Best Canon lenses for wedding photography

Which lens should I use to cover the entire event of wedding, though I have APS-C and Full-Frame cameras? A lot of questions like these are hanging on the minds of many photographers and unfortunately their searching hasn’t found the appropriate answer until now. In fact, wedding is a go and grab opportunity for the photographers where photographers can earn popularity as well as money by offering their clients absolutely stunning photographs and videos. As a result, their clients get immediately ready to give then an additional sum, on the other hand.

The Jovial and colorful environment of wedding can give you numbers of different subjects to get captured on the camera plus give you a lot of specific moments that matter and you can’t stop yourself capturing it. But sometimes we see our lens doesn’t make a balance with camera and gives an undesired result, so here we are going to describe you some of the best lenses available around to eliminate your all worries regarding the wedding cameras that also ultimately helps you create your own identity through your photographs.

But before we go in lens details we must suggest you some of the best cameras that you can undisputedly use to steal the fleeting moments from the wedding home.

Alright, by the way canon makes two types of sensors – APS-C and Full Frame sensors. Full Frames are mainly preferred by professional level photographers. Well, you may already have your own camera in the arsenal to shoot the entire events of wedding, but we must recommend you cameras, such as Canon 7D Mark II and Canon 80D, which sensor quality is amazing. And a great alternative to Canon 80D and recently announced, Canon 77D is also the outstanding camera can be used to capture the shots from the event of wedding hall.

APS-C Full Frame
1. Best Portrait lens Ultra Versatile lens
2. Best Standard Zoom lens Best Standard zoom lens
3. Best Third Party Standard lens Best Portraits
 4. Best Ultra wide Zoom

1. Best Portrait lens

Canon 50mm 1.8 STM 

If your primary demand is the ratio of Feature and Affordable lens then this is just the outstanding solution. Canon 50mm 1.8 STM has been an ultra popular lens and existing in the market for long time but still maintains its shine. Basically, there are a few sections in the lens that are vastly important and playing a major role in delivering you the best possible shots of the grooms and bride in particular locations. Focal length, one of those sections, and thankfully, this 50mm 1.8 STM lens determines the angle of view and as a result the distance from the subject determines the perspective. And then the wide f/1.8 maximum aperture provides precise control over depth of field, permitting a strong background blur to be created. Ultimately, this 50mm F1.8 is fair for the price that also gives you sharp images with stunning clarity. As we all know that Canon DSLRs have fixed crop factor of 1.7X and best focal length for shooting portraits is atleast 85mm and hence the 50mm lens gives you the exact focal length that you may ever need to create great portrait shots. On the other hand,  the lens is STM (Stepping Motor) AF, offerings Continuous AF during video recording with compatible cameras mainly with Hybrid CMOS AF.

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2. Best standard zoom lens for wedding

Canon 17-55mm F2.8 

When it is mounted on APS-C DSLRs, it provides an equivalent focal length range of 27-88mm. Chromatic aberration – that introduces color fringing and greatly reduces sharpness from the image. Thankfully, two Ultra-Low Dispersion glass (UD) elements are employed in 17-55mm Canon lens to eliminate secondary chromatic aberrations. On the other hand, spherical aberrations that soften images, especially at wider apertures but once again two aspherical lens elements have been introduced in the lens effectively avoids the spherical aberrations. Moreover, the lens features Canon’s latest 3-stop Image Stabilizer (IS) for dramatically reduced image blur caused by camera shake. Overall, the lens is just astounding and will be of great use basically to cover all the parts of the wedding events, however, the price may little haunt you.

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3. Best Third Party standard Lens

Sigma 18-35 F1.8

Before we move further, you should know that Sigma – the only manufacturer in the world to create a F1.8 zoom lens. Sigma 18-35mm has been designed specifically for APS-C sized sensors, the Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 translates to 27mm-52.5mm on 35mm camera. The outstanding optics of the lens can compensate for aberrations and curvature at the widest angle. Internal focusing and zooming allows for more usability and functionality. The 18-35mm is ideal for wedding, landscape photography, portrait photography, still life photography, snap shots, casual photography, and close-ups and the Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) ensures smooth, fast and accurate autofocusing. The lens can give you sharp images almost at all apertures.

