What is the big deal about the lens? What makes it Special? The answer: f/1.4 Working with this lens is fascinating. At f/1.4 it’s Tack sharp and gives an incredibly narrow depth of field. The lenses wide angle of view is 84° diagonal on FX and 61° on small-format DX , allows for great composure and flexibility. But I have to say this again, this lens is an f/1.4, it just allows the light to pour in. I believe I am in love with f/1.4.
Shooting Subjects at 1.4
I found this lens works best with the subject around three feet away but the lens but it’s not limited to that. I have shot extremely up close and at a distance and the lenses handled every shot admirable. I found it best to not shoot a subject against a wall with a flat surface but instead out in the open, letting you take more advantage of bokeh, or out of focus backgrounds. At F/1.4, shooting close up and small objects worked best when I centered the subject. And the shots were tack sharp at the focus points while giving creative Bokeh around the subject.
Light at F/1.4
Shooting in bright sunlight is not always the best thing. This lens really does let a lot of the light in. In super bright sunlight I found it best to bump the lens down to f/2.8 or really fine tune your settings. If you found shadows to take advantage of, then f/1.4 could be used.
F/1.4 In Low light
In low light this lens is fantastic. Using the Center weighted metering was best. The lens focused on the main subject and I got just the right light. Shooting indoors and at night was great. At most I had to adjust ISO.
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