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Old Mar 5, 2007, 9:13 PM   #1
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I just sold my Canon S3IS an up grading to either a XTI or 30D, I do mostly set up shots of knives,..should I go with a 50mm normal lense, or the kit lense, or something else? any help would be appreciated.
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Old Mar 5, 2007, 11:18 PM   #2
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How big are your knives? Maybe a macro lens?


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Old Mar 6, 2007, 5:51 AM   #3
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The largest knife would be around 17 inches long .
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Old Mar 8, 2007, 11:10 AM   #4
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I would expect the kit lens at f8 would do you just fine for full-length shots of the knives.

Shoot under controlled lighting and on a tripod and you'll be aces.

I would certainly recommend spending the extra money on a tripod and lighting/display setup rather than more money on the lens.

If you want to get in really close on some of the detail then a macro lens might be a good idea (and would serve for the other shots too). Because you have a static subject the focal length of the lens is not terribly important. The EF-S 60mm Macro is supposed to be optically quite spectacular.
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