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    Default Re: Why so many choose 50mm prime lens??

    Quote Originally Posted by goenawan View Post
    zeckson how close was that to the object?? i cant seem really to get too close to the object, it wont focus
    can we use manual focus for this lens? (Nikon 50mm f/1.8d)
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    guess you such more or less understand why people use prime lens haha.
    from what i know just YESTERDAY, which relates to your question.
    i just found out from my friends that, they are used to shoot portrait - simple.
    kind to share this little piece of info :x
    i believe it is of good use tho the short amount of time to change lens?
    but i think if for an occassion you are more of less going to shoot portrait shots or what, this prime lens will be of a help? pls correct me if my mindset is wrong! cheerios

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaoken View Post
    The 50mm lenses are just nice for paid photoshoots.

    Reasons:
    1. You can do close-ups shots of the models.
    2. You can do a half-body shot by stepping backwards.
    3. You can also do a full-body shot by stepping backwards even more.
    4. For 50mm, the F-stop can be from F2 to F1.2, depends on your liking of bokeh in the photos.
    5. For the lenses such as 100mm, you can't get a nice bokeh with the DoF or the full body (unless you stand quite far away from the model)

    To me, these are simple reasons why the 50mm is frequently used.
    U sure 100mm cannot get a nice bokeh? Full body shot i understand, but not getting a nice bokeh from a 100mm is rubbish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle View Post
    U sure 100mm cannot get a nice bokeh? Full body shot i understand, but not getting a nice bokeh from a 100mm is rubbish.
    Er.. Typed this when I just woke up.
    Sorry, I correct the meaning.

    100mm will enable a bokeh for close-up shots but not a nice one if it use to take a "wide angle" shot you mentioned a full-body shot.

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    Wouldn't a 50 mm lens effectively become a 80 mm one when used in a DSLR that is not full frame?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaoken View Post
    Er.. Typed this when I just woke up.
    Sorry, I correct the meaning.

    100mm will enable a bokeh for close-up shots but not a nice one if it use to take a "wide angle" shot you mentioned a full-body shot.
    Taking a full body shot with gd background blur also depends how far u are away from the subject and also how far the subject is from the background objects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikonnew View Post
    Wouldn't a 50 mm lens effectively become a 80 mm one when used in a DSLR that is not full frame?
    80mm will be on 1.6x.
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    Default Re: Why so many choose 50mm prime lens??

    Quote Originally Posted by Nikonnew View Post
    Wouldn't a 50 mm lens effectively become a 80 mm one when used in a DSLR that is not full frame?
    After the crop multiplier ( depending on the camera makes ) it appears as if to have field of view of one with longer focal length.

    U can match with something wider to reproduce the same equivalent view For instance, there is a Nikon AFS 35mm which on a Nikon DX sensor reproduces closely to that of a normal lens view.

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    Default Re: Why so many choose 50mm prime lens??

    good thread for newbie like me

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    Quote Originally Posted by MumSon View Post
    good thread for newbie like me
    absolutely. thanks

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    what other prime lenses are there in the market?

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    Default Re: Why so many choose 50mm prime lens??

    Quote Originally Posted by NeeKon View Post
    what other prime lenses are there in the market?
    as long it can't zoom, all are prime lenses, aka fixed focal length lenses

    so what other prime lenses you are looking for?
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    Common portraiture primes are 50mm, 85mm and 105mm and 135mm.

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    Default Re: Why so many choose 50mm prime lens??

    Can I say the 50mm prime is basically for portrait?

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    Default Re: Why so many choose 50mm prime lens??

    Quote Originally Posted by firstrazor View Post
    Can I say the 50mm prime is basically for portrait?
    No. Some like myself use the 50mm, some 85mm, some 135mm, some 200mm while others also use zooms such as 24-70, 24-105, 70-200 or 70-300 for example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by firstrazor View Post
    Can I say the 50mm prime is basically for portrait?
    Although I do have a 50mm lens myself, I do not think that 50mm is solely for the purposes of portrait photography. In the past, 50mm lens was a common kit lens for 35mm SLR film cameras. I guess this was where the legacy of 50mm lens started from. However, in my own opinion, 135mm prime lens is more ideal for portrait photography. Nevertheless, 50mm gives you more versatility compared to a 135mm prime lens.

    Furthermore, in portraiture, the subject you are shooting also matters. For example, if your subject is not camera shy, probably 50mm will be sufficient. If your subject is very shy, you probably need a 300mm prime with a 2X teleconverter. :P
    Last edited by tank0085; 16th June 2009 at 09:18 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    as long it can't zoom, all are prime lenses, aka fixed focal length lenses

    so what other prime lenses you are looking for?
    I am new to these.. It all started from 1 photoshoot that I had went.. Saw a couple of them using 50mm prime lens... Hence, this thread..

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    Quote Originally Posted by tank0085 View Post
    Although I do have a 50mm lens myself, I do not think that 50mm is solely for the purposes of portrait photography. In the past, 50mm lens was a common kit lens for 35mm SLR film cameras. I guess this is where the legacy of 50mm lens started from. However, in my own opinion, 135mm prime lens is more ideal for portrait photography. Nevertheless, 50mm gives you more versatility compared to a 135mm prime lens.
    Pardon my ignorance.. isn't 135mm zoom too close?? Or the flexibilty to shoot at a further distance warrants it?? I can visualise it as half body portrait..

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    Default Re: Why so many choose 50mm prime lens??

    Quote Originally Posted by NeeKon View Post
    I am new to these.. It all started from 1 photoshoot that I had went.. Saw a couple of them using 50mm prime lens... Hence, this thread..
    Quote Originally Posted by NeeKon View Post
    Pardon my ignorance.. isn't 135mm zoom too close?? Or the flexibilty to shoot at a further distance warrants it?? I can visualise it as half body portrait..
    The 50mmf1.8 is the cheapest prime lens you can get, and since it will be a like a short tele on a DX SLR body, so it is very popular to be use as a portrait lens, but it is not design as a portrait lens originally.

    base on a 35mm film format, or on a FX format, traditionally 50mm focal length is for a full length portrait, 85mm is for half length portrait, 105mm is for bust length portrait and 135mm is for head shot.

    however, ones can use a much longer focal length lens for portrait, as such, it will get a much nerrower depth of field effects, hence, 180mm and 300mm lenses are commonly use on fashion photography.

    hope this help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NeeKon View Post
    Pardon my ignorance.. isn't 135mm zoom too close?? Or the flexibilty to shoot at a further distance warrants it?? I can visualise it as half body portrait..
    Its great for bust-up or close-up headshot. If you step back some, half-body
    Last edited by MarkNKL; 16th June 2009 at 09:57 PM.

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