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I’m still relatively green with photography – I picked up my Canon M50 camera just four months ago. And I’ve purchased only two additional lenses in that time:
With the YONGNUO lens, I also purchased an EF-M adapter. I’ll cover the YONGNUO and adapter in a future review.
The Meiki lens is a manual lens, which initially scared me off as a beginning photo/videographer.
I’ve seen a few other folks on sites like fstoppers.com, PetaPixel, DSLR Shooter and others do product shots using some pretty fancy equipment. Since I have a few pieces of non-fancy equipment, I thought I’d put the Meike manual lens through a product photo shoot and see how it comes out.
The Meike lens has a solid body and while the aperture ring takes some getting used to – the ring is close enough to the camera body that I’m not able to dial in the right aperture without looking at the ring – the focus ring is super smooth. As a manual lens, it’s probably more important that the focus ring is the easier of the two to adjust without looking.
While I had an inkling of an idea of what aperture meant, I’m super glad this has a 1.8 f-stop. It creates a really nice bokeh look – where the foreground subject is in perfect focus and the background is blurred. Coupled with the manual nature of the lens, it’s a lot of fun to focus on the subject, then see how it ‘pops’ from the blurred background.
In looking at the picture above the picture above, you can see the difference in the two lenses. The 15-45mm is super sharp and the background has a nice blur to it. The picture above is taken from the Meike – still capturing a super clear foreground image with an even more blurry background. The difference in apertures is 3.5 (Canon) v. 1.8 (Meike).
The clarity when focused on small font is really nice. Even with the bounce from the lens glass, the details and blurred background make a nice combination.
One last image from the Meike – pretty nice given all the patterns, text and the black casing of the lens.
At the beginning of this article, I mentioned I had some non-fancy equipment. Here’s what I used to capture these shots:
- Yellow marker board
- Blue marker board
- Overhead light, or what I’d consider my “key” light
- Side light, or what I’d consider my “fill” light
How did this come together?
Last weekend, I was watching a video from Botvidsson about setting up a product photo shoot. I didn’t have all that fancy equipment or cameras or setup – however I did have a few pieces and some creativity that I thought I could pull it off.
I moved an inexpensive umbrella light close to the bench and maneuvered the light so the bulb was ~6 inches from the bench. I then placed a yellow sheet of board paper on the bench and placed the lens on top of the yellow paper. I then propped a blue sheet of board paper up against the couch. I grabbed a tripod and placed the camera on the tripod, positioning it ~10 inches from the lens object.
After taking a few practice shots and repositioning the umbrella light, I brought in a small portable light that I could move around based on the direction of the lens object. The hope was that I could move the shadows around so they wouldn’t impact the final image.
Once ready, I placed the camera in a 2-second delay mode, clicked, reviewed, then cleaned up.
Pretty easy. And fun!