Monthly Archives: July 2012

“Nifty Fifty” Canon 50mm Lens Review


I just finished my third year at university studying photojournalism – I consider myself an amateur. This is only the second lens that I’ve bought (my standard 18-55mm one being the first). I had asked some advice from someone about what lens I could buy that was a good fit for taking photos at an event and for general use. I also wanted something that was on the cheaper side. My friend recommended the nifty fifty for price and usefulness. I had asked him if it would be good to invest in a zoom that went from something like 18-200mm, but he thought the quality would probably not be so great at each interval because it has a wide to telephoto range. So I bought this instead. The lens is amazing in terms of its 1.8 aperture – what a difference that makes in capturing detail and taking photos in the shade or  in dark areas. But it’s obviously limiting in that it can only be at 50mm. So it’s inconvenient when you’re trying to take a group photo in the middle of a crowd because you have to back up quite a bit. Pros include having both autofocus and manual focus… and taking photos of the night sky! Here are some photos of the lens and a picture of the southern cross that I took this summer.


Women’s Epiphanie Camera Bag/Purse Giveaway


I often struggle with a dilemma: should I take my camera bag and my purse or just my camera bag? If I take both, it  means two cross-body bags. And if I take just my camera bag, I have to pack it full because I have to take my giant wallet – not because it’s full of money, but because it’s actually a large wallet – among other things. It can become difficult to grab my camera out of the bag!

Well, meet the Epiphanie bags. These bags are big enough to handle your purse stuff and your camera gear! Lisa Twain (Photography) is currently doing an Epiphanie bag giveaway from her blog.

Five days to enter the giveaway! Good luck.