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06/08/2008 08:38:11 PM · #1
Hi. I have a Canon rebel Xti, and do jewelry photography for my online shop. Price is the main issue right now so what are my best options?

Thanks!
06/08/2008 08:45:51 PM · #2
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Message edited by author 2008-06-08 23:10:32.
06/08/2008 08:53:20 PM · #3
Thanks for your response! I'm already doing my shots with my 17-85 and am not happy with it. I really want to go for the macro.

My current jewelry shots are these: //paperpatternsilk.etsy.com

And I am aiming more towards shots similar in feel to this :
//gemmafactrix.etsy.com
I am definitely not aiming for the traditional white background shots. More intimite modern ones.

Message edited by author 2008-06-08 20:54:42.
06/08/2008 08:54:51 PM · #4
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06/08/2008 08:57:26 PM · #5
If you are only shooting jewelry, then working distance shouldn't be too much of a problem. You could either use the EF 50mm or the EF-S 60mm, but I don't have any experience with either of these.

Regardless of what you want your background to look like, lighting is soooo important. I would look into some kind of lightbox, because of the nice even lighting it produces. I built my own, but you can buy one if you like.
06/08/2008 08:58:14 PM · #6
Thanks life, I've built my own lightbox too, love it. :)
06/08/2008 08:58:20 PM · #7
How about something like this? Canon f2.5 50mm macro These run about $250 on B&H. I have Nikkor lenses, but this is a pretty solid piece of kit and I imagine it will get you close to what you are looking to deliver in shots.

AND...like21.gif lifeafter2am says, lighting is very important with this type of work - a lightbox would be really useful here.

Message edited by author 2008-06-08 20:59:45.
06/08/2008 09:05:52 PM · #8
Thanks for all the help!

I'm thinking either the SigmaNormal 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS

or the CanonNormal EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Autofocus Lens.

The canon isn't in stock at bh right now though, and I really need to order this lens asap.
06/08/2008 09:07:48 PM · #9
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Message edited by author 2008-06-08 23:10:24.
06/08/2008 09:11:56 PM · #10
Hey, thanks for all the lighting suggestions, but I do think I have the lighting under control. Photography was my major for a year and a half, so I spent a pretty large chunk of time learning how to properly light things. What I want is extremely limited depth of field. I just cannot achieve the look I want with my current lens, and I have always wanted a macro.

I have spent a lot of time working with lighting and backgrounds. That is not the issue here. Please no one else tell me to learn about lighting.
06/08/2008 09:20:42 PM · #11
I'm checking out extension tubes on bh, but most seem to be incompatible with EF-S lenses, are there any that are?
06/08/2008 09:30:57 PM · #12
Originally posted by moniepenny:

I'm checking out extension tubes on bh, but most seem to be incompatible with EF-S lenses, are there any that are?


I use Canon extension tubes with all of my lenses and they work just fine. If you want a great macro lens, I'd try this one. It's only $455 on B&H.
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