My new 50mm prime lens.

In preparation to our holiday, I bought a new lens. I bought the Nikon 50mm f/1.8D lens. This is a prime lens, which means it has only one focal length (50mm). Since the lens only has one focal length it is possible to get better quality for the lens, while keeping the price low. A zoom lens with the same quality will be 10 times more expansive…

The reason why I wanted to have this lens now, is that we will most likely visit some caves during our holiday. In those caves there will be lights and I want to avoid using the flash, so that I can see the lights on my photos. I think that it will be possible with this lens.

The lens itself is very small, very light (especially compared to the 17-200mm zoom lens I have) and the pictures should be very sharp. The problem of this lens on my camera is that the auto focus doesn’t work. All right, that is not a problem but an opportunity to improve my manual focus skills.

Taking picture inside my house last evening turned out to be very easy and successful, no need for a flash, just set the aperture to 1.8, the ISO to 400 or 800 and I can still handhold the camera with a shutter speed of 1/60 of a second, just great! I don’t have any photo worthy to share, but they will come.