My Mini-Studio Setup

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    My Mini-Studio Setup

    A few of you have asked what kit I use so I thought I'd post some details :)





    Kit List
    Canon 30D
    Canon EF 50mm f1.8 MkII
    Generic Extension Tubes (13mm, 21mm, 31mm)
    Interfit Stella 150 Lights with Soft Boxes
    Wireless Flash Trigger/Receivers
    Fiberglass Cove
    Background material as required

    The 50mm lens is used on it's own for shots like the following:








    While I use the 50mm lens with 65mm of extension tubes for shots like the following:

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    Complete galleries inc. the macro shots can be found here:
    OCEAN7 LM-7
    ROLEX SEA-DWELLER 16600
    PRECISTA PRS-22 SPEEDBIRD III
    PRECISTA PRS-2 DREADNOUGHT - coming soon!

    Thanks for looking and I'd appreciate any thoughts or comments :)

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    Re: My Mini-Studio Setup

    WOW! Very professional looking set up. Looks like you really can't go wrong with that arrangement...




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    Re: My Mini-Studio Setup

    You don't like saturation, do you?

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    Re: My Mini-Studio Setup

    Quote Originally Posted by kav2 View Post
    You don't like saturation, do you?
    Not sure what you mean... are you being sarcastic?

    I don't touch saturation levels, they are as-shot.

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    Re: My Mini-Studio Setup

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonmurgie View Post
    While I use the 50mm lens with 65mm of extension tubes for shots like the following:
    Wow. I thought extension tubes added 'some' additional zoom to the lenses, but never thought it'd be this much. Getting some tubes for my 50 instead of a macro, stat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuySie View Post
    Wow. I thought extension tubes added 'some' additional zoom to the lenses, but never thought it'd be this much. Getting some tubes for my 50 instead of a macro, stat!
    me too :D


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    Re: My Mini-Studio Setup

    wow those are fantastic pics and nice set-up..

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    Re: My Mini-Studio Setup

    I notice the generic extension tubes have no electronics in them. Does the lens default to wide-open? It looks, from the very shallow depth of field in your photos, that this is the case.

    And are those first few photos cropped? My 50mm 1.8 doesn't focus that close.


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    Re: My Mini-Studio Setup

    Quote Originally Posted by SquishyPanda View Post
    I notice the generic extension tubes have no electronics in them. Does the lens default to wide-open? It looks, from the very shallow depth of field in your photos, that this is the case.
    I checked these out on Dealextreme and it seems that you can set the aperture by setting it on the camera with the lens attached, hitting the preview button (bottom left on our canons, I think) and then detaching the lens. The lens won't budge as there's no electronics in the tubes, so put the extensions in between and go. It's rather jury rigged, but if I pay $10 for extension tubes I'm willing to put some effort in

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    Re: My Mini-Studio Setup

    Quote Originally Posted by SquishyPanda View Post
    I notice the generic extension tubes have no electronics in them. Does the lens default to wide-open? It looks, from the very shallow depth of field in your photos, that this is the case.
    They do have contact points running through them so the lens can still use the autofocus, however it it utterly pointless that that level of extension so it's a case of being on manual focus and moving the camera/lens to get the focal point where you like.

    As with any extension tubes, the light is reduced depending on how many you use, therefore you are usually required to alter the aperture to compensate. I personally prefer the shallow depth of field though I could crank the flash/iso to get a greater DoF if required.

    Quote Originally Posted by SquishyPanda View Post
    And are those first few photos cropped? My 50mm 1.8 doesn't focus that close.
    Yes, the first ones of the whole watch(s) are cropped.

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