The 51 Best Vlogging Lenses for All Brands

Best lenses for vlogging - Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Sony

If you want to start vlogging, and you don’t know much about the complicated camera industry, you are probably pretty confused about what lens to get.

Do not worry.

I know it can be overwhelming at first, but I’ve created this massive post so you can know exactly what lens you need for your vlogging aspirations.

I’ve already explained what kind of lens is the best for vlogging. But here I go more in-depth and I will guide you through all the process of choosing the right lens.

Better yet, after teaching you how to choose, I will give you what exact models are good options for vloggers.

When you first get a DSLR or mirrorless for vlogging on YouTube, your first lens should be one from this list, no matter what your camera brand is.

So let’s see what you need to know first, shall we?

Tell Me, What Lens Do I Need?

First, you will need to know the sensor size of your chosen camera. It will probably be one of these 3:

  • Full-frame
  • APS-C
  • Micro Four Thirds

Most DSLRs have an APS-C sensor, while full-frame are only found in the most expensive models on the market.

This is because Full-frame is the largest size and the one with the most benefits in terms of image quality.

On the other hand, Micro Four Thirds sensors are the smallest of these three and are often found in some mirrorless camera brands like Panasonic and Olympus. APS-C is still common in Sony mirrorless cameras.

You need to know your camera’s sensor size so you can choose the right focal length for you.

Choose First the Ideal Focal Length

A lens with 50 mm focal length will look more zoomed in when used on a Micro Four Thirds camera than on an APS-C.

A lens with 50 mm focal length will look more zoomed in when used on an APS-C camera than on a Full-frame.

You want to choose first the ideal focal length because it tells you how much zoom your camera is going to have.

I wanted to show you how different focal lengths look like by showing you some example images of 50 mm, 35 mm and 24 mm lenses, which are the three common focal length choices for vlogging.

All the images I’m going to show you in a moment were taken in an APS-C sensor camera, so if your camera uses any other size, refer to the following table to know which focal length you need to achieve the same look:

Focal Length Equivalency Table

Full-frame

APS-C

Micro 4/3

80 mm

50 mm​​​​

38 mm

56 mm

35 mm

27 mm

38 mm

24 mm

18 mm

To choose the right focal length for you, you will need to know how you will be using your camera.

When to use a 50mm lens

If you’re recording from home—and you have a lot of space for your studio—the highest quality will come from a 50mm lens.

To use it effectively, you will need a tripod, since it is a lens with a decent amount of zoom.

And you will also need a lot of space and a remote controller to put the camera far away from you.

On an APS-C camera, 50mm will basically look like this:

If you don’t like all that zoom, a 35mm lens is a nice middle-ground.

It will allow you to show a bit more of your surroundings, which is really nice if you want to show more of the place where you’re at.

And you might not need to put your camera so far away, so you will need less space.

It will look like this:

When to use a wide-angle lens (24mm or less)

If you want to use your camera in selfie mode and walk around with it while recording videos, you will need a wide-angle lens that allows you to stay close to the camera.

I like to choose something that is no higher than 24mm for APS-C.

If you use a selfie stick to carry the camera while recording yourself, it should look like something like this:

You can use even wider lenses but bear in mind that at some point things start looking a bit too distorted, similarly to a fish-eye lens.

It is recommended to use a selfie stick—one of these small tripods will do—to use together with your camera, as it will give more stabilization and help you get the camera away from your face.

Do You Need Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)?

I would never recommend a camera that doesn’t have image stabilization (IS) on this site.

Yes, it is that crucial for vloggers.

If you don’t believe me, watch the following video of a video test with and without OIS on a GoPro HERO5 Black:

Nobody wants to get dizzy after watching you while you move around your camera.

However…

A lot of the DSLRs and mirrorless cameras I recommend on this site don’t come with image stabilization… but that’s just because you can buy a lens with optical image stabilization for them.

But it is not true that you will always need it.

For example…

You do NOT need optical image stabilization when:

  • You plan to set your camera on a tripod and just let it there recording

or

  • You need to walk around with your camera while recording but your camera already has in-body IS (digital IS doesn’t count)

You DO need optical image stabilization when all of this is true:

  1. You need to walk around with your camera while recording (handheld)
  2. Your camera’s body only comes with digital image stabilization

Basically, if you need to hold your camera, you will need Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).

Lenses with OIS are more expensive, so you really need to know if you really need it.

