The most UNDERRATED lens EVERYONE needs!

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  • Peter McKinnon
    Peter McKinnon  2 months ago +1629

    Hands up if you already own this little gem! Also, I should have made this 3 minute Tuesdays.. LOL :)

    • Marko Kamberi
      Marko Kamberi Day ago

      I use this lens on my 60D and i also own the 85mm f1.8 , i love this combo, 😍😍😍

    • Ben Israel
      Ben Israel 6 days ago

      you don't say the name of the lens...

    • Eric Weaver
      Eric Weaver 10 days ago

      I have the 50mm 1.4 and LOVE it. A little advice... since there is such a shallow depth of field it would be wise to calibrate the lens to the camera ( )

    • 41Ostfrönt45
      41Ostfrönt45 11 days ago

      I love my 50. Beautiful little lens for peanuts money.

    • Tyler De Luca
      Tyler De Luca 14 days ago

      Peter McKinnon 3 minute Thursday

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  • Marko Kamberi
    Marko Kamberi Day ago

    I prefer the 85mm f1.8 !

  • Russell Fedorov
    Russell Fedorov Day ago

    i got the 1.4 nikor lense

  • Good Blood
    Good Blood 2 days ago

    Dude. 2 seconds in and I wanted to subscribe. Energy, communication, quality. Damn dude.

  • The Family B TV
    The Family B TV 3 days ago

    This helps us a lot, thanks Peter

  • Broseph Stalin
    Broseph Stalin 3 days ago

    I thought it was referred to as the THRIFTY fifty. Because of the value for money. Sure, it's nifty, too, but the value for money is the important part to stress in the name.

  • Marvin Meyer
    Marvin Meyer 3 days ago

    i love the YT Button in the Background - it looks perfectly! :-D

  • Beyboo Boy
    Beyboo Boy 3 days ago

    I dont know why you call this underrated. Since last decade and more there are so many youtube videos which speak of this lense's popularity. I don't think this needs to be "sold" as its so popular

  • Marley
    Marley 3 days ago

    what should i get for an up close lens for my canon that is cheap? i saw a EF 75-300mm f/4-5 on Amazon and i'm wondering if this will look artsy? i just want to be able to take artsy shots of craft projects

  • Marley
    Marley 3 days ago

    omg. peter is so cute

  • Moto_rider
    Moto_rider 3 days ago

    3:26 and for our Nikon friends, usually 1.5 :)

  • Sam X.
    Sam X. 4 days ago

    Great website if anyone confuse about crop sensor and full frame with lenses

  • Bharat Sharma
    Bharat Sharma 4 days ago

    What dslr camera should i buy under $800? I need a camera which is really good in clicking photos, i don't care about how it record vedios. @petermckkion

  • BluuArrowz
    BluuArrowz 4 days ago

    What if I own a Nikon D3400?

  • The Shanky Show
    The Shanky Show 4 days ago

    Whats its Panasonic equivalent?

  • gary Affinand
    gary Affinand 5 days ago

    I have an EFS 18-55mm n im using a Canon EOS 1000D. I have no idea if this is a great camera or lense coz i bort it from a friend n its my first camera. Inlighten me abit please

  • Jmour
    Jmour 5 days ago

    I have this lens and I want to buy an ND filter for it , but I have no idea about filters.. Can anyone suggest me some ?

  • David Rodriguez
    David Rodriguez 5 days ago

    I thought this had 5 blades not 7. Am i wrong?

  • muhammad iril
    muhammad iril 5 days ago

    Why is that lens underrated? It’s very common to have

  • Zack Louw
    Zack Louw 5 days ago

    Loved this video, I keep coming back to it because I love the picture that is created by this canon nifty 50. I need advice on purchasing a camera to go with it. I have been watching videos and reading reviews all over and I am getting nowhere. 
    My style of photography is based around portraits and food/night markets.
    I have been shooting with a borrowed Nikon D5200 using just a kit lens, but seriously want to invest in my own gear. Because I am wanting to use a nifty 50 I am looking for a body only and am ok with looking at some used models if they are worth it. What camera bodies are there to compliment a 50mm f1.8 lens that will do well in lower light settings? (night food markets and festivals) Full frame or crop sensor?
    and to make it even more difficult, it needs to be professional level(geared towards full manual settings) on a reasonable budget. 
    I hope this rant has made sense.
    can't wait for the feedback

  • Lara Joanna Jarvis
    Lara Joanna Jarvis 5 days ago

    Added to my basket! Ching! x

  • Simonas Šimėnas
    Simonas Šimėnas 5 days ago

    When you shoot fuji and all the lenses cost a kidney :(

  • Kelvin Leonardo Yanto

    Hi Peter, I'm new in photography. Do you have any camera suggestion? thanks

  • John Meise
    John Meise 6 days ago

    You have to multiply the aperture by the crop factor as well. So the effective aperture on a canon APS-C camera would be 2.88 instead of 1.8

  • Helgen X
    Helgen X 6 days ago

    I got my 50 for $50 to keep it 100%.

