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Food Photography Gear

Food Photography Gear is always a personal choice, so I encourage you to rent or borrow and take it for a spin before purchasing.  I chose my camera body brand based on how comfortable it was to hold and manipulate. I’ve shot with both Canon and Nikon, finding them to be great DSLR cameras. But, Nikon just feels like home to me.

Here is my current camera gear, plus details, and options for different levels of photographers.

My Camera Gear

Food Photography Gear I Recommend

The Beginner:

The Professional:

Now let’s get to the details!! I love everything in my camera bag and use each piece daily. When I first started, I took pictures of animals, babies, headshots, sports, portraits, and weddings. Whew that’s a ton! Once I decided to concentrate solely on food, I needed to adjust my gear accordingly.

Nikon d850

I purchased the d850 in December 2017 as an upgrade to my d810. With 45.7MP, my images are sharper and more detailed. The flip out tilting LCD  with touch screen has been a life changer.  It offers 4K video, wifi capabilities, and I can shoot at crazy high ISO with hardly any noise!

Nikon d700 and d810

My first full frame DSLR was a Nikon d700 that I bought refurbished. This camera is a Beast and never lets me down. In fact, I still keep one as a backup for all of my shoots. Nikon no longer makes the d700, but you can find them used. If you’re looking for a step up, I recommend the d810. With HD video capabilities and extremely detailed images, its worth the extra money. The d700 was my main camera until I upgraded to the d850.

Nikon d750 is also a great option with a cheaper price tag than the d810. Differences being in megapixels, button and display layouts.

AF-S Micro Nikkor 105 mm f/2.8G Lens

A  Micro 105mm is my favorite lens for shooting 3/4 and straight on angles (Actually I use it for flat lays too!). Camera bodies are great, but the glass is where you really need to invest your money. I’m talking holy moly the bokeh and detail are insane! Do you want powerful images where people are licking the screen? (Can we say ‘hero shot’?) Then you need to invest in a 105mm. If I had to pick only one lens forever, this would be it.

Food Photography Gear and Equipment details for Cocktail Photography

AF-S Nikkor 50 mm f/1.4G Lens

The good old ‘nifty fifty’ you here everyone talking about it is the perfect all around lens. It is technically a wide angle that captures a larger area of focus than the micro. I tend to use the 50 mm for chef portraits, top down table views, pour shots, and just about everything.

Food Photography Gear and Equipment for Closeup Food Pour Shots

Sigma Art 35 mm f/1.4 DG Lens

Sure you’re thinking, now Jenn this is not a Nikon lens. In fact I’ve never used a Nikkor 35mm. A friend mentioned how much she loved the Sigma Art and after listening to her rave for months I borrowed it for a day. Well…now I have one. I’m gonna just say, this lens is magic! It seems to  brighten my images naturally with amazing sharpness. Anytime I shoot table top scenes, overhead hands with food, or interiors this is what I grab.

Food Photography Gear and Equipment for Table Top Scenes

Profoto B1X Strobe

Natural light is so beautiful and wraps around food, enhancing every detail. The problem is that I can’t always use it.  Sometimes recipes take longer than expected, forcing me to shoot later in the day. Or I’m photographing in a dark restaurant without any large windows. What if I have a dish with several scenes and the light keeps changing? All of these reasons are why I invested in artificial food photography lighting.

The Profoto B1X strobe is a battery operated monolight that I use to replace natural light in most of my photography. Fitted with a softbox, I can increase or decrease the power and direction of the light. By using only one strobe I can mimic the look of a window.

My Wish List

I will update this post as my gear changes!

Remember, investing in quality food photography gear will make all the difference in your work. Play around with different camera bodies and lens types to see what you like best!

If you have any specific questions please let me know below. I plan to do a post on accessories in the future!

This post contains affiliate links. I  recommend all of the products listed  because I own (or have owned) them and use on a regular basis. Thank you for supporting all things Two Cups Flour!


  • Reply
    September 19, 2018 at 12:28 am

    Loved reading this Jenn! Thanks so much for sharing! As for my wish list, I’d say all of the above haha! I only have a 35mm basic lens on my cropped frame D5500 and I get frustrated I can’t achieve shots I have in my mind waaaa! but I know if I had the 85mm or 105mm (on a different camera haha!) my images would come to life so much more! I live in hope! Your pictures are so beautiful 🙂 x

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      September 19, 2018 at 7:38 am

      Thank you so much Joanne! I think your photos are gorgeous! Maybe Santa will leave a lens in our stockings this year!:)

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    Bridget Olson
    May 17, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Thank you so much for this information! I’m bookmarking it for future reference! I currently use an old Canon Rebel xi with a 1.8 lens, and even just making that lens switch was incredible! I can’t imagine how life changing having a tilting viewfinder would be! One day soon hopefully! 🤞

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