Weddings are perhaps the most important day in the lives of the participants, but they’re pretty important for the photographer to get right to! 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-angle (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 a 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.