For a very small investment, you can have one of the best upgrades you can make for your camera. On the search for a new lens, I came across this compact cutie, Canon's EF 50mm 1.8 II. For around $100, purchasing this lens isn’t a difficult choice to make and with a f/1.8, it excels in low light conditions while producing sharp, noise-free images. Another advantage is its size, since it’s a prime lens there very few moving parts which allows for a light construction. Although this lens is small, it's not perfect. Using the auto focus is the biggest challenge but once you became familiar with the auto focus points, it makes life much easier.
Below are some examples of what the 50mm is capable of fresh out of the box. The blurred lights strung above our bed is due to the extreme shallow depth of field achieved by the wide aperture. Although, I tend to shoot a few f/ stops above the widest aperture of 1.8 (around 2.8) for optimal sharpness and clarity.
You can really get a sense of the the shallow depth of field in this next image.
The image below was shot at f/13 (small aperture) with an exposure of 3.2 seconds. The red streaks are brakes lights from passing cars in Bloomington's city square. I wanted to include this image as a reference to the versatility of the lens, though I'm sure there are better choices to use for long exposure photography.
You can see the fun we had with this lens in our 'Testing New Camera Lens' video, or if you'd like to see what the lens can do for video, check out Ethan’s new music video, Dazzle. The 50 helped achieve a pleasing aesthetic to a simple composition such as Maddie's face (below) by blurring the hanging lights known as a bokeh effect. Ethan’s eloquent vision for this project was clear and I think it shows in the final product. The development of the video is impressive from both a narrative and visual perspective and I am so proud of heeeem:)
Thanks for checking out our website and if you decide to treatyoself to this lens, I promise you won't regret it xo.