earlier this year i broke my 18-55mm kit lens to a point that i had to duct tape it onto my camera so that the cpu dots would align with the camera and be able to meter and focus with the camera. summer however is when i take the most pictures so i had to get a new lens to keep on my camera most of the time that wasnt a manual lens and was not my 55-200mm zoom. it came down between a replacement 18-55mm lens or a 50mm f/1.8 lens both about the same price. one would be a wide angle zoom that was quite slow, the other is a fast lens but set focal length. me not able to make up my mind went to my photo teacher and asked her which i should get. she said when she was in classes her teacher made them use only a 50mm lens. in theory set focal length lens make for better pictures so i took the plunge and got this baby:
going to montreat i was able to put it to the test and believe it or not i only took the lens off four times once at the beginning of the week to take sunset pictures, again in the middle to shoot inside a restaurant, again to get a close up on the keynoter of the week rodger nishioka, and one last time to get another wide angle sunset picture.
however the 50mm proved worth its money creating some amazing pictures this past week, out of the 168 pictures i took with the 50mm lens these are the best 9 i think i took and i think they speak for themselves:
after using this lens for a week it has also finally showed me (have i seen the light?) that the chain of good photography command key elements are (composition = lighting) > (lens) > (camera) or atleast thats how i see it now, i used to think i needed a 5D mark II to take the best photos ever but this lens has proven thats a nice piece of glass on a piece of shit D60 can still take amazing photos when put in the right hands. this also makes me wish i still had a point and shoot camera, i broke mine back in 2008 and when i got a new one in 2009 i broke it in the first week making me switch to a DSLR and never wanting to look back. but eventually i looked back and missed the portability of point and shoots, along with being able to sneak them into places easily and also being able to record video. three things that my DSLR is very bad at.
anyways (mom) if you need a lens and are on a budget get a 50mm they are cheap and make for better photos, i know you wont regret it, if you do then sell/return it, lenses retain value 10x better than camera bodies.