first

  • No.
    Blurry backgrounds.

    Who doesn’t want those sharp photos of your subject with the cool blurry background? Lenses with a lower number aperture like f/1.8 will help you achieve that look. This is not to say a lens with a f/2.8 aperture will not also yield the same affect.

  • No.

    Yes, it’s around $125 now for this lens. And if you are like me, I almost fell over when I first found out the price. Why are lenses so expensive, I thought. Little did I know that now a normal conversation in my house is, can I get this lens? It’s ONLY $500? ha ha This lens is called the “nifty fifty” for a reason. It has a lot of bang for the buck.

  • No.
    Fixed aperture

    This is one of the most important features when trying to learn manual mode. Nothing is more frustrating than when you get your settings correct and then you zoom a little on a variable lens. Once you zoom the aperture typically changes depending on your focal point and then your settings are messed up again. It’s a vicious cycle.

  • No.
    Focus on one part of the frame

    I love being able to focus on one aspect of the image. Shooting with a lens that goes as wide as f/1.8 helps you achieve this look.

All the following images were taken with my 50mm 1.8.

what lens should i buy first




Some people find that the 50mm 1.8 is too tight in small spaces. Remember this is a prime lens which means it does not zoom. The only focal length is 50mm. If you are worried about the 50mm being to tight then you may want to look into the 35mm 1.8. I never had this lens but I know several friends loved it. It is a bit more than the 50mm 1.8 so your budget may be a deciding factor as well. This lens has all the same features as the 50mm 1.8 but a different focal length. Still not sure check out this whole post dedicated to how to decide if 35mm vs 50mm is right for you.

If at all possible, I always suggest people go to their local camera store to see if they can play around with the lenses to see if they like the look and feel of the lens.

Check out this post too so you can have a good understanding of all of my favorite Lens- Ultimate Lens Comparison for Finding your Perfect Lens

Keep in mind

If you shoot with a Nikon, the 50mm 1.8D will not auto focus on all cameras. Check out this post to find out if you need to purchase the 50mm 1.8D or 50mm 1.8G.

We did a whole series on lenses last year. Be sure to check it out!
Part 1: Understanding the writing on the lens
Part 2: What lens should I buy next?
Part 3: Our Favorite Lenses
Part 4: Lens on crop vs. full frame sensor
Part 5: Comparing different lenses
Part 6: 50mm 1.8 vs 1.4

Curious to what lens you should purchase first? Start with this amazing lens that packs a lot of bang for it's buck. The Best Camera Lens to Purchase First
  • Debbie S.
    April 2, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    This was so helpful! Now I understand why people love prime lenses.

    Thanks so much!

    • Courtney
      April 2, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      Glad you found it helpful! Yes, prime lenses are great but I do love my Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens :) It’s hard to pick a favorite.

  • April 2, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    With my limited experience, if I could only buy one lens, this is the one I would buy. In fact, when I dropped my old camera and damaged this lens, I went right out and bought another one!

    • Courtney
      April 2, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      Oh, man! Sorry you broke your first one but this is definitely a keeper :)

  • April 2, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    The nifty fifty is a huge upgrade from the kit lens! However, it is really tough (or impossible) to get a lot of indoor shots on a crop sensor because you just can’t back up far enough. My walls are in the way! I do find that very frustrating, and I really want a 35 mm (or better yet a full frame camera), but it’s unfortunately not in the budget. I also find it funny that people who want to use my camera have a hard time with the fact that it doesn’t zoom. I tell them that it doesn’t but they just don’t believe me! I tell friends who are interested in a DSLR to budget in the cost of the 50mm with the camera, especially if you love bokeh. I find that I simply can’t get it with the kit lens.

    • Courtney
      April 2, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      Ha ha yes! Trying to explain prime lenses to people is fun. I always say “you zoom with your feet” ha ha. Yes, the 50mm can be tight indoors depending on your space.

