what lense do you use for products?

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  1. jkopp

    jkopp TPF Noob!

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    I'm wondering what you use for product photography(food, jewlery, clothes, computers, etc.).
     
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    I'm not a pro or anything, but I think I can help a little...

    It depends a lot on the size of the product you're photographing. I take a lot of 'product photography' type pictures of my stuff so I have a picture of it if it ever gets stolen or something.

    For small objects (like the size of a baseball or smaller) I usually use my 100mm Macro. For larger things I use either my 50mm 1.4 or 85mm 1.8.

    With a tripod and good lighting you could probably use just about any lens.
     
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    I'm not looking for suggestions on what to use ... i'm wondering what you guys are using out there ?? Just curious to see everyones setup and "ways"
     
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    For my furniture I use a 14-54 mm f 2.8

    Cheers, Don
     
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    Canon EF-S 17-55 f2,8 IS USM
     
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    Sigma 70-200
     
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    I find I use a 135mm Schneider Componon the most, but then again, I use a Sinar P/Phase One scan back.


    erie
     
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    You should use whatever lens fits your personal style and the particular item you are shooting.
     
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    I use a prime 50mm for some product shots, you can always throw on an extension tube to get nearer. The 50mm is cheap and very sharp.
     
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    I do product photography for several different companies. I find myself using my [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro[/FONT] and my[FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif] Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS most of the time. Here are a few examples. First two were shot with my 100mm Macro and second two were shot with my 17-55.

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    I would imagine that a 100mm Macro would be ideal for most hand-sized objects. For product photography, focusing out to 1 meter would work very well with that kind of lens.

    I personally use my 50mm at high fstops because it's still reasonably sharp there, but also because I don't have a good-quality 100+mm alternative. My Sigma 70-300 isn't really that great.
     
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    Here's a quick shot done with a 135 Componon, on a Sinar P, Phase One scanback:

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    erie
     

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