A fixed 50mm lens might seem like an unusual choice but, when you understand aperture and optics, it’s clearly the right one.As a fixed lens only really has one job to do, it does a very good job of it. A lens like the one mentioned above has to zoom through a ridiculous range, compromising on image quality. Sort of a ‘jack of all trades, master of none’.
This lens is on my list of ‘Top 20 Essential Camera Gear‘ and I couldn’t recommend it enough for beginners: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 ii
It’s worth mentioning that I use much better glass these days but, for a hundred bucks or less, I think it’s a fantastic investment.
I Transferred Over USB Straight From The Camera
I honestly couldn’t believe what I’d been missing when I bought a CF card reader for about £3 on amazon – the speed difference was shocking.
All this time I’d been transferring photos over a USB lead, experiencing slow transfers, wasting my battery life and experiencing cut outs during the transfer. If you’ve got a newer beginner SLR, you’ll probably find that the camera takes SD cards; you may well have an SD card reader built into your laptop. You have no excuse not to use it.