Years in the photography business have taught me a few things – and as an early adopter of digital workflows I realise I have information to share! I shoot for work on Nikon D800 and Nikon D7000 with a wonderful selection of prime lenses, including a Nikkor 105MM and Nikkor 135mm At home I have another Nikon D7000 with an 18-200mm VR Nikon lens, a standard 50mm, a Nikon 105Mm F2.8 Micro-Nikkor Lens A plus a Lensbaby composer.
I am always looking for the perfect handbag camera that I can always have with me. In my quest I have had a series of Fujifilm Finepix F series compacts, the latest being the Fujifilm FinePix F300EXRalthough I was about to buy a Canon PowerShot S95when I saw the announcement of the Olympus XZ-1which seems to be a real step up – almost comparable in image quality with a DSLR. I have also had a Panasonic LX2 with its wonderful Leica lens and the 16:9 format which is so attractive and seductive!
Compact cameras are not brilliant for photographing food – although I go on trying because I can’t resist shooting a delicious dish that is put in front of me when I am not carrying a proper camera. Until, however, I can find a compact camera that has macro capability at more than 100mm equivalent, and even better low light capabilities than the Fuji F series, it is a somewhat of a compromise. I have posted a few tips for getting the best out of your compact camera when photographing food, although for any sort of control over your photography when shooting food you really do need to invest in a DSLR.