I’ve already explained what kind of lens is the best for vlogging. Here you will find all the equivalent lenses for each brand. You will also find an explanation to understand the abbreviations and differences between lenses from the same brand. On the other hand, I’ve also included the best wide-angle lenses for vlogging in case you want to take your DSLR out and record yourself with it.
When you first get a DSLR or mirrorless for vlogging, your first lens should be one from this list. I encourage you to look for the one that best fits your budget and your vlogging style.
Here I won’t explain which one you should buy, if you want to have a better general idea of which one is good for you, click to check this post. Then you can come back and start picking the right one for your brand and needs.
Before starting, I will explain to you aperture (or f-number). This will help you understand lenses a little bit more.
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What is the f-Number and Aperture?
You will see that the f-number is one of the important characteristics you will see in these lenses.
The lower the f-number, the more light the lens can receive. This translates into more aperture and better low-light performance.
Also, the lower the f-number, the lower depth of field there is. This translates into producing more of that blurry background effect everyone likes.
Now, let’s start.
The 15 Best Lenses for Vlogging With a DSLR
Canon Vlogging Lenses
|Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens||STM||f/2.8||4.7||$|
|Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens||IS/STM||f/4.5-5.6||4.7||$$|
|Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Wide Angle Lens - Fixed||IS/USM||f/2.8||4.7||$$$|
|Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras||IS/USM||F/2.8||4.7||$$$$|
50mm Prime Lenses
|Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens||STM||f/1.8||4.8||$|
|Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras - Fixed||USM||f/1.4||4.9||$$$|
STM (Smooth Transition for Motion)
These lenses have a motor designed to be silent when focusing. This makes them great when recording because you won’t hear the autofocus in the middle of a video (it helps when using the built-in microphone too).
These lenses are one of the main reasons why people say Canon is better for video.
USM (UltraSonic Motors)
These lenses focus faster and are silent. Now, this is only true for those that have a Ring USM motor. Lenses that are only “USM” are not that different from a regular one. The Canon f/1.4 lens featured here is actually not that silent or fast because it’s not a Ring USM, but it is still a really high quality lens that is worth buying if you got the money.
IS (Image Stabilization)
Many DSLR cameras don’t come with image stabilization, which is the main thing you should look for if you need to record while moving. A lot of vloggers like to take their cameras and record while walking around with them. These lenses are perfect for this because the image won’t look shaky as you move and record.
Nikon Vlogging Lenses
|Nikon 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 (Black)||N/A||f/1.8||4.7||$|
|Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras||AF-S||f/3.5-5.6G||4.7||$$|
|Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8D Fixed Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras||AF FX||f/2.8D||4.4||$$$|
|Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras||AF-S||f/3.5-4.5G ED||4.7||$$$$|
50mm Prime Lenses
|Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Fixed Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras||AF||f/1.8D||4.6||$|
|Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Fixed Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras||AF-S||f/1.8G||4.8||$$|
|Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G Fixed Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras||AF-S||f/1.4G||4.7||$$$$|
|Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras||HSM/EX DG||f/1.4||4.3||$$$$$|
These lenses are the cheapest. They use the camera’s body motor to autofocus. If your camera’s body lacks a motor, they can’t use autofocus. This means that your lenses’ performance will depend on the camera’s motor performance.
AF-S (Auto Focus with Silent Wave Moto)
These lenses have an internal motor for the lens to use instead of using the one that comes with the body. They normally have a better motor to use for faster and quieter autofocus than what the camera offers. This is why you’ll find them for a higher price.
These lenses are an older model from Nikon. Their main difference is that you can set the aperture manually through the lens instead of having to use the camera’s interface. This is now useless, so it’s just a type of lens that is disappearing.
These are the newest NIKKOR lenses. They lack the manual aperture setting on the lens. You can still use the camera’s interface for this. They are basically more expensive because they’re newer, but there’s no significant difference.
This D vs G comparison is not something you should worry about when choosing a Nikon lens. AF vs AF-S is what you should take into consideration.
For Sigma lenses nomenclature, go the 50mm Fixed Lenses for Sigma DSLR section below.
Sony Vlogging Lenses
|Sony SEL35F18 35mm f/1.8 Prime Fixed Lens||OSS||f/1.8||4.7||$$|
|Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 Standard Zoom Lens for Sony A-Mount Cameras||A-Mount||f/2.8||4.6||$$$|
|Sony SEL1018 10-18mm Wide-Angle Zoom Lens||OSS||f/1.4||4.8||$$$|
50mm Fixed Lenses
|Sony 50mm f/1.8 SAM DT Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Cameras||SAM DT||f/1.8||4.7||$|
|Sony 50mm f/1.4 Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera||N/A||f/1.4||4.6||$$|
|Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony Alpha Cameras||HSM/DG||f/1.4||4.7||$$$|
SAM (Smooth Autofocus Motor)
This abbreviation is used for the affordable, but slightly quiet and speedy lenses from Sony. They are the lower-end version of SSM lenses, which are truly fast and silent.
DT (Digital Technology)
These lenses are designed for APS-C sensor cameras, which are the most affordable DSLRs. They can be used on a full-frame, but they will crop the image.
OSS (Optical SteadyShot)
This is Sony’s Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).
Sigma Vlogging Lenses
50mm Fixed Lenses
|Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens for Sigma Digital SLR Cameras||HSM/EX DG||f/1.4||4.3||$$$|
These lenses are expensive because you can use them on a full-frame camera. They also work on APS-C cameras.
This identifies Sigma’s higher quality lenses. They have stopped using this nomenclature on recent lenses, but if you see it, it’s because the lens is high-end.
HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor)
Just like Canon has USM, Sigma has HSM. They are faster and quieter lenses. They cost more because of this technology.
Pentax Vlogging Lenses
50mm Fixed Lenses
|SMC Pentax FA 50mm f/1.4||SMC / FA||f/1.4||4.4||$$|
|Pentax SMC DA* Series 16-50mm f/2.8 ED AL IF SDM||DA/ ED / IF||f/2.8||4.9||$$$$|
These lenses can only be used on APS-C sensor cameras.
SMC (Super Multi Coating)
This is a technology from Pentax that makes lenses work better with light. They capture more light and suffer less flares and ghosting.
Similar to Sigma’s DG; they can be used on full-frame cameras and cropped-sensor cameras (APS-C).