Canon 50mm f1.8???

Discussion in 'Canon' started by jazu, Dec 14, 2007.

  1. jazu

    jazu Guest

    I read that this is great lens for indoor use.
    I don't understand something here. How 50mm could be be good to make i.e.
    group of people around the table?
    isn't 50mm to narrow for that?
     
    jazu, Dec 14, 2007
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  2. f1.8 is a very large apperture and therefore this lens can often be used
    with ambient light, even artifical light, where other lenses would require a
    flash already. That is what makes it well suited for indoor use.

    The 50mm is a "normal" lens on full-frame and a light telephoto lens on DX.
    Many photographers prefer a light telephoto lens for portraits for many
    reasons, ranging from psychological (you don't have to stick the camera
    right into the face of the model but you can keep some distance, making the
    model more comfortable) over technical (reduces perspective distortion) to
    artistic.

    jue
     
    Jürgen Exner, Dec 14, 2007
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    tomm42 Guest


    For shooting tables I used to use a 35 or 24 on a 35mm, wide enough to
    get everyone at the table in one shot, clients really liked that. Just
    had to be careful not to get anyone large at the sides of the frame. I
    would use an 85 to do individual head shots (close to the 50mm). In
    the rooms I worked tables were always packed in tight, a 50 would have
    been much too long in 35 equiv.

    Tom
     
    tomm42, Dec 14, 2007
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  4. jazu

    Scott W Guest

    50mm can be great for indoor use, but it is a bit on the narrow side
    when used with a cropped camera. I current favorite lens for indoor
    use is a 28mm f/2.8, not as fast as the 50mm but a lot wider. Note on
    a cropped camera, like mine, a 28mm lens has about the same FOV as a
    45mm lens would on a FF camera.

    The 50mm is so cheap and so sharp that everyone should have one.

    Scott
     
    Scott W, Dec 14, 2007
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    Dave Guest



    It's a very good lens for the price.

    please see the last picture on the page of
    http://djmp.co.uk/slr 1/fes/fes.htm

    DAVE
    Bristol UK
     
    Dave, Dec 14, 2007
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    Ali Guest

    It's the big aperture that makes it great indoors, as it lets more light in
    and so usually no need for flash.

    The focal length is great for single person shots on a 1.6 cropped sensor.
    For group shots, a 24mm would be a better solution, although you need to be
    careful using a big aperture to get the shutter speed, as the DOF could mean
    that some of the people will be out of focus. This is where aperture
    bracketing would be useful (hint, hint Canon)!
     
    Ali, Dec 14, 2007
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    Mr. Strat Guest

    Whenever possible, I always used a longer lens for groups (back in film
    days).

    As for bracketing...a technique for losers.
     
    Mr. Strat, Dec 14, 2007
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  8. jazu

    Ali Guest

    You used to use a longer lens in your film days than 85mm for indoor group
    shots? How many people in the group? How big was the interior?

    As for your comment on bracketing being for losers, don't be a knob.
     
    Ali, Dec 14, 2007
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    Tony Polson Guest


    I think he meant a lens longer than 24mm, but I only think that
    because I read what he wrote.
     
    Tony Polson, Dec 14, 2007
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  10. Its f1.8 , that makes a very good indoor lens for portrait @ 80$ .
     
    Yvon Travailler, Dec 14, 2007
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  11. I picked one up a couple of weeks ago. Nice and fast. Super cheap.
    Takes nice photos. Issue is it turns into an 80mm lense on my 1.6 crop
    30D. So you gotta stand back somewhat to get large groups of people.
    Makes a nice portrait lens though.
     
    thepixelfreak, Dec 14, 2007
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  12. jazu

    Mr. Strat Guest

    I rarely did groups indoors. My studio was too small to do more than
    three people, so most were done in homes or in a park. I never used
    35mm (too frickin' small), but on a Hasselblad, I'd use the 150mm
    whenever I could.
    Bracketing is (for the most part) for people who are unable to
    determine the correct exposure. Yes, there are circumstances where you
    *must* make sure you get the shot...then just run through every F/stop
    on the camera. But bracketing as a general practice is pretty lame-o.
     
    Mr. Strat, Dec 14, 2007
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  13. jazu

    Mr. Strat Guest

    Yes, using a wide-angle lens for groups (unless it's something like a
    class reunion) distorts people on the ends.
     
    Mr. Strat, Dec 14, 2007
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    Pboud Guest

    Which is fine if you don't really like the people at the ends. :) (then
    again, being paid for the photos might affect that judgment. ;) )
     
    Pboud, Dec 14, 2007
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    Tony Polson Guest


    I think what affects your judgment is NOT being paid for the photos.
     
    Tony Polson, Dec 14, 2007
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  16. jazu

    Pboud Guest

    Absolutely.. Then again, we're not sure what's affecting your sense of
    humour. maybe you should book a massage or something.. try and relax.
     
    Pboud, Dec 14, 2007
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    Tony Polson Guest


    I was smiling broadly when I wrote that! Perhaps I should have
    included a smiley, but some people get irrationally upset when they
    see one. ;-)
     
    Tony Polson, Dec 14, 2007
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    Mr. Strat Guest

    One of my studio competitors had a Widelux. He brought it to one of our
    convention or seminars (don't remember) and did a group photo. While
    the lens was moving, he ran behind the group from one end to the
    other...so he ended up on both ends of the group. Funny...
     
    Mr. Strat, Dec 14, 2007
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  19. jazu

    jazu Guest

    or tall people:)
     
    jazu, Dec 15, 2007
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  20. It's a fantastic lens! It's very inexpensive and the built is not as
    good as the more expensive f1.4 but the end results are stunning. I
    highly recommend it.
    Helen
     
    helensilverburg, Dec 15, 2007
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