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07-07-2018, 01:36 AM   #1
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Macro lens for jewelry

Hi all!

What lens do you suggest for jewelry photography?

07-07-2018, 01:45 AM   #2

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Any of the Pentax 50mm macro lenses (AF or not). The F, FA and DFA are apparently all the same optics with differences being in build and element coatings.

The M100 f4 is excellent and quite inexpensive - it is manual but that should not matter. Only problem is this lens tends to get haze in the front element grouping.

The F, FA and DFA 100mm macros are excellent but might be a little to 'tele' for jewelry.

The DA 35mm 2.8 macro is excellent but I would suggest is the last choice as the image quality is not quite as good as the 50mm.

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I'd say it depends a lot on the size of the items, and their position.

If you're photographing rings and precious stones, then a 100mm could be ideal; but if you're photographing necklaces, then it's probably too long, as @Wild Mark suggested.

Also, if the necklaces are not parallel to the sensor (and they rarely are, if positioned on a bust), you're gonna need lots of DoF, either by stopping down or by stacking in PP. In those cases a smaller sensor would probably be "better".

Bear in mind that, at equal magnifications, the focal length of the macro lens used has no impact on DoF, only on working distance.
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Jewellery in the rough - Sample is about 1 " X 3/4"
Pentax SMC- M MACRO 50mm f4 @ f4
Lens cost me $70 Note the shallowest DOF @ f4

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07-07-2018, 07:48 AM   #5
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Hi all!

What lens do you suggest for jewelry photography?
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