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Lens for photographing Guitars

 
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Apr 02, 2014 17:49 |  #16

gnome chompski wrote in post #16804261 (external link)
Id buy a 50mm 1.8 and a decent lighting rig and call it a day.
Stop it down to f8, diffuse the light nicely, boom done.

yes, do an image search on Flickr for "guitar"
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Apr 02, 2014 17:50 |  #17

gonzogolf wrote in post #16803975 (external link)
What seems wrong is to some degree a good thing. The farther you are away from the guitar the less perspective distortion you will get. Perspective distortion is the distortion that causes things closer to the camera to appear larger than things further away. Not a problem for flat surfaces but if you shoot anything on an angle it can distort the features. A longer lens also allows you to work with a smaller backdrop. With a wider lens you will have to pay much more attention to making sure you camera is square to the production you are shooting as its very easy to get keystone distortion. Do you have a wider zoom lens that you can use to get an idea of what focal length you would prefer?

Allright, this caught me way off guard along with the others following in this thread agreeing to the use of the longer focal length. Very interesting. I have been trying to find the best lens to photograph some rifles and a couple of fly rods that I'm going to sell. I made the uneducated assumption that I should use a wide angle lens with a higher f/stop. gonzogolf (and others), you are saying I may (will?) have better results using a longer focal length shot from a further distance? Is that correct? Thanks in advance.




  
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Apr 02, 2014 17:51 |  #18

Nick_Reading.UK wrote in post #16803967 (external link)
The Canon 50mm 1.4 was especially made for shooting guitars...

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It was?

Heck yea! Everybody knows that!


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Apr 02, 2014 18:08 |  #19

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Apr 02, 2014 18:12 |  #20

BigSky wrote in post #16805094 (external link)
Allright, this caught me way off guard along with the others following in this thread agreeing to the use of the longer focal length. Very interesting. I have been trying to find the best lens to photograph some rifles and a couple of fly rods that I'm going to sell. I made the uneducated assumption that I should use a wide angle lens with a higher f/stop. gonzogolf (and others), you are saying I may (will?) have better results using a longer focal length shot from a further distance? Is that correct? Thanks in advance.

I'm saying you are likely to have a more accurate representation with less distortion if you use a longer lens. The issue isn't actually the lens but the working distance that causes the perspective distortion but they end up tied together from a practical sense. If you want to test the hypothesis try this, get something rectangular like a picture frame or large book. Put on your wide angle lens and photograph it at a slight angle but from a close distance. You'll find it difficult to not have the rectangular object appear as a trapezoid. That's an overstated example but at least on a subject with square lines its obvious. On things with irregular lines (including people or products) the distortion may be just enough to hurt your image without being obvious what's wrong.




  
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Apr 02, 2014 18:28 |  #21
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This one (external link), if having to be too far away is a problem.

Or this one (external link).

FWIW, I use my EF 100mm F2.8 L Macro for most product photography, with the 70-200mm F4 IS L being my second choice.


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Apr 02, 2014 18:41 |  #22

Since you will be doing a lot of this, try it and see. My guess is you prefer the more correctly rendered result you will get from the long lens. I think you would find that all of the great Gibson and others are studio shots using a long lens.




  
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Apr 02, 2014 18:59 as a reply to  @ Ken Nielsen's post |  #23

Thanks guys. I'll do some experimentation tomorrow with the 105 macro and the 50-135 and see how they compare.




  
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Apr 02, 2014 19:21 |  #24

Since you're going to write it off as a business expense, go TS-E or go home. ;)


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Apr 02, 2014 19:23 |  #25

Bearmann wrote in post #16805096 (external link)
Heck yea! Everybody knows that!

Cool. What's the lens made for filming porn? That's the one I want.


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Apr 02, 2014 19:48 |  #26

FarmerTed1971 wrote in post #16805351 (external link)
Cool. What's the lens made for filming porn? That's the one I want.

The 24-105. Did you miss the meeting?




  
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Apr 02, 2014 20:23 |  #27

gonzogolf wrote in post #16805403 (external link)
The 24-105. Did you miss the meeting?

I was there, but my glasses fogged up, and I couldn't tell what lens was used.


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Apr 02, 2014 20:42 |  #28
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The 90mm tilt-shift is very commonly used for product photography because you can adjust your depth of field by tilting and swinging the lens to get the look you need for the shot. 90mm seems to be the sweet spot for focal length perspective as well. Even though guitars are big, you will have to get some distance to make it look right. Using wide angles might not work as well.


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Apr 03, 2014 02:18 as a reply to  @ post 16805088 |  #29

I have just measured my studio setup - due to limited space I need to have the camera approx. 1.5 - 2.0m from the guitar being shot. Thanks for all the advice so far, I must say I love the idea of a lens with macro capability as it would be also used for personal pics, not just the guitars. I have read the EF 100 2.8 is a good lens for both portrait and macro, would this lens work for my limited space or can you suggest something more suited? Thanks very much in advance and please excuse my ignorance.




  
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Apr 03, 2014 02:28 |  #30
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100mm will work, but barely. I really think you should get the 90mm tilt-shift, because it's much better for product photography. I just tried out composition with my lenses, photographing my guitar, and at a 2 meter working distance, I could fit the guitar in the frame at 100mm, but there was virtually no room on either side of the frame.


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