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Old Aug 26, 2009, 7:57 AM   #1
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I have a canon EOS 400D camera and am looking for a lens to take fine detail photos of my 2D textural artwork. I have also been told that you can get lenses which control the focal plane so that you don't get curved edges when taking a photo of a canvas?? I wondered if you could give me some advice on what lens would suit my needs?

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Old Aug 26, 2009, 6:24 PM   #2
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Your best bet would be a good, moderately long macro lens in the 60-100mm range. Second best choice would be a simple 50mm f/1.8. DO NOT even think about using a zoom lens.
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Old Aug 27, 2009, 3:08 AM   #3
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The tilt-shift lenses can be adapted to adjust for verticals, but because you can control the placement of the artwork I think that you would be much better off buying a good macro lens and a tripod and an easel that can be adjusted to keep the plane of the artwork and the plane of the sensor the same. Then you will not have converging verticals.
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Old Aug 31, 2009, 2:53 PM   #4
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100mm is a bit long for this kind of work, you will be better off buying a Canon 60mm f/2.8 macro, Canon 50mm f/2.5 macro (doesn't give 1:1 ratio without an expensive adapter) or a Sigma 50mm f/2.8 macro. You will need some lighting for your artwork, a cheap continuous light system will do the job nicely. A stable tripod is a must have and a remote camera release is nice to have as well.
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Old Sep 1, 2009, 1:12 PM   #5
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Thank you for all the advice, I will give the 60mm canon macro lens a go.

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