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.

MY GEAR

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2
Manfrotto Tripod

WHAT I RECOMMEND

The novice:
Canon EOS Rebel Digital SLR Kit
Canon EOS 6D Mark I
Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4

The professional:
Canon EOS 5D mark iv
Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8

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 6D Marks I and II

As time went on, I felt it was time for an upgrade, and got the Canon EOS 6D Mark I. This camera served me very well. 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.For those interested in getting something durable and quality without breaking the bank like a 5D, I recommend buying either this camera or, even better, the newer Canon EOS 6D Mark II.

CANON EOS 5D Mark IV

Last year, I upgraded to the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. This camera, simply put, is incredible. One of my favorite features of the 5D 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 5D Mark IV is the best camera I’ve ever used, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

CANON EF 24-70mm f/2.8

In terms of lenses, I mainly shoot with 3 lenses. The first is the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II. 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 100mm f/2.8

If you thought I was in love with my 5D, I’m even more in love with my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 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). This lens gets you right up there, close to the action, making food look like it’s popping through the screen.

CANON EF 50mm f/1.2

I also love my Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 lens. It’s smaller and lighter than the 24-70mm f/2.8L II, and the quality is excellent. If you want a great lens that gives almost a cinematic quality to your photos, go with this one. It’ just amazing!

MANFROTTO TRIPOD

My Manfrotto 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 worth-while 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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Awesome tips! I may have to print this out and literally put it in my back pocket. I just got my first real camera (Olympus OM-D E-M10) and can’t wait to get on my photography game. This has been a super helpful intro! 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you April! Feel free to email me if you have any further questions. Enjoy!

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Hello Sara,
wow, you’re really great! 🙂
Can I ask you what kind of lights do you use for your photos?

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hi Irene! I use all natural lighting. I shoot in front of a bright window to get the best light, then may or may not use a bounce board to reflect light from the back side! Let me know if you have any more questions.

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Hey Sarah!
Would you mind explaining the extension tube to me? What do you use it for?
Thanks!

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Wow! This was extremely helpful, Sarah! So do you use the Canon EOS 6D for most of your photography with the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II lens? What do you think about the Mark III? I’m thinking about upgrading from my Rebel T5i and getting the Mark III, but if the 6D is just as good… I may want to get that one since it is considerably cheaper! What are your thoughts? Your food photography is one of the best I’ve seen! Your creations are genius and I’m always looking forward to your new blog posts, recipes, photography, etc. Keep up the great work!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you so much, Anna! Yes, I use the 6D for all my photography, with the 24-70mm lens (it’s incredible). I think the Mark III is a fantastic camera, but the 6D is less expensive and the quality, in my opinion, is on par. The differences between the two cameras are very technical things that you absolutely will not notice as a day to day photographer unless you’re making 10 foot prints in a gallery. So, I strongly suggest the 6D! Thank you so much for the kind words– please do be in touch if you have more questions!! <3

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Hi Sarah,

Can you confirm that your Proline tripod can flip to take photos of the ground? Definitely a plus for food photographers, especially when you’re like me having to awkwardly climb a ladder to take a top-down photo.

Thanks!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hi Cassie! Yes, it can, though it’s a bit of a struggle. Would not completely recommend it for upside down photos.

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