  • Becca
    April 2, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    I have both the 50mm 1.8 and the 35mm 1.8 and I love them both. :)

    • Courtney
      April 2, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      Those are both fantastic lenses! You are one lucky lady!

  • Amy
    April 2, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    I’ve been looking into this lens for a while — but am a slow-to-spend person. :D Going back to re-read the lens series! Just to let you know — the affiliate links aren’t working.

    • Courtney
      April 2, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      Thanks for letting me know about the affiliate links. That is what I get when I work on this while my 10 month old climbs on me :) Thanks! That is good that you are a researcher before deciding what to buy. Let me know if you have any questions.

  • April 2, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Thank you for this great post. I’m a novice photographer (trying to improve the quality of photos for our blog) and just got a Canon EOS 60D. I’ve added you to my RSS, and am excited to learn more!

    • Courtney
      April 2, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      Thanks so much! I love your twitter handle! I have 3 daughters myself. I’m going to have to go read your “A Letter to My Daughters’ Future In-law. Thanks for adding me to your RSS!

  • April 2, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    I bought the kit lens and then found my first nifty fifty for $110 on Amazon. It was the 50 mm 1.8D which like stated did not auto focus. So for a little while I was bitter because almost all of my photos were blurry and I just didn’t have a steady enough had to manual focus. Thankfully I was able to purchase a 35mm and a 50mm for $400. Which both thankfully autofocus. I’m still starting out so I’m okay with 1.8 and I can’t justify just yet the price tag of the 1.4 but they work just fine on my 5100 and I pretty much have the 35mm on all the time when I’m chasing little ones even though the bokeh is not as strong. Thank you so much for this lovely post I wish I’d read this a year ago!

    • Courtney
      April 2, 2013 at 3:20 PM

      Oh bummer! Sorry you bought the 50mm 1.8 that didn’t focus with your camera. Glad you were able to get one that did. Manual mode is hard enough at first without trying to do manual focus on top of it :)

  • April 2, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Thanks for the post, I love seeing what photos can be produced with what lens. This photography is harder than it looks!

    • Courtney
      April 8, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      Yes, photography is challenging but a fun one at least :)

  • Katie
    April 2, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    My 50 mm f/1.8 was my first lens purchase, and I have loved it since I got it! I recently purchased a Tamron 28-75 mm lens, but I didn’t realize it doesn’t have VC and I don’t always feel like I’m getting really sharp pictures. I will not give up though, I know I have so much more to learn so maybe I’m just not doing something right!

  • Kirstine
    April 3, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    I love my 50mm too, but have the same problem as Laura Jane when shooting indoors. I can’t back up enough. I asked in the camera store about the 35 mm and he told me he wouldn’t use it for portraits because it would ‘destort’ the faces too much. Can anyone who use 35 mm for portraits comment on this? Thank you!!

    • Christian
      April 3, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      Hi Kirstine,

      I also own the 50mm and I still like it very much especially because of its BOOOOKEH :)

      But soon I came to the same conclusion – since I use it on a crop sensor body, sometimes theres simply not enough space indoors. So it came down to one coice: Buy a new, bigger house or the 35mm ;) I red also a lot about that “problem”, that it is not exactly an portrait lense. I figured, it’s really an academic debate und I decided to give it a shot. An what can I say – it is a really great lens! I also take a lot of portraits of my doughter and the photos just look awesome.

      So I would recommend the 35mm also for shooting portraits. Try it out – you won’t regret it. Although the bokeh is not as good as the one of the 50mm..

      So long, Christian

    • Courtney
      April 8, 2013 at 2:28 PM


      I know a lot of people who use the 35mm on the crop sensor for portraits and love it! See if you can rent or go to a camera store to play with one. Good luck :)

  • April 3, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    I *just* got this lens in the mail today and messed around with it tonight. I didn’t realize the indoor shooting would be such a challenge, but I’ve already started to fall in love with it. Is the lens supposed to be noisy? Just curious. Mine seems really loud when focusing. Thanks for the super timely post! :)

    • Courtney
      April 8, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      Mmm…I don’t use my 50mm 1.8 anymore but I don’t remember thinking it was noisy. Maybe you want to contact the company and see if has an issue. Good luck!

