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- Canon Rebel XS – This is the DSLR I currently use. It is a basic, cropped frame model that most beginners use to explore the world of advanced photography. One downfall is it doesn’t record video so that may affect your decision in buying this.
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens – This is the first lens I bought for food photography. For its price tag, I recommend this to beginners looking into upgrading the kit lens but budget is tight. Please note this is not a macro lens, so you are limited to how close you can get to your subject. It is a prime (fixed) lens and does not zoom, so you have to physically move the camera to “zoom” in or out.
- Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens – This is the lens I currently use for most of my food photography. So far I’m loving it because it allows me to get much closer to my food than the 50 mm (hence macro lens). It is also a prime (fixed) lens and does not zoom, so you have to physically move the camera to “zoom” in or out.
- Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens– This is the lens I use when not shooting food, mainly for traveling. It has a nice zoom range that allows you to zoom in or out without physically moving your body. I found this especially helpful in places where movement is limited like the Grand Canyon. One downfall is it’s heavy and can cause sore shoulders if carrying in your bag all day (you get used to it). I do use it for food photography when I’m having trouble getting an overhead shot with the 60 mm macro.
- Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Tripod – I cannot recommend this tripod enough, mainly because I’ve dealt with enough cheap tripods with my videography career. The flexibility in getting the right angle plus sturdy legs makes this tripod ideal for studio shooting. I haven’t taken this tripod on the road with me, but I imagine it’d be great anywhere. Because you have the buy the tripod legs and head separately, I use it with the Manfrotto 804RC2 Basic Pan Tilt Head.
- Canon PowerShot SX120IS 10MP Digital Camera– This is what I call my advanced point and shoot camera because in addition to being a regular point and shoot, it has modes that DSLRs have – Program, Shutter Speed, Aperture, and Manual. It’s the camera I used before upgrading to a DSLR. I still use it, either as an extra camera on vacation for another family member to use or when I can’t (or don’t want to) use my DSLR (think concerts, amusement parks, night at the bar, etc.).
- Camera strap – I bought a camera strap to replace the thin default one for more comfort with padding and for pockets to hold memory cards. I bought a basic one from Target, but you can find them online with more options. I know some photographers buy printed straps to add personality.
- Camera bag – When I’m traveling, I don’t like to stick out with a camera bag that screams expensive camera, so I bought a big purse from Target and lined it with craft foam for cushioning. I used this guide to make an insert.
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