It just occurred to me that I may get myself in hot water by using the word 'affordable' in the title of this post. I guess affordability is a very subjective thing, and camera lenses really don't come cheap, but if you've already invested in a DSLR and want to take your images to the next level without shelling out for an entirely new machine, then this just might be the fix for you.
I find getting to grips with the techy side of photography tricky, as a lot of the resources available on camera and tech blogs are just too in depth to be helpful to a novice, so it's taken me a long time to discover the best way to up my blog photo game. But after a lot of searching and review reading I settled on the Canon 50mm F/1.8 lens, which clocks in at £97, a fraction of the price of many detachable lenses (which can run into the thousands). It's pretty much a one-stop solution if you're looking to capture those dreamy blurred background shots that can put a little extra gloss on outfit and product pictures. It's easy to use and doesn't require you to take a 3 month course in photography to get amazing results. Just twist it on, autofocus and go. It really takes the mystery out of great blog photography.
The Canon 50mm F/1.8 lens is a prime lens, meaning that it can't be zoomed in or out (see! I'm learning!*). The fixed focal length of this lens means that it will retain a shallow depth of field no matter what, so that you can achieve beautiful blurred background shots every time, without really trying. It does, however, mean you might need to stand a little further back from whatever your photographing if you don't want some kind of bizarre mega close up situation.
Below you can see the difference between my sony rx 100 ii digital camera, and my DSLR using the Canon 50mm lens, with the nail polish held at the same distance from the camera in both.
I've found that the lens focuses incredibly quickly and I get lovely sharp product photos in most kinds of light with it. Since it tends to give a much closer angle than I'm used to, this lens is less useful for taking selfies, but I can't wait to let the BF have a go at snapping some outfit photos on it soon.
What do you think? Are you tempted to try a new lens?
*she shrieked maniacally