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My new nifty 50 test shot

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

Tags: General Specialist and abstract Close-up and macro Flash and lighting

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paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2012 9:11AM
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.


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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3866 Canada
7 Jan 2012 4:38PM
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.


8 Jan 2012 12:53AM
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?
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3866 Canada
8 Jan 2012 5:31AM
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:

Hope this makes up for the confusion!


8 Jan 2012 10:54PM
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!
8 Jan 2012 11:30PM
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.
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3866 Canada
9 Jan 2012 12:46AM
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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