D80 + new 50mmf1.8 + SB800 samples

Started Oct 26, 2006 | Discussions thread
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miancu Senior Member • Posts: 1,530
D80 + new 50mmf1.8 + SB800 samples

Hi, All !

I just got my new 50mmf1.8 and SB800. Soooo excited. Yesterday I took some tests with a DIY paper diffuser. All at ISO 100, exif preserved, exactly how they went from camera.

First impression: the lens is soft at 1.8 but with enough contrast to take decent photos. Probably I'll use this aperture setting only for lowlight handheld photos (concerts, theatre etc). At 2.8 is good enough and at 4 is crisp. Since DOF is quite shallow, I'm not quite interested in marginal sharpness at 1.8-2.8-3.5. I can stop it down to 8 and still have same quality as 4.

For 120 bucks is a steal.

SB800: no comments. This is the F22 of the flashes. One has to have one to see what this little technology marvel can do. I've also played with commander mode on my D80 and I like setting EVs for built-in and SB800, gives a lot of room for creativity.

I'll post some more at different apertures.

Photos in reply.

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Nikon D80
Nikkor AF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6D IF
Nikkor AF 50 f/1.8D
Nikon SB-800

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