So is this lense a good one to have or are there better options for what im looking for indoors low light
This was the first lens I bought for my first ever DSLR camera and I was, and remain, very impressed with it. I've had some excellent portraits of my family taken through it and I'm a complete amateur photographer. It seemed to allow me to try out a lot of the features of my camera, in terms of having a huge number of aperture/shutter speed combinations. Only cost me £55 as well.
Welcome, "BobJohnson" and thanks for sharing your experience with the forum.
Please, take a few moments to explore some of the other options we've discussed on the forum and see how you can expand your photography, quite handily, with zoom lenses and MACROs.
It is nice to see the forum continue to grow. :)
Frank congrats on the purchase. This lens or one of its versions really is almost required to have with a Alpha camera, the color, the blur, all just amazing, nice for low light, but take it outside in the sun with a CPL on it and it does some nice work! The guy I got mine off of included a UV filter and a CPL with the lens so I felt like I got a pretty sweet deal. So assignment for the weekend everyone post pics from your 50mm? Sweet spot at f 5.6 eh, will have to try that out!
one of th emost important lessons I ever learned was to ask questions when you don;t know something lol. So... what's a CPL?!
circular polarizing filter, and I shouldn't use abbrevations and presume everyone knows what I mean. sorry lol
A good way to learn many of these, other than having to refer to a chart is to read through advertisements on some of the web page catalogs. Man, you want to talk about shorthand on a massive scale! Whew!
Anyway ... just to cut down some of that research time ...
- UV = Ultraviolet
- CPL = Circular Polarizing
- ND = Neutral Density (Comes in three different levels, +2, +4, +8)
- 1/2 ND = A ND-filter that only is treated on one half and requires rotation to manipulate to cover the upper portion of your image (sky)
- Grad ND = A ND-filter to goes from 0 (zero) effect to full ND reduction across the face of the filter, in a linear graduated fashion.
These are the most commonly used filters in digital photography. There are many more that were developed for use in film photography. They are designed to alter/control the optical image that presents itself to the media (being it film or electronic) in order to help in the management of the light. Filter use requires experience. You have some basic rules for their use, but you still have to go out and use them to appreciate their effect.
Here was a lively FILTER discussion (<- click on this link), recently (just last month), that tossed around all sorts of ideas. It may be worth your time, since the subject has be broached.