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    Default50mm/1.8 Nikon Lens

    I'm having trouble getting a decent shot with it. This may be the most ridiculous questions but - any tips?
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    DefaultRe: 50mm/1.8 Nikon Lens

    I don't have the Nikon lens, but a Canon 50mm/1.8. But can you be more specific in describing the problem. Are the pictures soft? Does it front or back focus? And what are you shooting with it (dog, scenery, etc)?
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    I guess I need to practice in good conditions - i've only pulled it out for indoor action. I'm not getting any better photos than with my regular lense (which is much slower at 4.5/5.5). I can't speed up my shutter and photos are blurry.

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    DefaultRe: 50mm/1.8 Nikon Lens

    Quote Originally Posted by Tanya
    I guess I need to practice in good conditions - i've only pulled it out for indoor action. I'm not getting any better photos than with my regular lense (which is much slower at 4.5/5.5). I can't speed up my shutter and photos are blurry.

    Did you up your ISO?
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    DefaultRe: 50mm/1.8 Nikon Lens

    Stupid solution - but are you holding your camera still? Can you brace it on something and take a picture of a bouncing ball or something else that's moving to try it out?

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    ok - must have forgotten about the ISO! LOL! It's very low (probably at 200) so yes, that was one of the problems!

    I do need to get a tripod, though I low to the ground (so I need a tripod low).

    Thank you!
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    DefaultRe: 50mm/1.8 Nikon Lens

    Quote Originally Posted by Tanya
    ok - must have forgotten about the ISO! LOL! It's very low (probably at 200) so yes, that was one of the problems!

    I do need to get a tripod, though I low to the ground (so I need a tripod low).

    Thank you!
    Have you tried taking any shots at a higher ISO yet -- and did that help?

    Your 50mm/1.8 should be great for indoor shots -- I made my coke bottle shot in this week's challenge using that lens indoors in a lightbox. But want to know where I really love this lens? It makes lovely flower shots with the shallow DOF I love ~ examples below.

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    DefaultRe: 50mm/1.8 Nikon Lens

    What are your settings? Can you give an example?

    I rarely ever raise my ISO. My standard setting is 200.

    The picture in my sig is with my 50mm 1.8 Nikon Lens.
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    DefaultRe: 50mm/1.8 Nikon Lens

    Quote Originally Posted by Aim
    I rarely ever raise my ISO. My standard setting is 200.
    Even for action shots??? I start at 400 and go from there on my settings. High action/low light will boost to 800+ depending on outcome.

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    DefaultRe: 50mm/1.8 Nikon Lens

    Quote Originally Posted by EMA
    Quote Originally Posted by Aim
    I rarely ever raise my ISO. My standard setting is 200.
    Even for action shots??? I start at 400 and go from there on my settings. High action/low light will boost to 800+ depending on outcome.
    ^ ^ same here ^ ^ There is a general rule of thumb to avoid getting OOF pix ~ the shutter speed should be at least the reciprocal of the focal length. Therefore, with a 50 mm, you'd want at least 1/50 of a sec. for your shutter speed. For me, I find that the higher the better and I usually double this ~ so inside, with a stationary object and a handheld 50 mm lens, I generally use 1/125. BUT to get the speed the ISO has to go up.
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