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Old Aug 19, 2006, 11:40 AM   #1
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Doing a lot of reading, and I hear a lot of folks recommend this 50mm lens.

What are it's strengths? What is it good for?
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Old Aug 19, 2006, 1:57 PM   #2
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it has two good strengths, it's fast and its cheap. You won't find any other f/1.8 lens for under $80
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Old Aug 19, 2006, 2:38 PM   #3
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Regardless, it's still a waste of money if you don't find the focal length useful. The focal length on an aps-c sensor makes it more suitable for portrait photography or semi tele photography. IMO, i think this is a little too long to take into most indoor areas.
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Old Aug 19, 2006, 3:35 PM   #4
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For the money spent, it's the best deal in lenses! Sharper than almost every zoom, faster too! And it's the perfect range for portraits on an APS-sized sensor DSLR. I shoot portraits with mine in a 12x12 room all the time (a lot of concerts are "indoors" too).
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Old Aug 19, 2006, 5:25 PM   #5
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I'm with Kalypso - it's a fabulous lens for portraits - especially low light.

Having said that - I'm not a fan of buying equipment just to own it - I prefer to buy equipment because if fills a certain need I have. After all, $70 is still a lot of money to spend on a paper weight.

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Old Aug 20, 2006, 3:20 PM   #6
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I personally don't think it's a very good paperweight. It's too light. :blah:
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