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To achieve the same depth of field with a 50mm lens, you would have to set your aperture to f/16. I would like to explain hyperfocal distance to you. In case of an 35mm lens with f/8 the hyperfocal distance is 5m (17 ft). It means, you can not focus closer and still keep infinity (reasonably) sharp. If you would focus at 2m (6.5 ft), the far limit of your ...


The rule is about the hyperfocal distance, about setting your aperture such that you don't have to spend any time on focusing and thus can take pictures very quickly and spontaneously. With today's fast autofocus, it's much less important. The answer to your question is: it depends, because you're not, in fact, specific enough. It still depends on your ...


The "f/8 and be there" rule, for a 35mm lens on a full frame camera is really about the hyperfocal distance and the distance from which everything in your shot will be in focus. So with those settings, one could expect that without having to focus at all, if you're at the right place at the right time, your subject/scene will be in focus, and thus save you ...


First of all, "f/8 and be there" is an old photojournalist adage. Basically, it's more important to be "there" then how technically proficient you are. Second, your settings actually do depend on the situation. f/stop is more important than focal length (all though the two can affect each other). More importantly, what is your ISO and shutter speed in ...

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