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01-30-2013, 10:45 PM   #1
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Best lens for food shots

anyone know of a good lens for either Sigma or Pentax thats great for taking pictures of food. Especially something to blur out the background.

01-30-2013, 10:50 PM   #2
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I would suggest the DA 35 F2.4 - wide enough to take pictures of dishes of various sizes, and fast enough to get good bokeh.

Alternatively, Sigma/Tamron 17-50 F2.8.
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Food shots

I love my Tamron 17-50, and now inspired to try it to capture some images of my wife's Philippine
recipes. Thank you for the idea.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I was considering getting the Pentax 50-135mm or the Sigma 17-50 f2.8. I am also considering selling everything and moving towards the Olympus OMD M5 micro four thirds.

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I suspect the method for lighting will have a bigger impact than the lens you use. Out of the lenses listed the 17-50 would be the most useful. The 50-135 provides less options and going above 50 reduces depth of field, unless that's what you are after.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Skipper74 Quote
anyone know of a good lens for either Sigma or Pentax thats great for taking pictures of food. Especially something to blur out the background.
SMC A 50 f/1,4 or f/1,7
Inexpensive, nice bokeh and extremely sharp.
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DA* 50-135mm or DA* 55mm. If you are using studio flashes, you can use a variable ND filter to open the aperture.
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A takumar 50mm f/1.4 will do nicely - basically any 50mm lens pentax has made in the past 50 years will do, in terms of lighting you will want to work with small light sources - they bring out the texture in the subject, which is a good thing with food photography.

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The Sigma 30mm F1.4 would be good and the use of a light box should be considered.
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