For my birthday, my husband bought me the last lens that I had on my list for food photography : Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED. Here you have some photos taken with my new lens. I love it on my D 700.
The 105 mm length macro lens is great for focusing on one plate, particularly when there is a table full of food that can be out of focus in the background.
This lens length is the go-to for professional food photographers as it reproduces what we’re photographing at a 1:1 ratio, which means that the size of the subject and its image on the sensor are the same.
Its ability to reproduce images at a 1:1 ratio is an essential feature to capture the close up detail that can create engaging food images.
With a macro lens, you can capture a chef laying down a sauce on a plate or a baker icing a cupcake, their ability to perform these precise techniques in small places.
What I like about Nikon 105 macro is that it gives you a lot of details within the shallow depth of field you choose. And if I want to see all those crazy details up close, I do not have to shove the lens into the food to get the perfect shot.
Autofocus is very fast and secure at normal focus distances, but a bit jittery at macro distances. I don’t see that as a problem, frankly. At macro distances you should be focusing manually and have the camera on a secure platform if you want precise focus.
I know there are some reviewers who say it’s a slow-focusing lens, but my experience has been quite the opposite. It focuses quite fast provided you give it a resonably high-contrast subject.
This lens work well as portrait lens for taking pictures of the people who make the food.