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    Quote Originally Posted by HAMMERLIONG View Post
    Why most major brand only make 60mm and 100mm micro.
    Thanks in advance.
    Just my point of view: most macro lenses i see is around 50/60, 90/100 or 180/200. That's around two times increment of focal length. If the difference in increase in magnification (factor in min. focusing distance here) is insignificant, there's no need to upgrade from a 50mm to a say, 75mm. It'll make more sense to go for a 100mm instead.

    As for why the min. focal length is around 50mm could be because it's not cost effective to make 1. If there's a 25mm macro, wouldn't the min. focusing range have to be very short? This increases the cost of the lens as more complex parts and designs have to be used.

    Hope this explain your doubt =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by antotsang View Post
    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...

    haha, I expected my definition of pro will be misleading. Actually what I meant is by using lenses built particularly for macro will give you maximum results, especially when you want very close up shots. Hope it elaborates my answer.
    Last edited by antotsang; 13th October 2010 at 01:29 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    why so quick to classify this lens as just a portrait lens?
    It can be used for anything you can think of.
    50mm is just a focal length.
    You could even take landscapes with it.
    Why so serious... Son?

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    Hi right550,

    let me know if you need the book "understanding exposure" by bryan peterson.

    Best regards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamTac View Post
    Hi right550,

    let me know if you need the book "understanding exposure" by bryan peterson.

    Best regards.
    Thanks. I think 550D guide book will be more useful now or the lens book...

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

    Quote Originally Posted by right550 View Post
    Thanks. I think 550D guide book will be more useful now or the lens book...
    Hi TS, IMHO u need this . http://gdlp01.c-wss.com/gds/9/030000...550d-im-en.pdf
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    Default Re: 50mm f1.8 just simply a Portrait lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by right550 View Post
    Thanks. I think 550D guide book will be more useful now or the lens book...
    I think so too.


    Just note that EVERY (a bit worried to use this word, coz maybe there's an exception) lens can have its aperture adjusted from the maximum.

    For example the 50/1.8 can be shot at f/2, f/2.2, f/2.8, f/3.5, ........, f/11, etc
    same goes for every other "portrait" lens such as 50/1.2L, etc.
    Exploring! :)

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    Just note that EVERY (a bit worried to use this word, coz maybe there's an exception) lens can have its aperture adjusted from the maximum.
    haahaha...

    ya nowadays must watch the extreme words... if not people will come shooting le...
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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.
    I tried to create a thread there, but unable to attach the photo files.

    Should I uploaded to somewhere else first then put the link into the thread?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    I think so too.


    Just note that EVERY (a bit worried to use this word, coz maybe there's an exception) lens can have its aperture adjusted from the maximum.

    For example the 50/1.8 can be shot at f/2, f/2.2, f/2.8, f/3.5, ........, f/11, etc
    same goes for every other "portrait" lens such as 50/1.2L, etc.
    Quote Originally Posted by enzeru21 View Post
    haahaha...

    ya nowadays must watch the extreme words... if not people will come shooting le...
    haha, caught you,
    you can't adjust the aperture of a mirror lens (Photographic catadioptric lenses), since it has none.
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    Default Re: 50mm f1.8 just simply a Portrait lens?

    im using my 50mm as camera body cap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by engrmariano View Post
    im using my 50mm as camera body cap.
    expensive cap

    Then do you still cap your 'cap'?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    haha, caught you,
    you can't adjust the aperture of a mirror lens (Photographic catadioptric lenses), since it has none.
    hahah thanks for that... I knew I should have that disclaimer, else kena caught then myself... hehehehe


    learnt something today
    Exploring! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by right550 View Post
    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.
    nahh..no list needed, just take your 50mm and shoot around, youll be surprised on what this niftyfifty does..its not just the 50mm, hell you can use any lens you want in any situation, just be creative and creativity speaks for its self

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

    Quote Originally Posted by right550 View Post
    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.

    you do realize that points #3, #7, #8 are quite similar, no?
    Exploring! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    you do realize that points #3, #7, #8 are quite similar, no?
    Yes. Just put into become my reference...

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