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Hey guys - I'm closing in on a D-SLR and looking at a 300mm zoom lens too.

The question is whether you take your diecast photos with the stock 18-55mm lens that came with your camera?

:feedback Thanks in advance!
 

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Yes, I do. I have both the Canon 300D (18-55mm) and the Nikon D70 (18-70mm) and use the stock lens to shoot my diecast pics. I toyed at one time at getting a macro lens, but have since abandoned that idea.

The great thing about having 6 megapixels to play with is that you don't have to fill up the viewfinder with your subject, and subsequently you can crop the 'digital negative' to end up with the shot you want. I do this frequently with 1/43 models and interiors/engine bays.

in my humble opinion, the stock lens on the Canon Digital Rebel is just fine for what you want to do. No need to invest in more glass...
 

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:happy :happy That's good to hear. The cropping method sounds great. Have you ever tried manual focus on your camera for photographing your diecasts?

And do you have different techniques for shooting 1:43 vs. 1:18?

(sorry, I'm just a bunch of questions today :giggle )
 

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:iagree with Dr.Jeff Felix! All my pics are with the standard lens which I think works very well. I too crop the picture to size which is no problem with the high resolution of the 300D.

I have occasionally used the manual focus on some shots (especially of dark featureless interiors!) where the auto focus can't quite lock on as I'd like, and it works very well indeed! :cheers
 
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