September 14, 2017 at 5:23AM

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Ideas for Canon 50mm

I'm practicing shooting with a 5D Mark II and a Canon 50mm. I'm shooting short clips at home and don't intend using any other lens for this project.I also have a very basic shoulder rig and follow focus.
Any ideas on pan and movement with this lens? If I move the camera around too much, the background goes out of focus due to the shallow DOF of the lens.
Would really appreciate any ideas on movement, transitions, etc with this lens. Thanks.

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Hey I have the same camera and lens! It's a great lens for the price! I do not have a lot of experience on pans and movement with this lens at the moment, but what I can say is that it is not great for any sort of tracking or following on the fly. One of the biggest benefits is the shallow depth of field and also the biggest drawback. Unless you have a carefully set up shot with everything measured out or you're just taking picture I would say use a higher aperture than you think you want for shallow depth of field to spare yourself the issues with focusing. Because you have a follow focus I would HIGHLY recommend downloading and installing Magic Lantern (a free download) for your camera. I have noticed that the 5D Mark II display is HORRIBLE for trying to determine focus. Magic Lantern includes a focus peaking option to see what is in focus and what is not which is super helpful. The alternative would be buying a field monitor although that can get pricey.

September 18, 2017 at 3:12PM

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Dont shoot at f1:8 try f4

September 18, 2017 at 11:27PM

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Michael Militscher
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Quite right. Just because you CAN go to f1.8 doesn't mean you should. I have the Canon EOS-M so some similarities to the 5D. If I switch to photo and half depress the shutter button. That shows me the ISO number so I can close down the aperture until it is almost to ISO 200.

Julian Richards

September 20, 2017 at 4:12PM

Thanks a lot, all. I got myself an external display monitor and am practicing shooting at f1:8 or around.

October 14, 2017 at 8:05AM

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