50mm Lens

In this year's SAVEUR 100, we take stock of our favorite things: recipes, people, places. We consider every last one a new classic.

There's a reason so many food bloggers we know have a 50mm f/1.8 macro lens attached to their cameras: It makes virtually every dish it captures look delicious. That lush close-up of a carton of raspberries, where just a few are in razor-sharp focus and the rest gradually blur away? This lens. A shot of a garden salad, every vein and dewdrop perfectly visible? This lens. Its large aperture and shallow depth of field are the keys to foolproof food photography.

50mm 1.8 lenses are available for all makes and models of SLR and DSLR cameras. You can find a full selection at Amazon.com

Photos: Todd Coleman

Photos: Helen Rosner, MacKenzie Smith