Best Lenses for Wedding and Event Photography

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Weddings are perhaps the most important day in the lives of the participants, but they’re pretty important for the photographer to get right too! Our guide to the best lenses for wedding photography, and the best lenses for event photography, suggest the best and most versatile lenses to take with you, and the best examples of each for Canon, Nikon and Sony users.

We asked a lot of wedding and event photographers which lenses they found most useful, and while there was a lot of individual variation, we think we’ve found the five most popular lens types.

We’ve split this guide up into sections, one per lens type, but here’s our list:

Which are the best lenses for wedding and event photography?

  • 70-200mm f/2.8 telephotos: Perfect for portraits and creative background blur
  • 24-70mm f/2.8 standard zooms: The ideal ready-for-anything lens to keep on the camera
  • 16-35mm f/2.8 wide-angles (or similar): Ideal for the church, reception and team shots
  • 90-100mm macro lens: For close-ups of the band and desk decorations and an excellent focal length for head and shoulders portraits too
  • 35mm f/1.4 or 1.8: The basic focal size for candid photos, with a broad aperture to take care of low lighting and deliver nice history blur

Full framework or APS-C?

We’ve stuck to complete frame cameras because of this roundup since they are the most famous amongst wedding and occasions photographers who are probably doing these work opportunities on a commercial schedule. There is no reason why you shouldn’t use an APS-C or MFT camera, but while the quality is fine, you might not get such a wide choice of constant aperture zoom lenses and wide-aperture primes.

Best Lenses for Wedding and Event Photography

1. Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 Sports DG OS HSM

$1,499.00
$1,379.00  in stock
1 new from $1,379.00
2 used from $1,279.99
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as of April 15, 2021 6:10 pm

Features

  • Incorporates 9 FLD and 1 SLD low-dispersion glass element
  • Dust- and splash-proof structure
  • 11-blade rounded diaphragm for ultra-smooth bokeh
  • Magnesium alloy barrel
  • The tripod socket with 90 click stops and Arca Swiss type clamp

2. Tamron A025C SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2

$1,221.47  in stock
4 new from $1,221.47
Amazon
as of April 15, 2021 6:10 pm

Features

  • Builds upon the success of the original and much acclaimed SP 70-200mm A009
  • Features a Faster AF speed, enhanced Vibration Compensation, and better overall optical performance
  • New 3-mode VC provides a 5-stop handling advantage for sharp images up to 5 shutter speeds lower
  • Firmware and settings customisable via optional TAMRON TAP-in Console (available separately)
  • 1 x 70-200mm G2 Lens, Lens Hood, Body cap, Lens cap, Instructions

3. Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM

$2,699.00  in stock
2 new from $2,699.00
1 used from $2,748.00
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Features

  • High image quality and bright f/2. 8 aperture telephoto zoom RF L lens.
  • Compact and lightweight.
  • Optical image stabilization with up to 5 Stops* of shake correction
  • High speed, smooth and quiet autofocus with dual Nano USM.
  • Minimum focusing distance of 2. 3 ft. /0. 7M.

4. Nikon Z 24-70mm F/2.8 S

$2,296.95  in stock
17 new from $2,246.95
5 used from $2,144.95
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Features

  • NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/ 2.8 is a compact mid-range zoom that is indispensable for a wide range of photo and video applications, as well as the ideal partner for the compact Z series cameras
  • With an f/2.8 constant maximum aperture, exposure is consistent across the entire zoom range
  • Lens incorporates an all-new Multi-Focusing System, consisting of 2 AF drive units, precisely synchronized to deliver fast, accurate autofocusing
  • Nikon's Stepping Motor (STM) provides smooth, fast and quiet autofocusing, whether shooting stills or video
  • Extensively sealed to keep dust and moisture out, especially around all moving parts of the lens barrel, for worry-free durability

5. Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens

$2,631.03
$2,298.00  in stock
7 new from $2,298.00
6 used from $2,180.00
Free shipping
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as of April 15, 2021 6:10 pm

