Best Canon Lens for Wedding Photography

Wide Angle Lens for Wedding Photography

What's your best Canon lens for wedding photography?

It really depends on your level of expertise and what Canon DSLR you use.  

I recently shot a wedding with only two lenses.

It was a really short affair, as it was the second marriage for both the bride and groom. As a general rule, a zoom lens is the single best lens you can use for wedding photography.

My Own Two Best Lenses for Wedding Photography

I used my versatile 24-105mm f/4.0 for most of the photography, but also used my 85mm f/1.8 prime lens for existing light photography during the wedding ceremony inside the church.

Wedding Bokeh With the 85mm Lens at f/3.5Wedding Bokeh With the 85mm Lens at f/3.5

In the photo of the bride's daughter above, I shot at f/3.5.  It gave me enough background blur of the bride's dress but still kept the girl's face and the flowers in good focus.

When I have a situation where I really desire an even shallower depth of field, I can open that lens all the way to f/1.8 and get terrific bokeh.

The 85mm is so light, so easy to carry and focuses really fast that it's a joy to use. It's also great to use with an APS-C camera like my EOS 70D because it gives a field of view like a 136mm lens. That's great for getting in close to your subject without interfering. 

Close-up wedding photo of hands using the Canon 24-105mm f/4.0 LensClose-up wedding photo of hands using the Canon 24-105mm f/4.0 Lens

The 24-105mm lens is also good for close-up detail shots like the photo of the hands above, a photo of the invitation or even a macro image of the two wedding rings.

I've had my 70-200 f/2.8 Lens available for wedding photography, my absolute favorite for shooting portraits,  but I really like to travel lightly when I shoot weddings.

I've seen the 70-200 used by a lot of professional wedding shooters and it gives you a lot of power to shoot from a distance, no doubt.  I just like to keep things simple and light.  That's just my personal preference.

Wedding: Canon 24-105mm Lens at 105mmWedding: Canon 24-105mm Lens at 105mm

Although I wouldn't classify the 24-105mm lens as a portrait lens, it has enough power at 105mm to create a pleasant perspective in mid-range distances.  if I am taking headshots, I use the 85mm lens.

APS-C: Best Canon Lens for Wedding Photography

If you shoot with an APS-C camera like one of the Rebel t cameras and you can only use one lens, which would be the one best wedding lens?  I listed three lenses below and commented on each for it's value as a good lens for shooting weddings. 

1. The 18-135mm.  Has a nice 7.5x Zoom range, is affordable, and relatively lightweight.

2. The 28-200mm.  Good enough zoom range but no wide angle capabilities for shooting interiors and group photos.

3. The 18-55mm "Kit" lens.  Wide enough but not long enough with on a 28-88 (equivalent) zoom range.

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None of these lenses are of the same quality as one of the pro "L" lenses, but if you are shooting a wedding for a friend or relative, the quality is sufficient for you as a photo enthusiast.  Professionals who makes their living taking photographs spend the money and go with the Pro "L" lenses.

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