What lens is best for blogging? I will be sharing my most beloved lenses and why I prefer one lens, over the other! One of the most asked questions I get all the time is what camera I use. In all reality, it should be what camera and lens I use. You could have the best camera in the world but without a good quality lens, the photos will be less than impressive.
Not too long ago I wanted to become a fashion photographer and well that dream has changed but my skills I have picked up along the way have helped me out tremendously as a blogger. Alright so let’s get started, what lens is best for blogging? There is no right or wrong answer to this question, just personal preference!
*Quick Note* The lens you put on your camera will also be determined on what camera body you have. For example, if you have a Canon Rebel series or Canon 70D, the camera sensor is cropped. Cropped sensor.. what does this mean?! Don’t worry – don’t freak out. Just know that with a cropped sensor it will not be a true 50mm or 85mm lens. This means if you put a 50mm on a Canon 70D, the focal length will now be a 75mm (sometimes even an 80mm) lens. Translation – the lens will be even more zoomed and “cropped” on these bodies. However, if you have a full frame camera, a Canon 5D or a Canon 6D the lens will be true to size. I will be talking more about camera bodies and which camera is best for you at a later date!
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50mm 1.8 – The All Around Lens
One of the first lens I made sure to buy as soon as I started getting into photography. This lens is not only affordable but can take some really stunning shots. Personally, I have outgrown this lens over the years. This lens doesn’t quite give me the sharpness that my 85mm gives me or the depth. The 50mm lens is a great overall lens because you can do SO much with it, however, me personally it’s not my favorite. If you have a cropped body *as explained above* then I would definitely pick up the 50mm lens. One thing I would have to say is careful on your angels with this lens, it can warp if you shooting your subject too closely – meaning you can look a little distorted depending on the perspective.
Final Thoughts – If you’re a beginner and looking for a perfect all-around lens that is affordable and versatile I would definitely pick up the 50mm.
85mm 1.8 – “Street Style” Photos
The 85mm, my beloved baby. I swear by this lens and tell all my fashion blogger friends they need this lens. This lens is sharp and gives you beautiful depth. If you are someone who is going to be shooting street style photos or detail shots all the time, pick this baby up! I have never found a lens that can get my entire outfit in focus and the background completely blurred, never until this lens! I found even with the 50mm with all the perfect settings, I would still not get that sharpness and clarity with the 50mm. I have been shooting with this lens for about 8 months now and I would never use another lens. Eventually, maybe I will upgrade to the 85mm 1.4 but for me, even at the price used, it’s not worth the money.
Final Thoughts – If you have been using your camera a while and want to take your photos to the next level, get this lens. This lens will give you beautiful bokeh, blurry background, while still being completely sharp. This lens is absolutely perfect for fashion bloggers!
I hope you have found this helpful! If you still have questions about the pros and cons of each lens, comment down below! I am always here to help! xo