Jewellery Pix - blurry results: change lens (get a macro?), camera (get a D7000?), strobe or else?

Started Nov 3, 2012 | Questions thread
ForumParentFirstPreviousNextNext unread
Flat view
Larzizou
New MemberPosts: 18
Like?
Jewellery Pix - blurry results: change lens (get a macro?), camera (get a D7000?), strobe or else?
Nov 3, 2012

Hi,

So following this thread - http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50059230 - I took everyone's advice...but am still getting unsatisfactory results.

As a reminder and with an update, my equipment is the following: body Nikon D90; AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm F:4.5-5.6; AF-S Nikkor 18-105mm; Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor; tripod Manfrotto 055xprob with 808RC4 head; sb-600 flash; remote ML-L3; lightbox 24" square & twi side strobed (light 15W, 1500K each).

I have tried varied combinations but still end up with pictures that are ok but not razor sharp. I now use a lightbox with my 18-105mm lens, at 105mm, shoot all manual with manual focus, strobes on the sides of the lightent (but don't use my SB-600).

I suspect my lack of excellent results to be caused by failing skills, but still think my equipment might be ill-adapted (e.g. no macro lens; D90 simply not have "what it takes") as well for tha quality I am aiming at.

Again, I would welcome advices, thanks!

Below are pictures I just took ---

D90 / tripod / lightbox 2 side strobes / 105mm / 1/60s / F;5.6 / ISO 560

(1) On this one, not razor sharp, the "white" background is still visible - I thought the purpose of the white box was to somehow "eliminate" these? Should I use white sheets of papers instead? Or eliminate it in PP?

D90 / tripod / lightbox 2 side strobes / 105mm / 1.60s / F:5.6 / ISO 560

(2) Here, we can see that the DOF is super shallow. Maybe too much.

Same as above, except 1/80s

(3) Still the background problem, but more importantly, the sharpness that is really not great.

Same as above, except 1/80s and ISO 640

(4) The problem of sharpness here is visible too, though less.

Same settings.

ANSWER:
This question has not been answered yet.
Nikon D7000 Nikon D90
If you believe there are incorrect tags, please send us this post using our feedback form.
ForumParentFirstPreviousNextNext unread
Flat view
ForumParentFirstPreviousNextNext unread
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum PPrevious NNext WNext unread UUpvote SSubscribe RReply QQuote BBookmark post MMy threads
Color scheme? Blue / Yellow