  • Paul Michael James
    Paul Michael James 6 days ago

    The crop factor also applies to the aperture because aperture is calculated with the focal length in the applicable mathematical formula. So f1.8 is automatically timed the crop factor. Tony Northrop has a great video on that topic. In light of this, should I just go for a 35mm instead? How is the bokeh affected? My crop is 1.5.

  • Santis Zibergs
    Santis Zibergs 6 days ago

    This lens is SHIT.

  • Skwigle
    Skwigle 6 days ago

    The 50mm 1.8 is my fav lens

  • Tuxedo Flamingo
    Tuxedo Flamingo 6 days ago

    Hey man. New to the channel and great stuff so far. I need some pointers. I'm going to sell my D5300 combo kit and get something a bit more portable. I'm curious what you would recommend.
    I want interchangeable lenses, great for vlogging, excellent pictures, small as reasonable, and preferably (if needed) 4k video. So whatcha got? Oh yea, try and keep it under a grand lol. Thanks man

  • br0ken86
    br0ken86 7 days ago

    Thanks for the video! Question - I have a D7100 crop sensor camera with a 35mm f1.8 - is it worth it to still get the 50mm?

  • scottiemcnichols
    scottiemcnichols 7 days ago

    Oh good grief...minus 2 demerits for the hipster Chemex coffee maker on the your living room. *No room in the kitchen cabinet? ;-p

  • HowsAboutHowell
    HowsAboutHowell 7 days ago

    Im broke LOL

  • Omar Sami
    Omar Sami 7 days ago

    You forget to mention that you have to multiply 1.8 aperture by the crop factor 1.6 and it will be like F2.8 if you want to use it on a crop sensor camera.
    Anyway it's amazing lens and you are amazing too.

  • World's Eye View
    World's Eye View 7 days ago

    Could anyone tell me what I should get for nightclub videography? I have a Nikon D5200 and was looking at the Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4D Lens, what do you guys think?

  • Austin Augie
    Austin Augie 8 days ago

    angels and airwaves!

  • KindGottes92
    KindGottes92 8 days ago

    A 50mm lens will alsways be a 50mm lens. No matter which camera you mount it on.

    • KindGottes92
      KindGottes92 8 days ago

      Mason Daugherty You should have a look what the number of the focal length means. Then you will understand my statement. It makes different pictures on different sensors but the focal length stays the same

    • Mason Daugherty
      Mason Daugherty 8 days ago

      prove it

  • kyle cowan
    kyle cowan 9 days ago

    Wood this kind of lens fit ok on a canon eos rebel t5

  • B.A.flash93
    B.A.flash93 9 days ago

    Hi I am a amateur photographer and am currently using a canon 20d but am looking for a camera to upgrade to, the reason why I’m changing is cause the tiny screen is kinda getting annoying overtime and I would also like to try videography too, I’m on a tight budget too , do u have any recommendations? Thanks!

  • I'm Jack's Nipples
    I'm Jack's Nipples 9 days ago

    Is it good on an APS-C sensor though? You only said that it's actually 80mm

  • Herbert Vilbar
    Herbert Vilbar 9 days ago

    I really like to watch your videos they’re are so amazing and the same it is very knowledgeable to those who loves camera and photography like me, I am only 16yrs old but I really photography. Now I got the canon rebel t5, I know it’s kind of outdated and I’m also a canon camera lover like you😊.And I wanna learn how to work with camera(s), and watching your videos really helped me a lottt. I also wanna buy an extra lens which is the “nifty fifty len” that you recommended on this video. And I’m hoping that you could give me an advice one day, I might be the youngest of your subcribers😊 but you really inspired me, and I’m one of your biggest fan❤️🤘

  • Albert Stephens
    Albert Stephens 10 days ago

    What are some good lenses for video on the Canon 80D?

  • Bangla Vlogger
    Bangla Vlogger 10 days ago

    roll that intro 😍

  • Yussef
    Yussef 10 days ago

    Hello Peter I am a wedding videographer I use 5D sometimes and I depend on the autofocus system so much without using manual focus at all so I was Wondering if the 50mm is a good lens for such stuff thank you

  • fromtheheart101
    fromtheheart101 10 days ago

    I just bought the Canon Rebel SL2 .. and it came with 3 lenses, including the Nifty 50!! I'm so excited, and can't wait to learn more about taking photos!

