I’ve spent dozens of hours researching the current lenses on the market, and these are my top nine picks. Whether you’re a beginner looking for your first jewelry photography lens, or an enthusiast seeking an upgrade, you’ll find the perfect glass for your needs.
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1. Sony 90mm Macro f/2.8 (Our Pick as the Best Lens for Shooting Jewelry)
The best lens for shooting jewelry photography
The lens offers a fast aperture combined with excellent image quality and smooth manual focusing override. Perfect for jewelry photography purposes.
Fast f/2.8 aperture
Focus lock allows you to experiment freely
Built-in image stabilization
Can take some time to get used to manual focusing
Sony’s G series lenses are decent build glass with great optical quality. This particular lense is designed for the Sony E-mount camera system.
Unfortunately, you can’t use this lens with any other mounts unless you have an adapter that offers limited manual focusing functionality. But even as a manual focusing lens, the Sony 90mm Macro f/2.8 is sharp. At f/2.8 performance is decent. However, if you stop down the lens performance improves considerably.
2. Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
Good for Sony camera owners looking for an OEM budget lens
Notwithstanding the shorter focal length the lens offers excellent image quality. Price is also cheaper. Beginners looking for a budget OEM macro lens will find this lens useful.
Weather resistant design
True macro lens
Short working distance
The reason we like the FE 50mm f/2.8 macro, This particular lense I’ve been using since I stared my photography business and recently I’ve used it for best photography in Sharjah and best photography in Abdu Dhabi, even though it does not match our first threshold requirement of 60mm minimum focal length, is that it is extremely sharp.
It is also inexpensive considering the sharpness and overall performance of the lens. If you are using a Sony FE mount camera this is a great lens to start your career in jewelry photography.
This lens also offers 1:1 maximum magnification and that is useful for shooting jewelry photography.
The f/2.8 aperture is useful when shooting with ambient lighting. It helps in capturing a lot of light for proper exposure.
However, we recommend that you use an artificial lighting set-up that will give you constant lighting with a fixed color temperature that you can correct if necessary, during post-processing.
3. Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro
The Cannon 100mm f/2.6L is a macro lens from Canon’s L series of lenses. When a Canon lens carries the L acronym it suggests that the overall quality is good.
The long 100mm focal length is suitable for shooting from a slight distance. That ensures that jewelry items you are photographing don’t catch your reflection.
As the lens offers 1:1 magnification even at 100mm focal length, you have a lot of working space.
The wide f/2.8 aperture captures a lot of light. Plus, it has the effect of blurring the background for that soft out-of-focus effect. You can choose to shoot with an f/2.8 aperture and then combine several image in a stack to make sure that the entire jewelry piece is perfectly in focus across the frame while the background appears blurred out. It is definitely advisable to use focus shaking when your backgrounds are not perfect.