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Very simple question: What sort of lens is recommended for photographing 2D animation on a rostrum stand?

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#1 Henry Cohn

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 11:24 AM

I would like to hear your thoughts on what sort of lens is best for photographing something with little to no depth. I'm not considering a multiplane set-up but would be pleased to also hear thoughts on that.


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 05:53 PM

I might be wrong, but I'd say any lens. If its a flat surface, it doesnt really matter. You're obviously going to get less distortion with a 50mm than a 15mm, but other then that just find a sharp lens :)
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#3 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 08:01 PM

Yes, as Haris says, you'd generally use a medium focal length with close-focusing capability for animation stand work to avoid any distortions that a wide-angle lens causes.


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#4 Henry Cohn

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 12:04 PM

Thanks. If it doesn't make any difference, I'll probably just set a zoom lens to around 50mm. I decided to ask this on yahoo answers, where it was recommended that I use a macro lens or a process lens.


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