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Old Sep 22, 2006, 10:45 AM   #1
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I specifically photograph my oil paintings for reproduction and want to be able to get as close as possible for a 36"x48" painting for example. Right now, it seems I have to be about 15 feet away so the whole image fits in the view finder. Is there anyway to adjust something on camera/lens so I can getalotcloser with whole image still in viewfinder? thank you.
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Old Sep 22, 2006, 10:48 AM   #2
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What lens are you using?
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Old Sep 22, 2006, 10:51 AM   #3
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hi, I am using theEF 50mm f/2.5 compact macro lens. thanks a lot for any help on this.

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I don't think unless you user a wider lens. I think you will be better off taking separate shots ofsections of thepainting and then combining them later. Just like panaroma people do. This way you will end up with much detailed final picture. I haven't done this, just suggesting something to keep in mind.
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thanks for the replies. I wish there was another option besides taking photos of the sections and putting them together later. I guess there is no way to make the image smaller in the viewfinder so I can get closer?
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You will need a different lens.Remember with the 1.6 crop factor you are actually getting the effect of an 80mm lens from your 50mm.Did you get the kit lens with your camera? Its 18mm settng will give you an effective 28.8mm,you will be able to get much closer.
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There might be a reason as to why goginski picks a macro (flat field) - To use a WA with high field of curvature you need to close down the aperture which might create a different issue: How to "light-up" the painting...

A fast Sigma 30mm f/1.4 (or similar) close down several stops is still pretty bright
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