Aperture for a dSLR lense

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  1. gendarmee

    gendarmee TPF Noob!

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    Can one get a F 1.0 lense?
     
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    f/1 will give you an extremely shallow depth of field, keep that in mind.

    you find affordable 50mm f/1.4 or even f/1.2 (but here you already talk of 4 digits in USD or EUR)

    For telephoto lenses or even zooms. f/4 is usually affordable ... f/2.8 gets expensive ... below that, you will hardly find any.
     
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    Your best bet would be the 50mm 1.4 There used to be a 1.0, but it's discontinued...good luck finding one...especially for your budget.

    50 1.4 or 85 1.8 or something would be good...

    Or if you want super cheap...the 50mm 1.8. It's great. I love mine.
     
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    why get an expensive body? id go for a D80 and buy the best lens u can afford. you can always upgrade the body and the glass you always keep. if you are shooting plays id suggest maybe the 80-200 f/2.8 if the lighting is bright enough.

    290 bucks for the 50mm f/1.4
     
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    I shoot Canon, but the Nikon lenses should be about the same price...
    The 50 1.4 is around $280 (I think...been a while since I bought mine), the 50 1.8 is $70-80. I can't remember how much the 85 1.8 is, but it's within your budget (I'm thinking it's around $300-350).

    They're all good lenses. I've never used the 50 1.8, but everyone seems to love it.

    Check B&H, they usually have pretty good prices. There's a link to them at the top right of this page.
     
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    I know a guy that has a used Canon 50mm f1.0 for sale in excellent condition. The going price is $3,600.00. Your only $3,000.00 short.:lol:

    Seriously, when you start looking at lenses, the bigger the aperture, the higher the cost of the lens, be it a fixed focal length or zoom. Bigger apertures mean bigger problems to overcome in design and construction. They usually require better glass elements as well. Plus, as others have pointed out, the Depth of Field becomes razor thin. Very thin DOF and low light conditions present their own set of problems when it comes to focusing.

    That is what high ISO is for. To allow you to use fast glass. F1.4, f1.8 f2.0, f2.8 range in low light. A zoom lens with an aperture greater than f2.8 is possible, but not practical. The lens would be larger and heavier than it's f2.8 cousin and the cost would be astronomical.

    Another option, depending on what you shoot in low light is some sort of Image Shake reduction. Keep in mind however that all IS will do for you is to help compensate for unsteady hands when shooting at slow shutter speeds. It does nothing in low light to freeze action.

    Since you have a little time before you go buying a DSLR, I'm going to suggest that you pick up a copy of Bryan Petersons "Understand Exposure." It is an excellent book for a beginning photographer that will give you a good grounding to then go look at bodies and lenses. It deals with aperture, shutter speeds, light and how they all come together.
     
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    Really, as has already been said if you need to save money save it on the body not the lens. Why bother with a great camera like the D300 if you are going to put a lesser lens on it?.
     
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    does Canon still make the 50mm f1 lens?
     
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    Nope. Was replaced by the 50mm f1.2L. A better lens all the way around than the f1.0L. Now it's a collectors item.
     
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    photovillage has the original Canon 50mm f/1 for sale at $5400.

    In almost every aspect except the max aperture the f/1.4 version either excelled or was at par with that lens. It is more of a collectors item now a days.
     
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    That really is backwards thinking. The one thing I can guarantee you you will want to upgrade in the future is your body. If you get good glass now it will last you through whatever body you get.
     
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    i have the d80 and just got the50mm 1.8 its a great lense i love it love it love it
     

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