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Stop down. The 50/1.8 II's sweet spot is around f/4. Most f/3.5-5.6 kit lenses get considerably sharper when stopped down into the f/8-f/16 range. Shooting wide open exacerbates issues of softness, LoCA (purple fringe), and vignetting. Single simplest thing you can do to make your glass look more expensive. Post-process. There are tons of open source ...


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Lots of other good advice but I would like to add a couple of post processing options that you can explore where the price is definitely within a student budget, i.e. Free, they will also run under Windows, Mac or Linux, with Linux being better at running on older, cheaper, hardware. ImageMagik - Lots of batch processing options from the command line ...


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There's been plenty of good advice from others. The creativity imposed by equipment limitations can be valuable. For example, experimenting with using your 50 f/1.8 as a portrait or indoor sports lens. Other suggestions I'd add - A 4 year old Rebel won't be quite state of the art on noise performance - but this is the Instagram generation. Play with some ...


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The 28-135 is a good all purpose lens for the price. It covers a good range for many purposes so you should be able to get a lot of usage out of it. The only real problem you have with it is that it is not a fast lens, but if you shoot in good light this is not a limiting issue. The 50 is a fast lens, except for most indoor sports where the slow AF makes ...


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My first reaction is that this is a very broad question without a specific use case. How you might make the most out of this gear for landscapes differs greatly from the same question for portraits, or for macro, and although you didn't mention specifically, very much so for action/sports. So, following that, my second thought is that you make the most of ...


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Using unleashed flash brings me with not to much spented money a huge step forward. Especially wireless with radio transceivers like Yongnuo RF-603. Picture/light quality is much better when you do not use flash straight forward from flash-hot-shoe (more informations about this topic for example here). You can use unleashed flash for nearly every kind of ...


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While you say that you're having problems due to "not having faster lenses", I'm not quite sure that's true - you've got an f/1.8 lens, which is over a stop faster than all those big white 70-200 L zooms. I'd look at this more as "what can you do with a fast 50mm lens?". 50 mm on a crop body is just about classic portrait length; as Nir has suggested, a ...


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You can work around most equipment limitations, it won't be as reliable and easy to use as the "official" solution but it can be made to work. For example, if you want the "classic" wide angle landscape shot you can do a panorama (just remember to set manual mode, manual focus and manual white balance) If you want to shoot macro you can reverse your lens - ...


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I'd say the best thing you can do is embrace the limitations that your gear imposes on you. There is nothing quite like having some restrictions to encourage creativity. At the end of the day you can make amazing photographs using almost any equipment, it is the idea and how you express that idea which matters. Less is often more. Given your 50mm you ...



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