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Recommendations for lenses that work well with foods?


Nov 21, 2012 at 11:03 PM
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60 Micro or an 85 PC would both be quite good.


Nov 21, 2012 at 11:09 PM
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More information maybe? What camera are you using? Food is so broad...are you a foodie-blogger or are you shooting in a studio??

Come on man...help us help you!



Nov 21, 2012 at 11:57 PM
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I was sitting on a river bank in western South Dakota last Saturday, eating lunch and taking a few shots with my Leica IIIc. I liked the Summaron 35mm f3.5 because it was very light and short, and didn't interfere with my eating an apple. I consider it a great lens with food.


Kent in SD



Nov 22, 2012 at 12:27 AM
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Two23 wrote:
I was sitting on a river bank in western South Dakota last Saturday, eating lunch and taking a few shots with my Leica IIIc. I liked the Summaron 35mm f3.5 because it was very light and short, and didn't interfere with my eating an apple. I consider it a great lens with food.

Kent in SD



sarcasm?? nahhhhhhhhhh



Nov 22, 2012 at 12:41 AM
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Two23 wrote:
I was sitting on a river bank in western South Dakota last Saturday, eating lunch and taking a few shots with my Leica IIIc. I liked the Summaron 35mm f3.5 because it was very light and short, and didn't interfere with my eating an apple. I consider it a great lens with food.

Kent in SD


Well-played sir!

But to answer the op, how about the AIS micro-nikkor 55mm f/2.8 (or f/3.5).



Nov 22, 2012 at 01:34 AM
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p.1 #7 · Lens for Food?


Food photography pays some of my bills. I own a goodly selection of macro lenses, and by far my most used for this purpose is the 60mm AF-S. It's plenty sharp, has lovely optical characteristics and is short enough for the cramped spaces available for shooting in most restaurants.

I also own the 200mm AF - way too long for food; 85 PC - on paper, the ideal glass for this work, but in practice, too fiddly; 55 f2.8 ai-s - nice, but no benefit over the 60; 105 vr - very nice, but again, too long. I also sometimes use the 24-70 if I need more focal length flexibility.

The one lens I do lust after is the Zeiss 50 makro - never used it, but if it performs anywhere near as well as it reviews, then it should be a force to be reckoned with.

C

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Nov 22, 2012 at 02:35 AM
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p.1 #8 · Lens for Food?


Well, the 55/2.8 or 3.5 are around $100 used.... So there's the benefit over the 60



Nov 22, 2012 at 04:36 AM
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p.1 #9 · Lens for Food?


Well, my 18 year old Toyota is cheaper than a 2012 model, but aside from the financial consideration I don't see too many other benefits…

Of course, if price is your primary consideration, grab an old ai-s 55mm and don't look back. They are great lenses and you will be a happy camper.

C



Nov 22, 2012 at 04:57 AM
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DTOB wrote:
More information maybe? What camera are you using? Food is so broad...are you a foodie-blogger or are you shooting in a studio??

Come on man...help us help you!


Sorry! I have the D7000 and my wife wants me to get a lens that'll make our food from date nights come out nice.



Nov 22, 2012 at 08:03 AM
 

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jaboki wrote:
Sorry! I have the D7000 and my wife wants me to get a lens that'll make our food from date nights come out nice.


Look into the nikon 35 1.8g dx, it might help with what you are looking for

this is given that you will be seated when doing the shooting, as in a foody-date with your girl in a restaurant.. you won't be able to be moving, doing lighting etc... you'll be seated in front of the food, right?

I my opinion, anything longer on a dx camera when seated in front of the food will just be too tight... even so, the 35 1.8g dx might be borderline tight...


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Nov 22, 2012 at 08:13 AM
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jaboki wrote:
Recommendations for lenses that work well with foods?

My go-to food lens is the 45 PC, gives me total angle and depth of focus control.
glo



Nov 22, 2012 at 01:51 PM
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I'd think that Guari is correct in that, for shot of your plate from your seat, anything longer than 35mm will be way too long. Even 35 I would think would feel cramped. I'm not sure how dim the restaurants you eat in are, but if you can get away with F2.8, you might look at the 24mm 2.8 AF-D.

There aren't really any macro lenses that will give you proper working distances for dining, so maybe a Canon 500D close up filter to go along with it with the appropriate step up ring.



Nov 22, 2012 at 02:22 PM
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jaboki wrote:
Sorry! I have the D7000 and my wife wants me to get a lens that'll make our food from date nights come out nice.



I would try,

35/1.8G, http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/606792-USA/Nikon_2183_AF_S_Nikkor_35mm_f_1_8G.html

40/2.8G Micro, http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/810414-USA/Nikon_2200_40_mm_f_2_8G_AF_S.html

Tokina 35/2.8 Micro. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/554033-REG/Tokina_ATXM35PRODXN_35mm_f_2_8_AT_X_M35.html



Nov 22, 2012 at 02:50 PM
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p.1 #15 · Lens for Food?


From the title, I thought this was a desperate trade offer

I know common wisdom says to use the 60/2.8 macro for food shots and that's what most pros use. In my view, food shots benefit from the perspective distortion that comes with a wider lens -- somewhere in the 28-35mm range on DX. It makes for a more lifelike shot by giving the viewer a point of view that's more like being there. If you prefer your shots more flat/compressed, use a longer lens.







Nov 22, 2012 at 05:31 PM
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p.1 #16 · Lens for Food?


A set of extension tubes might help, as well, if you want to get close in on the food. Also depends on the size of the table you're sitting at, some restaurants have roomy tables, and others barely hold dinner for two. No extension tubes on these two shots in this post.

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/929565/1701#10893251



Nov 22, 2012 at 06:18 PM
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p.1 #17 · Lens for Food?


Wow. Thanks for all the responses! Looks like 35mm seems to be the general consensus. I think I'll try out the 1.8g. I'll let you guys know how that turns out


Nov 22, 2012 at 11:45 PM
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p.1 #18 · Lens for Food?


This is a little late, but what lenses do you have? And, what problem are you having making your food look good? You might be suffering from post processing issues, rather than a lens problem. Could you post an example of a bad food shot?


Nov 23, 2012 at 12:28 AM
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James R wrote:
This is a little late, but what lenses do you have? And, what problem are you having making your food look good? You might be suffering from post processing issues, rather than a lens problem. Could you post an example of a bad food shot?


Actually, I just got an SLR for my wife. I haven't received it yet and was just asking ahead of time what type of lens I could get for her. She loves to take food pictures when we travel.



Nov 23, 2012 at 08:20 PM
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p.1 #20 · Lens for Food?


The nano coated lenses are a bit on the sweet side but if you follow up with a canon fluoride coated lens your teeth should be good afterwards.

You probably would want to go with a zoom lens that has close up capabilities. This way you can capture large table settings down to individual products. The old Zeiss 35-70 was a macro type lens that was wonderful. If yo could get a native mount lens with similar capabilities you should be good.



Nov 24, 2012 at 01:12 AM
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