This article is going to cover everything you need to know about Camera and Lenses you will be needing for your first photoshoot, so read closely.

Now that you have decided to do the shoots yourself, let us walk you through the equipment that you will need to make sure you get quality photos of your products.

The most important tool you need is the Camera. Most modern DSLR cameras will let you take excellent photos if you invest some time in understanding them.

Let’s take a look at the main features you should be looking for in a DSLR camera for product photography:

  1. Manual mode: This one is rather important because it allows you to take full control of the camera for those times when the Auto modes do not get things right.
  2. Ability to change lenses: One of the best things about a DSLR camera is the ability to change lenses. This lets you select and attach specialised lenses for shooting different products and settings.

There are cameras at various price points in the market currently. So we will give a brief overview of some models that can be useful for you if you do not already own a DSLR camera. Do note that this is not an exhaustive list and feel free to try out various models before you buy one. At the end of the day, ergonomics and the user interface of the camera are important too and for that you will have to try them out before making the purchase.




Nikon D7000/D5200: Sitting at two different price points, these are among the best crop sensor offerings by Nikon, are packed with useful features and are not as expensive as the full-frame models that professional photographers use.





Canon EOS 70D: Equipped with a 20-megapixel crop sensor, this camera is also cheaper than Canon’s full-frame range but is packed with the latest technology that will be very useful for a product photographer on a budget.






Sony Alpha SLT A65: While Sony is a late entrant in the DSLR market, this camera, with a 24-megapixel crop sensor is another less expensive camera for those on a tighter budget.




An Introduction to Camera Lens

Now that we know which camera to buy, let’s take a look at the next component needed for our shoot – The Lens.

Lenses are available at a variety of price points with many different features. The variety on offer is, indeed, mind-boggling and at times can stump a seasoned photographer too. This guide will simplify the process for you so that you can start off with minimum fuss and get good quality results.

The first thing to look at when it comes to lenses is the focal length. We take a look at two such lenses that give you the kind of versatility required for starting this journey.



The 50mm

An all time favourite for every photographer, this lens has been widely considered to match the perspective of the human eye. It is available in 3 different avatars, namely: f/1.2, f/1.4 and f/1.8. The last one is the most economical version which is still a very good option for someone who is new to photography.

Without being too expensive this is a lens known for its quality (as most prime lenses are) and its versatility. There is one trade-off though, like any other prime lens, this is limited to one focal length so you will need to move around to compose and shoot the desired photo. But the results achieved pays off for the efforts involved.

50mm lens options for your camera brand:

  • Nikon camera: Nikon AF-S FX Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G
  • Canon camera: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 USM
  • Sony camera: Sony DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM



The 85mm

Another favourite for fashion and portrait work is the 85mm lens that brings you just a little closer to your product when you must capture fine details while retaining overall clarity of the image. Just like the 50mm lens, this one also comes in 3 avatars: f/1.2, f/1.4 and f/1.8. The last one would be more than adequate for your photography needs.

85mm lens options for your camera brand:

  • Nikon camera: Nikon AF-S FX Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G
  • Canon camera: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
  • Sony camera: Sony 85mm f/2.8 SAM*

*Sony does not make an a-mount 85mm lens so this is an alternative.

Investing in lenses can be an expensive affair, the varieties and price ranges have large variations for every single model of camera out there. We recommend that you try to use a lens before buying, there might be services that rent out lenses for you to try them. Also, do read up about every lens or discuss with seasoned photographers about lens compatibility before buying any.