  • Akshay Popat
    Akshay Popat 10 days ago

    Hy....does this lens fit to nikon d5200...nd should i buy the lens for the same...

  • kidrayfilms
    kidrayfilms 11 days ago


  • Mark Bates
    Mark Bates 11 days ago

    Thank you Peter mine came this morning for my 80 d

  • Nebula Kraken
    Nebula Kraken 11 days ago

    Can anyone tell me what the difference is between a 16-35 and a 18-35? I'm a beginner and am curious to see the difference, thanks

  • Varik Valefor
    Varik Valefor 11 days ago

    Underrated? Really? This is universally recommended.

  • RodebertX
    RodebertX 11 days ago

    What should i buy ? I only have a nikon ?

  • Jamie Burgoyne
    Jamie Burgoyne 11 days ago

    What is "Smash it" Peter I want to smash this video! 👌🏻Excellent

  • Pixel Dexter
    Pixel Dexter 13 days ago

    Hey Peter, how did you shot the product video of this lens? Did you use any slider ?

  • Georgiaboy2016
    Georgiaboy2016 13 days ago

    Wait what should I get for my lower level camera if I want it to be actually 50mm??

  • Franklin Mwenda
    Franklin Mwenda 13 days ago

    Thank you so much!

  • Andy Bullen
    Andy Bullen 13 days ago

    Great little lens for the money....... use the shit out of it, then get a 1.2 when funding becomes more abundant

  • Ezequiel Pereyra
    Ezequiel Pereyra 13 days ago

    you can also go for the 35mm yongnuo 2.0 for apcs ;)

  • Max Di Girolamo
    Max Di Girolamo 14 days ago

    Sony a6000 equivalent?

  • Tyler De Luca
    Tyler De Luca 14 days ago

    i have this lens it's my fav lens I get awesome shots out of it especially portraits. i love it!

  • nnchs
    nnchs 14 days ago

    I used to have one!!! but broke it 5 years ago and bought the pancake lens one! it was such a great lens for potraits with minimum budget!

  • cc_macro
    cc_macro 14 days ago

    So what lens would you recommend for a cropped sensor camera? I have the eos M5 from canon and was hoping for some feedback

  • Janne I
    Janne I 14 days ago

    Bought it 4 years ago, never switched.. last week I bought a 24 mm. Sooooooo good.

  • Cole Bronson Libby
    Cole Bronson Libby 14 days ago

    Hey Pete do you enjoy this lens shooting video on the Ronin-M?

  • Charles McDaniel
    Charles McDaniel 15 days ago

    Going to get one.

  • Kaat Debusscher
    Kaat Debusscher 15 days ago

    I'm as gay as the night is long, but I may be in love. :-D

  • aditya biswas
    aditya biswas 16 days ago

    What about Nifty 35mm for crop sensor? Same aperture, and we get a 56mm focal length

  • Chiefwithbeef44
    Chiefwithbeef44 16 days ago

    It's only 1.6 crop for Canon not Sony or Nikon

  • Benjamin Sendrow
    Benjamin Sendrow 16 days ago

    So if you shoot crop sensor, go for a 35 f/1.8, correct?

  • Daniella A
    Daniella A 16 days ago

    Got this lens a while back. Still my favourite

  • Meet The Hockers
    Meet The Hockers 16 days ago

    My cheapest lens. My favorite lens.

  • Githa
    Githa 17 days ago

    unfortunately those lens are discontinued :(

    • Vladimir Plavac
      Vladimir Plavac 15 days ago

      nope. still available like everywhere... (the STM version)

  • Ľuboš Rybanský
    Ľuboš Rybanský 17 days ago

    The focal length is invariant to the size of the sensor. What changes is the angle of view. Is there some weird photographer terminology that translates the angle of view into focal length relative to 35mm film/full frame sensor?

  • Md. Foysal Hossain Sohag

    Hello Peter,
    I've a lens - "55-250mm IS STM EFs lens" on my APS-C Canon 750d body.
    If I shoot on 55mm, is this gonna end up being about an 55mm or 55*1.6=88mm?
    Thank you :)

  • Fraser Hobbs
    Fraser Hobbs 18 days ago

    Just wonder would a 50mm be good for the canon 60d?

  • Gus Salcedo
    Gus Salcedo 19 days ago

    Dude I love the Intro to you video, I'm just getting into the camera game and I find your videos extremely helpful !!

  • Steven Song
    Steven Song 19 days ago

    2:45 - 3:20
    What would be the millimeter on Canon T3i?

    • Steven Song
      Steven Song 14 days ago


    • Vladimir Plavac
      Vladimir Plavac 15 days ago +1

      same crop sensor size as most of the canon camera : 1.6 too so 80mm equivalent too.

