Our 5 Must Have Canon Lenses


What's up guys! Welcome to Creative Corner. In this blog, we're going talk all about lenses. We're going tell you about the lenses we have, why we use them, what we use them for, and where to get them.

Canon 50mm f/1.8

Okay, so the first lens we're gonna talk about is the nifty 50. The 50mm F/1.8 Canon prime lens and is the lens we started shooting with and would recommend that everyone start with this lens. It gives you the satisfaction of a really good depth-of-field because it has the really large aperture. It's a very versatile lens because you can use it up close or far away. It's not too wide of an angle and not too shallow either, so it's pretty much perfect. It's very easy to use and easy to get used to. It only runs about $125 on Amazon which is a steal for a great lens.

Canon 28mm f/1.8

Next up we have the Canon 28mm prime lens. It's a F/1.8 and it runs about $500. We really like this lens because it's good for portraits because it has a low aperture so you can just get beautiful, beautiful depth of field or you can get the surrounding areas since it's so wide. You can get the beautiful family around the oak tree and really get the atmosphere that you have your subjects in. We haven't had any issues with it thus far and would definitely recommend it if you plan on shooting portraits, families, and weddings.

Canon 85mm f/1.8

The third on our list is the 85mm f/1.8 prime lens. It's also Canon. We’re a Canon family here in case you haven't noticed and this is just the best portrait lens ever. The compression on it is amazing. You’re able to get milky smooth skin tones and the really nice bokeh in the background. The only downfall of this is that it's 85mm so you have to be kind of far away from your subject.  But that actually can be a big plus when shooting a wedding because it gives you the ability to get those real close-up shots without having to be all up in people's faces. It’s one is our favorites and a go-to for portraits.

Canon 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6

Now we're gonna talk about the 10-18mm. This is a strictly wide-angle lens and we really only use this for real estate photography. It comes in handy and lets us show the entire house for what it is. It's a zoom lens so the aperture varies from a f/4.5 to a f/5.6 which isn't the best in the world but it's only about $250 so the price makes up for it. It couples really well with flash photography and if you have enough natural light don't have a problem. If you’re shooting commercial photography, outside, and things like that like you should be good to go.  We probably wouldn't recommend it for portrait photography or wedding photography or anything like that unless you're in a situation where you want to capture the entire room or something like that. But with people, you got to be careful because it's going to distort people around the edges and it's just not a super flattering lens. If you want to get into commercial photography or real estate photography it's well worth the price so give it a shot.

Canon 18-135 F/3.5 - f/5.6

Last but not least it's the 18-135 F/3.5 - f/5.6 Canon zoom lens. This is the kit lens that came with our Canon 70d. We know what you’re thinking, kit lenses are nice but they're nothing special. This one though is amazing! When we first shot with we were blown away. Since it’s a zoom lens you can get that wide range, it's very crisp and while you don't have that really wide aperture like the other prime lenses, it goes down to a 3.5 so you're gonna still get some pretty good depth of field depending on your zoom range.This is a go-to for me for weddings just because whenever Dylan and I shoot a wedding together I'm usually the second shooter and so this is a great one to kind of be in the background. I can zoom in if I need to or get a wide shot. And most of the weddings we shot out have been outdoor so I don't have a problem with the aperture not being as wide as the rest. This is A + for kit lenses.

That's the lenses that we use on a regular basis for Three Twenty Studio and they always stay in our bag. The only one that is typically out of our bag is the 10-18mm because we only use it for a scheduled real estate shoot. Check out these lenses and if you have any questions feel free to reach out to us. We would love to answer your questions and help you find the lens that's right for you.

If you don't know what lens to buy and you're just starting, we would definitely recommend you getting a 50mm. It's really inexpensive and it works well for a lot of things so give that a shot!

Dylan Wilkinson