Last week I told you about some superstitions and false beliefs surrounding the issue of SLR objectives and today I am going to talk about a specific objective. On several occasions I explained the types of objectives in the market and their characteristics, but today is a special lens that deserves an article of its own. As minimum.

The objective to which he referred, the one we should all have or at least try is, without further delay, the magnificent and splendid 50mm f / 1.4 fixed focal lens . This goal is all advantages. Even what might seem “inconvenient” is not. I will explain below.


At this point, I’m sure you already know what a focal length is (and if you don’t know, I’ll tell you here ). We have all thought that the more focal length a lens covers the better. There is nothing more wrong. The objectives that cover wide ranges of focal length (for example an 18-300mm) lose specialization, since they have to give a good result we shoot at 18mm, 120mm or 300mm, so they cannot do it EXCELLENTly, but rather they get moderately “acceptable” results. Instead, a fixed focal length lens, for example 35mm, 50 or 80mm is a lens specially manufactured to perform well in that particular focal length, then it is your domain of specialization and therefore it will offer us the best possible optical quality. Definitely.

And why 50mm specifically? Because it has been shown that this is the field of vision that our eyes normally cover in real life. A photo taken at 50mm looks and the proportions that our eyes see and our brain processes in real life.
On the other hand, an ultra-small focal length (10mm for example) or longer (600mm) produces small optical distortions, sometimes imperceptible: this experiment clearly demonstrates it .

Now comes the best part…

The true beauty of this lens lies in the extraordinarily generous opening of its diaphragm . Many people buy goals without looking at their diaphragm, but I would say that it is one of the most important things that will give or detract from our lens.
The aperture or diaphragm is what allows the lens to capture more light. For you to understand me, think of a situation where you had to take photos with poor lighting and no flash. You will have suffered a lot, because either you get the photo moved, or it comes out with a lot of noise from the ISO, and things like that.
What I tell you now is the possibility of capturing much more natural light without having to resort to any ruse. Having a goal with a large aperture will allow you to capture much more light than you could with a normal objective.
PD: For your information the opening of the diagram is expressed with the value f / … and the smaller this value is, the larger the opening (and therefore more light, the better). If you look at your serial objective, the basic one, you will surely find some opening value of f / 3.5 or f / 4 written on it. What I am talking about today is an objective of f / 1.4, that is, a TRIENDLY wide opening. One last.


With a diaphragm opening like this you can not only get much more light but you can also highlight the subjects and objects you are photographing. This has to do with something that I explained here in the blog recently called the reduced depth of field , and that consists of having the subject hyper-focused and the background behind very very out of focus, which undoubtedly highlights the person, animal or object portrayed . I imagine you already know how to get it but if you do not know it yet in this tutorial I explain how , it is super easy.


This objective is well known and you will surely have no difficulty in achieving it at any photography store. Prices vary but are around 500 euros. As always if you live in Spain I recommend the price of Amazon  because it is the cheapest (for example, this slow for Nikon costs about 500 normally, at Amazon you have it for less ). Ah, depending on the brand of your camera, here you have the same objective by brands:

  • 50mm f / 1.4 for Nikon
  • 50mm f / 1.4 for Canon
  • 50mm f / 1.4 for Pentax
  • 50mm f / 1.4 for Sony


When I saw it at first I thought “how expensive!” I was very wrong. After checking the virtues of this magnificent optical piece I think it deserves double or triple its price. If you doubt it I invite you to take a look at this:

All were made with normal and ordinary SLR cameras, sometimes beginners, very cheap. And to top it all, it was not retouched at all. The secret was in the objective. But what insensitive soul could remain unmoved by such beauty and not feel like producing similar things?


For some reason, most professional photographers feel helpless if they don’t carry the 50mm f / 1.4 in their backpack. If you are fed up with your basic 18-55mm lens and want to go a step further in photography, enhance and beautify your models, make any object around you fascinating and transform any boring moment into an indelible graphic memory, you are already taking to give a 50mm to your camera.

  • 50mm f / 1.4 for Nikon
  • 50mm f / 1.4 for Canon
  • 50mm f / 1.4 for Pentax
  • 50mm f / 1.4 for Sony

Note: My love for the 50mm f / 1.4 does not remove the fact that each situation has a suitable lens. Not all lenses get all kinds of photos. But the 50mm f / 1.4 is wonderful, for the record

Did you like this article? If so, I would appreciate it if you would share it with anyone who might need a lens change in your photo.

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