A&P I'm needing another lens :noes: Nikon crew ACTIVATE!

Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by dmora, Mar 19, 2005.

  1. dmora

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    I need something for portraiture or product photography.
    Jcolman said he likes 85mm and 135mm lenses for these shots.

    I'm probably going to be shooting a restraunt soon. and would like to get some shots of the food and stuff.

    I was looking at the 85mm 1.8 as the 1.4 is 600$ more expensive :mad::wtc:
     
  2. mojito

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    85 1.8 is a good one, 135 if you like to be farther away or crop tighter or for indoor sports etc
     
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    Product photography + Portraiture -- Get two different lenses, maybe the same focal length, but two different lenses.

    If you have the money to burn, the 85mm f/1.4 is great for portraits, the 85mm f/2.8 PC lens is great for any kind of product photography, etc.

    You might try the 60mm f/2.8 macro lens for both uses too
     
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    from my experience, restaurants usually have horrible lighting. of the 2 i would go for the 85 because it will be more hand holdable in a dark restaurant.
     
  5. mojito

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    handholding a product shot :squint: pick a time when you can use natural window light (not the sun but just ambient light coming in, north facing preferable)

    bring a tripod, cable release or remote, use mirror lockup, (these will be long exposures)

    back lit the food and use a fill card to fill in the shadow side, it'll look straight out of a magazine
     
  6. dmora

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    I always do interior photography with a tripod. Try to get as much natural light as possible.
     
  7. dmora

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    WHats the 85mm 2.8 PC? :confused:

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    holy crap :eek4:
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=186251&is=USA
     
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    Not to sound stupid, but what's up with the PC lens? It's... got a big sqauare in the middle of it. OK, you probably observed that, but why does it have it?
     
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    its a tilt shift lens, see above posts for info on them
     
  10. dmora

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    I still dont understand its purpose despite reading that.
     
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    It allows you to change perspective to correct for distortion

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    and allows you to change the plane of focus


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    maybe this will help, you can change the plane of focus. instead of being an arbitray line in the photograph and trying to pull DOF from it, you can move itvertically and/or horizontally. here it was move to be inline with the table rather than cutting through it, then you only need enough DOF to cover the tallest object



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    and since i'm bored, one more example. while i corrected this in PS, that lens would do the same thing.



    When you shoot tall buildings from a low angle, you get distortion also knows as keystoning. see how the line aren't straight, they are diagonal towards the center making the building look fat at the bottom and tall at top

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    by changing the perspective, you can make the building look normal

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  15. Ingen

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    I always wondered how they did that!! I've been trying to take pics at f/22 and an eternal shutter speed :( Oh well, time to start saving... agian.
     
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    you can do the bottom example by using edit - transform- perspective and pulling the bottom clower together. the top example of the eable top can't be done in PS
     

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