In this day and age of social media, people love to post eye-catching and mouth-watering photos of their daily meals. A good lens such as the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G helps you to take it a step further and stand out among the rest. Read on to find out why the small and lightweight combination of this lens and the D750 are heavyweights when it comes to taking amazing food photographs. (Photo and report by Pannipa Orawongpaisan)
D750/ AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G/ FL: 50mm/ Manual exposure (f/2, 1/40 sec)/ ISO 100/ WB: Auto
One common gripe photographers have when taking food photos is usually the dim lighting in restaurants or cafes, which can result in slower shutter speeds and blurring from camera shake. The wide maximum aperture of the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G lets you shoot with faster shutter speeds without needing to increase ISO sensitivity. Combined with the tilting screen of the D750, you can take shots of your food from above with confidence that the image will be tack sharp.
D750/ AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G/ FL: 50mm/ Manual exposure (f/1.8, 1/400 sec)/ ISO 100/ WB: Auto
On a full-frame DSLR body such as the D750, a focal length of 50mm is considered the sweet spot: long enough to get close up to the food, yet also wide enough for shots such as flat lays when you have multiple elements you wish to include in the photo. Also, shooting at 50mm gives me sufficient reach to give the background a creamy and vivid bokeh.
The AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G is the perfect lens for nearly every scenario, from events and portraits, to food and street. Its light weight of merely 280g compliments the correspondingly lightweight D750.The combination of the two allows you to carry them around every day without feeling weighed down. In addition, the small size of the lens makes it inconspicuous to carry around, letting you shoot without having to worry about attracting stares from people around you.
Equipped with Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM), the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G allows you to take your time photographing food without disturbing the other diners nearby and ruining the atmosphere of the restaurant. In addition to being silent, the autofocus is fast and accurate as well, ensuring spot-on focus every time.
Although it is widely known that many lenses are at their least sharpest when shooting wide open, this lens still manages to produce sharp images with good resolution across the image even when shooting at f/1.4, and gets even sharper when stopped down slightly. The slightly long focal length of 50mm is sufficiently wide to let me include multiple elements in my frame, while at the same time being long enough to let me get close to my main subject and produce beautiful bokeh.
For anybody looking to get a lightweight lens to snap beautiful photos of food, look no further than the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G.
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Born in Thailand in 1984. After graduation, Pannipa has been working as a Sales and Marketing Manager for a chemical company since 2006. When not at work, she likes to take photos during her free time, and mainly specializes in portraits and food photography. She wants to spread her love for food photography to the world and hence visits picturesque restaurants and cafes on a regular basis.