Do I need a macro lens to shoot jewelry?

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Jeffrey Douglas
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Do I need a macro lens to shoot jewelry?
Jan 11, 2010

I'm doing a free shoot for a friend who's wife is doing some handcrafted jewelry. She wants to do a printed piece and use for web. She has some bracelets, necklaces and stuff like that. Most are made from turquoise and other different colored beads, but there are some twisted metal pieces with very then chains.

It doesn't need to be super high end, just something that would clearly show the products.

I've never done any product stuff so I don't have any macro lens. Can I get by with the following stuff?

Canon 40D
Canon 50 1.8
Canon 85 1.8
Tamron 17-50 2.8

My other lens are longer focal length.

Any help greatly appreciated as I am just trying to help a very good friend.

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