There are so many different styles of photography when it comes to wedding photography, including portraits, landscape, groups, macro, and so many more. If you are going to deliver a complete and gorgeous product for your wedding photography, you need the best lenses to capture every single moment with incredible creativity and artistry. It would be nice to not have to worry about finances as far as investing in lenses to have everything that we could ever want or need, but instead we need to focus on purchasing highly versatile and quality lenses that are easily accessible.
This is a subjective list of the 8 must-have Canon lenses for your wedding photography in 2017. It includes options that are great for low-light, landscapes, group photography, macro/detail, and portraits. You can see that this is broken up into the best prime lenses and the best zoom options.
Part 1: Best Zoom Lenses for Wedding Photographers
These 4 zoom lenses are the options that we recommend for capturing every moment at a wedding, from telephoto shots to those moments when you just cannot get too close to your subject to large group shots and everything in between.
This one is my personal favorite. It is hands-down the best lens that I have ever used. This professional-grade lens offers stunning image quality, actually and fast AF, and a later generation system for image stabilization all packaged in a durable and weather-sealed body. This lens is really as wide as you can get with a max aperture f/2.8. It allows any background to be blurred away while delivering an amazing bokeh (the background blur quality). I use this lens the most.
The Canon USM lenses have long been a popular choice for pro wedding and portrait photographers. This has become even more popular thanks to the improved Mark II version of this lens. What makes this lens stand out is that it offers an amazing range on the full-body for group shots as well as single portraits. It can also be great for cropped body shots as long as wide-angle is not important. While the f/2.8 aperture is not quite as bright as primes, it still can offer decent blurred backgrounds. Since it is an “L” model, you can expect an excellent quality manual focusing and build quality. This Mark II model offers users much superior quality to the original, which is why it is the preferred option. The problem is that there is still no stabilization. You should also watch out for the wider 82mm filter thread on this new model. There is a newer 24-70mm offering with stabilization but it has a slower f4 aperture, making it far less attractive with low light work and portraits.
If you are looking for an amazing lens for capturing wider scenes, landscape, or group shots, this is a great option for you. The f/1.8 aperture and its focal lengths serves as 3 prime lenses and it has excellent zoom quality. It also features Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM), which is a system that is very similar to the Canon’s USM. This is what is responsible for the fast auto-focusing on this lens. With the 9 diaphragm blades, your bokeh is going to look smoother despite being a wide-angle lens. You will also love this lens for shooting vide. It’s a bit on the heavier side but you can still manage with it.
There are so many great things about this lens. There is great image quality, a wide aperture, image stabilization, and fast ring USM AF. One of the best things about this option is that it is a lens that keeps people who want a full-frame camera happy and there is no other Canon equivalent that is as ideal for wedding photography.
Part 2: Best Canon Prime Lenses for Wedding Photography
If you are looking for a lens that is going to really excel in low light situations, these are the top choices for you to consider. Ideally, you should have both prime and zoom lenses.
One of the most compact of these lens, this option only requires 58mm filter thread. You will see that the front element is not recessed, meaning you will need to purchase the ET-65 III lens hood. The auto-focus system is amazing and you will love this durable build. This can be an ideal lens for portraits and as a telephoto portraiture.
This is the upgrade fans of the EF 50mm f1.8 has been looking for. It offers smoother and closer focusing, durable lens mount, and more rounded aperture blades. It is excellent in low light as it collects 8x more light than other options. It is also one of the most affordable lenses that Canon has to offer.
This option is very commonly used among wedding photographers and it is a highly advanced option. The reason for this is because it shoots very natural looking photos. It can take sharp portraits of couples with just enough background bokeh to create the perfect image. This lens can also take amazing landscape photos. Couples will love the realistic look that people can get from this type of camera.
Everyone should have this lens if you have a Canon camera. It is ideal for shots where you want to get a lot of detail in a shot, such as the flowers or the wedding cake. That is where this lens really shines: small details. You are not really able to get this same detail in any other Canon lens available, which is one reason why this is such an important tool to have when you are taking photos of anything especially at weddings.