Features

  • G Master design combines extraordinary sharpness and smooth bokeh, Constant F2.8 max aperture maintains exposure and depth of field.Weight 1480 g (without tripod mount)
  • Class-leading min. focus distance of 37.8” / 0.25x max. mag, Dual floating focus system for high AF speed and precision, XA, ED/Super ED elements and Nano AR Coating for superb resolution
  • Aspherical elements & 11-blade circular aperture for gorgeous bokeh, Min. focus breathing and par focal design ideal for video, Direct coupled mechanical focus system for precise manual focus
  • Rigid construction with constant lens length during focusing and zooming, High performance Optical Steady Shot Image stabilization, Dust and moisture resistant for robust reliability
  • Nano AR coating suppress reflections, flare and ghosting, XA (extreme aspherical) element with 0.01 micron surface precision

6. Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens

$1,081.36  in stock
22 new from $1,049.00
8 used from $945.00
Free shipping
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as of April 15, 2021 6:10 pm

Features

  • OS functionality and newly designed HSM for success on any shoot
  • Lens barrel designed for high rigidity
  • This all-new 24-70mm F2.8 lens from SIGMA delivers the performance and functionality that help pros succeed in news, nature, and many other fields of photography.

7. Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2

$1,199.00  in stock
15 new from $1,199.00
9 used from $995.00
Free shipping
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Features

  • Eband coating provides superior anti-reflection properties, and reduces flare and ghosting
  • High performance MPU for AF dramatically improves autofocusing accuracy and speed
  • Dedicated MPU delivers the highest image stabilization in class at 5 CIPA-rated Stops
  • New VC auto detect mode 2 for panning
  • Fluorine coating and moisture-resistant construction fluorine coating and moisture-resistant construction; Minimum Aperture: F/22

8. Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8L is USM Lens

$2,259.95  in stock

1 used from $2,259.95
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as of April 15, 2021 6:10 pm

Features

  • High image quality and bright f/2.8 aperture zoom RF L lens
  • Optical image stabilization of up to 5 Stops* of shake correction
  • High speed, smooth and quiet auto focus with Nano USM
  • Min. Focusing distance of 0.69 ft./0.21M (wide), 1.25 ft./0.38M (tele)
  • Control ring for direct setting changes

9. Canon EF 16–35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens

$2,199.00  in stock
12 new from $2,199.00
9 used from $1,699.00
Free shipping
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as of April 15, 2021 6:10 pm

Features

  • High performance L-series ultra-wide-angle zoom lens with constant f/2.8 maximum aperture.
  • All-new optical design for significant improvements in outer and corner sharpness.
  • Sub wave length Coating (SWC) and Air Sphere Coating (ASC) help to significantly reduce flare and ghosting.
  • Highly resistant to dust and water intrusion, enabling shooting even in harsh conditions.
  • Circular aperture (9 blades) helps deliver beautiful, soft backgrounds. Not an Extender Compatiblity. Magnification with Extension Tube EF12 II- 0.65 at Tele (Not compatible at Wide). Magnification with Extension Tube EF25 II- 1.14 at Tele (Not compatible at Wide).Lens Construction:16 elements in 12 groups.Filter Size: 82 millimeter, P=0.75 millimeter/1 filter

10. Sony - FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Wide-angle Zoom Lens

$2,198.00  in stock
12 new from $2,198.00
5 used from $1,799.99
Amazon
as of April 15, 2021 6:10 pm

Features

  • Designed to achieve 50 Line pairs/mm resolving power
  • Two XA (extreme aspherical) elements w/ high surface precision. Minimum focus distance - 0.28 m (0.92 ft). Maximum Magnification ratio (x)- 0.19
  • Constant F2.8 max aperture maintains exposure and Depth of field. Hood Type : Petal shape, bayonet type; APERTURE BLADES: 11
  • Uncompromising G Master design for smooth bokeh and high resolution. Angle of View (35 mm): 107°–63°
  • In-the-box: hood, lens front cap, lens rear cap, case, Mount: Sony E-mount

11. Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Zoom Lens

$1,096.95  in stock
6 new from $1,096.95
29 used from $549.99
Amazon
as of April 15, 2021 6:10 pm

Features

  • Ideal for wide-angle and "normal" shots
  • Maximum aperture: f/4 ; Offers two focus modes, M/A (autofocus with manual override) and M (manual)
  • Lens construction: 17 elements in 12 groups
  • Image stabilization, vibration reduction (VR II) up to 4 stops
  • Nikon F mount for FX and DX DSLRs

12. Tamron SP 90MM F/2.8 DI MACRO 1:1 VC Macro Lens

$578.00  in stock

1 used from $578.00
Amazon
as of April 15, 2021 6:10 pm

Features

  • advanced coating technology improves lens performance
  • Minimum Focus Distance : 0.3m (11.8 in), Focal Length : 90 mm
  • Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent moisture from penetrating the lens
  • New VC anti-shake mechanism with 4-stop advantage, Fast F/2.8 aperture
  • USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) for quick and quiet focusing

13. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens

$1,256.97  in stock
13 new from $1,256.97
15 used from $838.00
Free shipping
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Features

  • 100 mm focal length and 1:2.8 maximum aperture. The EF1.4X II/EF2X II extenders cannot be used with this lens. There are no compatible close-up lenses
  • Lens construction consists of 15 elements in 12 groups
  • 23.4-Degree diagonal angle of view
  • Inner focusing system with USM and full-time manual focus option. Closest focusing distance 0.99 ft./0.3m (maximum close-up magnification: 1x)
  • 67 millimetre filter size. Filter Size: 58 millimetre. Lens hood:ET-73

14. Sony SEL90M28G FE 90mm f/2.8-22 Macro G OSS Standard-Prime Lens

$1,098.00  in stock
15 new from $1,098.00
5 used from $949.99
Free shipping
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as of April 15, 2021 6:10 pm

Features

  • A perfect match for α7 series, 35mm full-frame E-mount cameras, 90mm Macro with a bright F2.8 maximum aperture, Nano AR coating effectively suppress reflections, Dust and moisture resistant design
  • Minimum Focus Distance : 0.92 ft (0.28 m), Maximum Magnification ratio : 1.0x, Focal Length : 90 mm. The angle of view is 27 degree (35 mm) and 17 degree (APS-C)
  • Optical Steady Shot image stabilization for handheld shooting, Instant manual/auto focus selection via a sliding focus ring, Instant manual/auto focus selection via a sliding focus ring
  • Corner to corner sharpness w/ Advanced Spherical elements, Super ED glass w/ multi‐coating reduces flare and ghosting, 9-blade circular aperture contributes to gorgeous bokeh
  • Direct Drive SSM (DDSSM) for quiet, precise focusing; Weight: 602 g (21.3 oz)

15. Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD Lens

$899.00  in stock
18 new from $899.00
1 used from $799.95
Free shipping
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as of April 15, 2021 6:10 pm

Features

  • Consummate image quality across the entire frame from edge-to-edge
  • Exceptionally reliable, fast and accurate AF
  • Next-generation BBAR-G2 Coating
  • Vastly improved highly durable Fluorine Coating
  • Moisture-Resistant Construction

16. Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens

$729.95  in stock
1 new from $729.95
Amazon
as of April 15, 2021 6:10 pm

Features

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • One FLD Element, Four SLD Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Floating Elements System

17. Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens

$1,799.00  in stock
1 new from $1,799.00
11 used from $1,727.00
Free shipping
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as of April 15, 2021 6:10 pm

Features

  • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 35mm f/1.4
  • Subwavelength Coating (SWC) helps significantly reduce lens ghosting and flare.Lens Construction: 14 elements in 11 groups
  • Diagonal Angle of View: 63°
  • Focus Adjustment: AF with full-time manual
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 0.92 ft./0.28m. Increased maximum magnification (0.21x) help expand the range of expression, especially when capturing close-up subjects

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