Photography is not an easy hobby to get into, especially for those of us who want to do it without going broke. The problem is that, while there is no shortage of cheap learning material, the gear itself gets pricey. However, if you’re looking for a versatile, useful, cheap lens, the 50mm f/1.8 lenses made by both Nikon and Canon may be the exactly what you need. [BHphoto] [Amazon]
The wide apertures these lenses boast will not only help to hone your ability to manipulate depth of field, but will also allow more light in making for better low light shots without the use of flash. These lenses are also extremely light and versatile. And rounding out the benefits is the fact that, given well lit conditions, you can crank your shutter speed way up and all but eliminate motion blur.
The only real downside is that the lens casings and mounts are made of plastic – part of why these lenses are so cheap – which means they are also fragile. Of course with retail prices around $150.00, and most going for around $100.00, even us amateurs are able to afford this crisp lens.