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Best Lenses For Wedding Photos

Best Lenses For Wedding Photos - We look at lenses ideal for wedding photography.

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Lenses for wedding photography need to have great portrait ability as well as a good aperture range to allow a variety of depth of field options for photos. Weddings can be varied in terms of the types of photos you'll need to take, ranging from macro images of flowers and accessories to candid portraits and wide angle group shots. 

Here, we've put together our pick of the lenses we've reviewed that we think will be ideal for a wedding photography shoot. 

Macro Lenses 

A large part of the big day can be the small things - little touches like the flowers, decorations and even the rings to help the couple remember the intricate details of the day when they have time to look back on it. A wedding can be very full-on, especially for the couple and it's nice to have these things captured to help them remember their big day. 

These lenses will be ideal for those finer details - they are good at isolating the subject.

Sony users: Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS

FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS

 

The Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 macro lens earned an Editor's choice award when we reviewed it. It has a minimum focusing distance of 28cm and has a 1:1 life size scale for true to life images. It features excellent sharpness, low CA and low distortion as well as having a high quality finish.

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Canon users: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

Canon Ef 100mm Macro High Res
 

This Canon offering also earned an editor's choice award and has an image stabiliser and ultrasonic focus. It features excellent build quality, a focus limiter switch and a super effective image stabilisation system. 

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Nikon users: Nikon AF-S 105mm f/2.8G ED IF VR Micro

Nikon Nikkor AF S 105mm Micro Lens (4)

 

This micro offering from Nikon has vibration reduction, and a silent wave focusing motor. There are Nikon Nano Crystal anti-reflective lens coatings to give a flawless image and life size magnification is possible. The gold ring denoted that build quality is excellent. The lens offers brilliant sharpness, an effective VR system and low CA and distortion. 

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CSC / Mirrorless: Panasonic Lumix G Macro 30mm f/2.8 ASPH

LUMIX G H HS030 Side
This 1:1 macro lens offers fast focus, excellent sharpness and low distortion. There is a smooth focusing ring and the lens has no purple fringing problems. There is a fast f/2.8 aperture and it's reasonably priced to boot. 

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Third Party alternative: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD

SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD

This is a fantastic lens, available for Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts. It offers outstanding sharpness throughout the frame and a useful vibration compensation system as well as moisture resistant construction and good build quality. 

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Candid Portrait Lenses

A major part of the day will be capturing the happy couple as they progress through the day. From the ceremony through to the night's partying, you'll want to capture their intimate affection for each other and it will be necessary at times to isolate them from the background. That's why you'll need a lens that creates lovely bokeh, allowing for those wonderful candid shots that give the impression there's no-one else there. 

These lenses are a flattering focal length for portraiture and offer a variety of depth of field options depending on the scene and look of the photo you're going for. 

Sony users: ZEISS Batis 85mm f/1.8

Zeiss Batis 85mm F1 8 FE Mount

The Zeiss Batis 85mm lens offers even sharpness, fast and silent focusing and an effective image stabilisation system. Portraits have lovely creamy bokeh to make your subjects really pop from the background and the lens has a really good build quality too. 

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Canon users: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8

Canon Ef 85mm F1 8 Angled
The Canon EF 85mm is a classic portrait lens with a super wide aperture of f/1.8, offering lovely flattering bokeh to highlight your subjects. The lens offers excellent sharpness, virtually no distortion, low CA levels and fast autofocus.

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Nikon users: Nikon 85mm f/1.4

Nikon85mmf14
This wide aperture portrait lens has a silent wave focussing motor and Nano Crystal Coatings to reduce ghosting and flare. It's a professional lens and produces wonderfully smooth bokeh, ideal for wedding portraits. It has excellent build quality and great resolution performance.

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CSC / Mirrorless users: Panasonic/Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH

Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2
This lens sports Power OIS and has nano surface anti-reflective coatings as well as a manual aperture ring so you can get the background blur perfect. This is a top of the range lens that has fast focusing ability and will do any professional wedding photographer proud. 

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Third Party alternative: Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD

SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD
The Tamron 45mm f/1.8 lens is a great alternative for the budget conscious and offers very good sharpness, an effective VC system and a moisture resistant construction. It's also reasonably lightweight and offers good depth of field with smooth bokeh.

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For Group Photos 

Even if you're aiming for a documentary style photo shoot, there will usually still be the obligatory family group images to take. For these you will likely require a wide lens with some ability to zoom in order to get the framing perfect. 

 

Nikon users: AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 G ED VR

AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR

This lens is an ultra wide zoom with a constant aperture of f/4. It's capable of producing images of very good resolution and Nano Crystal coatings keep flare to a minimum, ideal for when you can't avoid shooting in the sun. 

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Canon users: EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

EF 17-40mm f/4.0L USM

This is a lightweight ultra wide-angle zoom lens that features an ultrasonic focusing motor and weather sealing against the elements. It offers superb optical performance in the centre throughout the range and is well built. 

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Third Party alternatives: Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

The Tamron SP 15-30mm has a fast constant aperture of f/2.8 and sports rugged build quality as well as dust and weather sealed construction. It also has Vibration Compensation, helping to tame camera shake at low shutter speeds. An ultrasonic focusing monitor will help to tame camera shake at low shutter speeds.

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Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM A

Sigma 18 35 F18 Dc A Lens (2)

This standard zoom lens for APS-C format cameras has a fast max aperture of f/1.8 and a very solid build quality. It has a quick and accurate silent HSM focusing motor. Focus can be adjusted manually and the lens offers excellent sharpness.

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Versatile Zooms

Sometimes it's necessary to limit the amount of lenses you carry and this is where a good quality zoom lens will come in for those photos that require you to be further away from the action, like during the ceremony. They also give you greater scope for creating images that are framed well in crowded spaces, too. 

Third Party alternative: Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD

AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di ll VC LD

This lens offers a 15x zoom range, giving a lightweight and convenient option for those that want an all in one lens and that extra reach for the far away shots. It has effective vibration compensation and is great value.

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Nikon Users: Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 ED VR

AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

This lens offers internal focusing, second generation Vibration Reduction system and a max aperture of f/5.6 at 300mm, which is bright for a lens of this type. It features good build quality although it is a little heavy, and has an effective VR system.

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CSC / Mirrorless users: Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. HD

This 10x zoom lens offers Power Optical Image Stabilisation and performs really well throughout the zoom range, making it great for use over a wide variety of focal lengths. It offers low distortion and falloff, is compact and lightweight and offers good build quality.

 

Sony users: Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS

Sony FE 24 240mm OSS (5)
This lens is dust and moisture resistant and offers excellent build quality. It has excellent sharpness in the centre of the frame, effective optical stabilisation, and offers a 10x zoom range ideal for versatile shots. 

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