XF 56mm ???

Started Mar 18, 2014 | Discussions thread
jrk Senior Member • Posts: 2,323
Re: Shooting f/1.2 requires better technique

Chris Dodkin wrote:

The challenge of shooting at f/1.2 - It's very difficult in a non controlled environment.

We will see dozens more posts on DPR in the coming months from people saying 'my new f/1.2 lens is faulty' etc etc due to soft/OOF images

A few technique suggestions:

Reduce the size of the AF box on the camera - to ensure you get exactly what you want in focus

Figure out the thing that's going to be sharp, the nose, eye, ear, etc - because most likely only one thing will be sharp!

Always put the AF box over the thing you want to be sharp by moving it's position before you shoot - using the old focus and recompose method will spoil most shallow DOF shots as the subject will no longer be in the focus plane after you recompose

Consider shooting f/1.4, f/1.6 or f/2 outside of the studio, You get the same sort of bokeh, better DOF, higher hit rate

Don't focus then pause before taking the shot - if you and/or the subject move at all in that pause, you're toast - do a test shot where you line up the AF box, frame comp and verticals etc - then for the actual shot just mash the shutter release so it does focus and immediate shot without any gap

Hope these help - technique with a longer fast prime is a killer

You'll need to practice, and practice, and practice


Thanks for your professional advice.  I just received my 56 last night and am anxious to start using it.  I plan to get out this weekend in Annapolis and do some shooting with it.  I will certainly follow your suggestions.  I have a lot to learn and advice from professionals like yourself is always appreciated!

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