For learning how to use a Canon Digital SLR, one lens in Canon’s lineup really sticks out. The Canon EF 50mm f1.8 Lens is the perfect lens for learning how to make some amazing images.

Benefits

 - Professional Images

The 50mm lens will let you get chrystal clear images.  Even lenses that cost thousands of dollars have a hard time getting sharpness like this lens.  This is one of the major benefits when using prime lenses (prime means that you can’t zoom in our out with the lens).  This lens produces such great images that we still use it one of our cameras at weddings.

 - Range Of Aperture

Being able to change the aperture setting all the way down to 1.8 is one of the biggest reasons I recommend using this lens for learning your DSLR.  Basically this means that you can have a very shallow depth of field, and that will let you get some creative pictures that most of your friends won’t be getting.

 - Price

The price for this lens is next to nothing when considering other professional quality and even most mid-level lenses.  For under $100, there’s really no other lense that compares to this one.  It’s a no-brainer that this is a steal.

Challenges

 - Fixed Focal Length

Since the lens is a prime and doesn’t allow zooming in or out, that means that the only way you can zoom is by moving your feet.  This will take some getting used to, and after a day of taking pictures, it can be a chore to move across the room to get the shot you were wanting.

 - Cheap Lens Construction

Be careful with this lens.  It doesn’t have the same build quality as many of the other Canon lenses.  You can feel that the parts are made of light plastic.  I bumped the wall at one wedding while wearing this lens and the lens fell apart.  For $100 what can you ask for, right?

5 Responses to “Best Lens For Learning Your Canon DSLR”

  1. This was my first non canon lens,I was wanting a macro lens that also would be a good low light lens to use in the home to take photos of my pets at play.After reading many reviews I was concerned about the Auto focus being too slow for my needs,but I just couldn’t spring for a Canon 60mm Macro at this time.

    • TJ says:

      Hmm, I’d never even heard of the 60mm macro before. Took a look at it, and looks like a decent lens. Weird that it’s a prime and only drops to 2.8 though. Thanks for the comment.

  2. A very sharp – and very light – lens, but with nervous bokeh. Depht scale is missing, too bad… Did you give a look on Zeiss macro 2.0 ? The best 50mm for any camera I think. And the joy of manual focus (or hyperfocal, there is a scale).

    • TJ says:

      I’ve heard quite a bit about the quality of Zeiss lenses. The only thing I would probably have trouble with is the manual focusing. That would probably be an awesome lens if you had the time to focus manually. It would probably also be a fantastic lens for shooting video.

      How difficult would you say it has been to learn to focus manually with that lens?