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12-25-2009, 05:02 PM   #1
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Sharp lens for pixel-peepers??

What lens would produce tack-sharp images for the obsessed pixel-peeper at a reasonable price? (under $500-600?) This is indoor/studio detailed photography but NOT macro, shot from approximately 3-12 ft distance on a tripod.

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12-25-2009, 05:49 PM   #2
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What are you shooting? portraits? food? product shots? jewelry? etc. DA40mm is very sharp

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12-25-2009, 05:52 PM   #3
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the DA35 seems to fit the bill

being a macro doesn't really hurt
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It would help to know what kind of focal length you are looking for (100mm/f2.8 vs. 31mm, etc.) or even a zoom range if a zoom is what you're hunting for.

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Almost any lens at f/8-f/13 will do this for you.
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Between f/8 and f/13 there is very little difference between lenses - they're pretty much all diffraction limited around there. But if you want to see specific numbers, check out the lens reviews on photozone.de
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If you want a sharp lens ... the main ones tht come to mind are usually Macro lenses.

But they aren't just for Macro ... I use my Tamron 90mm Macro for long portraiture work ... nice and sharp.

There's a number for good ones ... the DA35 has already been mentioned ... the Sigma 70mm Macro ... the Tamron I mention.

But ... if you want some thing decent ... and not much money ... and see as it will be on a Tripod ... may as well got a manual lens (there's nice old school 50mm macro's out there for not much coin).
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Welcome to Photozone!

has the numbers for you.


DA70mm looks to be nice and sharp for example, check out its resolution numbers

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FA 50 2.8 Macro or the much cheaper used variants Super TAK/M 50 f4 macro. Regardles if you do macro or not these are some of the sharpest lenses Pentax have made. The DA Limited 70 is not too shabby as well.
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usually macro lenses fits this category. you can try out the prime Sigma 70/2.8.
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It is product studio photography, off a tripod, focal distance probably 35-75mm, shot from about 3-10ft, but has to be sharp so that later when customer reviews images they can zoom into parts of image reasonably tight without heavy blur.
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QuoteOriginally posted by EliotK Quote
It is product studio photography, off a tripod, focal distance probably 35-75mm, shot from about 3-10ft, but has to be sharp so that later when customer reviews images they can zoom into parts of image reasonably tight without heavy blur.
Thanks everyone.
Dedicated macro lenses have a flat field of focus and are sharp, so you won't get surprises in the borders and corners or when shooting flat products. So you may still want a macro lens for non-macro work. Although, nothing is sharper (in the center at least) than the FA limited lenses, DA* 55 and FA 50 (and similar fast fifties)...at ~f/4. But with digital, because of the Bayer pattern of sensors and the anti-aliasing filter, all images straight out of RAW will be a bit blurry at the pixel peeping level.

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Macro lenses aside, I found the Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 to be a very sharp lens.
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I have quite a few macro lenses but have found the DA 70mm to be sharp as any of them. Otherwise SIgma 70mm f2.8 is good.
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Pretty much any lens at f/8.
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