I have only used Canon cameras. I love how they fit in my hand, the lens options and the ease of use. While I can’t speak to other brands, I have found Canon cameras to be very user friendly and intuitive. My first DSLR was a Rebel T3i and it served me well for almost 8 years. I only recently upgraded to a Canon 6D Mark ii. Let me just say that if you’re considering a similar up grade: prepared to be blown away. I absolutely love this camera. My favorite feature is the touchscreen LCD viewfinder – I can touch on the screen where I want my camera to focus. I use this feature constantly.
I have two lenses I use for food photography. The first lens I use for food photography is a 50mm lens. I’ve had this lens for 8 years and it has served me so well. You can’t beat the quality for the price. The bokeh is incredible (that beautiful fuzzy background you get when shooting at a shallow depth of field). It was my only lens for food photography until April of this year. I will use it now for establishing shots (wider shots) and most of my overhead shots so I can capture more of the scene. I use it slightly less now that I have my 100mm macro lens – the second lens I use for food photography. The 100mm lens is a prime lens. The change from using my 50mm lens to using the 100mm lens was just as dramatic as when I upgraded my camera, if not more so. Canon Prime lenses are incredible. They’re high quality and so smooth when focusing. Both of these lenses are fixed lenses, meaning you have to move your body to get a wider/narrower shot. They do not zoom.
I use this tripod. It has definitely worked well for me over the years but at this point, it’s missing a foot (or two) and it’s a little wobbly. It’s next on my list to upgrade. I have my eye on this Manfrotto tripod with this arm for overhead shots. Right now, for overhead shots I will either stand on a chair or rig my tripod to shoot overhead. It isn’t perfect but it gets the job done for me in the meantime!
I use this reflector. It also comes with a black board, diffuser and a few other color options. I really like their size. They’re small enough to not feel bulky – especially when shooting at restaurants or in tight spaces.
Last but not least – my actual camera bag. I purchased this one from my local camera store. I’ve only had it for a few months but I’ve been really impressed so far. It even was comfortable when walking around for 2+ hours – which is not how I’d typically use my camera bag. It fits my camera body, plus 2 large prime lenses (100mm and 135mm) and my 50mm lens. There isn’t room for much else, however, so if you have more lenses you’d like to transport, I’d recommend getting the large version of that bag.