Hey LCC readers, Harrison here back at it again! Today I am going to leek another one of my secrets about lenses for bloggers! I’ll be talking about what we use here at the LCC, including what’s the best to splurge on versus what to save on. There’s three categories that I am going to talk about. In addition, as always, I’ll give you the Nikon & Canon versions of the lenses.
Many, if not all, cameras come with some sort of zoom lens. These lenses allow you to zoom to different distances, for example, wide to telephoto. Like I said, a lot of camera kits come with a zoom lens, but they aren’t the best lenses out there, but yet they will still provide you with good images none the less. This is key when talking about lenses for bloggers because it can do everything from outfits, features of stores or restaurants, as well as food shots.
If you have a lower budget the Canon EF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 or the Nikon NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 lenses are great. If you can splurge, which I highly recommend for this one, the Canon EF 24-105 f/4 or Nikon NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8. Now as a side note, Canon does make a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens which is a spectacular lens, but with the 24-105 you get more bang for your buck with related glass and optical specs (sorry for the nerdy-ness).
Your first thought might be, Harrison isn’t that for taking pictures of flowers and bugs? Yes that is correct and if you follow Taylor’s Instagram you’ll know how much she likes her flower-grams. But, the real reason why bloggers need this lens, DETAILS DETAILS DETAILS! This lens has such a shallow depth of field that you’ll want when shooting details of clothing, food or even drinks. Now I must say that this too is a splurge lens if you can. With macro lenses, the higher the price tag, the crisper the image, which is true will all lenses but especially true with macro lenses.
I recommend for Canon the EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens (what I currently shoot with) or for Nikon the Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8. As for the splurge lenses, I suggest the Canon 100mm f/2.8 IS USM or for Nikon the Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8.
On to the final grouping; prime lenses. Now I’m warning you, prime lenses are a bit tricky. They only have one set focal range, so you can’t zoom, but on the other hand have lower f-stops and have better glass then a zoom lens. For years I shot with the nifity-50. It was a lens made by Canon that was plastic, 100 dollars but produced great images. The prime lens is a great overall lens, but will limit you because it can’t zoom.
For the saver, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 (the new nifity-50, but not made of plastic) or even the EF 50mm f/1.4. On the Nikon side there’s the NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G. For the higher end there’s the Canon 50mm f/1.2 L or 85mm f/1.2 L. On the Nikon side the NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G or NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G are good options. Side note to this section, the reason why I gave both 50mm & 85mm is the sole purpose of comfort. For the LCC I use the 85mm f/1.2 because of the focal length and the low f-stop.
Before I conclude this post, I do have to add a note. Within the past year Sigma lenses have come out with a lens series called the Art Lenses. They are amazing lenses and are making the big guys push barriers with their new lenses. I have a Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4 and I don’t know how I didn’t live without it. The only thing with them is they haven’t made a perfect Zoom or Macro lens yet in the Art series, plus they are pricey. If you want to look into them they make an amazing 24mm, 35mm and 85mm prime lens.
So now that I have probably bored you to death about lenses for bloggers, go out there and get to shooting! As always I’ll see you again for another post about the photographers life soon!