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Lens for photographing Guitars

 
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Apr 02, 2014 09:24 |  #1

I own a guitar shop here in Wales - I have just bought a 7d and need some advice on choosing a good lens for photographing my inventory for the web. I am in the process of putting together a small studio but need some advice on the lenses available.

This is the style of picture I generally take:

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Any help would be much appreciated - I just bought a 70-200 f.4 L - nice lens but no good for what I need.



  
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Apr 02, 2014 09:38 |  #2

Not trying to be argumentative, but why is the 70-200 not good for what you need? Too long, not fast enough? What you are trying to do can be accomplished with any number of lenses given the right conditions. Tell us whats not working for you now.




  
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Apr 02, 2014 09:46 as a reply to  @ gonzogolf's post |  #3

I have to be at quite a distance from the guitar - just seems wrong




  
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Apr 02, 2014 09:51 |  #4

The Canon 50mm 1.4 was especially made for shooting guitars.. it can also be used for a range of other things too...


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Apr 02, 2014 09:55 |  #5

timellis wrote in post #16803958 (external link)
I have to be at quite a distance from the guitar - just seems wrong

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?




  
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Apr 02, 2014 11:10 |  #6

70-100mm should work nicely (depending on how large your shop is) 50mm would work as well. I think anything wider would not portray the product correctly. You dont want to distort the product that someone wants to purchase. I think sticking with the 70-200mm would be the best choice and concentrate on perfecting your lighting.




  
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Apr 02, 2014 11:49 |  #7

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.


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Apr 02, 2014 13:10 as a reply to  @ gnome chompski's post |  #8

I tend to agree with sticking with lenses longer than (or at least as long as) 50mm.


this would do the trick:
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Apr 02, 2014 13:29 |  #9

If you shoot any close up details, you might benefit from the Canon EF-S 60mm macro.


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Apr 02, 2014 13:32 |  #10

Bearmann wrote in post #16804509 (external link)
If you shoot any close up details, you might benefit from the Canon EF-S 60mm macro.

Product photography and taking photos of artwork I've always heard that a macro lens would work best. Has a flat focal plane and such.

For me I'd just use a short zoom. 24-70 or something similar.

This way you have your tripod setup and since you are doing inventory you don't have to reposition anything just zoom in on smaller product or zoom out on larger product.


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Apr 02, 2014 14:24 |  #11

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.

This. Although the lens really doesn't matter. You just need to understand how to use whatever equipment you have.


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Apr 02, 2014 14:49 as a reply to  @ Aressem's post |  #12

Any prime lens, a good tripod, some decent lighting and please no ripple in the background. Use remote live view, use 10x magnification to nail the focus. BAM !


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Apr 02, 2014 17:27 |  #13

As already said it depends on your working distance, less distortion if using a longer focal length. Some shots of my guitars using my Canon 15-85 lens with focal lengths used.

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Apr 02, 2014 17:44 |  #14

"I have to be at quite a distance from the guitar - just seems wrong"

I agree from what 50+ years of studio shooting experience I can offer is that distance will give you a non-distorted perspective. The 70-200 ii is a lens I would rate even above the 7D so you can't do any better but to buy a 1DX or some other high end body which I don't think you need for what you are after.




  
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Apr 02, 2014 17:47 |  #15

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

It was?


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