Can you recommend a lens for small product shots?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Leo, Dec 11, 2005.

  1. Leo

    Leo Guest

    I have a D70, and need a better lens, I guess with macro capability, to shoot
    small electronic appliances...

    I need to shoot objects sized from maybe 5 inch's up to 20 inch's on a side.

    I plan to set up a light tent on a table...

    Thanks for any suggestions.
    Leo, Dec 11, 2005
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    Jerry L Guest

    The AF 28-105mm f3.5D~f5.6D (?) Nikkor would work. As would the AF
    60mm f2.8D Micro-Nikkor.

    But 20-inches wide is not really going to be real up-close
    photography-wise unless you have a really, really large tent to work

    = = =
    Jerry L, Dec 11, 2005
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  3. Leo

    [BnH] Guest

    20" is not exactly a small product.
    I normally shot timepieces or earings using 60 micro lens. For 20" wide
    item, you can try using your kit lens and see if it suffice.
    as the 28-105 lens has macro [well its not really macro , more of closer
    distance shooting ability] on 50mm and above only.

    good luck.
    [BnH], Dec 11, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    If you have enough room, a Tamron 90mm f/2.5 or f/2.8 (not the Di
    version unless you hear really good things about it first, I haven't
    heard anything specific about it yet).

    Otherwise the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 should do fine. Avoid, if you can wider
    than that; and avoid if you can middle-zooms (28-80 / 28-105) as the
    distortion at some zoom lengths and perspectives will make your product
    look odd). I say the 50 as it has a decent closeup range and lots of
    aperture if needed.

    Try a 60" wide roll of seamless photo background paper (white, or
    photography grey) hanging from the wall and a table to drape it over.
    Clamp at edges (let a few inches run over the edge of the table and
    weight the excess with clothespins.

    Softbox your lights, or if the ceiling is white, bounce your flash off
    of the ceiling. (Or tent all of it minus the shooting aperture with
    ripstop or very thin white cotton).

    Alan Browne, Dec 11, 2005
  5. I remember seeing earrings that were timepieces....Tiny watches hanging from
    someone's ears....They worked, too!
    William Graham, Dec 12, 2005
  6. Leo

    Leo Guest

    I take it thats a standard lens, not a macro? Do you know how close it goes?

    Leo, Dec 12, 2005
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    columbotrek Guest

    Oh, just about anything in the normal to mild telephoto will work. For
    eBay I would just use my Nikkor 28-105 AFD. (Actually I use a Sony S75)
    For more exacting work, and for really close up objects, I use the
    Nikkor 105mm Macro. I like being back a bit further than I can get with
    the 60mm Macro. And extension rings are a hassle to calculate the
    exposure. (I still use film so I can't just take one and have a look at
    the histogram.
    columbotrek, Dec 12, 2005
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    Paul Furman Guest

    My 45mm 2.8 P goes a bit closer than a foot with about a 6" wide frame.
    Not a macro lens.
    Paul Furman, Dec 12, 2005
  9. Leo

    Alan Browne Guest

    A little less than 1/2 meter. Unless you really need macro, this will
    cover a lot of tabletop product shots.
    Alan Browne, Dec 12, 2005
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    Rob Novak Guest

    That's a f/3.5-4.5 lens, and it's not bad for semi-closeup work (got
    one at home). With the digital crop factor, this is a serviceable
    lens - with 35mm film, a 5" object fills about 1/3-1/2 frame at max
    zoom. The OP may be better served by either the Micro-Nikkor 105mm
    f/2.8 macro (model 1988) or the Tamron Di 90mm f/2.8 macro (model
    Rob Novak, Dec 12, 2005
  11. Leo

    Leo Guest

    I was looking at an add for the 60mm f2.8D Micro lens... would this be about
    the same thing but with closer ability's? I have to say I don't know much about
    macro lens...
    Leo, Dec 13, 2005
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