And after that, you can start asking yourself how much are you willing to invest in your lens.

And for that, you will need to…

Know About f-Number and Aperture

You will see that the f-number is one of the important characteristics you will see in these lenses.

It will look like something like this: f/1.4, f/1.8, f/2.0…

This is just a measure used to tell the maximum aperture the lens is capable of.

  • More lens aperture = more light the lens allows to enter the sensor
  • More lens aperture = higher quality
  • More lens aperture = lower f-number

how aperture works in vlogging lenses

Remember:

The lower the f-number, the more light the lens can receive. This translates into 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.

The lower the f-number, the better quality your lens will achieve. It will give you better Bokeh effect, more light and sharper images.

Larger focal length lenses have more aperture—i.e. lower f-number—so that’s why you should start by asking if you could use a 50 mm, and if it’s too much zoom for you, choose a wide-angle lens with less aperture, like a 24 mm.

Always aim for the lowest f-number you can afford.

And finally…

Do Not Get an Incompatible Lens

The last thing you need to know is the kind of lens mount your camera has.

Even if the lens is made for your specific brand and sensor size, the last thing you need to know is the mount.

For example, not all APS-C Canon lenses are compatible with all Canon APS-C cameras. You will need to know if your camera uses EF, EF-S or EF-M mount.

If you think this is too complicated, do not worry.

I’m making sure I’m including all the mounts and all the info you need to know to see if a lens is compatible with your camera.

You can simply refer to your camera manual—or product info on any e-commerce site—to know the sensor size and mount your camera has.

Now You Know How to Choose

So, finally, you’ve learned to take these things into consideration:

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    Know your camera's sensor size
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    Know the focal length you need for your vlogging style
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    Know if you need optical image stabilization
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    Know your camera's lens mount so you don't get an incompatible lens
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    Buy the lens with the lowest f-number you can afford to get the most quality

Now you’re ready to go to the table I made for your brand and choose one of the vlogging lenses I’ve selected to be great for vlogging.

Happy shopping!

The 51 Best Lenses for Vlogging

Canon Vlogging Lenses

Zoom Lenses

50mm

These lenses present a lot of zoom. I'd recommend you use a tripod to record with these, as you'll need to get away from the camera to be inside the frame, even on Full-frame cameras.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens - Fixed
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras - Fixed
Sigma 50mm F1.4 ART DG HSM Lens for Canon
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras - Fixed
Focal length
50mm
40mm
50mm
50mm
50mm
Weight
159g / 5.6 oz
130g / 4.59 oz
290g / 0.64 lb
815g / 1.79 lb
580g / 1.28 lb
OIS
Type
EF STM
EF STM
EF USM
DG HSM
EF USM
Aperture
f/1.8
F/2.8
f/1.4
f/1.4
f/1.2
For sensor
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Full-frame, APS-C
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Price
from $125.00
$179.00
$329.00
from $844.00
$1,299.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens
Focal length
50mm
Weight
159g / 5.6 oz
OIS
Type
EF STM
Aperture
f/1.8
For sensor
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Price
from $125.00
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens - Fixed
Focal length
40mm
Weight
130g / 4.59 oz
OIS
Type
EF STM
Aperture
F/2.8
For sensor
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Price
$179.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras - Fixed
Focal length
50mm
Weight
290g / 0.64 lb
OIS
Type
EF USM
Aperture
f/1.4
For sensor
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Price
$329.00
Sigma 50mm F1.4 ART DG HSM Lens for Canon
Focal length
50mm
Weight
815g / 1.79 lb
OIS
Type
DG HSM
Aperture
f/1.4
For sensor
Full-frame, APS-C
Price
from $844.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras - Fixed
Focal length
50mm
Weight
580g / 1.28 lb
OIS
Type
EF USM
Aperture
f/1.2
For sensor
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Price
$1,299.00
35mm

You can begin to use these lenses to record yourself in selfie mode if you're using a Full-frame. On APS-C cameras, use these for tripod recording instead of a 50mm if you think the zoom is too much.

Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM
Sigma 30mm F1.4 Art DC HSM Lens for Canon
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Wide Angle Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Wide-Angle Lens
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Wide Angle Lens for Canon SLR Cameras - White Box (New) (Bulk Packaging)
Focal length
35mm
30mm
28mm
35mm
35mm
Weight
190g /6.7 oz
435g / 15.3 oz
308g / 0.68 lb
335g / 11.82 oz
580g / 1.28 lb
OIS
Type
EF-S STM
DC HSM
EF USM
EF USM
EF USM
Aperture
F/2.8
f/1.4
f/1.8
f/2
f/1.4
For sensor
APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Full-frame, APS-C
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Price
$299.00
$499.00
$509.00
$549.00
from $1,699.00
Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM
Focal length
35mm
Weight
190g /6.7 oz
OIS
Type
EF-S STM
Aperture
F/2.8
For sensor
APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Price
$299.00
Sigma 30mm F1.4 Art DC HSM Lens for Canon
Focal length
30mm
Weight
435g / 15.3 oz
OIS
Type
DC HSM
Aperture
f/1.4
For sensor
Full-frame, APS-C
Price
$499.00
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Wide Angle Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Focal length
28mm
Weight
308g / 0.68 lb
OIS
Type
EF USM
Aperture
f/1.8
For sensor
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Price
$509.00
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Wide-Angle Lens
Focal length
35mm
Weight
335g / 11.82 oz
OIS
Type
EF USM
Aperture
f/2
For sensor
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Price
$549.00
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Wide Angle Lens for Canon SLR Cameras - White Box (New) (Bulk Packaging)
Focal length
35mm
Weight
580g / 1.28 lb
OIS
Type
EF USM
Aperture
f/1.4
For sensor
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Price
from $1,699.00

Wide-angle for Handheld Vlogging

These lenses are made for recording in selfie mode on both APS-C and Full-frame cameras. These lenses achieve a really wide image when using the latter.

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM ELD SLD Aspherical Super Wide Angle Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Wide-Angle Fixed Lens
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Wide Angle Lens - Fixed
Focal length
24mm
10-18mm
10-20mm
20mm
24mm
Weight
125g / 4.41 oz
240g / 0.53 lb
520g / 18.3 oz
404g / 0.89 lb
281g / 0.62 lb
OIS
Type
EF-S STM
EF-S
EX DC HSM
EF USM
EF USM
Aperture
f/2.8
f/4.5-5.6
f/3.5
f/2.8
f/2.8
Sensor size
APS-C / Mirrorless (with adapter)
APS-C / Mirrorless (with adapter)
APS-C
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
from $149.00
$279.00
$396.99
$539.00
$549.00
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens
Focal length
24mm
Weight
125g / 4.41 oz
OIS
Type
EF-S STM
Aperture
f/2.8
Sensor size
APS-C / Mirrorless (with adapter)
from $149.00
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
Focal length
10-18mm
Weight
240g / 0.53 lb
OIS
Type
EF-S
Aperture
f/4.5-5.6
Sensor size
APS-C / Mirrorless (with adapter)
$279.00
Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM ELD SLD Aspherical Super Wide Angle Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
Focal length
10-20mm
Weight
520g / 18.3 oz
OIS
Type
EX DC HSM
Aperture
f/3.5
Sensor size
APS-C
$396.99
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Wide-Angle Fixed Lens
Focal length
20mm
Weight
404g / 0.89 lb
OIS
Type
EF USM
Aperture
f/2.8
Sensor size
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
$539.00
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Wide Angle Lens - Fixed
Focal length
24mm
Weight
281g / 0.62 lb
OIS
Type
EF USM
Aperture
f/2.8
Sensor size
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
$549.00

EF-M Lenses for Canon Mirrorless

These lenses are compatible with Canon's EF-M lineup, which are their mirrorless APS-C cameras.

These lenses are really good for vlogging. They are lightweight and most have image stabilization.

Focal length
22m
28mm
11-22mm
Weight
105g / 3.7 oz
136g / 4.8 oz
221g / 7.8 oz
OIS
Type
EF-M STM
EF-M STM
EF-M STM
Aperture
f/2
f/3.5
f/4-5.6
Sensor size
Mirrorless
Mirrorless
Mirrorless
Price
$229.00
$249.00
$349.00
Focal length
22m
Weight
105g / 3.7 oz
OIS
Type
EF-M STM
Aperture
f/2
Sensor size
Mirrorless
Price
$229.00
Focal length
28mm
Weight
136g / 4.8 oz
OIS
Type
EF-M STM
Aperture
f/3.5
Sensor size
Mirrorless
Price
$249.00
Focal length
11-22mm
Weight
221g / 7.8 oz
OIS
Type
EF-M STM
Aperture
f/4-5.6
Sensor size
Mirrorless
Price
$349.00

Types of Canon Lenses

EF

These Canon lenses were made to use on their full-frame cameras. However, they are also compatible with APS-C.

