First Photo with 50mm 1.8

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  1. Thru_These_Eyes

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    C & C is welcome!

    I don't know if I am the only one who feels this way, but the "Nifty Fifty" is a tricky lens!!! Any tips or tricks are welcomed too!

    So anyways, this was taken about a week ago....got a text about how cool the moon looked so I grabbed my camera, hopped into the car and this is the best shot I got......

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    in my opinon the 50mm 1.8 accels in the portrait department. it is also very good at taking pictures of things at 1.8 aperture and having the background completely blurred. When you get home try taking some pictures of things closer up like flowers, or someone.

    Here is an example of a portrait picture taken at 1.8

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    and here is a flower:

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    In my opinion this is where the 50mm 1.8 really shines. Again when you get home try taking some pictures of people or close objects then repost those. You will be amazed at the shots this lens is capable of. Really a great piece of equipment for the price.
     
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    If you didn't have any text written, I wouldn't associate the picture with a shot of the moon. Its far back and not really the focus of the image.

    The shot itself seems very blurry. What were your settings for the shot? I image that even at 1.8, you still had a slow shutter speed and thus its camera shake.

    Too much foreground in the image, moon isn't in focus and could be mistaken for a light, I don't like the pole in the image on the left side.

    The nifty fifty is a fun lens that can do alot, and it can be a bit tricky to use. The trickyness I found comes with the shallow DOF it creates at 1.8 and how its easy to get the DOF off even with a slightest shift.

    Read up on composition (framing, filling the frame, rule of thirds,..), exposure (shutter speed, aperture, ISO), and on low light photography. Even if you can go to 1.8 or 1.4 or 1.2, you sometimes need a tripod. It all depends on the shutter
     
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    Okay, well that brings me to a new question.....

    I am going to be doing a girls senior pictures here this month, are you saying that I can get those done with my 50mm? I saw some shots that someone did with a 70-200mm and was planning on renting it from Lenstogo.com

    But if I will be okay with my 75-300, 28-135 wide angle and 50mm, then I won't bother wasting the money.

    I will definitely take some test shots tonight when I get home and post them up. Thanks!
     
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    Depends on what your doing...Personally I only use my 50 for portraits. If you want a little more depth of field then just bump up the aperture to around f4. It takes amazing shots and in my opinion I love that the person is only in focus and the background is out of focus. It brings the attention of the viewer 100 percent to the person's face.

    my 2 cents
     
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    It seems that all of my pictures I have taken with the lens are blurry. Every single one! Its definitely camera shake....but I thought that because it was 1.8 that I wouldn't have to worry about it because I would get the fastest shutter speed....It has not been the case for me at all.
     
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    i completely agree with that. I love blurred backgrounds with portraits. I will keep this in mind when I do senior photos.
     
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    I have an exraodrinarily steady hand. I only use a tripod for night shots. But yes the 50mm does seem to get alot of shake. Especially in comparison to wide angle lenses. try using a tripod. or using better lighting...maybe put a an external flash on your camera.
     
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    I've been taking pictures exclusively with Canon's nifty fifty ever since someone broke into my car and took my other two lenses. This means over two months now shooting everything with it (except a couple of pictures when someone borrowed me a different lens).

    This made me try to push the lens to its limit. I found out it is indeed a good lens for portraits, but you should be very careful when using it at f/1.8 because of the very shallow DOF. It's not uncommon to focus the subject's nose and have the ears out of focus or something like that. You can even see that in shortpballer's post. That picture of the girl, here nose is focused but the hands are very slightly blurred. If he had gotten any closer, it would be even more noticeable (and I have no idea if those were shot at f/1.8).

    I shoot mainly live bands and spot meter to the face. Because of the subject's movement, one very common mistake I end up making is having the microphone in focus and the face gets blurred.

    Also, the lens is sharper at f/2.5 and lower apertures. Keep in mind that non-full frame bodies make it look more like an 80mm or so. It's not easy to get two people in the shot without them being very close together or you being a couple of yards back. I'm sure you'll get the hang of it in no time :)

    EDIT: Shortpballer, you sure that's shake you're getting? Isn't it the extremely shallow DOF? Just asking because I very rarely get shaky pictures with it and I mainly shoot in dim light, no flash and no tripod. But I do have very steady hands. I actually won a bet because of my steady hands, by shooting with a 250mm lens at 1/15 and getting a steady shot :D. I dind't even breathe when I took it, it was one in a thousand :D
     
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    love my 50mm 1.8 as well. i have used it a couple times for flowers and such, but i mainly use it for my puppy portraits indoors under natural lighting. they turn out absolutely stunning (at least in my opinion).

    i havent noticed much, if any, difference using the "stop down 2 stops from max aperture for sharper images" mantra, but i still find myself more often than not (unless light prohibits) using it at around 2.8 or so. light really doesnt prohibit much at 2.8 anyways. :)
     
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    I don't get shake unless i shoot below 1/10 ;)
     
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    With the 50mm, so do I. :mrgreen:
     

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