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  1. Gromer

    Gromer Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K!

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    I have a D50, tripod and a really crappy Tamron 28-80. I need something that get really nice, close shots of bakery items (cakes, etc...). Any recommendations for this type of application? Lighting is also obviously a concern. Could 1 flash do what I need? Could I get by without a flash if I either had a lot of light from windows in the house or a fast lens?
     
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    A few cheapish speedlights + a set of ebay wireless triggers.
     
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    Gromer Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K!

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    Suggestions on a lens though? My Tamron can't focus for shit and is crappy as hell. Also, cheapish speedlights? SB600 = cheapish?
     
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    you need a dedicated macro lens, they're usually fixed focal length eg, 100mm
     
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    does nikon have a shorter macro lens, say 60mm? that is probably more suitable. :dunno:
     
  6. Mighty_Zeus

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    Grab the kit lens, the 18-55. It actually takes unbelievable pictures and has a minimum focal length of like 10" or something. I use mine for Plant close ups and things of that nature. Very Sharp, very good pics.
     
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    lighting is key...macro lenses will be better but almost any lens will do if you're just looking for decent shots.
     
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    nah anything that lets you manually set the output level and will work with the wireless triggers.

    SB-600's are kind of expensive you could do it for a lot less
     
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    there is a Nikon 85mm f/1.8 that would likely work well....
     
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    Gromer Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K!

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    These big primes wouldn't work well on cakes though, would they? I'd like to pick up a 50mm f/1.4 sooner or later, would that work on macros or would there be macro dedicated lenses? My 70-300 Tamron has macro capabilities and is what I've been using, but I have to setup pretty far back to get pictures of a big cake at times which is a pain in the ass.
     
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    Set your Tamron 28-80 to 50mm and that is exactly how the 50mm would work (will look a lot sharper likely but still)

    Edit: You don't really need a macro lens to shoot cakes.
     
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    I don't only shoot cakes though. Lots of small ass things too, like cupcakes. Big variety. Also, taking pictures of small details on cakes would be a big plus too.

    And the Tamron is horrid.
     
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    then you definitely want a macro lens, preferably shorter, you could use a 50mm+tube but thats a half arsed solution
     
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    if you want to take photos of very small details, take note of a lenses magnification. that sigma is 1:2.7
     
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    Nope.... 1:1 is in relation to the sensor size. So since your D50 sensor size is 0.93in x 0.6in (pretty small) then an subject that is 0.93in x 0.6in would fill the entire frame. Think about that for a second.... I am betting you don't need that much "macro". So if you printed that on a 11x8.5 sheet of paper you would have achieved magnification of ~12x the actual size of the object.

    What are you doing with these images after you take them? They are for product photography but for what print? web? what size if print?
     
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    I would recommend picking up the 50mm f/1.8 just because it is a cheap and very versatile...
     
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    It will be mainly for web. Main thing is to show the detail put into the products. I'll be borrowing a friend's 50mm f/1.4 over New Years, I might try it out on some of this stuff :) Thanks a lot for all the help!
     
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    That's what I use and it works well
     
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    Yeah the f/1.4 is a little more expensive...I haven't used it but I can't imagine it being a lot sharper than the f/1.8...I think the bokeh looks better though. :dunno:
     

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