As the holiday approaches one might want to think about those special gifts that would delight the photographer in one’s life. There follow two strong suggestions – neither outrageously expensive.
A) The most often cited lens as the one that must be in your collection – the 50 mm prime lens. Why is it a must?
- Price. A relatively easy lens for manufacturers to make, and a standard for those many years of film slrs; this lens is everywhere, old and new, and priced lower than most prime lenses you can purchase. Used, it often sells for less than $60. New, it sells upwards of $130, depending on the mount (camera) you are going to attach it to.
- Quality. This lens tends to be super sharp and of fine quality, given the many reviews that are out there. Check for your particular camera mount lens.
- Aperture. The most common widest aperture for this lens is 1.8, which is considerably wider than most lenses included with today’s dslrs. A 2-stop advantage gives you 4 times the light you can work with. This is an excellent low-light situation lens.
- Versatility. Add extension tubes and this lens becomes an excellent macro lens. Its 50 mm focal length works out to about a (full-frame) 75 mm equivalent lens when mounted on an APS-C sized camera, which then makes it an excellent portrait lens as well.
B) A brand new tripod alternative, called the HandlePod. Small, light, highly portable this device costs about $30.