Some practical examples of product photography, as well as some field shots are shown on this page.
Some images are with the 24MP Nikon D3x, and some are with the 12MP Nikon D3s.
Photographing smaller man-made items at closer range demands a macro lens for good results— a flat field and no distortion.
As this was written, I've been photographing various biking gear using the Nikon AF-S 60mm f/2.8G ED. The 60/2.8G is a good choice for several reasons—
- The focal length works well for bikes and wheels and similar mid-size items; it lets me flatten the perspective enough without having to move too far back as with a 100mm lens. Yet I can instantly shoot close-ups up to 1:2 using autofocus, so it gets the job done fast.
- The Nikon 60/2.8G offers outstanding image quality both close up and at distance (unlike the Nikon 105mm f/2.8G), thus making it a great all-around standard lens.
- Near zero distortion and a flat field (no field curvature).
Autofocus in continuous mode is very efficient for quick shots at close range.
- The size and weight are comfortable, never a concern.
- At about $599, the Nikon 60mm f/2.8G is a bargain for the features and quality it delivers. I now deem it one of my official top-grade lenses, suitable for the most demanding users.
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