You can also use them on an EF-M mirrorless with this adapter.

EF-S

The lenses are only compatible with APS-C sensors. If you want to use it on a Canon mirrorless camera that uses the EF-M mount, you will need this adapter.

EF-M

These lenses were made for Canon mirrorless cameras.

Sigma’s DC

Lenses compatible with APS-C cameras.

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).

They are especially silent for video and one of the reasons 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.

Only the most expensive models come with Ring USM. That’s why you should give priority to STM lenses since those are more silent for video recording.

Sigma’s HSM

This is equivalent to Canon’s USM lenses. They are made for faster and silent focus.

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 zoom lenses to use on a tripod

Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras
Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX
Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
Sigma 30mm F1.4 Art DC HSM Lens for Nikon
Focal Length
50mm
35mm
50mm
50mm
30mm
Weight
153g / 5.4 oz
210g / 7.4 oz
187g / 6.6 oz
290g / 0.64 lb
435g / 15.3 oz
OIS
Type
AF FX
AF-S DX
AF-S FX
AF-S FX
DC HSM
Aperture
f/1.8
f/18
f/1.8
f/1.4
f/1.4
Sensor size
Full-frame, APS-C
APS-C
Full-frame, APS-C
Full-frame, APS-C
APS-C
from $131.94
$178.06
$216.95
$446.95
$419.00
Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras
Focal Length
50mm
Weight
153g / 5.4 oz
OIS
Type
AF FX
Aperture
f/1.8
Sensor size
Full-frame, APS-C
from $131.94
Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX
Focal Length
35mm
Weight
210g / 7.4 oz
OIS
Type
AF-S DX
Aperture
f/18
Sensor size
APS-C
$178.06
Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
Focal Length
50mm
Weight
187g / 6.6 oz
OIS
Type
AF-S FX
Aperture
f/1.8
Sensor size
Full-frame, APS-C
$216.95
Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
Focal Length
50mm
Weight
290g / 0.64 lb
OIS
Type
AF-S FX
Aperture
f/1.4
Sensor size
Full-frame, APS-C
$446.95
Sigma 30mm F1.4 Art DC HSM Lens for Nikon
Focal Length
30mm
Weight
435g / 15.3 oz
OIS
Type
DC HSM
Aperture
f/1.4
Sensor size
APS-C
$419.00

Wide-angle Lenses for Handheld Vlogging

I have found that Nikon doesn’t offer any viable wide-angle lens for vlogging. If you only have a Nikon DSLR and want to start doing some handheld vlogging, the only lens I can recommend you is the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM.

Why? It is the only lens that is still a bit affordable—still over 300 bucks—that you can use, but even still, it doesn’t offer any image stabilization.

Nikon cameras weren’t made for handheld video recording, so if you really want a camera to record vlogs wherever you are, get a dedicated compact camera, and use your Nikon DSLR to record videos using a tripod while using one of the lenses above.

Having two separated cameras for each job is the only way if you already own a Nikon.

Types of Nikon Lenses

DX

Nikon’s lenses made for APS-C. You can use it on Full-frame (FX) lenses too, but to avoid troubles with vignetting, it’s better for you to get a DX lens for a DX camera.

FX

These are the lenses made for Full-frame Nikon cameras. However, you can use these lenses on DX bodies without troubles.

AF (Autofocus)

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.

D Type

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.

G Type

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

Best Sony Full-frame Lenses

The following lenses are a bit expensive because you can use them on Full-frame Sony cameras like the Sony A7S II. However, you will also be able to use these lenses on Sony APS-C Mirrorless

Zoom lenses to use on a tripod (Full-frame)

Remember that the result of a 80mm lens on a Full-frame look like a 50mm on an APS-C camera. That’s why a 35mm lens on a Full-frame camera is considered wide-angle, but not on an APS-C.

You can always go back to my table to check the focal length equivalency for each sensor size.

