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Josh of the Bushveld
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Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:09 pm

ceruleanwildfire wrote:I reckon one of the biggest things that hold photographers back is the snap syndrome. A lot of people just like to take snapshots. Nothing wrong with that, unless you have a SLR, then it's waste.

Yes. I'm too fast at taking pictures. I seem to be reasonably good at noticing issues with photos on a PC, but not while I'm taking them.

One good suggestion I've read (am yet to try it) is to walk around with a photo frame, to assist in developing a 'frame' in your eye. I guess this would only work for 50mm or so though.

I also want to buy a 50mm prime, but at the moment I can't afford the AF-s 50mm F1.4G and the others won't autofocus on my D40
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Unread post by ceruleanwildfire » Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:14 pm

Remember to take into account the Digital Magnification Factor. The 50mm prime lens was the focal equivalent of the human eye. However because most digital SLR cameras have a magnification factor of 1.5 or 1.6, thereby making the focal length of a 50mm prime lens 75mm.

The equivalent would be a 35mm prime lens. Which is good news for JL because Nikon makes a 35mm prime DX lens at a fraction of the cost, +/-R2k, of the 50mm prime.


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