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Old Mar 8, 2011, 10:29 AM   #1
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Default Low Light Shooting Tips w 50mm F/1.2

Hey All -

I'm looking for any tips or advice you might have. I'm going to a big 80's Video Dance Party bash (100+people) Friday night and I'm looking for some tips on shooting in low (darker) light.

My artillery is going to be the 60D with a 50mm F/1.2L. My usual lens is the 15-85mm F/3.5-5.6... and well I figured why not rent a cool fast lens and try it out when its only 20bucks to rent.

Any tips you can provide would be awesome

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Old Mar 8, 2011, 11:03 AM   #2
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Watch for that skinny DOF.
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The AF is not super fast. And the DOF is too skinny that when you load the pictures for PP you will start to notice the nose in Focus while the eyes are totally not.

IMHO for dance party bash the 50mm F1.2 will turn out to be a pain rather than pleasure.

The other part of this lens is the AF speed. The aperture is so wide that the AF speed is not exactly what you expect. I have the 85mm F1.2 and i can gurantee that many time i end up deleted close to 50% of the pictures because of the the thin dof.

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The 50 has faster AF than the 85 (apparently - I've never used the 85).

The best advice I can give is not to use the 50 as a portrait lens. I really don't think it was designed for that. To me it always felt more like a documentary lens. So use it that way and you will enjoy it.

By all means shoot at 1.2, but if you get in too close you are going to miss precise focus just about on every shot. I don't think that anything short of a 1D body has good enough AF to be reliable with this lens.

At f5.6 it is unbelievably sharp and the OOF blur is simply delightful.

Have fun.
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The poster wanted to exploit the f/1.2 for low light (which the accompanying consequences)... If he shoot at f/5.6 then what the point?

-> Most f/2.8 lenses (or f/1.4) will do that too.
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Well it's not stuck at 1.2 you know! :-)

If the light allows you can change the aperture if you want to.

Also the reason to have that lens apart from the 1.2 is the way it draws. Which is very nice. The bokeh is much better than the other Canon 50mm lenses. IMO.

But I sold mine because:
1. I don't think shooting people at wider than f2 is a statistically good way to get your pictures in focus. (At least not on a 5D(2))

2. It was very heavy, and the 1.4 is light.

3.The 1.4 was nearly or as sharp at the apertures I mainly used the lens at: f2-f8
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Well it's not stuck at 1.2 you know! :-)
I know, but that's what this thread is about - Low Light Shooting Tips w 50mm F/1.2

-> I got the older 85mm f/1.2 which has a smaller slice of focus and is even slower in focus!
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Actually I think the 1.2 focusses faster than the 1.4, and definitely faster than the 1.8!
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had a lot of fun - first time using a lens other than my 15-85 3.5 and wow the color, sharpness just jumps out and that 'professional' look to them..everyone wanted copies of these cause they weren't 'washed out by a heavy flash'.

Ya.. i had a bunch of tossers because I didn't quite know what i was doing and the drinks were flowing pretty quick - but it was worth the 30 bucks to rent the lens for the night.

Question - is the 50mm 1.4 similar? does it have that creamy bokeh? and colors that just 'jump' out?

Thanks again everyone - i can't wait to try again and improve!

remember - it was an 80's party with crazy costumes! lol..
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No, the 1.4 doesn't have the same colour and creamy bokeh.

But it's not too bad, and it's a bit sharper, and a LOT cheaper, smaller and lighter.
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