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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:28 pm 
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I just want to gather some tips taking photos indoors (Party) like taking a photo of a group of people but the only in focus/sharp is the main subject which are the people in the group.

still confused about this because I normally take a photo of a single subject/object but not in a group.

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1) will you set the manual selection focus into automatic?

2) will you just put the aperture higher than the usual aperture used 1.8 - 5.6 normally?


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:14 pm 
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1. Auto focus will work fine, just get it on the right spot.
2. Use a lower aperture ( might be higher as I've forgotten which way means what -.-)) but something like 2.8,1.8 etc.
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I am considering getting this lens, how good is it for portrait photography?

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2010 5:18 pm 
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Good.
Very good, and cheap.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2010 7:13 pm 
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I may purchase one very soon as I would like a good low light and portrait lens. Is it worth upgrading to the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM which is roughly £175 more.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:35 am 
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For IQ alone-no.
For the half stop exposure diffrence-maybe not.
For build quality-if it's important.

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Having held the Canon 50 1.8, and actually having seen one disassembled, I'd say pretty much everything has a better build quality than the 1.8. That said, build quality is relative, so it should be fine for everyday shooting, but for parties I'd like something sturdier.

Going from 1.8 to 1.4 isn't a huge difference, but it's quite useful in dim conditions. The larger the aperture, the better, and 1.4 IS larger than 1.8. ;)

Still, for indoor (group) portraits, a 35mm would be a better choice, you will have to stand back quite a bit with the 50, and risk having people stand between you and your subject.

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