how should i utilise my 50mm f/1.8 lens?


rebelriot

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hey all.

gotten my 50mm f/1.8 lens for quite a while. in fact, its my dad who bought it when he got the 550D.

kind of underutilise it nowadays, didnt really use it. in the dry cabi for quite sometime, and only used it for the fun of bokeh effect. anyway anyone can share ideas how "what situation /when /how" to utilise it,so that i dont waste the beauty in the cabi?:sticktong
 

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hey all.

gotten my 50mm f/1.8 lens for quite a while. in fact, its my dad who bought it when he got the 550D.

kind of underutilise it nowadays, didnt really use it. in the dry cabi for quite sometime, and only used it for the fun of bokeh effect. anyway anyone can share ideas how "what situation /when /how" to utilise it,so that i dont waste the beauty in the cabi?:sticktong
imho, bring it along whenever u have outings or
gatherings, u never know when is that lovely
moment going to appear.. just shoot more.. who
knows, u may discover some ways to utilise that
baby like no one else does..

just my 2cts..
 

zac08

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hey all.

gotten my 50mm f/1.8 lens for quite a while. in fact, its my dad who bought it when he got the 550D.

kind of underutilise it nowadays, didnt really use it. in the dry cabi for quite sometime, and only used it for the fun of bokeh effect. anyway anyone can share ideas how "what situation /when /how" to utilise it,so that i dont waste the beauty in the cabi?:sticktong
street shooting, low light, when you need more bokeh.

shoot @ f2.8 to get a decent sharpness and still have good bokeh. wide open and you may find softness.

Just put it on and force yourself to use it for a couple of shoots.
 

rebelriot

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i would like to know for the f/1.8, i cant use it to shoot pictures that i want to keep the deep field of depth right? it's shoot pretty shallow DOF only right?
 

daredevil123

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Put it on and shoot portraits of your family members... you will see it shine.
 

rebelriot

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thanks DD for that.

hmm i have read all the links you posted for newbies before. kind of interesting.
hmmm but havent found anything about the 50mm usage. shall go learn more on portraits shooting liao :)

haha mount it on my dslr all the while, like not so flexible leh. sometimes want to zoom,cant zoom
 

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thanks DD for that.

hmm i have read all the links you posted for newbies before. kind of interesting.
hmmm but havent found anything about the 50mm usage. shall go learn more on portraits shooting liao :)

haha mount it on my dslr all the while, like not so flexible leh. sometimes want to zoom,cant zoom
Prime lenses usually come with fast apertures. This means you are able to shoot better in low light, as well as get thin DoF. This will increase your shooting options.

There is one other big advantage of shooting primes. Primes are fixed focal length. So you cannot zoom in and out. But forces you to move to get the framing you want. This is actually good training for photographers. You need to move in move out, move up move down, to get different perspective. Before you know it, you will start shooting with more different angles and get more creative. Primes have changed the way I shoot totally..
 

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zac08

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i would like to know for the f/1.8, i cant use it to shoot pictures that i want to keep the deep field of depth right? it's shoot pretty shallow DOF only right?
Just stop down the aperture when you need more DOF.
 

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yes, the 50mm f1.8 seem to have limited use, but

having a f1.8 lens does not mean you can only shoot at f1.8.

able to shoot at f1.8 does not mean you don't need to bother about looking for good lighting.

thru out the history, many great artists produce their best work when only they have limited resource, due to the limitation they faced, they push their creativity to a greater height.

so you want to know how to utilise this lens and push your own limit?
mount this lens and start shooting, and shoot anything with this lens for a few months.
and only shoot 36 frames on 36 subjects per outing,
pick a subject, study the lighting, move around it, nearer, further, higher, lower angles, try look for best composition, until you conclude you found the best angle, check every fine details before you click.
 

daredevil123

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thru out the history, many great artists produce their best work when only they have limited resource, due to the limitation they faced, they push their creativity to a greater height.

so you want to know how to utilise this lens and push your own limit?
mount this lens and start shooting, and shoot anything with this lens for a few months.
and only shoot 36 frames on 36 subjects per outing,
pick a subject, study the lighting, move around it, nearer, further, higher, lower angles, try look for best composition, until you conclude you found the best angle, check every fine details before you click.

Best advice ever. :thumbsup::thumbsup:
 

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how heavy or big could such lens be?;) i'd always bring mine along,may not be mounted all the times. and yes, there's more than just not being able to zoom in/out with primes compared to tele lenses.

make use of the various apertures. as others have mentioned before,move your (butt) ;p around the subject. you'll have fun soon
 

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Gotten this lens for free from Canon. Didn't quite know what to do with it either back then. Got a Raynox closeup filter to work with it and start exploring closeup shots. Very fun. It's small and light enough such that you could stuff it in if your camera bag still got leftover space, like a emergency backup lens.
 

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Go out with just that lens (and of course the body). You'll be amazed how you will be pushing yourself to use it in many different ways. Btw ... a f1.8 doesn't mean you can only shoot at f1.8 (unless your aperture is stuck :p).
 

weegk

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i tried using it to take couple shoots, interesting and fun . . . but tiring. :bsmilie:

cos need to move forward and backward to get the composition that i wanted.
 

dekabreak

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This picture was taken using my old 500D with 50mm f1.8. It's not edited. ;p
 

watermaze

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It's good for shooting newborns without flash (which could hurt their delicate eyes?)...
 

strikeback4

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http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d135/ryan_dekabreak/40517_419219516330_567371330_5309872_5156804_n.jpg

This picture was taken using my old 500D with 50mm f1.8. It's not edited. ;p
ryan, eve looks scary... hahaha =X
 

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