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Jan 03, 2015 14:44 |  #31

i've used my 85 1.8 for alot of my food shots, i'd like to invest in the 100mm 2.8L macro or the 90mm TS-E




  
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Jan 03, 2015 14:50 |  #32

I have mostly used the EF 100mm f/2.8 (non L) with good results and occasionally the EF 24mm f/1.4L for a different look.


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Jan 10, 2015 15:28 |  #33

I have an adapted 100mm 2.8 that works wonderfully for this purpose as well as an adapted 50mm 1.2. It all depends on the look I want.




  
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Jan 13, 2015 13:06 |  #34

Food Photography styles have changed over the years, I've specialized in the genre for about ten years now and encourage everyone to look at magazines like Donna Hay, Bon Appetite or any of Martha Stewarts publications. I started out shooting Fashion but after ten years I broadened my horizons. I started my kit with a 100/2.8 macro but after a couple of years found that the Canon 50L became my go to lens. I played with a 90TSE for a little while but wasn't crazy about it and replaced it with a 135L. My latest obsession is the 35L which I use on a limited basis and Clients seem to love it's perspective.

Rather than obsessing over lenses, I prefer to focus on lighting, environment and props. People seem to get stuck in a style of lighting or processing images which can cause you to not move forward. Look at a couple of the magazines I've mentioned and see if it's time for you to shake things up.


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Jan 14, 2015 09:04 |  #35

I typically use a 100mm 2.8L macro for most shots. If i need a wider shot i go with the 50mm. This has worked well for me.


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Jan 22, 2015 12:18 as a reply to  @ tcphoto1's post |  #36

... and replaced it with a 135L

How's it going with that? Mine is sitting in my bag, fairly unused, because of the focusing distance. I always reach for the 50 1.4 or the 24-105. I'm curious to know how the 135 fits in with the food work.


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Jan 22, 2015 14:50 |  #37

I find that the 135L does not get used much but I want something longer if needed. I tend to shoot a lot on location and you've got to be prepared for just about anything. The 50L has worked in most situations and a regular client loves the 35L for hero shots so who am I to argue.


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Feb 01, 2015 15:49 |  #38

I can only talk about my food blogging; I used to shoot with my nifty fifty but when I switched to a 100mm macro f2.8, it really works better for me. But you need a lot of of space. Depends on what you areshooting


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Jun 29, 2015 03:54 |  #39

I just had to do 4 local restaurants and not knowing what to expect as I had never shot food before, I came prepared with a 16-28, 24-70 and 70-200. I was lucky and had pretty much free reign and could set up whatever I wanted so the 24-70 worked great for all 4 shoots. If I knew I would have the room I would love to use the 135. Cool idea whomever suggested the extension tubes. I wouldn't have thought of that.




  
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Mar 19, 2016 16:31 |  #40

Pretty much all the product photography I use a TSE 24mm I or a TSE 17mm lens

I am selling the TSE24mm MK 1 lens, and it would be perfect for your food photography.
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Mar 20, 2016 10:36 |  #41

I'd have a hard time using a 17mm or 24mm shooting food, the perspective and minimum focusing would drive me crazy but to each their own. My biggest Client recently sent me a couple images they'd like to emulate so I found a great deal on a Canon 100L IS. I did a test and I'm liking the results. Depending on the desired effect, I find that the 50L, 85L and now the 100L is the order I'd approach it.


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Mar 20, 2016 12:53 as a reply to  @ tcphoto1's post |  #42

I have to ask, Have you ever used a TSE 17mm for shooting product photography ?




  
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Mar 20, 2016 13:42 |  #43

I haven't but perhaps you'll post one for us.


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Mar 20, 2016 15:15 |  #44

My lens needs are a little different since I don't shoot much with a dslr, but I've always preferred a short telephoto for most product and food. 'Normal' for my camera is somewhere around 70mm. Ideally, I'd like to find a reasonably priced ~100mm with good lens coverage but I haven't come across one yet so, I shoot with a 135 and 150 as I prefer the slight compression and reasonable working distance. I only shoot food with a short lens when I'm looking to exaggerate the perspective, which for me is rare.


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Apr 05, 2016 17:57 as a reply to  @ tcphoto1's post |  #45

I looked at your Food photos, I have to say very nice.

I have to agree the perspective is way different.
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