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Good point, Eazy E. A real G's advice should be held in high regard.
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The 60D does AF during video, but it's so slow it's not worth using. DSLR video AF is archaic compared to camcorder AF.
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Good point, Eazy E. A real G's advice should be held in high regard.
I have no idea if that was sarcastic but thanks?

What I forgot to add was to get an external flash for product photography. Any cheap one (or two) with a PC-sync will work - like old Vivitars. Since the 60d doesn't have a PC-terminal, just get a hotshoe-to PC sync adapter like the Nikon AS-15.
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I have no idea if that was sarcastic but thanks?

What I forgot to add was to get an external flash for product photography. Any cheap one (or two) with a PC-sync will work - like old Vivitars. Since the 60d doesn't have a PC-terminal, just get a hotshoe-to PC sync adapter like the Nikon AS-15.
Something cheap like desk lamps shot through a table cloth works well for me. It's a bit ghetto and probably will never win "Photo Setup of the Year", but it works and is cheap.
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the problem with desk lamps is that they don't have enough output at higher apertures so handheld shooting will be impossible.

my setup is ghetto too and it only cost me $3 for the roll of white poster paper
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Thanks for all the replies so far, What would be a good "prime" lens for product photo's again in a well lit lightbox. Whats the difference between a normal lens and a macro lenses? Also with that kit isn't the aperture a bit low?
Cheers - Jason.
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Thanks for all the replies so far, What would be a good "prime" lens for product photo's again in a well lit lightbox. Whats the difference between a normal lens and a macro lenses?
Cheers - Jason.
If you want to go with a prime, I'd suggest the Sigma 30mm f/1.4. Great lens wide open, and with the focal point you can be very close to the object. It performs better than my 28mm wide open. These shots I'm including were shot with my 28mm at a bit less than two feet away.






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If you want to go with a prime, I'd suggest the Sigma 30mm f/1.4. Great lens wide open, and with the focal point you can be very close to the object. It performs better than my 28mm wide open. These shots I'm including were shot with my 28mm at a bit less than two feet away.






Thanks for the help, I like those shots , What is the difference with the 50mm F1.8 MarkII lens? Because the F1.4 lens are a bit out of my price range.

Cheers- jason.
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I have no idea if that was sarcastic but thanks?


Haha, no sarcasm. I was actually listening to Eazy E earlier whilst on my painkiller/anti-vertigo cocktail, so I was feeling a bit silly.
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Thanks for the help, I like those shots , What is the difference with the 50mm F1.8 MarkII lens? Because the F1.4 lens are a bit out of my price range.

Cheers- jason.
Between which lenses, the 50mm f/1.4 or the 28mm f/1.8?

Ah hell, I don't wanna do Physics so I'll explain both:

50mm f/1.8 vs 50mm f/1.4:
The IQ is the same between the two. The 50mm f/1.4 has more aperture blades so the bokeh is smoother, but if you're using it for product shots in a lightbox this is of little use to you. The 50mm f/1.4 also autofocuses faster (but not as fast as other USM lenses, since it uses micromotor USM whereas other lenses have ring-type USM) and has better build quality, both for the body and the metal lens mount (f/1.8 II uses a plastic mount). The 50mm f/1.4 also has a better manual focus ring whereas the f/1.8 has the manual focus ring at the end of the barrel. Finally, the 50mm f/1.4 has full time manual, meaning you can manually focus/adjust even with the gears set to AF.

In short: Similar image quality, better build quality and AF on the 50mm f/1.4


50mm f/1.8 vs 28mm f/1.8
The 50mm performs better wide open, in my opinion. The 28mm (or at least my copy) is soft wide open and has CA. This does affect IQ with a lightbox, and is why most of my product shots are stopped down to f/2.5-f/2.8. However, the 28mm has a wider focal length, so it can be used closer to the shots. With the 50mm, I often had to be ~4-5ft away from my subjects, whereas with the 28mm I can be 2 ft away (usually less than two feet). The 28mm also has ring-type USM so it autofocuses much faster and has full time manual, and the focusing ring feels much better in my opinion. The 28mm also has better build quality and better lens mount.

In short: 50mm has better IQ wide open, 28mm has a more useful focal length on crop, better build quality, and AF faster.

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Haha, no sarcasm. I was actually listening to Eazy E earlier whilst on my painkiller/anti-vertigo cocktail, so I was feeling a bit silly.
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