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    Default Re: 50mm f1.8 just simply a Portrait lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by right550 View Post
    One culture that I dont understand...

    Since this is a Newbies corner, I would like to ask for some suggestions from who have more experience in DSLR industries.

    However, I realize that suggestion asking me to check back the books or what spoonfeeding things...Then what is the meaning to open a new thread to ask question?

    Yes, I am new in this field but would you like to give suggestions on my question?

    Only relevant suggestions...
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    If in that case, I agree.

    However, what kind of questions should be appear at this corner?

    what kind of questions should be more appropriate? at least show some efforts that you have done some research and but still don't understand.

    Many members are very helpful to newbies here, and I can see most of them showing patient here.
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    Default Re: 50mm f1.8 just simply a Portrait lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by right550 View Post
    Yes. However, normally I use P mode...

    I think it is a silly question, but I wish to ask. Is there any Manual that teach how to use fully utilize the lens?
    use aperture priority mode, then u can adjust the aperture from f1.8 till f22 (or whatever)...

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    Default Re: 50mm f1.8 just simply a Portrait lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    You do know how to adjust the aperture value in either Aperture-Priority or Manual modes, right?
    Quote Originally Posted by right550 View Post
    Yes. However, normally I use P mode...

    I think it is a silly question, but I wish to ask. Is there any Manual that teach how to use fully utilize the lens?
    if your answer is 'yes', then you shouldn't be wondering how to adjust the aperture from f/1.8 mah....

    furthermore, when you mount the 50/1.8 lens and shoot in P mode, do you notice that the camera doesn't select f/1.8 all the time?
    Exploring! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    if your answer is 'yes', then you shouldn't be wondering how to adjust the aperture from f/1.8 mah....

    furthermore, when you mount the 50/1.8 lens and shoot in P mode, do you notice that the camera doesn't select f/1.8 all the time?
    I normally use this lens for Portrait, food, flower, events such as birthday, which most of the time create depth of field.

    I did try it for night scene but when i zoom in, the picture is not that clear...which not bcos of shaking...

    I cant deny that most of the time, I use 18-135mm lens instead of this lens, which I thought it is just a portrait lens...

    If for you, with this two lens, which one you will use the most?
    Last edited by right550; 12th October 2010 at 05:21 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by right550 View Post
    I normally use this lens for Portrait, food, flower, events such as birthday, which most of the time create depth of field.

    I did try it for night scene but when i zoom in, the picture is not that clear...which not bcos of shaking...

    I cant deny that most of the time, I use 18-135mm lens instead of this lens, which I thought it is just a portrait lens...

    If for you, with this two lens, which one you will use the most?
    hello brother

    there is no answer to such question... it is a personal choice... if u wan more depth, u can use 50mm at f8... u should use 50mm more.. u may like it ... it is very sharp...

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    Quote Originally Posted by right550 View Post
    Yes. However, normally I use P mode...

    I think it is a silly question, but I wish to ask. Is there any Manual that teach how to use fully utilize the lens?
    Everything has its own purpose. Why you want to use manual? ask it for your self.
    People uses M mode to get more control and more creative with the shots. They have purpose. All you need is purpose before you want to learn something.

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    Default Re: 50mm f1.8 just simply a Portrait lens?

    With plenty of light, the 18-135mm.
    Little light 50mm.
    The reason should be obvious

    Having said that, please go read up on exposure. The book "understanding exposure" by bryan peterson is a nice thing to understand. Can borrow from library at zero cost.

    Members on this forum are usually very helpful, but only if the conservation goes 2 ways. One must make lots of effort to find the information. To be fair, TS, you dont seem to have a good understanding on the basics of how to operate your camera yet. Go through the manual, learn about the settings, shoot more, experiment then ask questions by posting pictures. You will realise that people here are more than helpful to help if you are seen to have made some effort

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    Quote Originally Posted by right550 View Post
    I normally use this lens for Portrait, food, flower, events such as birthday, which most of the time create depth of field.

    I did try it for night scene but when i zoom in, the picture is not that clear...which not bcos of shaking...

    I cant deny that most of the time, I use 18-135mm lens instead of this lens, which I thought it is just a portrait lens...

    If for you, with this two lens, which one you will use the most?
    I'm quite 1-dimensional in my photography at the moment, so between 18-135 and 50/1.8, I will likely use the 18-135 at least 90% of the time. That is certainly not representative of you, nor anyone else on Clubsnap. So asking me is kinda pointless. To each his own, is all I can say.

    You've listed a number of different types of shots you take with your 50/1.8, so it's not just a portrait lens.
    Exploring! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by right550 View Post
    May I ask some suggestion from you about the lens?
    sure, but first u gotta understand that a lens, as with any other tool in any industry is there for u to use it in any way u deem fit.

    As in this case, different ppl will use a 2B pencil differently, and all with different results. some good some bad. Bottom line.... use it creatively.

    same principle goes with a 50mm f/1.8. (or any lens for that matter)
    For one to think of a lens as as single use, is foolish. for example, you can do some macro with a non dedicated macro lens. U can do portraits with a macro lens. u can shoot weddings, portraits or landscapes with a fish eye lens. Only difference is of course, the end result.

