Buying a lens for portrait

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  1. atseeyob

    atseeyob TPF Noob!

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    Well I am buying Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens because I start people photography class and my instructor advised us to have a lens with a larger aperture. It is only $75 in amazon.com. Any comment on this lens will be great.
     
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    jstuedle No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Great, sharp, inexpensive portrait lens on a cropped chip DSLR. Can't buy anything sharper for the money.
     
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    I have one and its really my favorite, I use it all the time
     
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    Ditto.
    I use mine for portraits often, and it gives great sharp pictures, with a small DOF great for the look most are after. I love it.

    Oh, and it weighs about as much as 5 quarters...lmfao
     
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    Thank you as usual.........I guess I am comfortable to go ahead and order.
     
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    Does it ever get annoying not being able to zoom in? I find myself using the zooming capabilities of my camera quite a lot. I guess it depends on what you shoot...
     
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    I don't have this lens, but I am considering it the moment I pay off my credit card.

    My understanding is that the lens is used mainly for portraits and close-up (macro) photography. Its selling point is really its huge aperature, not its zoom. Also, since it lacks zoom, it is easy to make it so that it always gives crystal-clear image without any optical defects.

    My impression is that zoom lens are the multipurpose tools - they do a lot of things, but aren't especially good at anything in particular. This one isn't a multipurpose one - it does one or two things, but it does them really well.

    You can of course find a lens that has similar apperture to the one being discussed AND has zoom as well, but I will be surprised if you find it below $1,000 and it will be heavier than most textbooks.
     
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    Yeti,
    This lens would not be good for Macro, as it is not a true macro lens.

    This is a Prime lens, meaning no zoom. Because of that you have to actually do some work and walk around to frame the subject that you are shooting. This has a great aperture and is pretty dang sharp...especially for less then $100. Try and get the Mk I model instead of the Mk II model. The Mk I is actually better, they took a step back with Mk II by making the entire thing plastic...even the mount. Also the Mk I has mode aperture blades, giving you a more pleasant bokeh (background out of focus blur).
     
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    I really like that it doesnt soom. I dont really like using zoom too much. The quality is lesser wwith the zoom I think and I think it makes you pay more attention to how you are composing your shot if you cant just pull in tight. I put a zoom on when I really need it but it isnt often.
     
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    One learns new things every day. :)
     
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    That makes a lot of sense. Since it doesn't have to switch focal lengths, it is simpler and doesn't need as many parts. This allows them to build it better and smaller at a cheaper price. I haven't used the lens itself so I don't know what the image quality is like with it but I'm surprised a $70 lens has an aperture range of f/1.8 - f/22.

    A Canon Rebel XTI body and a lens like this is probably what I'll get when I upgrade to DSLR.
     
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    wow nice lens and nice price! thanks for letting us know about this. does anyone know if it will work with Rebel XT?

    thanks :D
     

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