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Stuck with a 1.8/Nifty Fifty. HELP

 
Ohiodude
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Oct 14, 2011 19:45 |  #1

Love the fact that my nifty fifty can give me that amazing depth of field, but I had my roommates mom ask me to come take some shots of the shop today.

Nifty fifty absolutely didnt get the job done. I didn't take in to account that I mostly do close up portraits, and didn't realize the distance I was from the clients in her shop.

Looking for a decent zoom, but a lower aperture, but doesn't a carry a $1400 price tag.

Help. Please.

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Oct 14, 2011 19:55 |  #2

Stop down, and there you go.


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Oct 14, 2011 19:56 |  #3

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Oct 14, 2011 19:57 |  #4

Lower aperture = more cash, no way around it. However, I have had good luck with my Canon 28-135 IS. It has a relatively lower price point and they can be found all over Craig's List for around $200-$250, that's an affordable zoom. You won't get the DOF like you get with your Nifty, but that's the adictive magic of primes.

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Oct 14, 2011 20:08 |  #5

Wait... was the 50mm too long or too short for your needs?
In any case, I'd recommend either a Sigma 30mm F1.4 or a Canon 85mm F1.8, dependant on whether you were too close or too far away.
I am assuming you are using a crop body.

Or, alternatively, you could do something completely insane and just use your feet.


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Oct 14, 2011 20:09 |  #6

What kind of focal length are you looking for? Sigma 17-50 OS is around $650; if you need longer, the Canon 70-200 f/4 non-IS can be had for around the same price, but you have to either keep your shutter speed up or use a mono/tripod to avoid camera shake.


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Oct 14, 2011 20:16 as a reply to  @ Snydremark's post |  #7

Ohiodude: I think we need to know what you want to spend to help you


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Oct 14, 2011 20:16 |  #8

Ohiodude wrote in post #13252331 (external link)
Love the fact that my nifty fifty can give me that amazing depth of field, but I had my roommates mom ask me to come take some shots of the shop today.

Nifty fifty absolutely didnt get the job done. I didn't take in to account that I mostly do close up portraits, and didn't realize the distance I was from the clients in her shop.


It's not clear what the problem was. Can you post examples or describe it better?


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Oct 14, 2011 20:45 |  #9

Sounds like you need the 85 1.8


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Oct 14, 2011 20:56 |  #10

so no actual problem mentioned other than that the OP is wanting to go for a zoom rather than prime i think.

im not sure how its possible to be stuck with a thrifty 50, when used properly its an amazing lens for the price




  
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Oct 14, 2011 21:29 |  #11

Ohiodude wrote in post #13252331 (external link)
Love the fact that my nifty fifty can give me that amazing depth of field, but I had my roommates mom ask me to come take some shots of the shop today.

Nifty fifty absolutely didnt get the job done. I didn't take in to account that I mostly do close up portraits, and didn't realize the distance I was from the clients in her shop.

Looking for a decent zoom, but a lower aperture, but doesn't a carry a $1400 price tag.

Help. Please.

Thanks shutterbugs.

Couldn't just move in closer?

If not, the cheapest fast zoom that might fit your needs is the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 or Tokina 50-135 f/2.8

Next up the line would be one of the 5 versions of the Sigma 70-200 2.8

A used Canon 70-200 2.8 (non-IS) can be had for about $850.


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Oct 14, 2011 22:02 |  #12

calvinjhfeng wrote in post #13252357 (external link)
Stop down, and there you.

I'd go here. If the focal length was okay, stop down to a smaller aperture to increase depth of field. If your shutter is too slow as a result, use a tripod.

If you have a focal length issue, you need to weigh your options...too wide and you'll battle distortion, too long and your images may start to look flat.




  
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Oct 16, 2011 11:25 |  #13

I don't the exact distance created between you and you're subject in the studio compared to what you're used but, assuming you're using crop, 85mm is the best fl for many reasons. I think the 1.8 can had for less than $500. Otherwise all the 70-200 2.8 zooms areall going to be in the $800 and up range


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Oct 16, 2011 12:24 |  #14

Ohiodude wrote in post #13252331 (external link)
Love the fact that my nifty fifty can give me that amazing depth of field, but I had my roommates mom ask me to come take some shots of the shop today.

Nifty fifty absolutely didnt get the job done. I didn't take in to account that I mostly do close up portraits, and didn't realize the distance I was from the clients in her shop.

Looking for a decent zoom, but a lower aperture, but doesn't a carry a $1400 price tag.

Help. Please.

Thanks shutterbugs.

Not sure what your problem was? If it is depth of field, then stop down the 50mm. Not sure why you would need a zoom in a shop, zoom with your feet if that was the problem, my guess it was depth of field .




  
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Oct 16, 2011 15:59 as a reply to  @ mark2009's post |  #15

Only one post by the OP with any information and 11 posts by forum members trying to figure what the issue is. :confused:


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