So. You’re thinking about photography gear. You’ve come to the right place.
Let’s start simple. I’ve listed my own gear, plus what I’d recommend for two types of photographers: one just getting into photography, and one interested in upgrading.
WHAT I RECOMMEND
Let’s get down to it. I started out with a Nikon DSLR about 10 years ago. I found the colors to be sub-par, and overall was unimpressed with the image quality. So I made the switch to Canon and never looked back. I got a Canon Rebel Ti (which has since been discontinued) with an 18-55mm kit lens. I was happy with it for the time being, and highly recommend any and all of the Rebel series to those of you looking for your first DSLR.
CANON EOS 50D
As time went on, I felt it was time for an upgrade, and got the Canon EOS 50D. This camera served me very well. It is a step up from the Rebel series, and produces a much higher quality image. The body is heavier and more well-made, and the mega-pixels are higer. For those interested in getting something durable and quality without breaking the bank like a full-frame DSLR, I recommend buying secondhand either this camera or Canon’s EOS 60D (I will note that these cameras have since been discontinued by Canon in favor of newer models. I am simply speaking to experience).
CANON EOS 6D
Last year, I upgraded to the Canon EOS 6D. This is a full-frame camera on par with the famous 5D at a lower cost. Why? The body is smaller, it has less aluminum alloy in the body (aka it’s lighter in weight), and it lacks the ability for 2 memory cards (unless you’re shooting over 1,000 pictures at one time, I find no need for this feature) and a headphone jack, among minor other things.
One of my favorite features of the 6D is built-in wifi! The camera lets out its own wifi signal that you pick up with your smartphone. Once wirelessly connected, you can download images straight from your camera to your smartphone. I use this feature constantly in uploading high-quality images to my social media.
The 6D is the best camera I’ve ever used, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. The image quality is unparalleled- just look at the difference from the photo on the left, taken with my 50D, and the photo on the right, taken with my 6D. Can you tell how the photo on the left looks almost like a painting? It’s flatter compared to the photo on the right, which looks much more crisp and like the brownies are popping out at you.
CANON EF 24-70MM F/2.8
In terms of lenses, I mainly shoot with the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II. It is part of Canon’s professional series of lenses. If you thought I was in love with my 6D, I’m even more in love with this lens. Many photographers will tell you “it’s all about the glass,” meaning the lens you use matters more than the camera body (I want to vomit after that quote. I don’t say that outloud, and you will never catch me saying that. Nevertheless, I’ve found it’s true). What’s great about this lens is its adaptability. The 50-70mm range works great for food photography and portraiture. And the 24-50mm range is fantastic for shooting interiors, landscapes, and travel photography. It’s really an all-in-one lens.
CANON EF 50MM F/1.4
I also love my Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 lens. It’s smaller and lighter than the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II, and the quality is excellent. If you want a great lens that doesn’t break the bank as much as the 24-70, I would suggest this one. However, I can’t imagine giving up the versatility of having a zoom lens. But, that’s just me!
My Proline Tripod is a must for shooting. It’s lightweight, flexible, and easy to use. My apartment has great light in some spots, but when I want to shoot in others, it’s impossible to get a clear shot without a tripod. If you’re even questioning a tripod, get one! It’s a small cost for something that will save you so much frustration with trying to steady a heavy camera in a less-well-lit area.
In the end, besides good lighting, having a great camera and lens makes all the difference in food photography. Let me know if you have specific questions about cameras and lenses below, and thanks for reading!
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