50mm 1.8 - when would you use such a wide aperture?

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50mm 1.8 - when would you use such a wide aperture?
Mar 23, 2007

Seeing the quality of some of the pics posted on here using the el-cheapo 50mm 1.8D, I think I'll be buying one myself!

However, a friend has one and is having trouble getting enough DOF when taking portrait shots (of dogs!) that he is using f/8 or f/11 to get the shot he needs.

Under what circumstances would you use f/1.8?

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