50mm at a time.

This is a project dedicated to the humdrum experiences of day-to-day life. I carry my camera almost everywhere I go, and I photograph anything that catches my attention. All of my photos are taken with a selection of old and new Nikon 50mm and 35mm prime lenses, manually focused, on a Nikon d200, and every now and then, I throw in an image from my trusty Canon Powerhot G10 (at the 50mm equivalent of course). I use this set of lenses because of the idea that somewhere within the spectrum of the 35-50mm focal range, lies the most honest representation of the field of view of the human eye. The 35mm lenses on my Nikon digital body are the closest to the 50mm focal length in “old” camera terms, thus making 35mm the new 50mm. However, even given the fact that my old 50mm lenses are in fact closer to 75mm on a digital body, I cannot give them up. Therefore, I give you “life at 50mm.” These photos allow you to literally see the world through my eyes…


8 Responses

  1. That’s a great blog you have here!

    I take about 80% of my digital photos with a 50mm macro prime lens (Sigma).
    Nowadays, most people use zoom lenses, but they don’t know what they miss with a good fast prime lens! It’s not just the image quality, but you also compose more consciously/thoughtfully.



    March 16, 2010 at 8:46 am

  2. Victor

    oh, just my project. Would it be a huge problem if I just make another “at 50mm” blog project? Maybe i’ll do better than you. 😉

    Good luck!

    May 21, 2010 at 7:45 am

  3. Hi! Great project! You are the right person to help me. i just bought a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 but i find it difficult to use probably because i got so used to my basic street zoom (18-55mm). My body’s a D40 so i manually focus as well. can you share some tips on how to get the best out of a 50mm? it’s my first prime lens and i couldn’t seem to get the hang of it! your photos are stunning and i thought you could really help me out here… thanks!!!


    February 17, 2011 at 5:36 am

    • admin

      Just checked out your blog, you have a great eye for street photography, keep it up! Glad to hear that you have entered into the world of prime lenses! You are well on your way to being a better photographer already 😉 The best thing about fast primes, IMO, is having access to aperture values greater then f2.8. Take advantage of that with your new lens, take some time to explore your world at f2, it just may surprise you how different your world looks from that perspective. Having to walk back and forth to compose your images will cause you to think more about each shot, consequently causing better images. A lot of people may tell you to “just shoot, it’s the beauty of digital”, but I would advise you to take a few walkabouts and take the time to think about each shot, cover your lcd with masking tape and pretend you are shooting film. Not having the ability to take a look at your shots until you get home will cause you to think even more, giving each image a special story, which is the ultimate goal of any photograph. Each image should tell a story (even if only to you).

      Hope this helps somewhat, you are well on your way, you have talent, I’ll be keeping an eye on your blog. If you have any more specific questions, feel free to ask, I would be happy to answer them as well as I can.


      February 19, 2011 at 5:55 pm

  4. thank you so much Tyler! that really means a lot to me:’) i was originally going to purchase an 18-105mm VR, but thought that it would be nice to get a different kind of lens, so i went for the 50mm prime instead (plus it’s really cheap!).

    honestly i don’t really think when i shoot, but the 50mm is forcing me to do so now. i’ll try NOT to look at my lcd next time for an experiment so i’d surprise myself on what images i can take back home. thanks for this idea!

    you’ve seen my blog, thanks a lot… i still think i lack the “eye” to see great photo opportunities… :-( like, you have some great subjects and perspectives that i would never thought of myself, for example your posts titled Broked, Clergy, and Bike Art.

    sorry for the rants, i’m in one of my “emo” modes right this moment…

    February 19, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    • admin

      Glad to help, keep shooting!

      February 20, 2011 at 6:47 pm

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