    • April 11, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      hi Lynn!

      I bought the 50 1.8 (canon) after renting the 1.4 and not being able to justify the price and noticed a huge difference in focusing noise. After using it for the past few months though, I don’t even notice it anymore!

      • Courtney
        April 15, 2013 at 2:42 PM


  • Rachel
    April 8, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Thanks for the post! I am trying to figure out which lens to buy after using the kit lens. I have a Nikon D5100, and have been debating between the 50mm 1.8g, 35mm 1.8g, or the 50mm 1.4g. I really want to get sharp pictures with a lot of bokeh for portraits and taking pictures of kids. Which would you recommend? I’ve heard the 35mm doesn’t get as much bokeh, but I’ve also heard the 50mm is more like 75mm on the 5100 and I’m worried for indoors I wouldn’t have the space I need to get the shots I want – So I feel stuck. Any suggestions? I would really appreciate it!

  • Whitney
    April 17, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Thank you SO MUCH for your info on lenses. I have always been interested in photography, taken a few classes, but never really got a good explanation in lenses. I sadly did not even own a 50mm prior to reading this post! Keep up this amazing blog… I am in love with it now!

    • Courtney Slazinik
      April 22, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      Thanks so much!!

  • April 17, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    I LOVE my 50 mm 1.8….that’s about the ONLY lens i use when I go shoot portraits. :)

    • Courtney Slazinik
      April 22, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      It’s a fantastic lens :)

  • Dayna
    May 17, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    I agree 100%! I have a 50mm 1.4 and I love it more than any other lens. However I just received the Nikkor 24-70 2.8 for Mother’s day so I’ll let you know if I change my mind.

    I’ve just started following your blog. Thank you. It’s just what I’ve been looking for.

    • Courtney Slazinik
      May 21, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      I’ve heard good things about the Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8. I have the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 and love it :) Welcome and glad you found us!

  • May 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    I really want to get a 50mm prime lens. I have an 85mm 1.8 which I love, but there are times I notice myself backing up because I’m too close. My dog doesn’t understand my backing up so he runs at me and I lose the shot :/ It’s really a fabulous lens though when I do get the shot.

    • Courtney Slazinik
      May 21, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      Yes, I have heard great things about the 85mm 1.8. I can see why it would sometimes be tight in some situations :)

  • May 17, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    This is probably a silly question, but I’m primarily interested in shooting landscapes, nature, animals (when they stay still :-) ….is there a prime lens for me?

    • Courtney Slazinik
      May 21, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      Not a silly question :) The 50mm is great for nature and animals depending on the distance from you. For landscapes, I would say look into the 20mm 2.8. I have it and it’s a great wide angle. Not sure if you want a longer focal length for the animals and nature. It really depends on what your vision is.

  • Michelle B
    May 23, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    The 50 1.8 was my first lens. I loved it but found it difficult to shoot everyday moments in the house, especially my living room. So I bought the 35mm 1.8 a couple of months later. I love both lens for different reasons. My 35 is my indoor and my 50 always goes on when I’m outside or large indoor spots.

    • Courtney Slazinik
      May 24, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      Yes, i have heard such great things about the 35mm :) Glad you found two you love, Michelle!

  • August 16, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    My boyfriend got me the 50mm 1.8 lens but I didn’t give it the respect that it deserves! I just started to learn photography a month ago so I was more focused on understanding the triangle of exposure – it’s taking me a while! This post really inspired me, and I’ll practice with this lens for now on. Thank you!!

