Top 6 Popular Lenses for Food Photographers

Food Photography LensFew weeks back we asked you about your favorite lens and many of you responded. You left comment on the post, some of you sent emails and others commented on facebook page. Thank you for your comments and replies.

Based on that information here are some of the lenses that are popular amongst our readers.


Top 6 Popular Lenses for Food Photographers

Listed below are some of the popular lenses according to our readers. As you will read below, 50 mm lens seems to be the most popular lens.

How to Make the Most Out of This List

Here’s something you can do from this list. This list was created from the response to the question we asked few weeks back – What’s your favorite lens? You can use this list in several ways:

  1. Look at your photo gear and see if any one of these is already in your gear box. If you are planning to buy a new lens, using this list, you know what lens others like and start your research using this information.
  2. If you are thinking of which camera to buy, use this list to analyze which company makes cheaper lenses – Nikon or Canon or someone else?

Now, let’s get right to the list…

50 mm Prime Lenses

50 mm lenses seem to be very popular among our readers here.

  1. 50 mm f/1.4 – This classic lens has been a long favorite of most photographers. With f/1.4, this is one of the fast lenses. For a prime lens that’s this fast, the price of this lens is very reasonable. For Canon lovers, here’s the equivalent lens and for everyone else here are all 50mm lenses.
  2. Other 50mm lenses – In addition to the 50 mm f/1.4 there are the 50 mm f/1.8 (Nikon lens and Canon lens) that are also popular. Another interesting lens that was liked by many was Sigma 50 mm f/2.8


Do you know how much more does a f/1.4 cost than an f/1.8? Here’s the cost of Nikon 50mm f/1.4 and here’s Nikon 50mm f/1.8. Almost twice? Now compare that with Sigma f/2.8.


  1. 24-70 mm f/2.8 – Number three on the list is a zoom lens. I love zoom lenses. While they are not preferred by some for their quality, I think they are good for anyone who wants to keep their gear to a minimum and more versatile. Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 is pretty expensive for someone who is on a budget. Canon 24-70 f/2.8 any guesses? Here is a quick comparison between all 24-70 mm f/2.8 lenses.
  2. 35mm f/1.4 – Number four on the list. At f/1.4 this is again a good fast lens and great to capture wider angle shots. Here’s Nikon 35mm f/1.4 and Canon 35 mm f/1.4 and a quick comparison to all 35 mm f/1.4 and their costs.
  3. 60 mm f/2.8 –  Another prime lens on the list is the 60 mm f/2.8. Here’s the Nikon 60mm f/2.8 and Canon 60mm f/2.8.
  4. 105 mm f/2.8 – Again a prime lens and at f/2.8 this isn’t as fast as the 1.4 lenses above, but is still faster. Old model of Nikon 105 f/2.8 is almost same price as Sigma 105 f/2.8. Here’s the newer Nikon 105 f/2.8.

Not Very Popular Lens

Hasselblad 120mm f/4 Makro CFi!Hasselblad cameras are not for faint hearted. This camera body costs just as much as a BMW 128i Coupe. Here’s the Hasselblad lens for this camera.

Is Your Lens on The List?

Do you use one of these lenses? If you missed out before, tell us what lens you are using? Are you planning to add a lens to your tool box? Which lens are you planning to buy?

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  1. I am wondering if your list is not skewed by the fact that probably some people have full frame vs cropped sensor camera. I am mentioning that because from what I know, the 50 mm f/1.4 on full frame is the same as 35 mm f/1.4 on cropped. That would imply that your third position on the list is not for wider angle shots but reflects the fact that same people have cropped sensor and just buy and use this basic prime, as I do.

    • Thats a great point Iza. This is based on the readers’ response to question that was asked few weeks back. That is very well possible that both cropped and full frame are mixed up in the list here.

      Thank you bringing that up.

  2. Enjoying all the extra information you are sharing! I am always learning something!

  3. My popular lens for food photos is Rodenstock 120/5,6 macro

  4. I’ve got a small frame camera and I use a Canon 50mm 1.4, a Sigma 85 mm 1.4 and a Sigma 105mm 2.8. I mostly use the 85 mm and the 50 mm.

  5. I use a mix of:
    Minolta 35/1.4, Minolta 50/2.8, Minolta 85/1.4 and Zeiss 50/2. The Minolta 100/2.8 & 200/2.8 are nice as well.

    There really isn’t much need for lenses faster than 2.8 or 4 other than manually focusing.

  6. I use a Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1K which I dearly love!!! For food close-ups I use a Model H-ES045 interchangeable lens for it made by Leica (DG-Macro-Elmarit Focal Length f=45mm (35mm film camera equivalent 90mm) Aperture Range F2.8. Haven’t seen anyone discuss this camera, but it is a gem and has served my limited photo adventures for now.

  7. I was using my Sony kit 18-55 lens, but now I primarily use my Sony 100 2.8 macro lens. I love the DOF stopped at 2.8.

  8. Taryne Jakobi says:

    Hi I am really hoping you can help me, as I am a food stylist, I only cook, prep and style the food for a shoot, I know very little about cameras as i work with a specialist food photographer . I would like to start taking pic’s of food for my blog and was recommended I download lens apps for my iPhone. Which would you recommend ? Thanks so much taryne

  9. I love my 50 mm and 100 mm Macro lens from Canon. I have limited space in which to photograph and these lens get me close in to my subject. Just recently, though have purchased a Canon24-70 f/2.8 L lens and have been really pleased with it. My main camera is a Canon 5D Mark 11-full frame sensor. Great article, btw, on lenses for food photography.

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  11. I love the Canon TS 45 or TS 90. I know they are used for architecture, but I love playing the fast blurring I get in front and back of the food. It takes practice though!!

  12. i use nikon d3000 with makro nikkor f1:2.8.. i’m still an amateur. what do you think?? well, my uncle give that.. and because it seems to be so old. can you tell me how to use it ?? i’m still confuse coz it was manual…

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