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dylan
Feb 10, 2006, 01:38 AM
I think i need a regular lens for my camera right now I have a Canon Zoom Lens EF 75-300mm 1:4-5.6 and it is terrible for taking close shots. Any suggestions would be great.



jared_kipe
Feb 10, 2006, 12:33 PM
What is your budget?

EDIT: You know, I went looking thats a really old camera for an EOS body. You might consider upgrading to something slightly newer, otherwise great new advances in autofocus and exposure will not be possible. A good all around lens would be something like Canon 28-105mm f3.5-4.5 USM mkII for around $180. But when you say taking close shots you don't mean macro like shots do you?

dylan
Feb 10, 2006, 06:10 PM
Thanks for your reply. I really have no idea what I need I just need to be able to take pictures at a moderate distance and some jewellery shots. Nothing too serious. The lens that's on there is just way too bulky.

snap58
Feb 10, 2006, 08:55 PM
Thanks for your reply. I really have no idea what I need I just need to be able to take pictures at a moderate distance and some jewellery shots. Nothing too serious. The lens that's on there is just way too bulky.

I have a EOS RT, same family as the 620, 630, great camera, still use it for IR Film. I have a 50/2.5 macro, very sharp and compact, the 100 is nice too but fairly large. By the way all of my lenses work and focus great with RT, things like predivtive auto focus are of course greatly improved on the newer cameras.

ChrisA
Feb 10, 2006, 09:12 PM
...I just need to be able to take pictures at a moderate distance and some jewellery shots. .

How large is the subject? will the subject fill the frame? If you are talking about filling the frame with a diamond ring that's serius macro work.

If the subject is smalle then about 2 inches tall that cncider a "real" macro lens. Using one that is 100mm would give you some working distance but a 60mm would do fine too. Also thing about lighting. How you light the shoot is the single most important thing.

jared_kipe
Feb 11, 2006, 12:15 PM
I still need a budget. Are you wanting to take pictures of small things really close, or you just mean being able to focus on slightly closer stuff than your 75-300mm will get? Are you looking for a zoom or a prime?

dylan
Feb 20, 2006, 05:26 PM
Budget is tight. We just need some good images for a jewelry site. The pieces are 2-3 inches. I am thinking about selling it and getting a good digital.

jared_kipe
Feb 20, 2006, 08:26 PM
Budget is tight. We just need some good images for a jewelry site. The pieces are 2-3 inches. I am thinking about selling it and getting a good digital.
Selling it to get a good digital, but budget is "tight"?.

Well being as how small they really are your best bet is a macro lens. Cheap one would be the Sigma 50mm f2.8 DG macro. Really nice lens, on ebay you should find them for probably less than $200.

Chip NoVaMac
Feb 20, 2006, 10:47 PM
Budget is tight. We just need some good images for a jewelry site. The pieces are 2-3 inches. I am thinking about selling it and getting a good digital.

Depending on what you are trying to accomplish as a long term goal, you may find a digital P&S as an affordable option till you cross over to a DSLR.

Clix Pix
Feb 20, 2006, 10:50 PM
Budget is tight. We just need some good images for a jewelry site. The pieces are 2-3 inches. I am thinking about selling it and getting a good digital.

Maybe you could rent a macro lens for a day or a weekend, do your jewelry shots and then carry on from there?

jared_kipe
Feb 21, 2006, 10:06 AM
Maybe you could rent a macro lens for a day or a weekend, do your jewelry shots and then carry on from there?
That could work, but I've never rented anything before.

dylan
Feb 26, 2006, 04:23 AM
Just hearing the word macro was a great help... thats how much i know about this stuff :p Right now I have 2 sub $300 digitals I could sell as well that would let me get a Canon Powershot SD500 Would I be able to get good enough close-ups with something like that?

Clix Pix
Feb 26, 2006, 12:29 PM
Just hearing the word macro was a great help... thats how much i know about this stuff :p Right now I have 2 sub $300 digitals I could sell as well that would let me get a Canon Powershot SD500 Would I be able to get good enough close-ups with something like that?


I don't know about the Canons, but one feature the Nikon Coolpix line is especially known for is their ability to do macro photography very well. If you know anyone who has a CP 995, for instance, that camera is stellar in doing macros. Maybe you could borrow one....

Don't forget, you'll also need to consider how you're going to light the subjects to show them to their best advantage. Lowel makes a device called the "Ego," which is a small freestanding set of special lights behind a diffuser. There is also a white cardboard reflector which comes with this and it helps to add extra, softer light on the opposite side. Or, of course, you could take advantage of the best lighting of all -- the sun -- and set up your shot in the sun.

Good luck!

jared_kipe
Feb 26, 2006, 01:46 PM
dcrsource.com always does a bit of macro on their reviews. Canon cameras like the S2 pro shoot really good macro shots.