Tools of the trade: Canon EOS 90D

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by Dr Raje Manickam, Bond St Dental and Next Smile, Melbourne, VIC

Photography is an invaluable part of dentistry, particularly when using photos for social media marketing and advertising. Not only is it helpful for diagnosing and treatment planning, but it’s great for documentation, case conversion, and self-assessing your own work.

What’s good about it

I use my Canon 90D for portrait photography and for intraoral photos. It has a higher res than other Canons and provides high-quality raw images. All the photos are nice and crisp, and it doesn’t need too much fiddling around to get a good photo. 

For most of my photography, I use a 60-millimetre macro lens that’s very easy to focus. I also have a ring light flash and a diffuser that I use for all intraoral, portrait and anterior photography. By utilising a good occlusal mirror, you can achieve intraoral images that are far superior to those from small wand-shaped cameras.

The 90D is fantastic for before-and-after shots. Not everything in dentistry is a quick fix, which patients can find difficult to understand. So, taking images before work has begun can be helpful. It helps patients understand the process and they’re excited to proceed. These images are also great for marketing.

This camera allows you to set two customised modes. I have one mode for portraits and the other set up as an intraoral and close-ups mode. This is especially useful if I lend my camera to someone and they change things. I

What’s not so good

It’s quite a chunky, heavy set-up. If you work between clinics, like I do, it can be a bit of a hassle to move around. 

Where did you get it

Ted’s Cameras

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