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Old 01-01-2010, 04:55
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I am sorry to keep bugging u all. I got a canon rebel xt just to see if i would like an slr. So far, I like it except for I can't seem to get a really blurry background. I am getting one a little. My question is, do I need to invest in a better lens or different one or does everyone get the blurrier image through photoshop? I have the standard lens that came with the camera! I was told that the portrait mode would make the blurry background also but no luck. I keep it on av mode and sometimes i will get one and other times i don't. Please someone help! I am not camera savy at all. I have read up on the owners manual but still need help. PLEASE! TIA
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Old 01-01-2010, 04:59
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if it's a kit lens then you would probably need to get a better lens to get good nice blurry background.


The easiest way to explain it is the "f-stop" number will play a huge part in the blurry background. So for instance 50mm lens that will go down to f1.8 you will get a pretty blurry background. There are other factors that play in but the f-stop plays a big role.
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Plus look at how close you are to your subject. Does your lens zoom? If it does and you keep it in AV mode then when you zoom in and out it's probably switching your f-stop. That could be why sometimes you get it and others you don't.

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Thank u!!!!!!!!! I do have the kit lens. It only goes to 3.5. It also has zoom but doesn't zoom very far so I was going to look into getting another lens that does a better job. Thank u for the advice. It is greatly appreciated!
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Get 50mm 1.8, you will absolutely get your blurry background. And it's really cheap I think I got mine for around $90ish from Amazon.
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i too recommend the 50mm. lens, perfect for portraits and to get those blurry background shots that you want, though it will take a little tweaking in your settings as well....good luck
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i too recommend the 50mm. lens, perfect for portraits and to get those blurry background shots that you want, though it will take a little tweaking in your settings as well....good luck
Do u mind me asking what u mean by tweaking in the settings?

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