  • Simeon Miljuš
    Simeon Miljuš 20 days ago

    you cheat the clock :)

  • Omar Correa
    Omar Correa 21 day ago

    I'm here from Casey's video. Subscribed.

  • RAGEfit
    RAGEfit 21 day ago

    Love this lens, everything is so bokeh’ed upppp

  • mark ocharo
    mark ocharo 21 day ago

    i'll save up and buy it

  • Fan OF Zeppelin
    Fan OF Zeppelin 22 days ago

    Been Using This Lens For A Month Now!!! IT CONTINUES TO IMPRESS ME!!!!

  • Ron Wade
    Ron Wade 22 days ago

    As someone said its the holy grail of budget lenses, as was the 50mm f1.8 breechlock and the new FD 50mm f1.8.

  • aZeddPrattFilm
    aZeddPrattFilm 22 days ago

    I spent $62 on a Canon nFD 35-105 f3.5 and I would never treat it like you talk about treating this lens :P

  • CreacherRDK hs
    CreacherRDK hs 22 days ago

    Nothing to take pictures of where i live. Everything is so boring. Never have photography ideas. Have my d3300 and 35mm f1.8 lens but i want a different lens like 24-70 f2.8 lens

  • Seemit Ragde
    Seemit Ragde 23 days ago

    Hey man thanks for your recommendation for the of the best i used so far

  • Suzy Siviter
    Suzy Siviter 24 days ago

    If you have a Nikon the 50mm 1.7 is an amazing lens; class leading at

  • sre lakshmi Gaythri
    sre lakshmi Gaythri 24 days ago

    I'm buying a canon 800d with a 18-135mm lens and I'm also planning to buy a prime lens. My first option is to go with a 35mm f 1.8 prime lenses. Is that a good prime lens for 800d or are there any options I could go with? I'm an amateur photographer and I'm really confused on what do so some help would be great : )

    • sre lakshmi Gaythri
      sre lakshmi Gaythri 19 days ago

      SammyBoyCreates thank you so much ! I'll check that out for sure

    • SammyBoyCreates
      SammyBoyCreates 19 days ago +1

      A 24mm pancake lens would be perfect- it would be the equivalent to a 40mm lens on a crop sensor. I did a review on my channel that might help- let me know! []

  • alfred bartolome
    alfred bartolome 24 days ago

    My super favorite lens!! Use this on my wedding and editorial sessions. I just wabt to share how great this lens is.
    Wedding sessions:
    Editorial sessions:

  • Selina Maria
    Selina Maria 25 days ago

    Can I use this lense with my sony alpha 6000?

  • Abys Dice
    Abys Dice 25 days ago

    Hi Peter, you're so right. I used the 50 all the time, like that lens so much that we actually shot our whole music video with mainly this 50mm 1.8 and the 24mm pancake on an 80D! And that in 2017 with no 4K ;)

  • Jack Lee
    Jack Lee 25 days ago

    Your hand motions gave me a huge headache

  • Rick Davis
    Rick Davis 25 days ago

    I bought a 50mm f/1.8 back in 1999 brand new for $50.  Unfortunately, it wasn't very sharp.  Back then I was shooting my first DSLR, a and Canon's first DSLR, the 30D.  Maybe it's time to give it another shot with my 5D mark IV.

  • SirLJC30
    SirLJC30 25 days ago

    So if you are using an aps-c sensor would you recommend still going for a 50? Or would it be better to get a 35mm prime to achieve an effective 50mm (approx.)?

  • interstailar tristan
    interstailar tristan 27 days ago

    Guys I want to know if I can use this on a nikon d3400, any help?

    • Jonathan Caldentey
      Jonathan Caldentey 21 day ago

      interstailar tristan Try this one. Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

    • interstailar tristan
      interstailar tristan 21 day ago

      Jonathan Caldentey oh ok thx

    • Jonathan Caldentey
      Jonathan Caldentey 21 day ago

      interstailar tristan No. This is for Canon’s specific camera mount. I’m sure Nikon has their own version though.

  • Ashley Miragliotta
    Ashley Miragliotta 27 days ago

    Just bought it it is so good does everything I've ever wanted to do its amazing

  • Mike Allen
    Mike Allen 27 days ago

    Yes I buy it 🤘🤘🤘

  • cjw
    cjw 27 days ago

    skip to 1:00

  • Gustavo Arzich da Gama

    Got the 17-50 f2.8 cause that 50mm on my 70D is 80 :(

  • jagz888
    jagz888 28 days ago +1

    the proper name is actually the "plastic fantastic" here in the uk

  • Rafael Almonte
    Rafael Almonte 28 days ago