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What lens do you need to achieve a shot of this kind?


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#1 Martin langlois

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Posted 30 March 2015 - 09:17 PM

What i'm interested in here is the ability to shoot a small objects and have the background, with people, in the frame.

What lens do you use for that,

 

And, would it be possible to have the focus on both the image and the people in the background?

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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 31 March 2015 - 11:07 AM

You can put people in the background of a shot made with almost any lens, so I don't understand that part of the question.

 

As for holding everything in focus from extreme near to far, you'd need a ton of light in order to stop down the lens to at least f/16 and even then, probably you can't focus that closely on a near small object and hold the background.  At that point, it because visual effects, you shoot the foreground against a green screen, and then shoot a background plate and composite them together.

 

You can look at some depth of field charts to see what your focus range would be at various f-stops.


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#3 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 31 March 2015 - 11:21 AM

You can also play with splt Field Diopters to have both close and deep focus; however you'll have to hide, somehow there edge of the diopter where the focus shifts.

Also maybe Tilt Shift Lenses-- akin to what one would do with bellows on a large format camera- but again; you have to be careful how you compose.

 

Neither would really work for this particular shot.


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Posted 31 March 2015 - 11:55 AM

Sure if the foreground were only on one side, you could use a split-diopter or a tilt-focus lens.

 

These questions (this one and the one on "Breaking Bad") could be answered just by taking some pictures and learning what different focal lengths do at different f-stops.  Go take a picture of some objects on a table with a far background on a wide-angle and a longer focal length, both wide-open and stopped down, and see the results.


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