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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Need to do art reproduction - which X mount lens? And lighting...


I have a new client who wants me to do some art reproduction. I don't usually do this anymore, as I had a client who would not let me calibrate her screen, and insisted that my adjustments were off. Well, based off of my works with her, a mutual friend liked my work quite a bit, and wants me to shoot his work.

When I shot with my Sony system, I used the 55/1.8 or the Minolta 50/3.5 Macro (excellent reproduction lens) as they both had excellent corner to corner sharpness at f/4 (and even wider, really). Now that I have switched to Fuji, I am a bit nervous. He has nearly 80 paintings he wants me to shoot. This will take a couple of weeks, as I need to get the colors just right.

What lens would people recommend? The 35/1.4 stopped down? The 35/2? My 56/1.2 will be too long. Maybe my 16-55/2.8? I am a bit concerned that it may not hold up in terms of distortion.

Also, anyone have any recommendations on a lighting setup? I typically used 2 continuous lights and sometimes some very low flash (manually set) for higher textured paintings. However, I usually used a large light tent type of thing that diffused the light nicely. However, that was for works with a maximum edge of 30". Some of the works I will be shooting will be 80". This goes beyond what i can do with standard light tents. Should I make my own diffuser setup? Is there something out there that I just haven't run across?

Part of me is tempted to just use my RX1, as it could probably do an excellent job. However, tethering will be very useful in this job,and it is going to be quite a bit of money. I want to light it right.



Mar 19, 2017 at 03:04 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Need to do art reproduction - which X mount lens? And lighting...


It sounds like you need an equivalent of FF 50mm at f/4 for your reproduction work. I would think the ideal Fuji lens would be the XF 60 Macro lens, but the effective FL may be too long.

Lighting I tend to use a lot of LED lighting rather flash, as I can see exactly how to position lighting and balance. Flash lighting is excellent but can take a while to setup correctly and to have the balance right for your taste.



Mar 19, 2017 at 03:16 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Need to do art reproduction - which X mount lens? And lighting...


This is way out of my comfort zone in giving advice on art reproduction. But I would think both the 35mm f2 and 16-55mm 2.8 would not fit the bill because they need to be software corrected. In case of the zoom, alot (maybe look at lenstip for lens reviews) I'm assuming that you would want a optical corrected lens. For that the 16mm f1.4, 23mm f1.4 & 35mm f1.4 are optically correct. As for what aperture I don't know, nor do I know about lighting. Again, please take this "advice" with a huge grain of salt.

~Eddie



Mar 19, 2017 at 03:18 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Need to do art reproduction - which X mount lens? And lighting...


Peek sharpness on my 35 1.4 is at f5.6. Are the pieces all of similar size? Will you have room to move back and forth? 50mm equivalent may get pretty tight if you're shooting big pieces. 35 f2 would probably be my choice...as long as I had room to use it.


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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Need to do art reproduction - which X mount lens? And lighting...


They are all over the place, in terms of size. In looking around his place, some look to be nearly 4'x5', 3'x5', while others are only 30" x 20". This is going to be a lot of work. I will probably do it at his place in his finished basement with my lightimg setup. I have two continuous lights with diffusers, and I have a couple of shoot through umbrellas. However, I only have one Fuji ef-x500 and one ef-42. I suppose I could pick up a Yongnuo manual trigger and shoot both flashes, manually balance them, and then use the continuous lighting to highlight the textures. He uses oils and they have a ton of brushstrokes and very bold colors.


Mar 20, 2017 at 09:35 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Need to do art reproduction - which X mount lens? And lighting...


Just did this over the weekend. Used the XT2 with 23/1.4. LED lighting. On site and tight conditions, but got it done, and there needs to be some post processing done on my end this week. Work range from 3ft x 6ft down to 18inchs square.

2 LEDs on stands, bounced in small white painted storage unit. 3rd Led I played around with to get even light, on a sand bag or even in my hand.



Mar 20, 2017 at 11:06 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Need to do art reproduction - which X mount lens? And lighting...


With these sizes the XF 23/1.4 would be a great choice LED lighting on stands makes your life so much easier.


Mar 21, 2017 at 12:31 AM







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