    • Courtney Slazinik
      August 21, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      Hope you love your 50mm. It really is a great lens to learn manual mode with :)

  • Naomi
    November 25, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    I am also still learning photography and have both the kit lens and a 55-270mm zoom. Am currently looking to get a prime lens (once i save the money for it). I have had pretty much Everyone tells me that I should get the nifty fifty (f/1.4 on my list) first but I’ve also played with my friends cameras who have that lens and even when I’m outside I found myself backing up to get what I wanted in the shot. I still don’t do a lot of portraits but even when I do I tend to be zoomed in closer than 50mm on my kit lens. I’ve looked at the pancake lens (40 mm f/2.8), the 35mm f/2, and the 28mm f/1.8. I have a crop sensor camera body so I know that makes the focal length greater than what is listed on the glass. But do you have any more insight on either the 40mm or the 28mm?

  • Jill
    November 25, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Love your photos and your posts. Super-helpful! I was wondering if you use a special filter for portraits to get that great skin tone? I typically have a polarizing filter on at all times, but wondering if that negatively affects portrait-type shots. Thanks for your insight!

    • December 2, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      Hey Jill! I don’t use any filters on my lenses. For white balance, I try my best to get it correct in camera. I use Kelvins for white balance. Good luck!

  • Cathy Long
    January 5, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    What is the difference between the Nikon AF 50mm f1.4 and the AF-S 50mm f1.4?
    I have the AF would it be worth it to upgrade to the AF-S?

  • LittleCrunchy (@LittleCrunchy)
    January 16, 2014 at 3:59 AM

    I have a Nikon 5200 and wanted to get my first lens. I read up here thank you so much but now can’t seem to find a Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S DX. Does the DX exist? I have read the FX isn’t good with the D5200? What to do?

  • Julie Colbert
    February 21, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    I have had my DSLR for many months now and have struggled to make sense of the wealth of starter information until I found this website!!! Thank you!
    Having read the posts and info above I’m pretty sure I need to invest in a prime lens to get the images I’ve been trying to achieve, however, whilst Im keen to get great pics of my 4 and 2 year olds, ‘Im also really keen on taking architectural images (particularly B&W), would the nikon 35mm 1.8g be a decent starter for both? or will i need to be patient and save up to invest in different lenses?

    • February 24, 2014 at 10:31 AM

      I would recommend renting both lenses to see which you prefer. The 35mm is going to show more in your photo so if you want a wider lens than you may want to look into that one.

  • Larry Peck
    February 24, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    As an amateur who recently upgraded his lenses and camera body, I’d like to make a recommendation for any of those who may have $300-500 to spend. Really, anything you buy in a price point more affordable (Other than the 50mm. It’s a bit of an anomaly.), you’ll be no happier with than you would with a kit lens. Rather than spend a few hundred on one or two fast primes, I would recommend a 28-70mm f/2.8. You can pick one up new for less than $500 new. It’s a low enough maximum aperture to get some really nice photos in lower light situations with nice bokeh, and you’ve got a really useful range of focal lengths in a single lens.

    That being said, if you already have a kit lens or two, the 50mm (1.8 or 1.4) is super fun to shoot with and ultra cheap! I don’t know anyone who doesn’t own one.

  • Sandy
    February 25, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    So, I just have to ask…is the kit lens good for anything? If so, what types of photos do you recommend using it for? Outside? Action??? Thanks!

    • February 26, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      I don’t recommend the kit lens for anything. In fact, I don’t own one. I have found there are much better lenses out there.

  • March 25, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Great information because this is exactly where I’m at right now. Which lens should I buy, and this is a big help…thanks again!

  • Tamara
    March 30, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    I had just bought my prime 50mm f1.4 lens, was photographing my friend’s son out by a pond, and while changing lenses, I dropped it, and it rolled into the water!! I was just SICK (I paid $400 for that thing). Fortunately, I had just insured my equipment (which, by the way, added only $21 per year, with no deductible to my homeowners insurance), and my insurance suggested that I first send the lens into a Nikon repair, to see if it could be fixed. I did, and they fixed it, (it had been shooting blurry about 50% of the time after the incident), and the price was $186 to return it to new, which my insurance paid for. I find that I use my 18-200mm lens most of the time, it’s what’s always on my camera, just because of the versatility, HOWEVER, I am going to start using my 50mm more often. It rarely gets used, partly because I don’t use it much, and am not used to having to walk in or out to get the shot. But I do find that my photos are much sharper doing that, rather than standing back, and zooming in. My goal is to start making that my ‘go to’ lens.

