What's the best Canon lens for wedding photography? This post will help you decide what lens to choose when shooting a wedding.
It really depends on your level of expertise and what size Canon DSLR you use.
Pro wedding photographers choose Canon "L" lenses to fit their full-frame sensor Canon cameras. Enthusiast and beginning wedding photographers pick from the EF-S lenses made to fit APS-C "crop sensor cameras.
Look at this bar graph of the most popular Canon wedding lenses. The data was compiled from polling over 300 photographers.
I recently shot a wedding with only two lenses and it worked out perfectly. 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.
The Canon lenses I use for shooting weddings has changed a couple of times. I like to keep things simple. I only carry 2 lenses with me when I'm shooting a wedding. Each of them is attached to a camera.
A third, back-up lens is always in my camera bag. I used to shoot weddings with two 24-105mm f/4.0 lenses. All of the photos included in the post you're reading now were shot while using a 24-105mm lens and an 85mm f/1.8.
I used my versatile 24-105mm f/4.0 for most of the photography, but also used my fast 85mm f/1.8 prime lens for existing light photography during the wedding inside the church. The f/1.8 lens is the fastest lens I own and is great for shooting in low light situations.
The 24-70 f/2.8 is, by a large margin, the Canon lens used by wedding and event photographers more than any other.
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.
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.
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.
Here are some of the most recent APS-C sensor cameras that can take the smaller, more affordable EF-S lenses to shoot weddings.
If you shoot with an APS-C camera, and you only want to use just one single lens, which would be the one best wedding lens to use? I listed three lenses below and commented on each for it's value as a good lens for shooting weddings.
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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 a relative, the quality is adequate for you as a photo enthusiast. You'll still be able to record the day with a nice set of images.
Professionals who makes their living taking photographs spend the money and go with the Pro "L" lenses.
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