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Shallow depth of field with a Fuji S5000 ?

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    dalowsons
    dalowsons  1089 forum posts Australia
    15 Nov 2004 - 12:11 PM

    Ok, I am going through an experimental phase with shallow depth of field, for which I have been using my Pentax MZ50 with a telephoto lense and getting some good results (soon to be posted Smile

    However, I read somewhere that it is much more difficult to get a shallow depth of field with a digital camera. Is this true, and would it be possible with a Fuji S5000 ? I have had a few attempts and not really succeeded, but perhaps I am just using the wrong settings. Obviously I am using the largest aperture possible, but should I use the zoom - would that have the same effect as using a telephoto lense ?

    Sorry, lots of basic questions, but I have searched the forums a bit and not really found a direct answer. Thanks in advance for any advice ! Smile

    Al

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    strawman
    strawman  1022006 forum posts United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
    15 Nov 2004 - 2:17 PM

    When playing with depth of field you need to think of the real focal length of the lens as many digital cameras say that it is a 28mm setting for example, when you find out the real focal length is 5mm for example. Generally for a given f stop, the wider the lens angle the greater the DOF. Why the difference well it is all down to sensor size.

    So for your question using a longer focal length will help but as the real focal length will be quite small compared to a 35mm camera, you will have greater DOF for a given f stop. Having said that many find the extra DOF a boon so its swings and roundabouts.

    sillyconguru
    15 Nov 2004 - 2:25 PM

    Yes, Strawman is correct.

    I have a S5000 and differential focussing is only really possible at the 57mm (full zoom) end of the lens @ f3.2 (maximum aperture), this gives a similar DOF to a 35mm standard lens at the same aperture (but with greater magnification). You need to be fairly close to the subject to make the background very blurred.

    At the wide-angle end of the lens the DOF is vast, this easily makes everything look in focus.

    dalowsons
    dalowsons  1089 forum posts Australia
    16 Nov 2004 - 1:21 AM

    Thanks for your comments, guys. I will have to keep practising and see what I can do. Also, guess I should stop worrying about shallow depth of field and be grateful that I can get such good DOF on the other end of the spectrum Smile

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