I am trying to create a setup for professional digital close up photography, I was hoping I can get some advice here. The objects are mostly around 1", sometimes up to 1'.
Currently I am using Canon 1Ds3 with 100mm L macro lens, with very nice results, mostly around f/22. Several problems with that:
- DOF sharpness - can't get beyond f/22 on Canon, must combine several shots with different focus points
- AA filter fuzziness - not a huge problem but still
- Some diffraction already at f/22
I tested Mamiya 36X48 sensor with the new Mamiya Digital Macro lens, and the results were very good up to f/32. Appeared to me much better than the Canon.
I am also looking at Rodenstock 120mm f/5.6 Apo-Macro-Sironar digital combined with Horseman LD View Camera for Canon EOS, which should give me a low cost solution with low diffraction at f/22 and full movements to tackle DOF sharpness.
I've tried Hasselblad V system with Phase One back and 135mm Macro lens, and it was not satisfactory - it is my impression that there is no point in even testing any lens which was not especially designed for digital.
Any insights and experience wisdom would be greatly appreciated.