Prime Lens Photography - Nifty Fifty

Main Purpose: To learn / experience the advantages (and even the disadvantages) of using a PRIME LENS which forces you to move your body in order to change the perspective of your image as opposed to turning the ring on your zoom lens.

We will shoot using only prime (fixed focal length, non-zoom) lenses.  Any type are welcome. 

This Month's Topic: The Nifty Fifty

All members attending this event are asked to bring only a 50mm prime lens.   Exceptions will be made for anyone using a non full frame or crop sensor (1.3x, 1.5x, 1.6x) equipped camera.  These folks may use either a 50mm or 35mm  lens.  

The 50mm lens on a full frame camera body (or the 35mm on a crop body) produces the closest angle of view to what the human eye normally sees.  Your creativity lies strictly on the subject and composition that you are shooting, the distance it is from your camera, and the settings used to control depth of field, and motion.  

Don't have a 50mm prime lens?  Then get one and come join us.  They are the one THE most versatile, least expensive, and fastest lens on the market, costing around $100-$125 brand new.  With an additional $10 for a reversing ring, you can easily convert this lens into "the poor man's macro lens" as well (next month's Prime Lens Meetup.)

When in the park, just follow the signs to Lake Pointe Hall. We'll meet just behind Lake Pointe Hall facing the lake. There are tons of places to shoot here.  Most of all, we'll have some fun and hopefully learn something new!

Although this is a FREE event for all members, please RSVP, especially if your plans change and have to cancel. Members may bring a guest to use as a model or assistant.

Steve will be there to assist our members from 6:00-8:00pm.  After the shoot (8:10pm), for those that would like to continue to join us, we will meet just down the road at Mario's Pizza to wind down, grab some food and drink, and display/discuss some of the images from this event on their large screen monitor.

Please plan on posting your best images to this event page and labeling each image with the focal length of the lens used, i.e. (50mm), so we can all enjoy and learn from them.  Selected images will be displayed at our main Monthly Meetup on Tuesday, June 3rd.

 

** "HEAVY" RAIN  CANCELS EVENT **

 

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  • Eliezer H.

    This was my first experience in this group. I enjoyed it a lot, specially the review session at Mario's Pizza. Good job Steve and all others photographers! and keep it up.

    1 · May 23

  • Frances R.

    Really enjoyed it! Thanks again Steve!!!

    1 · May 23

  • Ruth

    Great meetup as usual. Thanks Steve! Appreciate all you do for the group.

    1 · May 23

  • Dee G.

    Awesome as usual and great beer afterwards

    1 · May 23

  • Dan C.

    Very fun and enjoyable, got to experiment with my Strobies LED ring light, can't wait to see the results when I download it to my computer. We seem to have a grand time, especially afterwards at Mario's where Steve put it on the big screen tv.

    1 · May 22

  • Norman

    Another Great meet up and learned new stuff from others.

    1 · May 22

  • Joanne

    sorry I missed you all today. I just realized it is Thursday. thought it was Wednesday.

    May 22

  • Vasim M.

    Stuck at work ... Won't be able to make it today :(

    May 22

  • Linda

    I'll be there with my model Elizabeth but don't know if I'll be taking shots or not with my broken arm kinda hard to hold the camera

    May 21

    • A former member
      A former member

      Bummer to hear about the arm.... I popped my right knee and can feel your pain in this... but we have a long season ahead of us

      May 21

    • Steve L.

      Sorry to hear, but look forward to having you and Liz as always!

      May 21

  • Norman

    Instead of the nifty fifty can I use 40mm prime intstead

    May 20

    • Steve L.

      Yes, the 40mm prime will be just fine. Thanks!

      May 21

  • Lonna L.

    Hate to miss but my inlaws arrive that day.

    May 21

  • Maria G.

    Hi everyone,
    I will not be able to join you all again. I am heading to Ithaca, NY, to my daughter's graduation. Have fun and enjoy this beautiful weather! :)

    1 · May 16

  • A former member
    A former member

    A bit too much of the Colonel lately...... Shooting Mcdowell Nature Preserve to practice using the 180mm Macro L lens in enjoy the "Working Distance" this lens offers and I have not yet tapped into........ Enjoy

    1 · May 6

  • Mary E.

    We are new to the area (live in Rock Hill). I have a Canon 7D. Where is the best place to get a 50mm and reversing ring? I would love to join and learn!

    May 5

    • Mary E.

      Thanks for the information. I will give them a call tomorrow!

      May 5

    • Steve L.

      Yes, Biggs is a great place to get some hands on instruction with new equipment and Amazon or eBay have a good selection and prices if your prefer the self-service avenue. Just make certain that you are getting the right piece of equipment as this can be a bit confusing. I can help you select this at the upcoming Meetup.

      1 · May 5

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