Happy Friday, y’all! I took Wednesday off from blogging to catch up on blogging for the other business I run (For those of you who don’t know I recently started doing the business side with Young Living! You can see all the goodness here!) But I am back to continue this fun new series for photographers!! Last week I broke down what camera you should think about buying when you decide to jump into the DSLR world! And today I’m going to talk about what lens I think everyone should purchase after getting their first DSLR! Next week I will break down what’s in my bag, but for today I just want to talk about one lens: the 50mm f/1.4!
You guys, this lens is where it’s at! When I first started I actually invested in the 50mm f/1.8 (So if you’re on a tight budget I would suggest looking into that first! You can grab the f/1.8 lens for Canon for around $125 and the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 for around 200!) But once I got into doing weddings and making my hobby into a career, I invested in the Nikon 50mm f/1.4! Those extra stops of aperture were very important for me, and there really isn’t that much of a price difference. I personally think it’s worth the extra money if you are serious about your photography! The Nikon 50mm f/1.4
runs around 420.00 and the Canon version is around 400.00! I used this 85% of the time until this past September when I decided to sell it and switch to the new Sigma Art series 50mm.
This lens is amazing compared to the kit lenses you get when purchasing your DSLR! It has a fixed focal length, and to some peoplethat can be a little scary! This just means that instead of being able to zoom in and out, you actually have to move physically. But in return, you get much larger apertures and a much shallower depth of field! (If you’re just starting out here is a great article on understanding aperture, it’s a little confusing at first!) In simple terms, you get that creamy, blurred background (bokeh)!