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    I've seen several posts on the forum regarding lower aperture value gives shows a faster lens. What it actually means?

    Shooting night portraits without a tripod, I normally have to shoot at the lowest stop to capture more lights. But wont it gives a rather shallow DOF; bluring parts of the subject's?

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    Default Re: Aperture and night photography

    a lower value fstop will give you a faster shutter speed

    shooting night scenes needs high fstop and a sturdy tripod

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryuggen View Post
    I've seen several posts on the forum regarding lower aperture value gives shows a faster lens. What it actually means?

    Shooting night portraits without a tripod, I normally have to shoot at the lowest stop to capture more lights. But wont it gives a rather shallow DOF; bluring parts of the subject's?
    Yes. But if you are shooting nightscapes, you may still get away with low F stops when you focus far away. You can also compensate with a higher ISO speed and also using something to rest on to allow for a slightly longer exposure.
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    So basically it is quite difficult to take night portraits with handheld.- unless with a flash to freeze the subject.


    Users who buy 2.8 and below are players of shallow DOF?eg. focusing on eyes only. Hence it may not be necessary if one is taking normal portraits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryuggen View Post
    So basically it is quite difficult to take night portraits with handheld.- unless with a flash to freeze the subject.


    Users who buy 2.8 and below are players of shallow DOF?eg. focusing on eyes only. Hence it may not be necessary if one is taking normal portraits.
    not true, it depends on how you shoot. if you use f2.8 on just head/shoulder shot, the DOF is very little. but for full body shots, even at f2.8 you can easily get the whole person sharp.

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    I wouldn't say I like to shoot at f2.8 or larger aperature (smaller f number)... Usually shoot at f4 or f5.6
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    The aperture to use depends largely on your DOF requirements and the available lighting condition. If you are making a living out of photography, then the faster lenses would obviously give you more options and god knows when it will save your life when you needed it most. Just because they have faster lenses doesn't means they use the fastest setting all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kit View Post
    The aperture to use depends largely on your DOF requirements and the available lighting condition. If you are making a living out of photography, then the faster lenses would obviously give you more options and god knows when it will save your life when you needed it most. Just because they have faster lenses doesn't means they use the fastest setting all the time.
    yes, I do shoot f8-11 with a f2.8 lens as well. but f2.8 is a good to have, and have saved my a** many times.

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    you can use a 2.8 lens to shoot at 5.6 for grp shots, or when you want everything in focus.

    you can also use the 2.8 lens and shoot at 2.8 to achieve some nice DOF, something a 3.5-5.6 lens cannot achieve.

    you cant use a 5.6 lens to take pictures at 2.8... that's why constant aperture lenses are so expensive but yet in popular demand.

    like explorerz said. 2.8 good to have. !
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    I was thinking if i could use 2.8 to shoot a portrait/street handheld, smaller aperture value gives me relative higher shutter. But i'm worried over shallow DOF.

    Normally, I see portraits shooter tend to shoot at F4 to F5.6 instead of the 2.8. 2.8 lens is good to have, but is it good to use?

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    I shoot with f1.8 at home, at my baby boy. The lighting is not bright (usual home flouracent lamp) and my son is moving his body parts fast, but the f1.8 allows me to shoot him without flash (I dun 1 2 blind my son with flash as such tender age). The shallow DOF is good for isolating him from the background, so I find that large aperture portrait is quite nice too.

    But for your case, if you 1 2 shoot protrait/street with big aperture, it really depends on your personal liking, ie do you like bokeh background? Or you prefer the BG to be sharp too? Then its fair to choice the aperture you 1.....If you really 1 sharp BG, then no choice but to use higher aperture loh....but need tripod if lighting is dim. Flash doesn't help much for outdoor portrait, especially if the BG is far....slow syn will help only if you have tripod....

    These are my limited experience....may have better solution by the seniors.

    P.S. - I love my f1.8, I am using it most of the time and I can shoot full body portrait of a "glass" with nice bokeh.....I am loving it, so I am now looking for a wide prime with at least f2.

    Quote Originally Posted by ryuggen View Post
    I was thinking if i could use 2.8 to shoot a portrait/street handheld, smaller aperture value gives me relative higher shutter. But i'm worried over shallow DOF.

    Normally, I see portraits shooter tend to shoot at F4 to F5.6 instead of the 2.8. 2.8 lens is good to have, but is it good to use?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lastboltnut View Post
    P.S. - I love my f1.8, I am using it most of the time and I can shoot full body portrait of a "glass" with nice bokeh.....I am loving it, so I am now looking for a wide prime with at least f2.
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    Yah one of the candidate, then I will get about 50mm with 1.5CF.

    OT abit: But wondering if the 20 and 24 f1.8 from Sigma is good....

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