Thursday, October 23, 2008

One Really Fine Lens

Not long ago, I bought a very inexpensive lens for my camera kit.  As you know, I shoot Nikon equipment and have done so since 1973.  I bought the 50 mm f/1.8 lens for only $109.00, what a steal for such a fine lens.

I just love the shallow DOF this lens provides when shot wide open.  These two shot where shot for the annual report referenced on an earlier post


I might as well add an additional shot using this lens.  Just look at the bokeh that this lens produces.  Bokeh is the term referring to the appearance to out-of-focus (ness,ness) of the areas in an image produced by a camera lens using a shallow depth of field (DOF).

The lighting on the above photo was direct sunlight passing through a 42 inch diffusion 5 in 1 flexfil collapsible reflector.  If your looking for a very nice inexpensive lens to add to your arsenal, look at the 50 mm f/1.8 Nikon lens.  B&H has this lens at a very reasonable price.  DT

12 comments:

Craig Lee said...

I agree. I like the lens too. It makes a nice, compact little set-up if I want to be inconspicuous too.

SFMoe said...

great shots ... I love my 50mm its the cheapest and best lens I've purchased

Martin said...

Your comments also apply to the Canon f/1.8mm lens - it's the cheapest, smallest and lightest Canon lens available, and is great value for money!

Spikey24 said...

Your work is brilliant, thanks for all the tips and techniques.

I shoot Canon and love my 50mm 1.8, really a lot of bang for the buck and a bargain.

Thanks,
Roger

e.e.nixon said...

Can't tell you how many times I've thought to just go out and get it since I saw your initial post on this.

Now I see Nikon has announced a re-designed version of the f1.4 which is slated for November or December release.

I suspect it'll be a pricey number, certainly not the cost/benefit of this one, but it'll be interesting to see how it turns out none-the-less.

...edN

Bertrand said...

That lens with his big brother 85 mm f/1.8... That's an... orgasm :-)

David Tejada said...

I've got the 85mm f/1.4 and just love it. Creamy!

Bertrand said...

Ah ah! Excellent answer!

rodbot said...

I have a 50mm F1.4 and it rarely leaves the camera body.

aa said...

Great photos, as always from David.

Ah! yes all the lovely lenses mentioned except one other that is a gem too: the Nikkor MF 50mm/f1.2 AI-s.

SerenaK said...

Hi David, I have a corporate photoshoot coming up, and need to rent a light kit from Penn Camera (washington DC). I have a D300, and am willing to rent the light kit, background and lens necissary to make this a good shoot. Thanks so much!

Tom Legrady said...

I got the Canon 1.4, not realizing there was a bargain 1.8 ( $475 Cdn vs $140 Cdn ) ... both are bargains, the 1.4 is a somewhat better lens, but as far as value for your money, the 1.8 is unbeatable. Should be the first lens everyone gets for the CaNik camera