    • March 31, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      Oh goodness! I’m so glad to hear your gear was insured. Phew! That can be so stressful.

  • Yael Snyder
    May 5, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Hey your article on which lens to buy first is really helpful. I’m new to photography so I was thinking of getting the canon 50mm f/1.8 as my first lens. Can I use it hand held or does it always have to be on the tripod for image stabilization ?

    • May 7, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      So glad to hear that :) You do not need to use a tripod each time. I take 99% of my images hand held since I’m chasing kids.

  • Debayan
    May 27, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    A wonderful blog! Thank you for sharing all these info with us. I tried to sign up for the blog but I am not sure why it’s not happening. :(

    • May 28, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      Hey Debayan,
      Thanks for trying to sign up. It looks like the confirmation email was sent yesterday. Unfortunately, I can’t send another one or add you to the list manually, but you should be able to sign up here again and it should prompt another confirmation email to be sent. http://forms.aweber.com/form/63/467222863.htm Please let me know if you continue to have issues. Thanks!

  • Maddie
    September 13, 2014 at 3:02 AM

    Do you know if there is a Canon version to this lens?

  • Stefanie
    September 17, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Hi Courtney! I am new to your site, and I am finding a lot of great info on here! I recently purchased the Nikon 50mm 1.8G to take senior portraits of a friends daughter (I had read this was the best lens). However, I noticed when I shot wide open, she wasn’t quite clear, even though I focused on her eyes. It did give me great bokeh, but I just felt like she wasn’t sharp, when I would zoomed in on the image during editing. I think if they were printed at just 4X6 they would be okay, but I feel any larger they wouldnt look sharp. Anyway, my question is, the pictures above, what f-stop were you at (apologies if you mentioned it in the article and I missed it)? Is it better to perhaps shoot at 2.8 or above and not wide open? I think I read somewhere where you state it might not be good to shoot wide open? Thanks for such a great resource!

    • Stefanie
      September 17, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      I should clarify, I was shooting wide open at 1.8 :)

    • September 18, 2014 at 2:13 PM

      It sounds like you are shooting too wide. I rarely shoot wide open. I typically shoot at f/2.2 or f/3.2 when I am photographing one child. They move so fast that I want to make sure I nail the focus. Maybe changing the aperture will help.

  • Cecilia Saunders
    September 19, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    with the 55mm 1.8 lens, since it doesnt zoom, it still will focus right?
    i know its kind of a silly question… :D

    • September 22, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      Yes, the 50mm 1.8 will focus depending on your camera. If you have an entry level Nikon it may not auto focus and you may need to use manual focus unless you buy the $200 version. It’s not a silly question :) Most prime lenses (the ones that don’t zoom) will automatically focus.

  • October 22, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    So I’ve been shooting with an older Olympus, which has been decent for breaking in to the field but I want to upgrade sooner than later. I also really want to upgrade my lens. I know I should upgrade the camera first so I don’t invest into the lens and it not fit the new camera (right!?) but is there by any chance a universal lens? I’m assuming not but it’s worth asking. Any good 2nd step cameras (as in, slightly higher grade than entry level but still user friendly and affordable) that I should look at with bang for it’s buck? Thanks!

  • Tar
    October 27, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    I have a lower end Nikon D3100 and I’m interested in the 50mm 1.8 prime lens to help me learn manual mode better. Will this model not auto focus with this lens? You mentioned in a comment above some might have to purchase a more expensive lens. I’m still learning manual mode and do t want to worry about one more thing. Thanks! Love your blog.

