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Studio Photography School Forums Gear talk Cameras Nikon lens for product photography

Nikon lens for product photography

This topic contains 23 replies, has 14 voices, and was last updated by  Alejandro Lavandos 1 month ago.

Studio Photography School Forums Gear talk Cameras Nikon lens for product photography

This topic contains 23 replies, has 14 voices, and was last updated by  Alejandro Lavandos 1 month ago.

  • #38306
    tzimi
    Participant

    im shooting a lot of items in studio for a catalog 

    i use the reg. 18-55 lens that came with the D3100 camera 

    my Q is to what type of lens i can change that my shots should be awesome

    here is one example i feel a lack of sharpness here 

    <img src=”/forum/studio-cameras/http:/i1246.photobucket.com/albums/gg610/tzimpintel/th_DSC_0878.jpg” alt=”” />

  • #38308

    One of the best Nikon lenses for product photography happens to be cheap and widely available used, the manual 55mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor:

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/36984-USA/Nikon_1442_Macro_55mm_f_2_8_Micro.html

     

    J

  • #38330
  • #38331
    Alex Koloskov
    Keymaster

    I’ve played with Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Lens, and I this it is great. See my nikon D800E review.

    The Lighting magician

  • #38333
    tzimi
    Participant

    is 105mm not too close for studio shots ?

  • #38334
    digitalfinger
    Participant

    No. 100 – 150 is ideal. I use a 100mm 2.8 and it’s fantastic.

     

    Terry Croom

  • #38335
    tzimi
    Participant

    witch one do you use ?

  • #38336

    Both the 105 and the 55 are very sharp lenses and have little to no spherical distortion. But they each have advantages and disadvantages. The 55 is cheaper and is much easier to use if you are shooting large objects in the studio. The 105 is more expensive, but is much better for shooting very small items like jewelry. When I tried to use the 105 to shoot a dress on a 6 foot tall mannequin the camera had to be nearly 25 feet away! Most people don’t have that much room in their studios…

    We own both and I use use both all the time depending on the size of the object I’m shooting.

  • #38337
    tzimi
    Participant

    is there any Nikon lens that have the quality of  the 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Lens, but its in the 55mm area ?

  • #38338
    Algirdas Mazeika
    Participant

    For most products 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Lens is enough, for some you might use tilt shift lens like Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D. If you have DX format camera then Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED is enough for most.

    If you like number magic please read here¬†http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Lenses/Camera-Lens-Ratings they do mathematical calculations for lenses and it’s quite good to look at.

  • #38341
    tzimi
    Participant

    ok, i borrow from a friend the Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED Macro Autofocus Lens

    i took 2 shots one with the micro lens and one with the reg 18-55mm lens both with the same settings in the camera 

    i really dont see any difference 

    do you? 

  • #38343
    Alex Koloskov
    Keymaster

    105 too close? Not sure how it can be “too close” :-) I really prefer to use Canon 180mm F3.5L macro: being far from the subject helps a lot..

    The Lighting magician

  • #43580
    bruno rolando
    Participant
    Hi, This is another Q

     I have been following you for about 6 months now. How refreshing to come across a philosophy of giving such as yours. I am pursuing new photo opportunities with product photography. I have a Canon 5 D MK 2 body. I am looking at a few lenses. Canon 24- 105 f4.0 L IS; Canon 100 f2.8 L IS; Canon 70 200 f4. as well as the canon 180mm.  Are any of the listed canon lenses preferable for product (most of my opportunities are with Wine and sparkling wine, micro brew beer, soft beverages, food and new product cosmetics)? Also what do you have any thoughts on 3rd party equivalent lenses, as budget is a serious consideration at the moment? I do however want to get the best I can afford for the task. I am also looking at the used/ 2nd hand market.  I am keen to photograph subjects that do not talk back. I look forward to your thoughts.

     

    Bruno Rolando

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • #43585
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Hey Bruno, 

    I’d suggest to just try shooting one subject with every single one of them if you get the opportunity (maybe through lens rentals?).

    In the process or while reviewing the results, you’ll quickly notice which one works best for your workflow and/or produces the best quality images.

    Many people seem to love the 180mm macro though :-)

  • #43589
    bruno rolando
    Participant

    Flo said
    Hey Bruno, 

     

    I’d suggest to just try shooting one subject with every single one of them if you get the opportunity (maybe through lens rentals?).

    In the process or while reviewing the results, you’ll quickly notice which one works best for your workflow and/or produces the best quality images.

    Many people seem to love the 180mm macro though :-) Thank you for your input. I am going to test the 180 and the 70 200 (for flexibility) first. 

  • #43740
    Michael Diamond
    Participant

    I had a Micro Nikkor 200mm lens and I found that it a bit difficult to use as my only lens..  Although the working distance for a straight on shot was good, it was very difficult to do shots from more of an overhead perspective without a ladder. Additionally as I will shoot a long shot and then move in for details I found it quite job to keep moving back and forth with the tripod.

    Everyone told me to never sell the lens as it was so good and it is, but i did sell it and bought a 70-180 Micro Zoom.

    Although it is not quite the Micro lens for 1 : 1  magnification I really just need it for close focus and for that it works well.

    The zoom range makes my life incredibly easier in the studio and the quality etc. is great. ¬†Ok maybe not as good as the 200 but it is just fine…

  • #45220
    Ziga Gricnik
    Participant

    Hi!

    I have Nikon D3 and I wanto to buy lens for product photography, mainly for taking pictures of food. I deside between 105mm f/2.8 and Tilt&Shift 85mm. Which lens would be the best choice? Can I use TL 85mm lens as s micro lens, like 105 mm?

    Thanks!

  • #45223
    Alex Koloskov
    Keymaster

    Hi Ziga,
    I did not have those lenses, but macro – is great, and TS is great too. Check a lens specification to find out a magnification of TS lens: how close it to 1:1 (which is true macro)
    I know people, were using extension rinds to make TS lenses more macro like, but not sure if it will work for NIKON

    The Lighting magician

  • #45236
    Ziga Gricnik
    Participant

    Thanks for advice ;)

  • #46717
    Jannatul Shumi
    Participant

    I’ve played with Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Lens, and I this it is great. See my nikon D800E review.

    I am using the same model and I am satisfied with it for my photography.

  • #464644
    Michael
    Participant

    Ok,

    I have started a new job as a product photographer.

    I am going to be photographing large furniture with various sizes on a white background.

    also photographing room sets built in a warehouse space.

    Can anyone advise the best possible Nikon Lenses for these purposes.

    i have a 50mm Lens

    i’m looking into 70-200mm also.

    I would really appreciate anybodies advice.

  • #472421
    Alejandro Lavandos
    Participant

    But if you are just then you need to start with this http://fixthephoto.com/blog/tech-tips/quick-guide-how-to-pick-up-lens.html And good luck!

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