My Five Favorite Photography Lenses

December 9, 2020

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When you’re just starting out with photography as a hobby or very early in your career, you can get away with using one or a few lenses. But when you’re a professional photographer who needs to create a variety of shots, having specific lenses for certain needs is super important.

You don’t need to go out and buy a ton of lenses all at once. If you find yourself thinking, “having this lens would make my work so much easier” then that’s a good sign it’s time to invest in one! 

So, if you’re on the hunt for a new lens or need a little inspo before your next purchase, take a peek at what’s inside my camera bag below.

Best multi-purpose lens

Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8

$125

Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8

I use this lens sooo much for lots of different shots. I probably reach for it most often for straight-on photography, like you see in the two shots below, and anytime I need a blurred background.

 

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This lens is also great for cool shots of small items like this:

 

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You can use it for flatlays of smaller items like I did here, but the larger the objects, the harder it is to get far enough away to create a good shot.

 

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Great for travel and interiors

Canon EF 16-35 mm f/4L

$999

Canon EF 16-35 mm f/4L

Travel photographers, fashion/lifestyle/home bloggers, I have the lens for you. This one works really well for travel, lifestyle, and interior shots since it’s a great wide lens. 

 

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Some distortion may happen if you adjust for wider shots, but it’s still useful to have on hand. It’s also a good lens if you don’t need background blur, or you need to shoot flatlays with bigger props and products. 

 

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My favorite for flatlays

Canon EF 35 mm f/2

$599

Canon EF 35 mm f/2

Now, if you need a wider frame with less distortion, go for this fixed lens, which is my favorite for so many of my flatlay shoots! It’s an awesome lens for flatlays with a mix of products of all sizes, like these:

 

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It works for much bigger products too.

 

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Great for closeups

Canon EF 85 mm f/1.8

$419

Canon EF 85 mm f/1.8

Get ready for your closeups with this lens! Anytime I need to shoot real close to a product or model, I reach for this lens. I love it for shooting faces and lifestyle shots.

 

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I used it for most of our work with Yes To, a cruelty-free and sustainable beauty brand! See how well this product photo turned out?

 

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Use for teeny tiny product photography

Canon EF 100 mm f/2.8 Macro

$599

Canon EF 100 mm f/2.8 Macro

When you need to shoot itsy bitsy, teeny tiny products like jewelry or gummy bears (yum), you need a macro lens that can grab those little details and bring them to life! 

 

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If you’re shooting tiny insects, plants, flowers, or food, pick this lens. It’s my favorite for getting up close and personal in a shot. 

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