Macro lens appropriate for product photography

Started Dec 9, 2012 | Questions thread
Snapshott Senior Member • Posts: 2,211
Re: Must be cm

CakeCake wrote:

Marianne Oelund wrote:

Leonard Migliore wrote:

CakeCake wrote:

Thanks for the replies, guys.

This is the lightbox that we have:

The products are buttons and the absolute largest one is between 2mm and 3mm and the smallest would probably be 0.3mm.

Is the 60mm the most appropriate in this case?


How much of the field do you want to cover with a 0.3mm button?

Must have meant cm instead of mm. The largest buttons in the 2cm-3cm range would make sense.

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- Marianne
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Oops, yes. I meant cm! Apologises for the confusion.

I think those buttons might get lost in the jumper!

The sonsor on your D300 is 23.6 x 15.8mm so 1:1 for a 2-3cm subject is about all you'll need to fill the frame. I'd suggest a macro lens in the 90-105mm range for decents working distance. Shorter lenses will shorter working distances can become difficult to light. Also for the first macro lens time user I believe the 90-105mm lenses are a little easier to use (more forgiving) than longer macro lenses. Pair that with a solid tripod, head and rail (in needed) and your ready to go.

I've yet to find a bad modern macro lens, the cheap plasic Vivitar 100mm f3.5 lens I picked up for $75.00 is almost as sharp as my Tamron 90 and Sigma 150. So it's hard to make a bad choice in macro lenses.

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