Hello guys, I hope you all are doing great. I need a camera+macro lens+macro ring combo to photograph teeth and other stuff in the mouth in dental patients. So, I have two options and I need your help.
1. I have an old 5di which I can use in the clinic. But I need macro lens and macro flash. For a lens, I'm deciding between 100mm f2.8L and non-L. How good is the quality of the non-L lens, which is much cheaper than L one? What macro ring would you recommend besides the one Canon makes ($500)?
2. Get a crop camera, 60mm f2.8 EF-S and macro ring. How good is 60mm f2.8 lens?
I don't need top quality of the pictures, but it should be at least very good. All other people in the clinic use Nikon
Are you looking to take photos more for restorative or cosmetic dentistry?
If you are looking for cosmetic photos, then live view isn't that useful. Most patients are going to be happy with before and after photos as long as you get their veneer colours to match well. The problem with veneer colouring is often educating the patient on the changing colour of their non-veneered teeth. Some patients after getting a veneer, implant, etc will still not be happy with the colour after the tooth is done.
If you are looking for cosmetic photos for a portfolio, then that's a different matter and probably a much bigger discussion.
Restorative dentistry photos are really tricky. I've seen a bunch of dentists buy the G-series dentist kit and rarely take it out of the aluminum box.
As for live view...you're never going to use it because it's only useful on a tripod. One thing to keep in mind is that with the 100L, you will still need to be quite close to get shots inside the mouth in which case, your depth of field is going to be very very shallow. Definitely get the L 100mm macro because of the IS.