If you’re a beginning photographer but want to crank things up a notch, I can’t recommend a 50mm prime lens enough. May I suggest a Canon 50mm f/1.8 II for only about $100? I’m not saying it’s the best lens on the market, but it’s the best value out there by a landslide. This lens will perform very well in low light settings and create those dreamy backgrounds.
And now there is an even better reason to add to the list. You can reverse this lens and create a half decent macro lens! Macro photography is close up photography and can really change the way you see things. I’ve tried it and was very impressed with the results. It’s not perfect, but it works and it cost me…$0. Learn more over here at the MCP blog.