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Old Mar 25, 2005, 6:25 PM   #1
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Great discussions and I hope some people with more knowledge can help me in my dilemna.

I am an artist and I work mainly in oil and watercolor, with work ranging from 8x9" up to 4x5 feet. I have used my old coolpix 995 as a transition from an old Nikon film SLR and I am currently only documenting my work digitally and having slides made from digital files. I have nearly decided (95%) to upgrade to the Canon 350xt as the next camera in my progression despite a growing Nikon brand loyalty. It seems to offer the best bang for the buck and the higher resolution is an important part of having my artwork documented.

That aside, I am still confused over what lens, type of lens and anything lens related to get for the Canon. I need a lens that I will use to shoot exclusively for documenting flat artworks. Lighting and tripod and all that isnt a problem as I've been documenting the work for years but I need to take the next step in getting a better record of the work.

I have heard conflicting reports between a Macro lens (Sigma AF 2.8 50mm Macro EX seems to be a great choice) or just getting a "regular" lens (excuse my lack of technical terminology) I am willing to spend some money if necessary and I just want the clearest, straightest images (I had a problem with warping edges with the coolpix on larger oil paintings) I am confused as to what lens makes the most sense.

Any suggestions and any knowledge that anyone is willing to share would be greatly appreciated.

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Old Mar 26, 2005, 8:23 AM   #2
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Why don't you check out the Canon 50mm/1.8. There is plenty of discussion on it. I've used it to photograph artwork and it works just fine with or without flash. You don't need a better lens for what you want. Set up your photos with a tripod and your results will be great. It's about $70.
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Old Mar 26, 2005, 8:57 AM   #3
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I'll look into it

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