Good copy lens for shooting oil paintings?

Started Feb 1, 2012 | Discussions thread
Leonard Migliore
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Re: Good copy lens for shooting oil paintings?

Lee de Paris wrote:

Thanks Leonard for the thorough response. I guess your micro-Nikkor lens is not AF?
I looked at your wife's website, she's very accomplished.

Yes, Susan is quite a good painter and is busy right now getting ready for a solo show in Santa Cruz. I'll be shooting a bunch of paintings this weekend. And I'll get plenty of heat if the colors aren't right...

The 55mm f/2.8 is manual focus, but that's no hindrance for macro. For copy work, I always use manual focus in magnified live view to get the best sharpness. You can, of course, get an AF macro lens like the 60mm Micro Nikkor and focus either manually or automatically as the situation demands. The 60mm AF-S is supposed to be even better than the 55, although I can't see any problems with the 55.

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