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Just trying out the Canon 50mm f1.8. New today, so would like to know what you think?
Comments please.
Thanks.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 550D
Lens:50.0 mm f/1.8
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:6 Jan 2012 - 9:07 PM
Focal Length:50mm
Aperture:f/1.8
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:500
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:My new nifty 50 test shot
Username:SiPickles SiPickles
Uploaded:7 Jan 2012 - 12:36 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flash / lighting, General, Specialist / abstract
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paulbroad
paulbroad e2 Member 789 forum postspaulbroad vcard United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 9:11 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

The idea is quite good using the out of focus lights as a background. You need a bit more light on the figure and, just because your new lens is f1.8. you don't have to use it at that.

Did you use a tripod - you should in these circumstances. The figure should be pin sharp with that lens and I'm afraid it isn't. Either shake, inaccurate focusing, or both. When you are this close, manual focus ensures the focal point is where you want it, and a bit of body sway at f1.8 will alter the plane of focus dramatically.

I would also set exposure manually in these circumstances.

Paul

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10988 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2985 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 4:38 PM

Ok, bokeh!

You may not have sharpened Woody after you re sized for upload Alison, as he comes out nicely with a little sharpening. The lens has really nice bokeh, and as you likely know, in real life shots will perform better stopped down one or two from 1.8. You will have fun with it Im sure.



regards



Willie

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SiPickles
SiPickles e2 Member 3SiPickles vcard England
8 Jan 2012 - 12:53 AM

Cheers for the mod, don't know what I'm doing with photoshop yet, still learning. really liking the fifty. Great bokeh as you say, love the shallow DOF.
By the way....who's Alison?

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banehawi Critique Team 10988 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2985 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2012 - 5:31 AM

Sorry Simon, - confused you with another member who often uses the wooden dolls as props, her name is Alison of course, so apologies.

One thing you will find about a prime lens like this is that it will force you to think about composition more than if you used a zoom, as you have to move yourself and the camera to compose. And, like all primes, it is much sharper than a zoom. The sweet spot for this lens is f/5.6, where it is sharpest from the centre to the edge.


Heres a link to information on depth of field you can use for this lens and your camera combination:

http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html

Hope this makes up for the confusion!


Regards


Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 8 Jan 2012 - 5:33 AM

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SiPickles e2 Member 3SiPickles vcard England
8 Jan 2012 - 10:54 PM

Thanks for that, need as much help as poss,know what I wanna shoot but can't always pull it off. I know that will come with practice n time.
Got a dof calculator thingy off the link, but don't know what the heck to do with it??
Time for google!

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SiPickles e2 Member 3SiPickles vcard England
8 Jan 2012 - 11:30 PM

Re: Paul, think it was a bit of body sway, didn't realise how much it can affect focus, only just got it that day tho. Takes a bit of getting used to, never used a prime before. Amazed at the sharpness you can get when it goes right. thanks for the heads up.

Last Modified By SiPickles at 8 Jan 2012 - 11:33 PM

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10988 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2985 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jan 2012 - 12:46 AM

Simon, - you enter your camera, lens, and then the other drop down, like aperture and distance from subject. If you play around with it you will see that the depth of field changes with aperture and distance from subject, as well as focal length.


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