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10-29-2008, 06:56 PM   #1
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Some 50 mm f/1.4 Observations

In the last couple of weeks, I took pictures at a wedding (not as THE photographer) as well as several school basketball games. Lighting was not wonderful in any of the locations, but with the 50mm, I got some great pictures.

In one gym I used an ISO 400 / f/2.0-2.5 setting, which gave me a shutter speed in the 100-200 range (sometimes had to overexpose 1/3-1/2 step in P-Shift mode). The other gym I was closer to a f/2.8.

The church, during the ceremony I used no flash, but did a bit of fill flash otherwise, and got some great pictures.

I think the DA* f/2.8 lenses could not have done any better, or perhaps not as well, given I would have had to probably go to an ISO 800 to get reasonably fast shutter speeds.

Yes - I still want the DA* f/2.8 lenses, but until then, the 50mm f/1.4 does great!

Oh yes - then there was the guy at the basketball game with a Canon trying to use the on camera flash from many feet away - I don't have to wonder how his pictures turned out!

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I venture to say it's the best AF value in all of photography. Bar-none.
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QuoteOriginally posted by krs Quote
Oh yes - then there was the guy at the basketball game with a Canon trying to use the on camera flash from many feet away - I don't have to wonder how his pictures turned out!
stupid canon guys ... when will they learn to switch over to pentax :P
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FA50 f/1.4 comes in handy with newborn babies when first born ... where bright light is a real no-no.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Mechan1k Quote
FA50 f/1.4 comes in handy with newborn babies when first born ... where bright light is a real no-no.
read my mine, i was actually thinking i need to get a 50mm 1.4 when my friends have their baby so i could take some wicked baby shots..... really the only lens to use for that no?
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Have been taking shots of my nieces ... newborn twin girls. Not easy to get focus though ... but it's a good challenge ... I have plenty of time to get some great shots though.
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Stupidity is not limited to Canon folks....I was shooting a soccer game (40D/100-400L from the sidelines) and their was a mom (perhaps a "soccer" mom?) IN THE STANDS with a Nikon body and the 70-200mm f/2.8 with NO hood (bright sunny day) AND with the pop-up flash popped up.....I would have loved to seen her pictures

QuoteOriginally posted by krs Quote

Oh yes - then there was the guy at the basketball game with a Canon trying to use the on camera flash from many feet away - I don't have to wonder how his pictures turned out!
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QuoteOriginally posted by egordon99 Quote
Stupidity is not limited to Canon folks....I was shooting a soccer game (40D/100-400L from the sidelines) and their was a mom (perhaps a "soccer" mom?) IN THE STANDS with a Nikon body and the 70-200mm f/2.8 with NO hood (bright sunny day) AND with the pop-up flash popped up.....I would have loved to seen her pictures
I was at a festival recently and there were a couple of guys there documenting it... it just makes you cry when you see somebody using a D3 with an expensive lens, NO hood, cheap glary UV filter and...popup flash in bright sunlight when shooting something 50 feet away.

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The D3 has no pop-up flash.
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The D3 has no pop-up flash.
Don't cloud the issue with facts! We reserve the right to bash all non-Pentax users!
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QuoteOriginally posted by impete82 Quote
read my mine, i was actually thinking i need to get a 50mm 1.4 when my friends have their baby so i could take some wicked baby shots..... really the only lens to use for that no?
Well, really, any reasonably fast lens will do. An M50/1.7 would do the job for 1/10 the price. Or you prefer a slightly shorter or longer focal length, the DA35, FA35, DA40, FA43, DA70, and FA77 could all be worth considering if you've got more money to spend (actually, the DA40 isn't that much more expensive than the FA50, but it is only f/2.8).
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QuoteOriginally posted by impete82 Quote
read my mine, i was actually thinking i need to get a 50mm 1.4 when my friends have their baby so i could take some wicked baby shots..... really the only lens to use for that no?
Yes, it IS very, very good for that.

Both of these are with the FA 50mm f/1.4; the first is at f/1.7 and the second at f/2.4.



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Well, really, any reasonably fast lens will do. An M50/1.7 would do the job for 1/10 the price.
I have a M50/1.7, and lack the talent to consistantly focus well, given the bordering on razer then plane of focus - especially when the objects won't stay still for the shot!
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