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| p.2 #12 · Newbie focusing help before I get too disheartened. |
Suey, the analogy of learning to drive with a Ferrari is one that applies here IMHO. This is why. The 5D III is a fine camera, and you can use it in auto mode, so it does not have to be more complex than a P&S. But, because of its high resolution, looking at 100% crops shows up more imperfections than if you'd started with something a bit less rich in pixels. It is not the picture which is less perfect, but the display is less forgiving.
Secondly, 50L. That is another story. That lens can be a remarkable portrait lens, BUT it suffers from focus shift, which means that, when you are at typical apertures and distance for portrait work, your camera may sometimes miss focus because of this. Then, if you use it wide open in order to not have to use flash, there is no focus shift, but the depth of field (depth of your image which is in focus) will be about one eyelash. The rest of the face with be gently than more and more out of focus. That is not so easy to master to get the right effect. And because the 5D III and 50L can do it, they will.... which would not happen with a kit zoom, where the max aperture is f:3.5, thus the minimum depth-of-field is much more, and you get fewer shots with obviously mis-placed focus...
As to which books to read, I've been really helped by Scott Kelby's "digital photography" series. No mumbo-jumbo, he just tells you what to do, and it works. But there are others that are fine too. Kelby books
But, most importantly, have fun!