Lens Review: Canon 50 mm f 1.8

OKAY so this lens is one of the CHEAPEST out there for Canon! It's a Prime lens, meaning that it is fixed at the focal length of 50 mm (no zoom in or out) and its aperture is very WIDE at maximum of 1.8!!

I HIGHLY recommend this lens for people who want to do more with their Canon, whether they just have a Rebel or even a full-frame more professional camera. 

I have to admit I was frustrated with this lens on my previous Rebel T3i. My photos were never TACK sharp, even with a larger depth of field like f/3.2. In lower light, it just didn't work out that great -  and I blamed it on the lens. So I was always afraid of using this lens at its widest (f 2.0 or f 1.8) because I thought it would NEVER be in focus

However, I took a leap with my NEW camera- the Canon 5D Mark III - and shot at f1.8!!!! On a portrait! Woooo. When I came home and popped the SD card in to check out the results- I was shocked! The photo was focused and sharp and everything I hoped! 

50 mm f/1.8 1/400

50 mm f/2.0 , 1/400


So- it's a great lens on a great camera with a good sensor like the Mark III. Yay!

What's in the Bag | For Photographers

So I figured it's time to do a "What's in the Bag" blog post. This post will show you the three lenses I would use for something like a wedding.

Canon 5D Mark III Body

Canon 5D Mark III Body

First off. let's not forget the camera body. I shoot with the Canon 5D Mark III, and I am in love with it. I go back to my old Rebel and I just can't believe the difference. Everything about it is different, better, and wonderful. 

Of course, the Rebel was a great camera. I still have it and I am planning on selling it to someone who wants to explore photography deeper! It was my first, and it brought me through the first year Yas Photography. It's been loved but needs to move on :)

Now, lens #1: This is a Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 zoom lens. You will need this to get shots from the back of the aisle, from far away, from an attendee's vantage point. 

Canon 16-35 mm 

Now, this is a 16-35 mm Canon wide angle lens. It is amazing and you will need this for group shots, table shots, or portraits when you want to get that chic, wide-angle portrait shot of the bride. It's also great for small spaces such as a bridal prep room.

And the nifty-fifty...Ahh. I've had my times with this lens. This is a cheap, great to start with, portrait lens. While the previous 2 lenses are good for zoom and wide angle, this one is good for portraits of like, up to 3-4 people. The wide aperture (1.8!) is great for low light and creating really great depth of field/bokeh. This lens kind of sucked on a crop camera with a poor sensor. But it does amazing on a great body like the Mark III, and for a low price. Also, it's really light which is a plus (compare to the 70-200 mm above which weighs like 20 pounds!!)

Canon 50 mm f1.8

Now that concludes this blog post. I think I'll do a post later on about other things in my bag (flashes, hotshoe stuff, etc).