Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Christmas gift review - Canon 50mm lens

I'm still showing off my Christmas gifts.  Next up is my new and shiny Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 Camera lens. 

Guess who got to be the guinea pig for my new toy?

Poor Travis - I wonder if he even has eye sight anymore after all the pictures that I take of him.  I'm sure he does.

Once I got bored of taking pictures of the dogs, I realized that I have all this fun baby stuff that I can take pictures of.

And pretty little girlie bows.

Isn't life exciting?

Perhaps I need to get a new life.


Let's talk about the lens.

It's so freakin' tiny!  And cute!  Now, I know this isn't the reason to go and buy a lens but it's just so darn cute!  I love it.

Here's what I do like about it:
Pictures of objects up close come out super sharp and the settings allow you to choose how much you want to blur the images in the background.  Check this out:

Pretty sweet!  I'm still learning about the settings and choosing my focal points, but it's a start.

This lens is not super expensive, which is appealing. But it does allow you to take great pictures of objects up close (i.e. tiny little baby fingers and toes).  It's also great for portraits or some sharp and creative weddings shots.

The down fall is that it's only good for one distance.  This can be hard to face when you spend $$ on a lens, but after doing a bunch of research on what was right for me (portraits, weddings, baby toes), I decided this was a perfect fit.


  1. I love my nifty fifty. It's so great in low light situations. I actually only use fixed length lenses, too. After a few days, you will totally get used to having to move around to get the perfect shot.

    Marla @ www.blueskiesphotoblog.com

  2. You really can't go wrong with a good 50mm lens. Especially one with a f/1.4. They're AWESOME for portraits, and it's the go-to lens when I'm in low-light conditions and can't use a flash. Lens that have a zoom with that f-stop are stupid expensive, so sometimes we have to work with what we've got! Neat trick I like to try, I'll borrow out lenses from B&H Photo, basically all you have to do is pay for the shipping and if you return the lens within I think like 60 days you get a full refund. It's really allowed me to find which lenses I'm comfortable with and love.

  3. Your pictures look awesome! I have a comparable lens for my Nikon and while it took some getting used to (distance, etc), it is now the only one that I use.

  4. Thanks for the info... I am still researching and trying to figure out what I want/need in a camera and this info is helpful!

  5. new toys are always fun! & your doggie is totally cute (i saw his lovely snapshot over at FTLOB)

  6. I absolutely LOVE my 50mm 1.8 lens. It is definitely my favorite, even though I still have to learn how to get the most out of it!

  7. I just got a comparable Nikon lens as well and love it! It makes taking pics so much funner!

  8. these are such nice pictures...i really want to invest in a canon in the next few months...come on april tax season! :)

    thank you for contributing your photo of the day to FTLOB...we lvoe having you there :) xo ♥

  9. Hi! I'm a new follower. Such a cute pup and nice new lens~!

  10. I'm hoping that since we didn't get a post yesterday that means that Ms. Peanut has arrived!!!

  11. Jennifer - I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought that!

  12. Aww no peanut yet :( I just didn't have much to post. Sorry ladies!

  13. The first picture of the elephant you had great depth of field!! You are doing a great job with your new lens. I love mine and I know you will love yours too.

  14. Aww no peanut yet :( I just didn't have much to post. Sorry ladies!

  15. I'm hoping that since we didn't get a post yesterday that means that Ms. Peanut has arrived!!!


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