This week the NEC in Birmingham has hosted Focus on Imaging which is Europe's largest photography and imaging trade show. I've been most years since turning pro and always find it valuable to invest time and resources into the event and there's more than a bargain or two to be had on new photography equipment which is always welcome. Definitely could spend a LOT of money further expanding our range of kit.
This year my main purchase was a new lens. It's a Canon EF 50 mm f1.4 This happens to be the first prime lens I've owned and from what I've seen so far it's been a worthwhile investment. For those not sure how prime pertains to photography; simply, it tells you that the focal length is fixed, in this case at 50 mm. In contrast with zoom lenses where you are able to choose from multiple focal lengths. When it comes to shooting, using a prime usually involves a physical shift should you want to get closer to or further away from your subject. A zoom gives more options from the one position. There's a lot more math/science behind focal length to be found online if you're so inclined.
I took a few portraits of the kids yesterday just to give in a try out and even though they were only a handful of candids, I'm happy so far.
Looking forward to being out and about with the warmer weather and making full use of this lens for portrait photography and wedding photography especially. I'd also look to do some music photography with this lens also to broaden it's scope of use.