Saving up for 15-85mm, what are benefits/disadvantages of learning on 50mm?

Started Jan 29, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Every lens and focal-length has advantages/disadvantages
In reply to Fabian43, Jan 30, 2012

Fabian43 wrote:

Beginner photographer here, picked up 50mm 1.8 and am deciding to save up for 15-85mm. So, only lens I have is 50mm. What are the advantages/benefits of learning only on a 50mm prime? Also, what would be the disadvantages?

ReRead 123Michael321's post above, and then read it again. It is very good.

Actually all the posts are correct.

There are both advantages and disadvantages to any/all lens and focal lengths.

I personally don't like 50mm EQUIVALENT lens's and my original lens combinations were 24mm wide and 85 tele, (which is effectively what YOU HAVE with crop sensor and 50mm)

I liked the slight-tele for all-around outdoor work, (and the wider-angle of 24mm). I eventually got a 200mm tele for my full tele, (and a 14mm for my real wide). NOTE that all of those were FF equivalents so don't directly apply to your crop sensor; I am going back 45 years to 1966. (When I did get a 50mm it was a MACRO lens.)

But what you have is an excellent learning tool if you like slight tele work. Move on when you want more wide or tele.

NOW ... go back and reread 123Michael321's post again.

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Thanks for reading .... JoePhoto

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