    As with your question abt giving a suggestion abt the lens, feel free to provide in which context/area/genre you would want to find out more in. If it is beyond my technical/general knowledge, then im sure someone else here would be more than willing to help you out

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    I'm quite 1-dimensional in my photography at the moment, so between 18-135 and 50/1.8, I will likely use the 18-135 at least 90% of the time. That is certainly not representative of you, nor anyone else on Clubsnap. So asking me is kinda pointless. To each his own, is all I can say.

    You've listed a number of different types of shots you take with your 50/1.8, so it's not just a portrait lens.
    Ok. I will try more with this f1.8...May be can find more on its internal beauty...

    Normally you all give comments on the photo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by right550 View Post
    Ok. I will try more with this f1.8...May be can find more on its internal beauty...

    Normally you all give comments on the photo?
    yes but don't post it in the newbies corner. Gotta create a thread in the galleries section and post there.
    Exploring! :)

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    wat lens or how long a lens does TS need?

    1) Settle on what subject or ppl, light condition.
    2) Subject or ppl your like to include in the scene
    3) Location you normal shot allow to move back and forth
    4) Happy with all the above then decide if your 50mm is suitable for your daily use.

    After all 50mm is just a focal length.

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    I agree that the culture is that most "newbie corner" threads are met with walls of "go do a search" replies. But rightfully so. Some questions are so basic and redundant (if proper research was done) that it is, in fact, courtesy that some members bother to give a reply in the first place.

    That said, the 50 f1.8 is definitely not just a portrait lens. You can use it for anything. It's just a colloquial term used because most people use the 50 1.8 to shoot portraits.
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    Need advice from senior bros.
    Why 50mm 1.4 can't take micro shot.
    What is the different of construction and build between 50mm and 18-55mm micro lens that 50mm prime lens not so sharp at micro.
    How abt 50mm and 60mm micro? Why most major brand only make 60mm and 100mm micro.
    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAMMERLIONG View Post
    Need advice from senior bros.
    Why 50mm 1.4 can't take micro shot.
    What is the different of construction and build between 50mm and 18-55mm micro lens that 50mm prime lens not so sharp at micro.
    How abt 50mm and 60mm micro? Why most major brand only make 60mm and 100mm micro.
    Thanks in advance.
    50 1.4 for Macro? Why not? But you won't really get to shoot insects up close like most of the photographers who specialize in macro. Of course there's the option of close up filters. But If you want to shoot professional macro shots, 100mm will be most appropriate. But its all up to what you think is best. Built wise 50mm vs 18 - 55mm, 50mm will not be as though as 18 -55 but image quality wise, 50mm is sharper with the advantage of fix aperture (F1.8/f1.4/f1.2). Your 18 - 55 is F3.5 - 5.6. Disadvantage is the fix focal length of 50mm, but you can always use the "Manuel zoom".

    Only answered 2 questions, don't get what you mean about major brand only make 60mm and 100mm micro.
    Last edited by antotsang; 12th October 2010 at 10:30 PM.

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    [QUOTE=antotsang;6586866]50 1.4 for Macro? Why not? But you won't really get to shoot insects up close like most of the photographers who specialize in macro. Of course there's the option of close up filters. But If you want to shoot professional macro shots, 100mm will be most appropriate./QUOTE]

    Bro i dont agreed on wat u say by pro macro shot must use 100 mm macro lens? By using macro lens u will get pro result? Haha... Not all pro uses delicate macro lens for one my shifu Stevewhy using a pns with closeup filter and his macro is first class...

    Just my 2 cent tot... Peace...

    Last edited by Lx3ChuA; 12th October 2010 at 10:43 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAMMERLIONG View Post
    Need advice from senior bros.
    Why 50mm 1.4 can't take micro shot.
    What is the different of construction and build between 50mm and 18-55mm micro lens that 50mm prime lens not so sharp at micro.
    How abt 50mm and 60mm micro? Why most major brand only make 60mm and 100mm micro.
    Thanks in advance.
    Don't really get your question but i use the 50mm because i don't have the 18-55 and also because it has an aperture ring, so i don't have to prop the aperture blades open compared to an 18-55.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    yes but don't post it in the newbies corner. Gotta create a thread in the galleries section and post there.
    Thanks bro, will create one later...

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    Anyway, welcome to photography! But I think you should read your user manual. you have much reading to do. don't waste money buying expensive equipment when you aren't utilising your curret equipment fully.

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    I am thinking to summarize all the point here.

    50mm f1.8 can use for:

    1.Portrait
    2.good choice for food and night shoot when lighting is dim.
    3.use it for macro, by adding filters, extenders or DYI stuffs.
    4.its quite affordable and light.
    5.for walkabouts and architecture and landscape shots.
    6.candid
    7.with a kenko extension tube, and it became macro lens
    8.'convert' 50mm prime into a macro lens. reverse lens, teleconverters like raynox or extension tubes from kenko.
    9.has maximum aperture of f1.8, does not mean can only shoot at f1.8.

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