The most UNDERRATED lens EVERYONE needs!
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– Oh, it’s Tuesday, and you guy, hang on a second. (gasps) Forgot something. And you guys know what that
means, woo! (rapidly rubs hands) Let’s roll that intro. (energetic rock music) What is up guys? Welcome back to yet
another Two Minute Tuesday. So great to have you hear and
see all of your smiling faces. If you are amongst the Canadians
that watch this channel, happy Thanksgiving. I hope you guys had a great weekend with your family and friends. Now to the topic of today’s video. Whoop! Is the Canon 50 millimeter 1.8, which is also referred to as the Nifty 50. (bright, bouncy music) Now I didn’t come up with
that name, someone else did, but for a very good reason. And before I get into that let’s throw two minutes on the clock. (deep banging) Let’s begin. So a question that I see all
the time in the Comments, on Instagram, in my email, on Twitter, is, “What lens should I buy? “I just got a camera. “I have a very small budget. “I’m not sure what to get. “Can you help me make a decision?” This right here is what I
would recommend you buy next. If you’re looking for a lens to buy, if you already have a bunch of lenses, I would still recommend you buy this lens, and here are the reasons why. This is a 50 millimeter
lens with a 1.8 aperture. That means this opens up real wide and lets tons of light in. Now this is a fast aperture, and the reason they
call it a fast aperture is because being that all
that light is being let in, because this is a 1.8, whoop, big opening, you can make that shutter speed faster, which lets you shoot better
shots in low-light conditions. So if you are shooting indoors or at night or in the evening or concerts
or venues or stuff like that, this is a great little lens
to just toss in your bag. And that brings me to my second point, is just tossing it in your bag. It’s made out of plastic,
this isn’t a metal lens. However it used to be 100% plastic back when I used to
work at the camera shop. But since then they’ve actually updated it to make a metal mount on the
back, which is even better. You don’t have to be afraid
to just use and abuse this, like you would a little more if you spent three grand on the lens. You’re gonna baby that a little bit more, but I have a friend that told me his buddy
dropped this off a bridge. And when I used to shoot weddings, we would just toss this
around, throw it to each other, pop it on, and you would get
killer results with this. Now if you guys are a big fan of having those nice, smooth, tasty delicious blurry backgrounds when you see portraits being taken, that could be done with a lens like this. This has seven different aperture blades, which means those out-of-focus lights and
elements in the background are gonna be nice and round, they’re not gonna be like
pentagons or triangles or anything weird like that,
unless you’re using a filter. Side note, the more aperture
blades that a lens has, the more circular the
out-of-focus elements are. Now that’s a draw to pro photographers, and why some of the high-end
lenses are so expensive. One thing to keep in mind if
you’re gonna buy this lens, if you’re using a cropped
sensor, an APSC-size sensor, not a full-frame sensor, this is not gonna be 50 millimeters, this is gonna end up being
about an 80 millimeter lens. If you’re using this
on a full-frame camera it’s going to be 50 millimeters. Lemme show you the difference. (clock buzzes) For example, if you were
shooting this on a T7i, a picture of a mug or a
lens would look like this. Now that same picture shot
on a full-frame camera, let’s say that’s a 5D
or whatever you have, throw this lens on, it is
actually a 50 millimeter lens. The reason for that is
the APSC-size sensors are actually cropped by 1.6 times. So for whatever lens you’re
gonna look at buying, you wanna times its focal
length, 50 millimeters, by 1.6, which is going to give
you the focal length that you’re actually gonna get when you have it on a
cropped-sized sensor. That did make sense. It sounded good to me. Rewind if it confused you. If you need a new lens, you wanna mess around with something, you don’t have a big budget, or you do have a big budget, but you still just want to play around with a 50 millimeter portrait lens that has a fast aperture
and a lotta great features packed into something
that’s small and affordable, this is what I recommend
that you guys buy. So that is my Two Minute
Tuesday for this week guys. I hope you enjoyed it. I hope that this helps you
and you maybe check this out. Hit that Like button if
you liked this video. Smash it if that’s
somethin’ that you’re into. Subscribe if you aren’t already, and guys I will see you next week. (swooshing) They used to not be this smooth. I appreciate that. (laughs) It’s such a cute little lens. Look at it. How do you not want this? Like a little pancake. Look at that. Look how thin this it. So thin and just delicious. Nom-nom-nom-nom-nom-nom,
nom-nom-nom-nom. (laughs)

100 thoughts on “The most UNDERRATED lens EVERYONE needs!

  1. nikon af-s DX 55-300mm lens and nikon af-p nikkor 70-300mm f4.5-5.6e lense ..
    Between them ..which lense is better for low light photography…??

