I was talking with a fellow T2i owner over on my Facebook page and he was wondering if the Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 lens is good for beginners . I thought it would be beneficial to share our conversation with all of you... Trudy's Question:
Hello, I recently purchased my first DSLR - a CanonT2i with the 18 - 55mm lens. I have been reading a lot of posts that suggest a Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 as a great lens for beginners to have. Can you please tell me if this is accurate and what I can expect from that lens? Moose's Answer:
Yep, the Canon 50mm f/1.8 EF II
is a fantastic lens for isolating subjects against blurry backgrounds...ideal for shooting portraits, small groups, food, flowers, products, etc. This lens is known as a prime lens, which means you won't be able to zoom in or out. In order to compose a shot, you'll need to get up and move around. This can cause some problems when shooting in small rooms or cramped spaces. If you think that might be a problem, then the next step up would be a lens like the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 which will allow you to zoom in or out, while still maintaining a low f-number for isolating your subject against a silky smooth background.