Canon lens with minimal distortion for copying technical drawings

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by SimonLW, Sep 20, 2005.

  1. SimonLW

    SimonLW Guest

    We have several 36x24" technical drawings to digitize. These have color and
    scanning to print is expensive. I performed a test and was surprised to find
    my digital rebel gives plenty of detail, but the 50mm 1.8 lens has some
    barrel distortion that makes the edges of the drawing bulge out a little. I
    need a lens with minimal distortion and high resolution at 10' focal
    distance for this work.

    Thanks for any ideas.
    SimonLW, Sep 20, 2005
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  2. There are programs that will correct that distortion. For example:

    Worth trying, at least. (I haven't tried it myself.)

    David J. Littleboy
    Tokyo, Japan
    David J. Littleboy, Sep 20, 2005
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  3. SimonLW

    Bob Guest

    You need a much longer lens to flatten the subject... maybe 100mm or 200mm, and
    lots of light so you can shoot at f/11 or f/16.
    Bob, Sep 21, 2005
  4. Look at the Canon Macro's particularly the 100mm.


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    John A. Stovall, Sep 21, 2005
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