  2. I love the fact that you introduced terms like: how fast lens works or how the 50mm differs in cropped sensor cameras in which are very helpful to many photographers who didn't know/or understand before.

  3. Don't forget of you're shooting with a crop sensor you will not be at 1.8 while wide open you should be at i think 2.8

  4. So glad I stumbled across this video . Love YouTube . Quick question to the camera community, I have a Nikon d3500 , I love this lens what’s the Nikon equivalent? Many thanks on who ever helps me 🙂

  5. question??? why do you call it 2-minute drill, when they all seem to be longer??? but, I REALLY LIKE YOUR VIDEOS. They are very intuitive, great teaching videos.

  6. I could loan for testing a 40mm EF lens, and tried it on took a picture, then switched to my 15-85 EF-S and set 40 as good as i could, (it was 42 in the end)… shots where the same in terms of what i could see on my aps-c 77D … so… either i did something really wrong but when i set my zoom to 65mm… thats a whole different story in terms of what i see

  7. So does that mean if I have a cropped censor I should get something else or just take a step back when shooting?

  8. Man i have a doubt after i bought 50mm nikon lens.. then i spent my 2min time on this vid. now i love my lens…

  9. Love your channel man… as an aspiring creator, I'm always grabbing valuable bits of knowledge/inspiration/direction from your videos. Thanks Peter!

  10. I’ve always had one of these. I remember, pre digital, when every camera came with the manufacturers version of the lens for their camera. Now it’s either body only, or a kit lens of some description. If anyone hasn’t got one, get one now. ?

  11. Question: What do you think of Yongnuo ones and how much of an improvement is the mk II Yongnuo nifty fifty over the mk I ?

  12. Is there one that has image stabilization for video? I need something good for full spectrum night vision video with autofucus and stabilization. Thanks.

  13. I’m just looking for an all round lens that is great for portrait shots and video while travelling with IS and STM. Which one do I get??

  14. Hi Peter, what budget lens you would recommend that has same effect on 4/3 cameras? I have Panasonic gx 85.
    Great channel man love your content!!

  15. "most underrated"? more like "most overhyped", actually 😛
    Not saying it's bad or anything, just that it's pretty much the most recommended lens out there.

  16. Sony also has 50mm f.1.8 oss lens for aps-c sensor and it dosnt cost much so its an must have lens for those smaller sony mirrorless alpha series cameras

  17. So what would you recommend to get 50mm result or even a little wider on a APSC sensor camera (Canon 77D). Thanks in advance.

  18. Nah, you don’t need it. Don’t waste your money on the crappy piece of plastic.

    Buy vintage lenses instead. They’re super cheap and WAY nicer.

    I recommend Canon FD lenses. Theyre amazing.

  19. I can’t wait for Canon to start releasing smaller, lighter lenses with (slightly) slower apertures (like a 50 1.8) for the R. I love the RF 35 1.8, it’s a sweet little lens that makes walking around with the camera just fantastic.

    It’ll be really interesting to see where the RF line goes over the next 5 years now that the Hebrew Trinity is complete.

  20. I've been using a "nifty 50" for over 50 years. The one concern to consider is barrel distortion if you decide to take a close-up portrait with a 50mm. I prefer a 70-200mm for that application. I also use my 70-200mm for macro photography because the minimum focal distance is 6 feet, blurring the background beautifully with flower photography or bird photography. Still, I always pack my 50mm for low light shots. Thanks!

  21. Not really good with black labradors though… and you cant do tripods for slow shutter speeds since ypu cant keep the lab still

  22. Oh my god! This is the MOST OVERATED lens. Putting 50mm 1.8 on a full frame makes me puke. Maybe it works on CROP better, but for FULL frame it is useless without lightroom.

  23. no its not going to be an 80 mm lens. it will still be a 50 mm but the aps-c sensor will only use a smaller portion of it. it will give you less information as a data file. 1.5 crop factor is marketing BS!

  24. I have that lens! Used it on my T5i for a walking dead episode I did on my own. I filmed in the woods complete darkness and it worked great with the little bit of light I used for it?

  25. Hi dude I live in India u know I can't spend money in buying 50mm lens but if u give away me a 50mm canon lens it would be so helpful for me I am sorry to ask u this but I have asked u several times, if not please reply

  26. It was the first lens I bought after getting my T3i (when it was first released). I used it just this past weekend to shoot some maternity photos.

  27. Hey Peter, I'm wondering whether I should get 35mm 1.8 or 50mm 1.8 for my nikon d90 which is crop sensor. I want to get a lens that's versatile for portrait, landscape and etc. Btw I dont really have a high budget

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