So this time we will be taking a look at what we feel are the best food lenses for Nikon d3400 cameras on the market today. Now as there are always a bunch of variables to take into account when photographing your client’s food we have settled on two lenses rather than just one that both have the proven ability to produce excellent photographs of food and we will be sharing examples throughout the article.
We feel that picking up either of these lenses will improve your food photography performance and help increase your ability to get what your client wants. if you have the budget then picking up both of the lenses will cover you for all situations and help you get exactly what your client wants as both lenses compliment each other by making up for each other’s weaknesses.
The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens
The 50mm focal length of the lens will allow you to get some quality photographs of food for your clients that have excellent image quality. Although the f/1.8 aperture on the lens provides some excellent low light performance, most food photography sessions will be in situations where the lighting conditions are ideal but its low light performance can still come in handy. For example, some clients like their food to be photographed in their restaurants with typical mood lighting that may not be ideal for some lenses but the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G will breeze through it.
If you are a food blogger then you will love the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G as it comes with a very cheap price tag while offering a whole lot of performance that easily beats that of other competing lenses at this price point. Its functionality is also great allowing you to use it in the majority of food photography situations without issue.
If you are a social media influencer in the food niche then the performance of the lens is perfect for the Instagram aspect ratio too allowing you to capture photographs that will beat that of your competition. The base image quality of the photos will be great making it easier to maxamise their impact by using the various filters the app provides.
The lens has an excellent history of performance with the Nikon d3400 with a large number of photographers using the combination in a wide range of photography niches too. The lens will attach directly to the lens mount of the camera body of your d3400 too without needing an attachment to helping to keep costs down while making it easy to switch between your lenses if required.
As it is a prime lens there is no zoom available but this should not really be an issue anyway due to its 50mm focal length. The manual focus ring is very easy to use too allowing you to quickly tweak your levels of focus ensuring you get the best photographs of your food possible.
If you are wanting to get your hands on a cheap lens that will help you get some great general purpose food photos on your Nikon d3400 then you should definitely consider the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Nikon 50mm to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
The Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens
It is also a very popular lens within the community with some other food photographers already using it as their go-to lens. You can click here to read some independent reviews from these photographers to get an independent insight into the performance of the lens and what it is able to offer you.
The performance, build quality, and functionality of the lens really is excellent but that is to be expected for its price point on the market. On the flip side, if you are an amateur photographer or a food blogger we would always recommend the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G covered first in the article over this as a lens of this quality simply is not needed until you are taking on paying clients.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Nikon AF-S 105mm f/2.8G to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
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Stuart Webster – 43/365 – https://flic.kr/p/9grCxB
vxla – Peking Duck at Sun Wah Bar-B-Q – https://flic.kr/p/aBVxfz
m01229 – Bowl of strawberries – https://flic.kr/p/nobi57
vxla – Chocolate Cake – https://flic.kr/p/aBYer1