  • November 5, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Thanks for this great blog post! I’ve got a Tamron 18-270 on my Nikon D5000 right now now and I’ve been pleased with the pictures I’ve taken thus far, although, I’ve been dabbling more with portrait photography lately which has peaked my interest in lenses that are better in low-light scenarios. I wanted to let you know how helpful this blog post was to me. My new Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR FX lens should arrive tomorrow and I can’t wait to start playing with it this weekend! :)

    • November 10, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      Thank you! I hope you love your new 50mm 1.8 and I’m sure you will capture some awesome shots with it!

  • Sam Colbourne
    January 15, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Hi! Your blog has recently inspired me to buy a 50mm 1.4 fixed canon lens, and start a “project 52” (couldn’t quite commit to 365). I love the lens so far but I am having some major focusing issues – the sharpest area is always in front of the subject. Seems to be most noticeable with apertures between 2-4 and the farther distance the subject is the worst it gets (close ups are fine but if the people are like 10ft away the ground is in focus instead of them!). I have tried and tried to research online and I’ve come across all sorts of confusing articles and forums on focal shift and back/front focusing. I can’t seem to figure out if it’s a real problem with the lens and I should exchange it or if it’s something I’m doing wrong! Any insight into this issue or helpful tips? Love your website it has the most helpful info! Thanks :)

  • rachael
    March 27, 2015 at 2:50 AM

    Is the 50 1.4 compatable with a full frame? I have the 1.4 for my 7D but want to upgrade to the 5D

  • Mindy
    June 24, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    What camera do you use with the 50mm 1.8? I want to upgrade to a full frame. Was looking at the Nikon D610.

  • Daralynn Lett
    February 9, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    Bravo! This was very informative.

  • Santosh
    July 11, 2016 at 5:56 AM

    Hi Courtney,

    I am using Nikon D3200 with kit lense 18-55. But this kit lense does not offer crisp images. I really like the photos of yours through 50mm, but I guess its a prime lense. Could I take photos like flying bird or landscape?

    If not, I may have to go with zoom lense like nikon 55-200mm.

    Please suggest.


    • July 20, 2016 at 5:23 PM

      Yes, the 50mm is a prime lens which means it’s a fixed focal length. You would need a zoom for birds and a wider angle for landscape.

  • Heidi Tan
    March 21, 2017 at 6:35 AM

    Hi Courtney,

    I want to ask for your opinion. Im using canon eos m3 and just bought a 22mm f/2, should i still need to get a 50mm f/1.8? Or buy a 11-22mm for ultra winde angle shots?

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  • Michael
    June 23, 2017 at 3:37 PM

    Well, I am on day 4 of what looks like a new hobby. I bought a used but, very good condition DSLR 5100 and a 50mm 1.8 manual lens. Don’t know enough to say that was a good decision. So I am glad someone else did the same thing. Money of course was a consideration, I am a school teacher. However, primarily I want to learn how to use a camera and I think using a manual lens will help me to accomplish that and learn a little more than just aiming and clicking away.

  • Emily B
    August 26, 2017 at 4:27 PM

    I am just getting my first dslr camera. It is a cannon 40 D and I plan on doing life style photography and I assume I should start with a 50 mm lense but I read that since it’s a cropped frame camera the 50 will be more like an 85. Does that change it to being a telephoto lense ?? Or will my it be more like a true 5m? I hope this makes sense.

  • Karen
    October 30, 2017 at 1:11 PM

    – LOvE your blog. So helpful. I have my dads old canon dslr and the lens with it is just so so. I did purchase the 50mm/1.8 and that helped but I want to take a bigger shot As I take interior photos a lot. Curious what you recommend? Thanks!!!

  • Kim
    August 18, 2018 at 11:13 PM

    I have the 50 mm lens but it seems that you can’t take a picture with more than 2 people in the picture. I took a group of people and some of the people on the sides seem to be blurred in their faces. Did I have my setting on something wrong when I took that picture? I have a Canon EOS 60D camera.

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