What is the best lens for food photography? Well, today we are going to dive into this question. You’ll be happy to know that in this case, less is better. Less meaning cheaper. #ballerrrrr
The Best Lens for Food Photography
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When getting started in food photography, most people begin with their phones. This is fine to start with.
However, simply put, cameras on your phones can’t create the same look a DSLR can create. Bokeh is pretty much a fancy term to describe a photo with the background blurred out. IPhones just can’t create the same look a DSLR can create.
That said, let’s assume you have upgraded yourself to a DSLR (woot). The DSLR is a beast of a piece of equipment, but again, it can only do so much. The lens is what can really do wonders and create those crisp shots with blurred backgrounds. (Totally thought of a mullet there; business in the front and party in the back. No? I digress.)
DSLR lenses can get expensive pretty quickly. The best lens for food photography and the one I use for every single photoshoot is a 50 mm f/1.8 STM Lens. It is also known as a prime lens since it has no zoom capabilities.
But with food not moving, a zoom lens isn’t needed. In food shots, you are actively moving your body closer to the object, and this is the zoom. In this scenario, a prime lens works perfectly.
You’ll notice that many kit lenses (i.e., the lens that comes with the camera) generally have a f/3.5-5.6 range.
Most kit lenses also have zoom capabilities which, in general, do not create the same crisp, clear shots that a prime lens can.
TIP: Rule of thumb is the lower the f/ number, the more blurred the background you’ll be able to achieve.
As I was saying earlier, less is more. This 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens is around $125 dollars and captures crisp, clear shots. Compared to other lenses out there, this prime lens is a bargain!
It truly is the best lens for food photography. It’s great for someone starting out and great for a seasoned photographer.