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    have a question
    when you shoot products/food photog closeups,
    is it acceptable to use a 28mm on a 1.3x to get the desired images?
    (distance from subject to lens is about 0.3 to 0.5mm...
    or will the images come out somewhat "distorted" due to the wide nature of the 28mm lens?
    any opinions? thoughts?
    or is using a 35mm or 45mm or 50mm a better focal length ? (note 1.3x)

    thanks
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    did product shots (non food), and i've used my kit (18-55 EF-S) lens, on my 1.6x body.

    after shooting for a while, i've realised that most of the time, i'm shooting somewhere at 35 ~ 40mm (56mm~64mm).

    hope that helps =)

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    Default Re: shooting product/food photography..

    Quote Originally Posted by haagen_dazs
    have a question
    when you shoot products/food photog closeups,
    is it acceptable to use a 28mm on a 1.3x to get the desired images?
    (distance from subject to lens is about 0.3 to 0.5mm...
    or will the images come out somewhat "distorted" due to the wide nature of the 28mm lens?
    any opinions? thoughts?
    or is using a 35mm or 45mm or 50mm a better focal length ? (note 1.3x)

    thanks
    yes, it will distort, especially there is vertical lines, unless this is the look you want to create.

    I shoot products, foods, with Mamiya RB67, the lens most commonly use is 180mm, that equivalent to 90mm lens on 35mm camera.

    If possible, use a micro lens for your product photography.

    Hope this helps.

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    Default Re: shooting product/food photography..

    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights
    yes, it will distort, especially there is vertical lines, unless this is the look you want to create.

    I shoot products, foods, with Mamiya RB67, the lens most commonly use is 180mm, that equivalent to 90mm lens on 35mm camera.

    If possible, use a micro lens for your product photography.

    Hope this helps.
    i have a macro 100 but i find it abit too long for food.
    simply because the food layout is sometimes spreaded out (like on plates etc)
    and the 100mm on 1.3 is quite long..
    did thought of getting a TS45 but its beyond my budget,.
    maybe a 35mm or 50mm with ext tubes?
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    Default Re: shooting product/food photography..

    One reason for using longer focal lenght lens is need some working distant, room to place the lights, reflectors, mirrors, adjust the food set up etc,

    You can use a shorter focal length lens if you don't need the distant.

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    Default Re: shooting product/food photography..

    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights
    One reason for using longer focal lenght lens is need some working distant, room to place the lights, reflectors, mirrors, adjust the food set up etc,

    You can use a shorter focal length lens if you don't need the distant.
    you have a point there. i suppose i find myself shooting pretty close range...
    in a lighted box/tent etc

    will a 35mm lens produce any nasty distortions?
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    Default Re: shooting product/food photography..

    I see, I don't use a light tent, cos the tent limit the set up and the size of the products.

    How you define nasty distortions?

    The only time I want to use shorter focal length lens is shooting product with flat angle (flat on), so distortion is not an issue. or a set up which need to include more background, not just the product by itself.

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