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  1. #21
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    Re: Photographing paintings

    I've been searching around for what artists are using--a number have recommended the D3500 as a more affordable option. Would this be a reasonable choice?

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  2. #22
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    Re: Photographing paintings

    Are you going used or new? And what is your budget. I can speak for the D5500, it has the same sensor as the D7200. And an articulating screen. I think B and H or Adorama are places to check out for used gear. Might even have an add on warranty.



    and you can get the model down ie D3400 or D5400

    Good luck

  3. #23
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    Re: Photographing paintings

    I would prefer to buy new, if I can. Used can be tricky. I do have to keep the cost down, especially since I'll no doubt have to buy additional lenses. I've read that the 18-55 kit lens with the D3500 is very good (not pro, of course)--I need something sharper and clearer than what I have.

    I'll check out the others--thanks!

  4. #24
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    Re: Photographing paintings

    What I need is something that will give me solid, sharp images for a website, so the paintings are represented well.

  5. #25
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    Re: Photographing paintings

    Other's with more experience will chime in I'm sure. I use Tamron 17-50mm 1 2:8 (if) A16, you can find them cheap on ebay. I would try out the kit lens and if it doesn't work out for you upgrade. I like the kit lens esp. version 2 that becomes smaller with the push of a button. Another lens I would recommend is 35mm f 1.8


    that's the used price. Again ebay cheaper than retail


    new price. Mind you this in cdn funds

  6. #26
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    Re: Photographing paintings

    Quote Originally Posted by FredKingston View Post
    The Nikkor 60mm 2.8D would be the quintessential lens for what you want to do. It was Nikon's solution for manuscript photography and gives a perfect 1:1 image with as good as you can get lens performance from edge to edge... YOUR problem is going to be lighting. In a studio type environment, you can control all aspects of the lighting and positioning... In a museum setting, all bets are off... In fact, many museums get anxious if they even see you with a camera...
    This is also a stellar lens, but no zoom, your feet will have to do the zooming lolz

  7. #27
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    Re: Photographing paintings

    I was just listening to an well-known artist describe his process. He uses a Canon M50 with a 15-45 kit lens.

  8. #28
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    Re: Photographing paintings

    Enjoy your journey with the camera body and lens and please be kind enough to check when you have acquired new products. I would love to see your latest samples.

    take care,
    Last edited by lucien; 06-14-2021 at 02:29 PM.

  9. #29
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    Re: Photographing paintings

    Thanks for your help, Lucien!

    I'm still in the dark about all this--way too many choices out there!

    Currently I'm thinking about the D3500 or D5600 (pretty much the same camera but the 3500 is cheaper) with the kit 18-55 for use with photographing art; plus a used NIKKOR 18-105 for my general use (I like to take photos in forest preserves). I may wind up having to get a prime for the paintings.

    What do you think?

  10. #30
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    Re: Photographing paintings

    I know I'm jumping in late to the discussion here. As someone who used a D80 for a significant amount of time and have upgraded since 2 times, I think I can understand your challenges.

    You likely have been thinking higher resolution sensors with much higher ISO performance to be overrated. I can assure you they are not and this is critical to this style of photography. With natural light you need to step up the exposure by a lot. ISO noise is working against you big time. That is why your B&W images seem to work out better.

    I would have to recommend a camera with higher resolution for starters. You might be surprised by how much more detail you will see. Think 16-24MP resolution and this is pretty much low to average pixel count now. The newer the DSLR body you choose, the better the ISO noise performance gets. My D80 images versus my D7000 versus my D750 just get progressively lower in noise and higher in detail. And I can work in much higher ISO normally. D80, I considered ISO 400 to be getting a bit noisy and gets much worse from there. On my D750 I will let auto-ISO be on and the image might record at ISO 3200. I hardly notice the noise.

    Then there is the issue of the lens, and I'm sure you know better glass will only help more. I won't make specific recommendations as I believe any camera body made in the last 5-6 years (from any manufacturer really) will outperform that D70 from 15 years ago. Outperform it by a lot really.
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    D750 24-120mm f/4 Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art
    D7000 50mm f/1.8G Sigma 150-600mm f/5.6-6.3 C
    CoolPix 995 (infrared converted) 70-200mm f/2.8G VR Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art
    Lumix DMC-ZS6 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
    500mm f/8 reflex Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD

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