Perspective compression advice + Telephoto lens suggestion

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conan1990 New Member • Posts: 2
Perspective compression advice + Telephoto lens suggestion

Hi everyone, new to the forum!

I'm looking to purchase a decent SLR camera with the intention to take product photos for etsy, ebay etc. I have a requirement that I'd like the photos to eliminate, as much as possible, vertical perspective, since the main products I'd like to shoot are books and pads. I know I won't be able to eliminate it entirely but I'm just aiming to lose a reasonable amount so that say a book's edges appear vertical(ish).

What I presume I'm looking at is using a telephoto lens at distance to flatten the image as much as possible? My budget isn't huge so I was looking at getting a Nikon D800 second hand along with a lens. Could anyone give me some advice on if my idea is a good one, along with some lens suggestions? If it helps, I have around 3m-4m distance I'd be able to take the photos from.

Any advice much appreciated.

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