Hi all -
I'm looking to get into shooting macro product photography. Specifically, watches.
I've never shot with flash before, so have a lot to learn there, but what I'm initially considering is what camera/lens options I should be looking at.
My desire is to be able to shoot watch faces and movements at close to 1:1 magnification, with large prints the end game.
Preference is very much to get everything right "in camera" - so this means tilt rather than focus stacking (if I have to focus stack to get the depth of a watch movement all in focus then that would be OK, but I want to be able to get the plane of the face of the watch in focus in one shot).
Backs are IQ180 and P45+ Achromatic.
Cameras and lenses I have options.
I have a Fuji GX680 III and a couple of lenses (135mm and 210mm). Shot a couple of tests (not close to 1:1) with the 135 today and pretty happy with the initial results.
Alternatively, I have my ALPA kit - FPS/Max/TC, most of the Rodies and the Schneider 120mm, and the FPS tilt adapter, along with a whole bunch of the ALPA adapters that I guess could be used for macro work rather than my usual need of getting infinity focus!
What I realise from today's play with the Fuji is that I'm going to need extension rails for that to get to 1:1. And I am assuming maybe a different lens.
I would very much appreciate any thoughts/guidance as to which of the two systems I currently have would be best suited for this requirement, and what I need to get to the end goal. I'd rather work with what I have, rather than having to go out and spend lots of money!