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Shallow DOF with the D70 and 50mm f/1.8
Old 10-04-2004, 06:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Here's a photo taken by someone else and posted on pbase.com showing the very lovely shallow depth of field possible with the Nikon D70/Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.8 combo.

Scary stories about smaller 1.5 FOV crop factors and stretched out CoC curves aside, I can definitely live with this sort of DOF!

http://www.pbase.com/image/32832572

Oh, my D70 arrived today... I'm committed to having the very first shot be an actual model, (who I already have picked out and has never modeled before), so no piccies here right away - lotta manual reading to do first!

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Kurt

This was with the 1.4...

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Re: Shallow DOF with the D70 and 50mm f/1.8
Old 10-04-2004, 07:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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On a D70, another 1.5 FOV crop digital, a full frame sensor digital, 35mm, 4x5, 8x10???

AF or manual, and shot at f/1.4?

Nice, whichever! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
 
 
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Old 10-04-2004, 08:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Make me proud Kurt, this has been a long time coming, I hope the D70 brings you all the joy in the world [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Re: Shallow DOF with the D70 and 50mm f/1.8
Old 10-04-2004, 08:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I had to take half a dozen Xanax just to keep my excitement under control enough to open the box.

I AM KIDDING OF COURSE. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

Seriously though, this is a major deal for me and a revolution in technical capacity and ability.

Upon reflection, I'm glad I cut my teeth (as in 50,000+ images) on primitive point and shoots, since I now know exactly what the technical limitations were, and can now spread those creative wings sans limited/non-existent manual controls.

Goodbye "auto-everything", hello "thinking and planning".

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Old 10-04-2004, 09:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Well, I don't know if you know this already...but, if you try getting back a little further away,...and shoot ....say like full length...your shallow DOF will look a lot less shallow..

With a cheap zoom like a 75-300 f5.6, you can get better full length shots with less DOF than the 50mm f1.8 wide open..

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Here is an example...but it won't be the same exact thing... I am using a 300mm f2.8 L lens...not a consumer zoom...(quite a defference)...and I am shooting at f5.6 ...this was a full crop...I didn't sharpen this image or anything...all I did was reduce the size to 600ppi W @ 72ppi and save for the web...no sharpening or anything.. The model is in front of an old factory brick wall that I have lighted with a fucia gel...which is ≈ 18 ft behind her..



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Kurt,

JohnPaul is right..here is a shot taken with the 50mm 1.8..unless your right ontop of the model..the dop is less shallow...not knocking it because I also love this lens!!
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Re: Shallow DOF with the D70 and 50mm f/1.8
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Sorry about no tech data.

FUJIFILM FinePixS2Pro ISO 1600, 1/500s, f/1.4 at 50mm (35mm equiv. 75mm)

That was off the EXIF from the portfolio.

I often use the 50mm because I get 75mm from the 1.5 -- which is pretty good for this kind of work. The focus was (I believe) manual.

Bob

Here's another - FUJIFILM FinePixS2Pro ISO 1600, 1/60s, f/1.4 at 50mm (35mm equiv. 75mm)

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A sincere thanks to all who replied
Old 10-05-2004, 12:46 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone!

All points assimilated.

Given the specifics of what I plan to shoot and how and what kind of space, I've decided that the 50mm f/1.8 is the first lens (other than the one with the camera) I'm getting.

Tight close-up headshots, in small spaces, frequently without the benefit of being able to back off very far. My GG portfolio demonstrates a lot of tight shots of that sort.

IE, the minimum focusing distance of a 300mm is about 7.5 feet. The 50mm is 1.5 feet. This matters right now.

The optics of the Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.8 get rave reviews, and the price is unbeatable.

This is certainly not the last lens I'll ever buy, and I understand its limtitations and strong points.

For the type of shots I'll be doing "next", and the distances involved, I'm confident it will provide more than adequately shallow DOF.

And if I'm proven wrong by the final images, I will cheerfully admit it, and shell out more moolah for longer lenses and find bigger spaces.

Thanks again all.
 
 
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