Cheap DSLR (or mirrorless) for product image shoots?

Started Mar 25, 2014 | Discussions thread
itsastickup Regular Member • Posts: 279
Re: Cheap DSLR (or mirrorless) for product image shoots?

If you're very serious about product photography then you need to splash out on a superrotator which is designed for exactly this purpose.

However, for most purposes you'll be happy with almost any compact that zooms to about 5x (100mm on 35mm film cameras), a whitebalance card to set manual whitebalance for correct colours, a light tent and two identical lamps (any cheap domestic lamps will do so long as they both emit the same light; same bulbs). You should generally be zoomed for product photos, until product image distortion is acceptable to you.

It might be convenient to get a tripod, but don't get a cheap as they wobble so much that you'll have to take every photo with a 10 second timer. Even a cheaper manfrotto can have a poor quality head that makes fine adjustment practically impossible; that may not be a problem for your purposes but it'll make it near unusable for many other uses. But you could add enough light that you won't need a tripod at all.

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