Today we are going to talk about some of the best lenses for wedding photography. Shooting a wedding is a crazy combination of every other photography packed into one day. Portrait photography, fashion photography, family and children photography, architectural photography, product photography, and sometimes travel photography are all included in the awning of wedding photography. In order to be the jack of all trades, you’ll need lenses that allow you to capture all of those aspects in a creative and versatile manor. So here are Weddit’s top choices of the best lenses for wedding photography!
Primes are our personal favorite. Some photographers are understandably crippled with a fear of no zoom, but while the inability to zoom seems restricting at first, it actually can be freeing. No zoom means moving your feet and getting closer. They also are more lightweight and give you more bang for your buck. Here are our top go-to prime lenses: The 24mm f/1.4 by Canon. It’s just wide enough to get those large group shots or crazy moments on the dance floor without distorting any faces, it's an absolutely beautiful lens, you can see the reviews at B&H photo. At $349 for the 50mm f/1.4 Canon and $446 for the Nikon 50 f/1.4, it's a no brainer. And if you have the extra money to spend the Canon 50mm f/1.2 is probably the best and most versatile lens you could possibly have in your photography kit bag . The difference in price between the 50mm f/1.4 Canon and the Canon 50mm f/1.2 is a $1000 although they both are excellent, and if you are a seasoned pro, you might want the best on the market, but if you are just starting out, then you will have a fantastic lens with the 50mm f/1.4 Canon at a fraction of the price. It’s also arguably the best documentary lens which makes it a staple in our camera bag . The 85 mm f/1.4 Nikon or Canon lens is incredible and I have nicknamed it my “pretty portrait lens”. It produces stunning and sharp portraits of anyone and everyone. The Canon 85 f/1.2 is a truly insane lens, and it will create portraits out of this world, the focus is a little slower than the 50mm, so it is better for slower moving subjects or still portraits.
Zoom lenses are tried and tested by all different types photographers all around the world and their versatility is proved to be invaluable during a wedding. The choices are endless so we’ve helped narrow them down for you. For an ultra wide zoom no further than the Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 or Canon 16-35 f/2.8 iii. These are great for capturing the fun energy on the dance floor or a cool perspective of the venue. We’ve found that our 24-70 f/2.8 Nikon or Canon is extremely useful during the ceremony. These lenses are fast, sharp, and diverse. They are also amazing in low light situations and allow you to be less obtrusive during intimate moments. If we were allowed one lens to shoot a wedding with, it would be the 70-200 f/2.8 Nikon or Canon. This lens is versatile, sharp and optically stabilized. The image quality of this lens makes it an amazing choice for any wedding photographer.
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