Whether you’re starting out in photography, or are just looking for a new lens, consider the Canon 50mm. This lens is super versatile, and it’s especially great for portraits. It comes in f1.2, f1.4, and f1.8, and it’s a prime lens, meaning it has a fixed focal length (can’t zoom in or out). I love how wide the aperture is. The wider the aperture, the more blurred the background is. This is a little confusing, but the SMALLER the number, the WIDER the aperture. So the 1.2 is wider than the 1.8.
You’re probably thinking, “What’s the difference? Which one is right for me?”. While I personally have used and like each one of them, I’m perfectly fine with the 1.8 model, and it’s also very cheap as far as camera lenses go. You'll definitely want to invest in a 1.4 or 1.2 later, but the 1.8 is the perfect first portrait lens. I’ve had my 50mm prime for years and still love it; I definitely use it more than any of my other lenses. I highly recommend it for beginners and professionals alike.
What’s your favorite camera lens?