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Old 14th March 2014, 11:51   #12541
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Actually I got my D3300 with kit lense for Rs.32,300/ with the promo codes applicable, this Tuesday. I had ordered on 6th and got it on 12th.

For those of you who scoff at the kit lense, it is a fantastic lense to learn with. Unless you need to shoot at F2 or less this is a dream beginner lense. I have all sorts of legacy lenses - 105mm F2.8 Ais Macro, 50mm F1.8 AF, and have found that the kit lense is reasonably sharp and quite versatile.

The D3300 sensor has loads of DR, in most cases better than lower to mid end cannons, and you can meter for high lights and recover shadow easily. Here is a shot to show this

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Metered for sky. Note the dark shadows inside the vendor's tent

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Just changed the exposure compensation, and now you can see what was inside. In normal case I would boost just the shadows leaving the rest of the scene intact. This was just a 5 second "jugad" to show what information is available.
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Old 14th March 2014, 12:06   #12542
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Here is an example of the D3300+kit lense resolution The photograph was take at 18mm.

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Full scene. 18mm

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Details of the Hoarding at top left of the building.

The combination can easily give prints of A3 as it is and on A2 if better technique is used.
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Old 15th March 2014, 14:21   #12543
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Some flower shots with D3300

50mm F1.8 AF

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and with the kit lense 18-55mm VR-II, all at 18mm

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Old 16th March 2014, 00:37   #12544
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Please try the following link:

http://www.ebay.in/itm/Canon-EF-24-1...item417dda1eb8

Canon 24-105 L lens i soffered at almost half the price, at 45K.

Seller's rationale is that he has taken it out of the kit and hence its cheaper and it comes in a white box, but it comes with two year warranty from Canon.
Has anybody bought this lens, or has anybody from your circle bought this?

Yes, its too good to be true, but I want know if any body has any experience.
This and this type of deals are going on since atleast last 3-4 months and I had seen similar one on amazon.in also sometimes back.

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I am not vouching for this particular retailer. I have no clue about him but this claim and price is not hoax. Most informal retailers do this. Kit lenses are sold at a much cheaper price than their official stand alone price. Just go to Amazon.in. Find the price of a Canon 5D Mk III with the kit lens of 24-105 and then check the same camera without the lens but just the body. See the price difference. That's the real price of the 24-105 lens.
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Old 19th March 2014, 21:12   #12546
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Hello bhpians, out of Nikon 50mm f/1.4D and Nikon 50mm f/1.8G, which one do you guys suggest? My main use is for single and couple portraits.

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Hello bhpians, out of Nikon 50mm f/1.4D and Nikon 50mm f/1.8G, which one do you guys suggest? My main use is for single and couple portraits.

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Bigger aperture (1.4) is always good (must be expensive as well). But for a portrait you need at least 80 mm.
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Bigger aperture (1.4) is always good (must be expensive as well). But for a portrait you need at least 80 mm.
I have a cropped sensor SLR. So 50mm is essentially 75mm. I believe should be reasonably good for portraits.

My question has to do more w.r.t bokeh and focus. Which of these lenses is faster in focusing? Which of these lenses produces a more pleasant bokeh? I have a feeling that 1.4 doesn't always translate to a better lens.

Thanks for your response though!
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Hello bhpians, out of Nikon 50mm f/1.4D and Nikon 50mm f/1.8G, which one do you guys suggest? My main use is for single and couple portraits.

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The 1.4 will be a lot more expensive but that's not only for the one stop more of aperture. The quality of glass/coating will also be relatively far superior in the 1.4 (there are two versions of 1.4 - one costing around 20k the other costing around 35k).

For normal, hobby photography 1.8 will be adequate. In the world of advance, sophisticated optics "focal length" is not the only determining factor. Maximum aperture and quality of glass are factors that are far more important to determine the price.
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Hello bhpians, out of Nikon 50mm f/1.4D and Nikon 50mm f/1.8G, which one do you guys suggest? My main use is for single and couple portraits.

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For which camera? If it is entry level (read without built in motor) then you can't autofocus with 1.4D.

Focusing speed 1.8G (D90 onwards). Below D90, you need to manual focus 1.4D.

Both lens produce harsher bokeh compared to 85mm or 54 1.4G .
As per review both produce simmilar bokeh! Both are 7-blade, produce hexagon bokeh.

Your portraits are indore or outdoors? If outdoor, consider 85mm f/1.8G. Its expensive but worth every penny!

For more details see following review in Amazon.
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Hello bhpians, out of Nikon 50mm f/1.4D and Nikon 50mm f/1.8G, which one do you guys suggest? My main use is for single and couple portraits.

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The G lense is sharper and will autofocus on all cameras. The D lense will not focus on the lower end cameras.

As such the 50mm F1.4D is not a lens worth buying if you have no motor in the body. A preowned AI or AIS lense is a much better option.

The best buy is the 50mm F1.8G as it is the sharpest of all the current Nikon 50mm lenses wide open, and works on all bodies. In case you want extreme bokeh, then get the 50mm F1.2 AIS lense. This is a class by it self, but then not only you will have to focus it manually, but in most cameras set the aperture/speed/iso manually.

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Some flower shots with D3300

50mm F1.8 AF
Are these SOOC?

What setting are you using for JPEGS? They look a little flat.
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Are these SOOC?

What setting are you using for JPEGS? They look a little flat.
No these are from RAW. They look a bit flat as I was trying to recover shadows. There is an extra 4EV of data in the shadows.

While exporting them from NEF to JPG I am just resizing them to 1000 pixels on the long side.

I could have made the colours jump out by choosing "Vivid", but I like to show what the camera has recorded. As such when I print them then they come out well, on monitor, I agree they look a bit flat.

Here are some more colours with 50mm F1.8
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Actually I got my D3300 with kit lense for Rs.32,300/ with the promo codes applicable, this Tuesday. I had ordered on 6th and got it on 12th.

For those of you who scoff at the kit lense, it is a fantastic lense to learn with. Unless you need to shoot at F2 or less this is a dream beginner lense. I have all sorts of legacy lenses - 105mm F2.8 Ais Macro, 50mm F1.8 AF, and have found that the kit lense is reasonably sharp and quite versatile.

The D3300 sensor has loads of DR, in most cases better than lower to mid end cannons, and you can meter for high lights and recover shadow easily. Here is a shot to show this

Attachment 1219189
Metered for sky. Note the dark shadows inside the vendor's tent

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Just changed the exposure compensation, and now you can see what was inside. In normal case I would boost just the shadows leaving the rest of the scene intact. This was just a 5 second "jugad" to show what information is available.
I am newbie for DSLR's. can you please tell me how to recover those shadows. What setting we need to use ?
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I am newbie for DSLR's. can you please tell me how to recover those shadows. What setting we need to use ?
I think he meant recovering them back in post processing. You need to set some data flow which allows back-up, post process, third party filters (optional) and exporting.
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