So it is time to buy your first lens for your Canon 1200D or 750D, depending on which you went with from my previous post. Here she is and it’s a pleasure! The only heads up I have for you is to get ready to move around with your camera, find the right angles and the perfect crop, you don’t get the chance to be lazy with zoom here!


Canon’s Nifty fifty or 50mm f1.8 STM lens is THE best option as a first buy and here’s why:

1. It’s cheap

Literally! Although the price has gone up by $25 from it’s predecessor… BUT for that extra little cash, you will get a more rugged – made of metal! Your value for money with this lens is like no other.

2. Bokeh

You want the blurry backgrounds right? That is what bokeh is. Bokeh is the quality of the out-of-focus part of a photograph, made by a specific lens. A little camera knowledge for you. When you start shooting, hit the Av mode and dial is right down to f1.8 and PLAY!

This image is showing the effect of bokeh with a 50mm f1 point 8 lens. A colourful grasshopper poised on a lilac flower amongst the long grass.

One of my very first shots I added to portfolio. Shot with my nifty fifty

3. SmallTamagotchi

On my Canon EOS 5D mkii this lens looks tiny. It is super light and easy to slip into your bag even though you may never want to take it off your camera. This lens coupled with the Canon EOS 100D literally feels like  you’re holding a Tamagotchi – moment of silence please!

4. STM for filming

Smooth Transition Motion. This is a silent motor that is a MASSIVE improvement from the last fifty. Anyone that knows the previous plastic fifty would know the sound that the auto-focus makes. It is enough to think a transformer is coming for you.

5. Eyesight or a normal Lens

When I say normal, I don’t mean it in the way you’re thinking. Normal, refers to the lens’ view – being the closest to how we humans see(some of you are aliens). No distortion or “fish eye” impact. What you see is what it captures.

6. It is real fast

No, it’s not running away! What makes a lens fast? Having an aperture of f1.8 allows this lens to shoot at faster shutter speeds to get the correct exposure. In other words, your images won’t be as blurry with this lens in low light as opposed to a standard f3.5-5.6(standard 18-55mm) kit lens.

7. Versatility

You can shoot street, portrait even macro with this lens. A friend of mine, Carl Jones, showed me some reverse lens tricks too. If you reverse the lens and hold it over the camera backwards, you can get a SUPER macro. Pretty pointless and perfect way to get your sensor dirty but hey I am all for experimenting.

Here's a shot Fred Harrington took of me with my 50mm f1.8

Here’s a shot Fred Harrington took of me with my 50mm f1.8

So go on, get yours and show me some of the results! Any questions you have, just let me know in the comments below!