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    How to shoot a subject wif background blurred? Need some sort of lens?

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    Need as low an aperture number you can get.

    Or you can try panning. Move the cam along with a moving subject.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gavintan View Post
    How to shoot a subject wif background blurred? Need some sort of lens?
    You mean bokeh? Use big aperture like f2.8 and above & take note of the distance between the subject & the background. Do a search and you can get more details.
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    you mean bokeh? Large apperture lens and long tele lens can give you that.
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    Default Re: Subject with blurred background

    you mean shallow Depth of field?

    to get shallow dof you need

    • longer focal lenght
    • bigger aperture (smaller f number)
    • shorter camera to subject distance
    • longer subject to bg distance

    bokeh is the quality of blur and not the actual blur

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    simple term, put subject between minimum focusing distance and infinity *not on infinity* then shoot with the widest aperture.

    the nearer the subject towards the minimum focusing distance will render background blurer, if subject nearer to infinity will render background sharper.
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    Den in lens wise? Means that i hav to get 50mm lens with f/1.4... 1 Noob question 50mm F/1.4 got no zoom rite ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gavintan View Post
    Den in lens wise? Means that i hav to get 50mm lens with f/1.4... 1 Noob question 50mm F/1.4 got no zoom rite ?
    #1, 50mm, is a fixed focal lens, not zoom (vari-focal lens).
    #2, you can get a nice blur b/g (shallow Depth of field) with kit lens also, as long you get close enough with you subject, with a bigger aperture setting.
    #3, if you want to shoot a full length portraits with blur b/g (shallow Depth of field), you need a longer focal length lens with bigger aperture setting.
    #4, basically all big aperture lenses perform well while shooting wide open, but this does not mean you can't shoot nice portraits with consumer grade/ low range (zoom) lenses
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    Quote Originally Posted by gavintan View Post
    Den in lens wise? Means that i hav to get 50mm lens with f/1.4... 1 Noob question 50mm F/1.4 got no zoom rite ?
    No need f1.4

    f2 also can get bokeh... heck I get bokeh even with f8 (although at a distance of course)
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    It depends on how far your bg from your subject. The further the bg, the more blur it gets. Of cuz, aperture play a big role too. The f/2.8 definitely get blurrer bg compare to f/5. Focal length also. 200mm can definitely gets blurrer bg compare to 50mm. Below is a great DOF video to learn.

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    Default Re: Subject with blurred background

    .. a ( Nikon ) DC lens can also give u a nice bg blur with varying control
    ( again dependent on the distance betw subject and bg )

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    Many lenses from Nikon produced good bokeh (that I know):
    Nikon AF 85mm f/1.4D IF
    Nikon AF DC 105mm f/2D
    Nikon AF DC 135mm f/2D
    Nikon AF-S VR 200mm f/2G IF-ED
    Nikon AF 50mm f/1.4D
    Nikon AF-S VR 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED
    Nikon AF-S 80-200mm f/2.8 IF-ED
    Nikon AF 80-200mm f/2.8D
    Nikon AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED
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    Haha...oic...lidat la.....i use canon 400d ....yesterday bought a 50mm f/1.8 and a 16-35mm f/2.8L USM...hehe...i got 1 photography kaki told me 50mm f/1.8 quite slow reacting lens and need to be careful wif the angle shots u take..is that true?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gohaj View Post
    Many lenses from Nikon produced good bokeh (that I know):
    Good bokeh or shallow DoF?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gavintan View Post
    Haha...oic...lidat la.....i use canon 400d ....yesterday bought a 50mm f/1.8 and a 16-35mm f/2.8L USM...hehe...i got 1 photography kaki told me 50mm f/1.8 quite slow reacting lens and need to be careful wif the angle shots u take..is that true?
    When you compare the 50mm f/1.8 to the 16-35mm f/2.8L USM, the 50mm f/1.8 will definitely focus slower. But if you compare the 50mm f/1.8 to other consumer lenses or 3rd party lenses, it is definitely not a slouch.

    As for being careful with the angle, I don't really get it. But with photography, I would suggest that you experiment with all the various angle, be more creative.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon View Post
    Good bokeh or shallow DoF?
    My opinion is good bokeh

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    bro, you left out the good old

    Nikon AF-S DX 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED

    Quote Originally Posted by gohaj View Post
    Many lenses from Nikon produced good bokeh (that I know):
    Nikon AF 85mm f/1.4D IF
    Nikon AF DC 105mm f/2D
    Nikon AF DC 135mm f/2D
    Nikon AF-S VR 200mm f/2G IF-ED
    Nikon AF 50mm f/1.4D
    Nikon AF-S VR 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED
    Nikon AF-S 80-200mm f/2.8 IF-ED
    Nikon AF 80-200mm f/2.8D
    Nikon AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED
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    Quote Originally Posted by gavintan View Post
    Haha...oic...lidat la.....i use canon 400d ....yesterday bought a 50mm f/1.8 and a 16-35mm f/2.8L USM...hehe...i got 1 photography kaki told me 50mm f/1.8 quite slow reacting lens and need to be careful wif the angle shots u take..is that true?
    Since you got 50mm f1.8. Try it with 1/2 body portrait against a distance background at largest aperture f1.8, you should get what you want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gohaj View Post
    Many lenses from Nikon produced good bokeh (that I know):
    Nikon AF 85mm f/1.4D IF
    Nikon AF DC 105mm f/2D
    Nikon AF DC 135mm f/2D
    Nikon AF-S VR 200mm f/2G IF-ED
    Nikon AF 50mm f/1.4D
    Nikon AF-S VR 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED
    Nikon AF-S 80-200mm f/2.8 IF-ED
    Nikon AF 80-200mm f/2.8D
    Nikon AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED
    does 70-200 produce good bokeh? i dun feel so...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gavintan View Post
    Haha...oic...lidat la.....i use canon 400d ....yesterday bought a 50mm f/1.8 and a 16-35mm f/2.8L USM...

    These few lenses from Canon produced good bokeh (that I know):
    EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
    EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
    EF 85mm f/1.2L I USM
    EF 135mm f/2L USM

    There may be more lenses from Canon that produced good bokeh as well.

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