Wedding photographers need to be able to quickly capture a variety of details and key moments throughout the wedding day. While many can capture a small intimate wedding with just one lens, chances are you will need to have a selection of lenses. It is not uncommon for successful wedding photographers to have three or more lenses in their kit on the day of the wedding. This allows them to transition from shooting in small intimate spaces to wide open scenic backdrops.
Here are the top Sony lenses every wedding photographer should consider adding to their gear list.
A 70-200mm (f/2.8) allows the photographer to really capture candid moments without having to be up close to the bride, groom or guests. The resulting images are sharp and focused. This is a lens that is the perfect fit for a fast moving wedding day. They can capture full portraits or intimate close-ups. The long focal length results in compression when the aperture is stopped down creating the perfect bokeh. You can really pull the focus into the couples or guests as the main subjects tend to pop out from the background. On the downside, it is a more expensive lens that can be heavy to carry around and requires a lens stabilizer for really crisp images.
2. PRIME Lens
Including a prime lens in your photography kit is not necessarily a must-have, but can allow you to have a more well-rounded portfolio. Some photographers swear by their prime lens and will often have 2 or 3 in their kits that they shoot exclusively with. Other’s, use them when they have to because they like having the ability to zoom with ease. While a prime lens has a fixed focal length they can often produce higher quality images that bring out details. They have faster shutter speeds, can lead to more creative shots and are ideal for creating the perfect Bokeh. Some of the best Sony Prime lenses include:
If what you are missing from your gear is a designated portrait lens a 50mm prime lens may be where you want to invest. It is a cheaper alternative to a 70-200mm lens but is more effective at gathering light. Great for portraits and low lighting that results in softer more natural looking images. This lens is small but may not be the most durable. You will often lack technical specs as well with these lenses.
This lens can really capture those candid moments that every bride and groom wants to have in their wedding album. The longer focal length allows this lens to capture images that are close to what the human eye sees, resulting in truly realistic images. It is a versatile lens that is great for portraits, small spaces, and low lighting. It is able to capture small details and perfect to use for getting ready images that leave little space to move around and little time to continuously change out the lens. Also, it is a cheap and lightweight lens that can really capture those intimate moments. Many photographers that own a prime lens will typically agree that the 35 mm lens is their go-to lens of choice.
This prime lens is available with a number of fast apertures. They are perfect for portraits with the key function of selective focus to draw attention to specific details that really pop out of the images. This lens will cost more than other prime lenses but will provide you with more focusing and exposure versatility.
This is another highly versatile lens that can be a great addition to your kit. It provides a wide to medium telephoto lens coverage that allows you to quickly zoom in for portraits. This is a lens that is best used when swapping lenses can be inconvenient or impossible like capturing guests arriving, first dances, exit photos, and during the ceremony. They are great to use for brightly lit spaces.
You might not have thought to consider including a macro lens in your kit but there are many reasons why you should. The macro lens easily captures the smaller details like the close up of rings, decor details, and the fine print of a handwritten letter. A bright macro lens can also double as a portrait lens when you turn off the close-up mode, making it more budget friendly. These lenses do require excellent stabilization since camera shake can be even more exaggerated.
This ultra wide angle is ideal for stunning landscape shots with the bride and groom. This isn’t a lens that every wedding photographer needs but if you specialize in those landscape and scenic shots or want to set yourself apart as a photographer that can produce these types of images, you will need a wide angle lens in your kit. This lens can capture landscapes and has the capabilities to fully capture the venue. The images you capture from this lens can really help you set the scene of the day and highlight the mood.
We hope that this article has helped to get a better understanding about Sony lenses and how you can use them for the right situation while shooting weddings! Now you’ll never miss the perfect shot.