Best Lens for Product Photography
There are many types of lenses, each designed for specific purposes. This question is asking you to choose the lens you feel best suited to product photography, with a view to producing the most appealing and technically competent photographs.
Good general purpose lenses can be purchased fairly cheaply. They are generally adequate for a wide range of situations but, like all other types of lenses, they cannot match the image quality of a prime lens or special lenses. If you are using a 35mm lens or equivalent on a camera such as a Nikon D810, Canon EOS C500, Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, Leica M, Sony A7II, or Panasonic Lumix GH5 then you can skip this question.
If you are using a large format camera or a small format camera then the selection of lenses is much larger. In addition to general purpose lenses, there are specialist lenses designed for different uses. The main choices for a large format camera are a series of lenses with fixed focal length, zoom lenses, and ultra wide angle lenses. There are several different types of zoom lenses. Fixed focal length lenses are designed to give a fixed ratio between the width of the aperture opening (diaphragm) and the focal length of the lens, allowing the same aperture setting to be used for all focal lengths. Zoom lenses are designed to provide continuous variable focal length, making it possible to choose the correct focal length, for the subject being photographed, by zooming in and out of the viewfinder. Ultra wide angle lenses are used to produce a very shallow depth of field, which can be very useful when photographing close-up subjects. The focal length and the angle of view of the lens are important considerations when choosing a lens. A lens with a wider angle of view will produce a wider background than a lens with a narrow angle of view. With a shorter focal length, a lens will have a smaller angle of view. To compensate for a lens with a large angle of view, you might need to use a long telephoto lens and vice versa. For this question, we are interested in lenses with a focal length of 50mm or greater, which usually means you would use a 50mm or 85mm lens.
An ideal lens is one that provides excellent image quality and is versatile. If you have a full frame sensor camera, you will have a choice of cameras, lenses, and accessories to buy. If you have a smaller sensor camera, the selection of camera, lenses, and accessories will be smaller. Cameras and lenses can be bought together or individually, with or without accessories. The type of lens you choose will depend on how you plan to use it, what you will be photographing, and what type of images you intend to produce. Some lenses will work well with certain cameras and not others.
If you want to photograph the same subject from various viewpoints, you will need to buy a zoom lens, as opposed to a fixed focal length lens. A zoom lens has a variable focal length, allowing you to change the distance between you and your subject, and therefore alter the perspective of the scene. The range of focal lengths available on zoom lenses will depend on the size of the sensor in the camera. Some cameras and lenses have a limited number of focal lengths available.
The size of the sensor in the camera, the focal length of the lens, and the viewing distance from the camera will all affect the angle of view of the image. The angle of view of a lens is measured in degrees and is the maximum amount of an image that appears on the sensor or film when the shutter is open. It is calculated by multiplying the focal length of the lens by the diagonal measurement of the sensor or film, which in turn is calculated by dividing the focal length of the lens by its maximum focal length (the longest focal length). For example, a 50mm lens on a 35mm camera has a maximum focal length of 85mm. The angle of view of the lens is 50 degrees. The angle of view of the sensor in the camera is 50 degrees, meaning it will capture the same angle of view as the lens.
The angle of view of the lens, the viewing distance from the camera, and the sensor in the camera all combine to determine the size of the foreground and background in the image. To create a pleasing image, it is important to have a suitable focal length for the subject, and that the subject fills the screen of the sensor or film. To make a subject appear larger, you might need a short focal length, and to make it appear smaller you may need a long focal length.
For the majority of people, a 35mm lens with a focal length of 55mm or 85mm works well. The focal length of a lens will be indicated on the barrel of the lens. It will be shown as 50mm, 55mm, and so on.
The focal length of a lens is also known as the “focal length”. Some lenses can be used for a range of focal lengths, and some cameras can be set to automatically change the focal length of the lens, depending on the shooting situation. You can also buy a range of lenses with a fixed focal length, such as a 70mm lens.
In this question, we are assuming you are using a full frame camera, as this gives you a greater choice of lenses.
A 50mm prime lens has a maximum focal length of 50mm and a minimum focal length of 50mm. A focal length of 50mm allows the same width of the aperture opening to be used at any distance from the camera. It produces sharp and clear images. Lenses with fixed focal lengths are called prime lenses. A focal length of 50mm is known as a “standard” lens, as it has a range of focal lengths available.
A 50mm to 105mm zoom lens will allow you to take a variety of photographs from a wide to a long distance. The focal length of the lens changes as you zoom in and out of the viewfinder.
An 85mm lens has a maximum focal length of 85mm and a minimum focal length of 85mm. It is designed to produce very sharp and detailed images. The focal length of 85mm is a standard lens. The 85mm lens is a great choice for capturing action shots. It is also ideal for creating those classic portraits, such as close-ups of hands or food. Use a tripod to ensure your shot is sharp and that the product is centered in the frame.