The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens is an item every photographer needs in their camera bag. From beginner level to advanced, the nature of this lens is for all types of photographers. After receiving my Canon T6i as a gift, I was steadfast in finding the best selection of lenses to add to my lens collection. While researching favorable lenses, I noticed a common topic mentioned by multiple photography bloggers and posted articles; they all mentioned about the “nifty-fifty”. After exploring further, I discovered that this was the nickname for the 50mm f/1.8 lens. Soon enough, I decided to purchase this myself.
Due to purchasing this item from the BestBuy store, I can say the customer service was impeccable. The gentlemen from Genius support who assisted me in my venture to find an additional lens for portrait photography was very informative, and he truly guided me through the process of what my camera will need for the different types of photography. After reading prior to visiting BestBuy, I already had an idea of the lens I was looking for. As an Intermediate photographer, I was focusing on Portrait style to expand my skills. And of course, to have a lens that blurs the background for me, so I can skip the most laborious step in Photoshop while editing.
After purchasing the 50mm f/1.8 STM, I can write with great satisfaction that this lens is one of the best purchases I have made. The lens itself is durable and locks firmly with ease on the Canon. With an effortless lens change, I was swiftly out the door with my Golden Retriever to try it out. Almost immediately, I noticed that many invariable settings did not work with this lens. As well as lighting changes, I made metal notes on what are some need-to-know basis for prior and following the purchases of this lens.
1) Apply Manual setting when using this lens. It is encouraged to research how to adjust Manual so that is accommodates for your individual needs.
2) When photographing objects from farther away, I found that focusing on an object was more challenging than a lens that has zoom capabilities. This is a primarily for portrait use.
3) The blurred background is excellent, but if you are a professional photographer, I would highly suggest purchasing a Canon 50mm f/1.4 or even with f/1.2. This will add additional clarity to the object and obscure the background further.
4) For those who have photography as a hobby, the Canon 50mm f/1.8 is less expensive with just as exceptional quality as the f/1.4 and f/1.2.
Overall, I would highly recommend this lens for purchase. It can be used by those looking for the perfect Instagram Portrait, those who have years of photography behind them and are looking for an intriguing change, and for the “just starting out” photographers who wish to expand their knowledge of photography; this lens is perfect for all craving that perfect portrait. Purchasing this lens will not only make taking photos more appealing, it will help make your final product extraordinary.