Do you have a Canon for your DSLR camera? Are you into wedding, portrait, and/or low light photography? Are you looking for a lens that would suit those types of photography are into? If yes, well you are in luck today as this guide will fill you in on the best lenses to use for whatever photography you do, whether it’s wedding, portrait, or low light photography.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Canon’s EF 50mm f1.8 Mark II is an ideal choice for portrait and low-light photography on a budget. The 50mm focal length is a little short for classic portrait photography on a full-frame camera, but mount it on a cropped-frame model and it becomes equivalent to 80mm, a perfect length for portraits. Meanwhile, the f1.8 aperture can deliver a blurred background and gathers more than eight times as much light than the kit lenses when zoomed-in. indeed, this camera is for the thrifty-fifty.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Canon’s EF 50mm f1.4 USM is another ideal portrait lens for cropped bodies and a step-up from the f1.8 model above. You get a brighter aperture which at f1.4 can gather 16 times more light. You also get USM focusing which is quicker and quieter than the f1.8 model, not to mention having easier manual focusing and a superior build quality. If you spend a little extra, this lens is a good bargain.
Sigma 50mm f1.4 DG HSM Art
If you want a truly high-end 50mm lens with autofocus, the best choice would be Sigma’s 50mm f1.4 ART lens. In tests, it delivers better contrast and crisper details across the entire frame, especially in the corners. While the Sigma is bigger and heavier than any of the Canon 50mm lenses, it costs only two thirds of the f1.2 making it a no-brainer in comparison, and that’s before you even factor in the ability to switch its mount (at a cost) to a different system should you move from Canon in the future.
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Canon’s EF 85mm f1.8 USM is a classic portrait lens for both full-frame and cropped bodies. The longer focal length allows you to stand a little further away to take wider shots, as well as accentuate the blurred background effect. The f1.8 aperture is sufficiently large to achieve very blurred backgrounds and the USM focusing is quick and quiet. It’s the most affordable Canon prime lens with a large aperture and delivers great quality.
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
The EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 USM only works on cropped-bodies, where it delivers an equivalent focal length of 27-88mm – ideal for capturing group shots and single portraits. The f2.8 aperture may not be as large as the lenses listed above, but is still sufficient to deliver a nice blurred background, and there’s image stabilization to iron-out any wobbles. An far as wedding photographers like Rowan Watts Photography is concerned, this is the ideal lens for cropped bodies
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
Canon’s EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM is a favorite of pro portrait and wedding photographers, and is now more popular than ever in an improved Mark II version. It delivers a perfect range on full-frame bodies for group shots and single portraits, and is also great for cropped bodies if wide-angle isn’t important. The f2.8 aperture may not be as bright as the lenses above, but it still delivers nice blurred backgrounds and as an ‘L’ model it features excellent build quality and manual focusing.