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Jan 28, 2013 11:23 |  #1

Hello,

I'm actually getting my T4i in a day or two. One thing I need the camera for is to take product shots of an item I am developing, for website use.

I'm looking for a budget minded lens to shot product photos with in a small light box in my house.

Would the Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 be a good choice? I like to stick with Canon brand, but if another brand is recommended I'm up for suggestions.

The $270 price on Amazon would be the general area I'm looking to target with price.

Sorry if this is a newbie question. I looked through the forums and could not find an exact answer to the question.

Thanks!

Larry


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Jan 28, 2013 11:35 |  #2

It depends on the level of magnification you need. The 50 is a 1:2 lens: the maximum image size on the sensor is half life size. If that is sufficient for you, it is a very sharp lens. It has old fashioned AF, but that is not a drawback for product photography.

If you need 1:1, you will want a different lens, which will cost more. Through Feb 2, you can get the EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro, which is a truly superb macro lens, for $409 at B&H, including a rebate.


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Jan 28, 2013 11:46 |  #3

With macros you're manually focusing most of the time so another option is an older manual focus FD macro and use an adapter ring to mount it to your camera. Another less expensive option is to stick an extention tube on your 18-135mm and get closer with that.




  
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Jan 28, 2013 12:04 |  #4

The plastic fantastic and extension tubes are another alternative.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …Normal_EF_50mm_​f_1_8.html (external link)

http://www.amazon.com …/B003Y60DZO/ref​=pd_cp_p_0 (external link)

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http://www.amazon.com …9&keywords=exte​nsion+tube (external link)




  
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Jan 28, 2013 13:27 |  #5

Thanks for the replies everyone!

I don't believe I need 1:1. My photos will be for web based product images. I'm just looking to make them look as good as possible.

I figured right from the beginning I could do better than the kit lens. So I was hoping to spend maybe a few hundred on a lens that would do better product photos inside with light control.

So, what I'm looking for is the sharpest, cleanest image.

I hear alot about the 50mm f1.8

The 50mm f2.5 macro looks nice. And then I hear good things on the Canon 40mm EF f/2.8 STM lens.

If I go with one of these, would one be a clear winner or loser for my needs?

Thanks so much for helping the newbie out! :)

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Jan 28, 2013 13:49 |  #6

I've had a chance to play with my brothers t4i and the 18-135mm STM and it's a fantastic lens that has some pretty sharp results. You may just want to try it out first and crop down to the size you need as you may be surprised, I was.




  
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Jan 28, 2013 15:48 |  #7

Super sharp and inexpensive? Tamron 90mm macro. It'll do 1:1 but you can pull back for less. And it's a great all around lens as well.


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Jan 28, 2013 16:07 |  #8

I purchased a Tokina 100 f2.8 macro AT-X Pro D on this forum as a used lens. I don't recall exactly what I paid but don't think it was much out of your price range and it's a fabulous and very sharp lens. I also have a Sigma 50 f2.8 Macro EX that does 1:1 and that I may be selling. I just bought it with a bunch of other stuff and in limited tests, it also seems quite sharp.


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Jan 28, 2013 16:07 |  #9

+1 to the option below


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Jan 28, 2013 17:00 |  #10

Tubes are a good option even with your current lens.


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Jan 28, 2013 18:04 |  #11

are you sure you even need to get that close? stopped down to f8, i don't think you would be able to tell the difference between the 50mm f1.8, and the 50mm macro...so you could save quite a bit of dough if you're not taking pics of super small items


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Jan 29, 2013 11:57 |  #12

50mm f/1.8 has an abysmal MFD, so he probably will need tubes or a dedicated macro lens.


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Jan 29, 2013 12:12 |  #13

jt354 wrote in post #15548243 (external link)
50mm f/1.8 has an abysmal MFD, so he probably will need tubes or a dedicated macro lens.

all depends on what size product he's taking pics of...he'd still be able to get a shot of 8" X 5.3"...so if it's not considerably smaller than that it would work fine


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Jan 29, 2013 14:51 |  #14

My concern is for web based photos right now. So images will be cropped to 900-1000 pixels.

I don't really need a 'cose up'. I just want as sharp of an image as I can for my needs. My product is about 4-5 inches tall, flat and straight. So, I don't have to be right on top of the item. Just looking for a picture that will enhance my product and make people want to buy it.

I'm reading a lot of good things about the new 40mm pancake lens. Its on sale now and super cheap. i like the metal ring and better construction than the nifty fifty. It seems like that may be a good product lens for me needs.

Would you guys agree?


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Jan 29, 2013 14:57 |  #15

larryinfl wrote in post #15543651 (external link)
Hello,

I'm actually getting my T4i in a day or two. One thing I need the camera for is to take product shots of an item I am developing, for website use.

I'm looking for a budget minded lens to shot product photos with in a small light box in my house.

Would the Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 be a good choice? I like to stick with Canon brand, but if another brand is recommended I'm up for suggestions.

The $270 price on Amazon would be the general area I'm looking to target with price.

Sorry if this is a newbie question. I looked through the forums and could not find an exact answer to the question.

Thanks!

Larry

Since you're using a crop sensor camera definitely go for the EF-S 60mm. You should be able to find one used on here for ~$300.


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