10 Best Lenses for Food Photography in 2021

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Best lenses for food Photography

If you value photography and you love food, combining the two can be a double delight. Just about any camera should be able to create great results, but you’ll need to add the right type of lens to the recipe. So here’s our list of the best lenses for food digital photography, whatever your camera.

You’ll typically want a natural perspective when shooting foods, which rules out ultra-wide-angle lenses. We’d recommend a minimum of 35mm on an APS-C format camera, and 50mm on a full-frame body. As long as you don’t want to focus ultra-close, the best 50mm lenses are ideal for food digital photography. You don’t have to pay a fortune, either, since the best cheap lenses can be pretty handy for food photography.

To zoom in on the tastiest morsels, though, you’ll want to get in close, so a lens’s minimum focus distance becomes important and a macro lens will be ideal. You probably won’t need a full macro magnification element of 1 1.0x or 1:1, which reproduces small items at full life-dimension on the camera’s picture sensor and that you get with the very best macro lenses. However, buying a macro zoom lens will make sure that you can continually get as near as you will need to.

Normally, when you’re shooting food indoors, there’s usually not a large amount of ambient light source. It’s tempting to attain a flashgun but this may ruin the pictorial high quality of food pictures. Try more subtle light techniques, like bouncing sunshine from the window with bed sheets of white cards, or adding lighting with table lamps or perhaps a photographic Brought panel. Developing highlights and shadows can provide a more three-dimensional and tasty turn to food photos.

To make the majority of available lighting, it’s good to get a lens with a reasonably ‘fast’ aperture ranking. The option of a broad aperture also allows you to get a restricted depth of industry, so that you can blur the backdrop if you wish, as well as isolate a particular section of a dish in close-ups, by blurring its instant surroundings.

With all this at heart, a 30mm to 60mm macro primary lens having an aperture ranking of around f/2.8 is fantastic for food picture taking with crop-sensor cameras. For full-frame outfits, a 90mm to 105mm macro prime with exactly the same aperture ranking is a good choice. Nevertheless, 50mm and also 35mm prime lenses may also work very well on full-body bodies, providing they have a reasonably short minimum focal length.

10 Best Lenses for Food Photography in 2021

1. Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM

$396.99  in stock

4 used from $396.99
as of March 7, 2021 12:16 pm


  • EF-S series macro Lens with built-in macro Lite
  • Bright f/2.8 aperture and 35mm standard angle of view
  • Hybrid image stabilization

2. Tamron AFF017N700 SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro

$649.00  in stock
6 new from $649.00
9 used from $518.00
as of March 7, 2021 12:16 pm


  • Moisture-Proof and Dust-Resistant Construction
  • Durable Fluorine Coating on the front element repels water and fingerprints
  • Advanced coating technology reduces flare and ghosting ; Camera Mount Type Nikon F
  • Circular aperture to achieve beautiful, rounded blur effects bokeh ; Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film, Nikon DX
  • VC enhanced with shift compensation ; Focal Length 90mm ; Aperture Maximum: f/2.8, Minimum: f/32

3. Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM Lens

$499.00  in stock
16 new from $499.00
5 used from $455.48
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as of March 7, 2021 12:16 pm


  • Compact macro Lens with 0.5x magnification Ratio
  • Minimum focusing distance of 0.56 ft./0.17M
  • Control ring for direct setting changes
  • Optical image stabilization at up to 5 Stops* of shake Correction
  • 12 pin Communication system

4. Nikon AF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G Close-up Lens

$348.99  in stock
2 new from $279.95
24 used from $236.00
as of March 7, 2021 12:16 pm


  • Compact and lightweight DX-format close-up lens. Lens Construction (Elements/Groups) - 9 elements in 7 groups
  • Maximum reproduction ratio is 1.0x. Focal length is 40 mm
  • Sharp images from infinity to life-size (1x), autofocus to 64 inches
  • Close-range correction system (CRC). Silent wave motor (SWM)
  • Angle of view is 38 degree 50 feet. Features focus distance indicator 0.53 feet to infinity having minimum focus distance as 0.53 feet

5. Nikon NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S

$596.95  in stock
6 new from $596.95
9 used from $519.99
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as of March 7, 2021 12:16 pm


  • Fast 50mm prime for Z Mirrorless cameras
  • Uncanny f/1.8 performance, extreme sharpness and virtually zero distortion
  • New ultra-quiet stepping motor for silent focusing
  • Beautiful bokeh and superior Low-light performance
  • 5-Axis Dual detect optical VR powered by Z cameras

6. Fujinon XF60mmF2.4 R Macro

$649.00  in stock
3 new from $649.00
11 used from $459.95
as of March 7, 2021 12:16 pm


  • 60mm F2.4 Macro Lens (90mm Equivalent)
  • 10 Elements in 8 Groups (Inc. 1 Asph. Element & 1 abnormal disp. element)
  • Angle of view - 26.6 Degrees
  • Filter Size 39mm


$297.99  in stock
5 new from $297.99
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as of March 7, 2021 12:16 pm


  • Approx. 1.0x / 2.0x (35mm camera equiv.) Magnification
  • High Descriptiveness Corner to Corner / Beautiful Bokeh Expression
  • 240 fps Drive AF / MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)

8. Sony SEL30M35 30mm f/3.5 e-mount Macro Fixed Lens

$273.00  in stock
4 new from $273.00
10 used from $218.00
as of March 7, 2021 12:16 pm


  • Lens not Zoomable
  • Exceptionally portable and versatile for everyday use
  • Minimum working distance of only 9.75cm with 1:1 magnification
  • Simple, compact 6-group 7-element lens
  • Internal stepping motor and Rear-focusing design for video capture

9. Sony SEL90M28G FE 90mm f/2.8-22 Macro G OSS Standard-Prime Lens

$1,048.00  in stock
12 new from $1,048.00
14 used from $822.03
as of March 7, 2021 12:16 pm


  • A perfect match for α7 series, 35mm full-frame E-mount cameras, 90mm Macro with a bright F2.8 maximum aperture, Nano AR coating effectively suppress reflections, Dust and moisture resistant design
  • Minimum Focus Distance : 0.92 ft (0.28 m), Maximum Magnification ratio : 1.0x, Focal Length : 90 mm. The angle of view is 27 degree (35 mm) and 17 degree (APS-C)
  • Optical Steady Shot image stabilization for handheld shooting, Instant manual/auto focus selection via a sliding focus ring, Instant manual/auto focus selection via a sliding focus ring
  • Corner to corner sharpness w/ Advanced Spherical elements, Super ED glass w/ multi‐coating reduces flare and ghosting, 9-blade circular aperture contributes to gorgeous bokeh
  • Direct Drive SSM (DDSSM) for quiet, precise focusing; Weight: 602 g (21.3 oz)

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