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02-07-2014, 08:17 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by ziscwg Quote
Thanks for in detailed reply

I did not think I could shoot at 1.8 because the DOF would be too small. My subject is indoor volleyball. The DOF is a person hitting mostly. So, 2 to 3 feet IIRC. I found f4.5 or so gets it done at the distance I'm at normally.

If I had a faster lens, I'd go down to 1600 and bump the shutter spd up for better freeze action.
Remember, the further you are, the greater your depth of field.
with your 50mm wide open, if your subject is 25 feet away, your depth of field would be about 5.5ft, which should be enough to get an entire person in focus. Of course if you stop down a few clicks your depth of field only increases.

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You are wonder whether or not you should buy a fast 50 mm lens to compliment your kit lens? The simple answer is - yes, absolutely.
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You are wonder whether or not you should buy a fast 50 mm lens to compliment your kit lens? The simple answer is - yes, absolutely.
You guys are good at making my wallet thin...........
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You guys are good at making my wallet thin...........
We're really good at spending OPM!

I got my 50 for $116 when I added it to ny k-5ii purchase. Seriously, how could you pass up a great, useful lens for that price?

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We're really good at spending OPM!

I got my 50 for $116 when I added it to ny k-5ii purchase. Seriously, how could you pass up a great, useful lens for that price?
In this case OPM = original poster's money.
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Heck, if you are using manual focus for this, you could get an A 50/1.7 for like $60. That or the DA (or the F 50/1.7) will far outshine the 18-55. FAR.
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Heck, if you are using manual focus for this, you could get an A 50/1.7 for like $60. That or the DA (or the F 50/1.7) will far outshine the 18-55. FAR.
No manual focus. Most of what this would be used for are fast moving volleyball players in available light
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No manual focus. Most of what this would be used for are fast moving volleyball players in available light
You really need to give the DA50/1.8 a try. Not only is it a good choice, it's the only choice on a tight budget.

Decent quality images is why you got a DSLR in the first place, wasn't it? Using only the kit lenses for this purpose is an exercise in frustration.


You may still get frustrated with the DA50, but if you keep working with it at different apertures you're assured to get a few nice images too. Don't settle for a bunch of safe but mediocre photos (we've all seen too many of those. They're neither interesting, nor do they properly honor the players.) Take a chance by using wider apertures, and work hard on tracking the subject with AF-C. You'll end up with some complete misses - but you'll also get a few that are better than you've ever taken before.

At that point you will have gained power over this situation, and then you can decide what your priorities are going forward.

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Quite simply, yes. And the Pentax 50mm 1.4 is an incredible value nonetheless. Enjoy your "gateway" prime.
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