Nifty Fifty, Canon - click to enlarge

Nifty Fifty, Canon

When taking sunset photographs the other night I used a different set of equipment than usual. I try to use my backup camera, a Canon 70D, to keep myself familiar with it. Besides, for some reason the landscape images usually look very consistent.

Besides the camera body I wanted to see how crisp, and true, images I could get with the little ‘nifty fifty’ lens.

Nifty Fifty, Canon - click to enlarge
Nifty Fifty, Canon – click to enlarge

A  nifty fifty is a 50 mm prime lens. One focal length, you zoom with your feet. For me it’s like going back to what I started with in film. I didn’t own a zoom for a long time.

Nifty Fifty, Canon - click to enlarge
Nifty Fifty, Canon – click to enlarge

With this lens I will take the same image using different f stops. A small change of light makes a big difference sometimes.

The first image was shot at f 22, the second f 14. The only other difference is the first was cropped landscape (16×10) the second portrait (8×10).

Another reason I had this gear was weight. The usual wildlife gear feels like holding up a school bus sometimes. This is nothing.

 

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