What Lens Is Best For Blogging

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

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  • SunnyDollish

    Hello,

    Thank you for this great Tip. I have a question: I really need a camera body with a Flip Screen, so the Canon 70 D would be the perfect one for me. And I also want to have the 85 mm lense. But it would not be a true size because of the ‘cropped’ Problem. The true size would be very important for me. What body would you recommend with a Flip Screen but still with a true size for the 85 mm lense?
    Thank you so much!

    • Hello! Yes, the flip screen is a BIG plus also it autofocuses while recording video! I would say the 50mm would be the closest to the 85mm! This 50mm I have had experience using and it’s sharper than the newer 50mm (the one I have). http://bit.ly/1WMageA Best of luck and let me know how everything works out! I am always here and happy to help or answer any camera questions!

  • Hello! Thanks for sharing. I have an entry level camera, it’s a Canon Eos rebel T5, I think the lense goes up to 55mm..
    Just curious if you have had any experience with this camera and if you’d get a different lense, not really achieving the clarity I want. May need to purchase a new body but I just bought the camera early this year so I should probably hang onto it a bit longer! Thanks for any input.

    • Hello Christie!

      I haven’t had any experience with this particular lens, however just by you saying “lens goes up to 55mm” that tells me it’s not a fixed lens or photography terms “prime lens”. Prime lenses are fixed and you can’t zoom. The reasons whys so many people used these fixed prime lenses is because they are much sharper! If you’re using the lens that came with your camera it’s called the “kit lens”. These are just going to be very average quality, in my opinion, similar to iPhone quality now. If you’re looking for a sharp clean crisp lens, invest in a prime lens! Since your camera is a cropped sensor, I’d definitely recommend in investing in a 50mm 1.8 http://bit.ly/1WMageA. Definitely, don’t rush out and buy a new camera, the lens is what’s key! I hope this helps! Let me know if I helped answer your questions and if you have any more! Subscribe to my newsletter to be notified when I post more “blogging tips!”. xo

  • I’m using 50mm 1.8 now! Surely will try 85mm 1.8 someday! Thanks for the recommendation 🙂

    Daniel x
    The Daniel Originals | Instagram: danielpoonvignez
    New Post: White Socks

    • Yes definitely give it a try! I am hooked! Let me know how you like the lens if you purchase it soon! x

  • Ev

    Great post dear!
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  • Oh girl, thank you so much for this article!
    I have to say that I always loved fashion and street style photography and now when I have my blog I love it even more but I am so mad because I can’t get that perfect instagram photos by myself so I’ve started to learn how to use my DSLR camera out of auto mode – so manual is now on my to do list all the time 🙂
    I was thinking that maybe if I buy lens I would get that effect which I love but then again I am afraid to purchase it until I get used to my camera,…
    Thanks god that I have photographer for my blog posts but I want to be able to take some amazing photos for Instagram!:)
    xx
    http://putitallonme.com/

    • Oh, you are so welcome! Yes using manual mode to set all your settings is always the best way to get that style of photo you are looking for! Invest when you are ready and there is always going a used route! The 85mm isn’t as expensive as you might think for the quality you will get! Since you have a photographer id say you can wait a little while on purchasing that lens and just keep practing with the lens you have now! x

  • Thanks for the tips! It’s going to take a little while for me to save up some money to splurge for an awesome camera. Would you suggest going straight for a camera like yours, or can you recommend any camera that is more affordable? Thank you! 🙂

    • Hello! Yes of course! Always here to help! Yes, a purchase such as a new camera is definitely something one should think an LOT about before. Well, it really just depends on what you are going to be using this camera for? For the Canon 70D, it’s great for people who will be filming videos, particularly YouTube videos because of the flip screen and autofocus while in a video. This camera is a cropped sensor so that is also something to think about when purchasing a lens and what you will be using this for. Personally, I LOVE the Canon 6D. While it’s more affordable than the Canon 5D Mark 3, it still puts out amazing quality. It is a full frame camera and also has wifi for instantly transferring images from your phone AND has a wifi remote so you can take photos of yourself via your phone! It’s how I personally take all my photos myself :p I will be touching more on which camera is right for you very very soon! If you haven’t subscribed yet be sure to subscribe and I will notify you when this post goes live! x

  • Love this post! I have been wanting the 85mm 1.8 for a while so I appreciate the confirmation that it’s a good choice!

    xo Bryn
    http://www.waketonroad.com

    • Oh so happy you enjoyed it! Yes it’s my holy grail baby! A MUST buy for sure!
      x

  • Thank you so much for sharing!!
    xx Isabelle

  • heey i have 50mm 1.8 one i bought recently and i totally get what u are saying cous if u take a photo of whole outfit the background is not that blurry so i even thought of getting a new camera but ill just get that 85mm lens when i get bored of this one 🙂
    http://www.angelasmode.com

  • GEN

    Helpful as always! Thank you so much, I have a lot to learn about photography 😁

    http://www.genuinedrop.me

    • Thanks for reading! Don’t worry, you’ll totally get the hang of it!
      xo

  • Al + Lex

    LOVED this! So helpful and broke down why you need what lens for specific things in such understandable terms!!

    <3 | https://alpluslex.com/

    • So happy you found it useful! Expect more blogging related tips to come very soon!
      Is there any specific questions you would like to know more about related to blogging?
      xo