One of the most popular questions I receive is what are the best cameras and lenses for food photography and what I use or recommend. Obviously it depends on your budget and needs, but after quite a bit of research in the past few years, I’ve come up with this list to help you in making the right decision. Don’t let the many options confuse you; just read everything through as I tried to make it as clear as possible.
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Since I only have experience with Canon, this is the brand I‘ll mostly recommend. My brother owns Nikon cameras, so I’ve experimented with it as well, but still have a preference towards Canon.
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Zoom lenses vs prime lenses
For my food photography, I prefer prime lenses over zoom lenses. Prime lenses cannot zoom in and out, but they have a few other advantages such as their high quality (many times better than zoom lenses), lower weight, and lower cost. Since food is still and nonmoving, zooming in and out is not a necessity for me since I can manually move the camera or tripod closer or farther away when needed.