Quality Lenses for still-life and product photography

By Tabitha Thomas | Published on 17 Mar 2020
Quality Lenses for still-life and product photography

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In the world of still and product photography, your subject is static. This removes the need for the greatest and latest focusing systems in the world. When it comes to your lenses, there are only two things that a still life photographer needs - 
To be sharp in the right aperture 
To have the appropriate focal length for the subject you are shooting 

Having a decent manual focus could be an added advantage. But eventually, perhaps the most crucial aspect of still life or product photography is the artist’s knowledge and their imagination. |Here are some products you can consider if you are toying with the idea of investing in lenses for still life/product. 

Sony SEL90M28G FE 90mm f/2.8-22 Macro G OSS Standard-Prime Lens for Mirrorless Cameras

If you love still photography, and clicking life and product photos, then you should go for Sony SEL90M28G Standard-Prime Lens for Mirrorless Cameras. It has a 9-blade circular aperture that contributes to gorgeous bokeh on your still pictures. With its F2.8 maximum aperture, the lens is highly compatible with Sony’s α7 series, 35mm full-frame E-mount cameras and many more. The lens comes with optical steady shot image stabilisation that makes your handheld shooting a pleasant experience without image errors. Also, the lens comes with its in-built dust and moisture resistant capacity that makes it a good choice for still photography at places with varied light or weather conditions.

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L is USM Macro Prime Lens for Canon DSLR Camera

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L is USM Macro Prime Lens (for Canon DSLR Camera) offers premium photography options with reliability and durability. It comes with maximum aperture offering 1:2.8 focal length for quality images. Its inner focusing system with USM (Ultrasonic Motor) drives extremely rapid autofocus with silent operation. You can also switch to full-time manual focus anytime you want to.  The outer construction of this lens is not like the usual metal lenses that fall in this category. While the lens mount and focus ring are made from aluminium, the rest of the body is made using engineering plastic which is what lends durability to this product.

Fujinon XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR Lens

Fujifilm has a design aesthetic that you expect from its lenses in the X-series and the XF80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro lens does not disappoint. Its semi-glossed black barrel comes with dedicated focus as well as aperture rings. At 75g, this lens will feel a little heavy at first and a common comment from users was that it rattles when the camera is not on. While this is probably just the work of a moving element, it can be quite disconcerting at first. In the area of plusses, the XF80mm is the weather, dust as well as freeze-resistant, making it an ideal companion for shots under almost any imaginable condition. The enhanced AF capabilities on this product come from its Floating Focus System that reduces aberration on your shots. 

Canon EF 100mm F/2.8 Prime Lens for Canon DSLR Camera

The Canon EF Prime Lens has a premium image stabilisation mode that makes it a hot pick amongst still life/product photographers. Macro lenses are meant to be sharp and the EF Prime definitely does not disappoint in this area. Even the most minuscule details on the tiniest subject will be brought to life. While you can see vignetting at f/2.8, it will start reducing rapidly when stopped down. Distortion is almost negligible, while colour and contrast are excellent. Thanks to the 8 aperture blades, you can create a good quality background blur. This lens is highly recommended for both Macro and portrait still photography without any glitches.

Tabitha Thomas

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