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    Hi,

    Beginner needs some advice.

    With the newer DSLR which produces good images at high ISO, should I still buy large aperture lens like f1.4?

    I heard that people buy large aperture lens mainly to take good pic at low light.

    Thanks to the masters in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikon123 View Post

    I heard that people buy large aperture lens mainly to take good pic at low light.
    yes, that's one of the main points, but still u should know that wide apertures give u shallow dof, which is great for isolating the subject from the background (eg portraits).
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    It depends on what is your subjects,
    "good pic at low light" = clear and bright?

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    Depends on what you are shooting, indoor or outdoor, day or night scene?
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    one of the main attractions of fast glass is that it CAN go to f1.4 or f1.8 should you need to. it can still go up to f4, f8, f16, but you cant say the same for kit (f3.5-5.6) lenses where f3.5 is the lowest you can go
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    there are just some things ISO cannot replicate like depth of field and subject isolation. if your a portraitist, large aperture lens are irreplaceable... whereas high ISO only gives a slight boost for your shutter speed in dark environment.
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    I have shot skate-boarders at night using f1.8 and high ISO.

    I would say both are equally important.

    Since the limit of my 450D is ISO1600, f1.8 comes in handy, allowing me to increase the shutter to reduce effects of handshake. However there will still be motion from the skate boarders at high speed.

    If my ISO can go up to 6400, definitely my shutter can increase more, freezing the motion.
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    large aperture lenses usually are higher grade lenses, in term of image quality and built.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    large aperture lenses usually are higher grade lenses, in term of image quality and built.
    ........ and price

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJLoke View Post
    I have shot skate-boarders at night using f1.8 and high ISO.

    I would say both are equally important.

    Since the limit of my 450D is ISO1600, f1.8 comes in handy, allowing me to increase the shutter to reduce effects of handshake. However there will still be motion from the skate boarders at high speed.

    If my ISO can go up to 6400, definitely my shutter can increase more, freezing the motion.
    why dont u use trigger flash :")
    remember that 50mm@1.8 the DOF very thin, some cm.

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    Even though they work hand in hand at times when required, i think we should still draw a small line between large apertures and ISO.

    Eg when you go for portrait then yes it helps to get faster lens as larger apertures are still usable for portraitures.

    But if you're a landscape guy and you're limited by max ISO 1600 cam capability at night, getting a large aperture lens might not help much if you set to lower f-stop. Only a little will be in focus. Probably you'll still end up at f/3.5 and above which your kit lens can also do the job

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikon123
    Hi,

    Beginner needs some advice.

    With the newer DSLR which produces good images at high ISO, should I still buy large aperture lens like f1.4?

    I heard that people buy large aperture lens mainly to take good pic at low light.

    Thanks to the masters in advance.
    It's good to have options.

    Large aperture not just for low light, thinner dof can be useful to isolate subjects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmeeoo View Post
    why dont u use trigger flash :")
    remember that 50mm@1.8 the DOF very thin, some cm.
    sure i could use flash but must also take into consideration of the skateboarders. They are practicing mid air stunts.

    If i trigger flash, they can get disorientated and lose coordination, injuring themselve when they land.

    I would rather get slightly lower pic quality and not to see injuries because of me. If its some dance then flash would be good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shierwin View Post
    ........ and price
    not all of them are expensive, some are quite reasonably priced. this way people can get their hands on them without having to eat grass..

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    Quote Originally Posted by thenomad

    not all of them are expensive, some are quite reasonably priced. this way people can get their hands on them without having to eat grass..
    Given all other things equal , they will cost more.

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    Default Re: Large aperture lens and high ISO

    Quote Originally Posted by Nikon123 View Post
    Hi,

    Beginner needs some advice.

    With the newer DSLR which produces good images at high ISO, should I still buy large aperture lens like f1.4?

    I heard that people buy large aperture lens mainly to take good pic at low light.

    Thanks to the masters in advance.
    You get nice bokeh and shallow DOF with large aperture lenses, that what good ISO performance can't give you.
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    if you have budget, can try it out from2nd hand market. if unhappy still can sell it to the 2nd hand market.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Akatsuki
    there are just some things ISO cannot replicate like depth of field and subject isolation. if your a portraitist, large aperture lens are irreplaceable... whereas high ISO only gives a slight boost for your shutter speed in dark environment.
    Yes agree. Some Large aperture lens will give good bokeh (but not always) which may favorable for portraits

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    Default Re: Large aperture lens and high ISO

    Quote Originally Posted by edutilos- View Post
    It's good to have options.

    Large aperture not just for low light, thinner dof can be useful to isolate subjects.
    but downside is thinner dof, a little oof, ur whole image is gone. u get some leeway with smaller aperture. right?

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