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Old 03-07-2008, 01:43 PM
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Re: help stop the madness!

First determine what the final use of the photograph is, especially the size (1 x 2 inches or 1 x 2 feet or 10 x 12 feet etc) this will be called X. Then determine what size the objects that you are going to photograph are (1 x 1 inches, 3 x 3 inches etc), this will be called Y.

So now you have
X times the camera system = Y

I can imagine scenarios where one could get from X to Y with a $1500 system and I can also imagine scenarios where you might want to spend $50,000. But no one can accurately answer your question till X and Y are known.
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Old 03-07-2008, 01:49 PM
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Re: help stop the madness!

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Thank you for all your replies. Some really good points.
Does anyone know what the cost would be to buy a good enough camera and lens for jewelry that would work with the table-top set up?
~Nancy
I shoot jewelry frequently and I use a Canon 5D and Canon 100mm macro
most of the time. That would be in the realm of $2600. for both. I believe the 5D is going for about $2000-2100 now.
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Old 03-07-2008, 06:18 PM
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I shoot jewelry frequently and I use a Canon 5D and Canon 100mm macro
most of the time. That would be in the realm of $2600. for both. I believe the 5D is going for about $2000-2100 now.
thanks, guys
Gee I was hoping it was more, lol.
~Nancy
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Old 03-08-2008, 11:55 AM
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Re: help stop the madness!

I have used the Tabletop Studio for my jewelry photography with a Canon 30D and a Canon 100mm macro lens. I have gotten very good results with the kit. But I also use plexiglass, a large light table for completely shadowless white backgrounds, several strobes (Alien Bees), sweeps, white and gradation papers. The Studio is just another tool to help eliminate ambient light and to enclose a product to get the best shot possible and save time in PS post work.

Shooting jewelry is still a challenge no matter what kits or boxes are used and many pros use them and some make their own light tents using diffusion papers and foam core. Just a thought...

Steve
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Old 03-08-2008, 02:14 PM
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Hi Steve
Thanks for the info. Would you mind uploading a few images as shot (before retouching) so I can see if this would work for what we are doing. I could also send you a private email if you would prefer.
Thanks
~Nancy
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