Looking for help selecting a DSLR for documenting artwork
November 20, 2012 12:11 PM Subscribe
What's a good DSLR camera and lens for photographing artwork?
posted by eeby to media & arts (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'd like to buy a DSLR camera for taking pics of my and friends' artwork that's too big to fit on a scanner. I'd use it occasionally for general photography and casual videography, but documenting artwork is the main purpose.
One thing we're interested in doing is getting prints made at sizes like 11"x17" to sell at conventions such as SDCC. 300 dpi is kind of the minimum for a good quality print, although you can get away with a little lower depending on printing method. 11"x17" at 300 dpi is 16.83 million pixels, so if my assumptions are correct (?) an 18 megapixel camera would be good enough. (I think -- correct me if I'm wrong.)
I'm hoping to find an something acceptable for less that $800. Is that possible?
This Canon EOS Rebel T3i with an 18-55 mm zoom lens looks promising. Maybe that one?
I'd be grateful for any suggestions or advice. Recommendations of specific cameras and/or lenses would be great. Even a general view of the tradeoffs involved would be a help.