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Thread: Best Canon Lens for Food Photography?

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    guys, need your advice on this. im using a 500D.

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    Any really, though a macro lens may come in handy.
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    no best,
    like what Rashkae had mentioned. any lens is fine, and if you want to get closer, get a macro lens.

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    I'm currently using canon 50f1.4 for my food. i love taking food with this lens! If u got budget constraint buy the 50f1.8. It's decent enuff.

    http://glamphotography-ck.blogspot.com

    can visit my humble blog under food photography for the quality of the lens...!
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    thanks for the advice guys.

    @ Gerald: your pics on food photography are amazing. Great shots, all of them. thanks again

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    You'd need macro capability, so you'd either need a macro lens, or add on a close-up filter or extension tube with a regular zoom lens with some close-up capability. Most lenses can achieve the close-up reproduction for normal food photography quite easily, so you needn't worry too much about that. Ensure that you have sufficient working distance to avoid casting shadow over your subject (food), and decide how much background you want for your food shots. Some people prefer more background details, so a 50mm macro lens will be ideal. Others prefer more isolated shots, so 100mm macro lens will be good for that.

    Either way, pay more attention to your lighting than your choice of lens. That'll make or break a food shot more than anything else.

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    I am also trying out food photography and am using 24-105 f/4 L for it. Just standard zoom lens, no special. I think the same can be achieved with the kit lens too.
    Visit my portfolio at http://woeilee.zenfolio.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by nelson-tan View Post
    You'd need macro capability, so you'd either need a macro lens, or add on a close-up filter or extension tube with a regular zoom lens with some close-up capability. Most lenses can achieve the close-up reproduction for normal food photography quite easily, so you needn't worry too much about that. Ensure that you have sufficient working distance to avoid casting shadow over your subject (food), and decide how much background you want for your food shots. Some people prefer more background details, so a 50mm macro lens will be ideal. Others prefer more isolated shots, so 100mm macro lens will be good for that.

    Either way, pay more attention to your lighting than your choice of lens. That'll make or break a food shot more than anything else.


    And the food styling. ;-)
    Last edited by Dream Merchant; 31st October 2010 at 11:37 PM.

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    For a crop sensor camera like yours, consider the very-underrated & modestly-priced 50mm f/2.5 macro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Merchant View Post
    Ah boss... You can't post the link for a search result, it expires.
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    Oh dear ... my bad.

    Just do a search for 'lens for food photography' in CS.

    It's been asked for countless times.

    I once contributed in a several thread many moons ago, but that fact is, if members are NOT specific about what they want to achieve and under what conditions, we can only recommend a 8mm fish-eye to a 180mm macro lens and anything else in between.

    Sides, the food styling and lighting takes ultimate precedence (for food). Equipment is a far secondary, though it's still important at a higher level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woeilee View Post
    I am also trying out food photography and am using 24-105 f/4 L for it. Just standard zoom lens, no special. I think the same can be achieved with the kit lens too.
    The 24-105 is a kit lens...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2evans View Post
    The 24-105 is a kit lens...
    Haha no doubt bout that but it is a very expensive kit lens Anyway I think that macro lenses will be good? I tried taking products with my 24-70 and I think that when I zoom in and crop, somehow the details are lost, mainly this is more suited for event shooting I do not know, but yea like some other members had said, macro lens would definitely come in handy
    Canon 5D Mark III | 5D Mark II | 24-70L | 70-200L II | 50 f/1.4 USM | 580EXII |

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    can it be a Canon mount lens instead of a Canon lens?
    the tamrons do a great job...

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    How about the canon 60mm macro?

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    canon 24-70L is definitely a good choice.

    I was using 50mm 1.8 (45cm focus length ) previous for personal dining food shots, however sometimes e venue is inappropriate for standing up just to take food pic, thus may be a problem..

    So decided on 24-70, very close-up range and e sharpness without zoom in already amazed me =)
    Canon 5DMk2 | 24-70 F2.8L | EFs 10-22 USM (sold) | 50mm 1.8 II | 70-200mm F4L | Nissin Di866

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    personally prefer a macro or prime... you can always start with the very affordable and good quality 50 1.8 and upgrade to a 100 f/2.8 macro... take your time and enjoy the shoot
    Playing with M43.

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    somehow, i like my S90 (28mm equivalent lens, f/2.0, 5cm macro). seems like i can't find a DSLR lens that replicates the 28mm wide angle-of-view + 5 cm macro perspective.

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    professional food photographers normally use a 90 mm tilt-shift lens

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