In simple words, Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 lens is a must have lens for you since it is a perfect combo of three prime lenses 18mm, 24mm, 35mm.

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Best Canon FF lenses for wedding

The above section was everything related to the best lenses for APS-C sensor camera. Now we are heading towards the best lenses for Full-Frame cameras which you can comfortably and trustfully use to cover a wedding event.

1. Ultra Versatile lens – Capture everything from one location

Canon EF 35mm F1.4

This 35mm Canon lens costs you around $1K but its consistency while shooting worth every penny. This is optically excellent lens which Autofocus is fast and nearly silent and you can barely see any AF error while shooting with your beloved camera. Even while shooting at F1.4 your camera can grab the stunning photo. This lens has tight control over distortion plus Flare and ghosts as well. However, there are couple of 35 mm lenses have already been in the market, but this lens is simply outstanding compared to other lenses. The image produced by this lens is not short of stellar when you put this in ultra high sensors DSLRs. Furthermore, at F1.4 the lens produces shallow depth of field that clearly indicates that you can get impressive background blur.

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2. Best Standard zoom lens

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens


The optics used by this lens are simply excellent that gives you the blended results of outstanding clarity, image quality and durability. We appreciate this lens for its compact design and then its ultra sharp performance in capturing greater detail of the specific subjects across the frame with minimal distortion, even when it is used at its maximum 70mm focal length. with this Canon lens you can get minimum focusing distance of just 0.38m that lets you to get closer to the desire subjects and then you will able to achieve greater level of magnification of that target subject.

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3. Best Portraits

Canon 50mm F1.2L 

One of the best lenses for lowlight photography.

Well, what the first thing you would like about this lens is its incredible construction. Then along with the sharp images the lens also offers strong control over flare that ultimately helps this lens deliver 50 f/1.2 to lens deliver excellent color and contrast, even at f/1.2. The 50mm f/1.2 allows extremely fine control over depth of field. As a result, a strong and impressive background blur is simply generated. Also the chromatic aberration are effectively suppressed.

Must have 2nd Portrait lens for capturing details

Canon EF 100mm F2.8L Macro

You can call this lens the best for creating pre-wedding shots. Portraits of bride and groom with extensive amount of details. The exceptional sharpness in the images are just the keynote of this outstanding lens even clarity at F2.8. Moreover, one of the creative parts is the Hybrid Image stabilization of this 10mm F2.8L lens that can even effective at macro distance. Canon 100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM has been in the stock for last seven years and we see still there is no downfall in the demanding rate for this lens, even after seven years. The reason is very clear; this Macro lens of Canon is capable to perform excellently in almost every aspect of photography. Those who are searching fast and sharp macro lens option for long time don’t look further this is the exact lens you need to pick. From capturing sharp close-Up images of the small subjects to beautiful portrait length telephoto shots, the lens is highly capable to fit for those specific purposes. The lens incorporates Hybrid IS that effectively reduces the unwanted camera shake issue which is highly useful for taking close-ups, portrait, nature and wedding shots.

4. Best Ultra wide Zoom

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens


The 16-35mm focal length range is a great option for the wide work at a wedding events because at f/2.8 aperture because the lens greatly captures the subject in motion in low light and create outstanding blurry background. The lens is not only for the wedding photographers but for those also who look for better landscape, event, architecture, outdoors photography and more. This Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens comes with a large diameter GMO dual surface aspherical lens and ground aspherical lens, f/2.8 aperture throughout the entire zoom range, fluorine coating, improved durability and is dust and water resistant. Moreover, the lens features Image stabilization that can effectively reduces camera shakes that usually appears while shooting, by the way, the lens with this IS can also be beneficial for lowlight shooting.

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