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For making close up product picture, what will be the best / economic lens in your opinion

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For making close up product picture, what will be the best / economic lens in your opinion

As title, I just recently entering to commercial photography myself as amateur, I would like to know what will be the best lens in your opinion and have you ever use Macro lens? Need some advice, the product varies from electronic items to jewelry..etc!
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APS-C DSLR probably the cheapest route right now. For instance, a Canon T5i/T4i or older, with Canon 50MM 1.8 would be awesome for portraiture (spend overall less than $500). I am not sure you need macro unless you'll be photographing something at a very close distance ...
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It really depends on the size of the product you are planning to shoot and how you are planning to shoot it.

Let's say that you want to take a picture of some monitors... you won't need a macro lens for that UNLESS you want to highlight some physically small details (ie the power switch, the video inputs...). However, if you are doing jewelry, I would definitely start with a macro lens as some of those pieces are small and some of those details you really want to highlight - ie. I wouldn't be taking ring photos using a standard 50mm f1.8 as that's just nuts.

With macros, there's not just ONE macro as there's just not ONE regular lens (unless you are one of those 50mm and nothing else ever people). A macro lens has a focal distance and a magnification ratio associated with it. The focal distance is very similar to a regular lens BUT in the macro world, the larger the number the more working room you have. What do I mean by working room? Let's say you want to shoot a ring and you want to fill as much of the frame as possible with the ring so you need to get close. With the lower price range macros, the focal length is typically 60mm or so which means in practical terms, you will be shooting really close up to the ring in order to fill the frame - with smaller items, you need to get even closer. If you get one of the larger focal length lenses (such as a 105mm or 90mm), you can stand a bit further back and shoot which will allow you to have a bit more working room. Unfortunately, the price goes up quickly as the focal length increases.

What you also need to factor in is good lighting in terms of getting a light box to diffuse the light from flashes (yes, that's right... you will need multiple light sources) as well as buying multiple light sources and maybe a ring flash. If you really want to get into it, a good flash meter with a remote probe capability would be nice as well.
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I made some very decent semi-macro shots using the Canon's 50mm f1.8 STM (also 70-200 f4L) with one or two EF extension tubes (the ones which have wiring for AF and aperture control), on full frame (6D). You may find depth of field lacking, even with very small aperture (f/16-f/22), so you might need to use focus stacking. Magic Lantern (alternative firmware for Canon DSLRs) has a pretty convenient focus stacking feature, it even works together with their another cool feature - electronic shutter (so you are not wasting your shutter mechanism if you need to make tens of hundreds of shots per stack).
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ninjamtl wrote: As title, I just recently entering to commercial photography myself as amateur, I would like to know what will be the best lens in your opinion and have you ever use Macro lens? Need some advice, the product varies from electronic items to jewelry..etc!
On a budget? Cheap extension tube and 50 1.8
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Lighting is important, as is editing
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Lighting is key (done with an iPhone!)
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