Sony FE 50mm F1.8 Lens
Sony 55mm F1.8 Sonnar T FE ZA Full Frame Prime Lens - Fixed
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Lens for Sony E Mount
Sony SEL50F14Z Planar T FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Lens
Focal length
50mm
55mm
85mm
50mm
Weight
186g / 6.56 oz
281g / 0.62 lb
476g / 1.05 lb
1kg / 2.41 lb
OIS
Type
FE
FE
FE
FE
Aperture
f/1.8
f/1.8
f/1.8
f/1.4
Sensor size
Full-frame, APS-C
Full-frame, APS-C
Full-frame, APS-C
Full-frame, APS-C
from $198.00
$898.00
$938.00
from $1,498.00
Sony FE 50mm F1.8 Lens
Focal length
50mm
Weight
186g / 6.56 oz
OIS
Type
FE
Aperture
f/1.8
Sensor size
Full-frame, APS-C
from $198.00
Sony 55mm F1.8 Sonnar T FE ZA Full Frame Prime Lens - Fixed
Focal length
55mm
Weight
281g / 0.62 lb
OIS
Type
FE
Aperture
f/1.8
Sensor size
Full-frame, APS-C
$898.00
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Lens for Sony E Mount
Focal length
85mm
Weight
476g / 1.05 lb
OIS
Type
FE
Aperture
f/1.8
Sensor size
Full-frame, APS-C
$938.00
Sony SEL50F14Z Planar T FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Lens
Focal length
50mm
Weight
1kg / 2.41 lb
OIS
Type
FE
Aperture
f/1.4
Sensor size
Full-frame, APS-C
from $1,498.00
Wide-angle for handheld recording (Full-frame)

To record in selfie mode, 35mm is fine as long as you’re using a Full-frame camera. If you’re using APS-C, you will need at least a 24mm lens. I also have a section for these below the following table.

Sony 35mm F2.8 Sonnar T FE ZA Full Frame Prime Fixed Lens
Zeiss Batis Lens 2/25 for Sony a7
Sony 16-35mm Vario-Tessar T FE F4 ZA OSS E-Mount Lens
Sony SEL35F14Z Distagon T FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Standard-Prime Lens Mirrorless Cameras
Focal length
35mm
25mm
16-35mm
35mm
Weight
120g / 4.23 oz
336g / 0.74 lb
517g / 1.14 lb
630g / 1.39 lb
OIS
Type
FE
-
FE
FE
Aperture
f/2.8
f/2
f/4
f/1.4
Sensor size
Full-frame, APS-C
Full-frame, APS-C
Full-frame, APS-C
Full-frame, APS-C
from $749.99
$1,195.00
from $1,248.00
$1,598.00
Sony 35mm F2.8 Sonnar T FE ZA Full Frame Prime Fixed Lens
Focal length
35mm
Weight
120g / 4.23 oz
OIS
Type
FE
Aperture
f/2.8
Sensor size
Full-frame, APS-C
from $749.99
Zeiss Batis Lens 2/25 for Sony a7
Focal length
25mm
Weight
336g / 0.74 lb
OIS
Type
-
Aperture
f/2
Sensor size
Full-frame, APS-C
$1,195.00
Sony 16-35mm Vario-Tessar T FE F4 ZA OSS E-Mount Lens
Focal length
16-35mm
Weight
517g / 1.14 lb
OIS
Type
FE
Aperture
f/4
Sensor size
Full-frame, APS-C
from $1,248.00
Sony SEL35F14Z Distagon T FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Standard-Prime Lens Mirrorless Cameras
Focal length
35mm
Weight
630g / 1.39 lb
OIS
Type
FE
Aperture
f/1.4
Sensor size
Full-frame, APS-C
$1,598.00

Best Sony E-Mount Lenses (APS-C)

Zoom lenses to use on a tripod (APS-C)
Meike MK-E-35-1.7 35mm F1.7 Large Aperture Manual Prime Fixed Lens APS-C Sony E-Mount Digital Mirrorless Cameras NEX 3 NEX 3N NEX 5 NEX 5T NEX 5R NEX 6 7 A5000, A5100, A6000, A6100,A6300 A6500
Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN Lens for Sony E-mount Cameras (Black)
Sony SEL50F18 50mm f/1.8 Lens for Sony E Mount Nex Cameras (Black) - Fixed
Rokinon 50mm F1.4 Lens for Sony E Mount
Sony SEL35F18 35mm f/1.8 Prime Fixed Lens
Focal length
35mm
30mm
50mm
50mm
35mm
Weight
176g / 6.2 oz
140g /4.9 oz
204g / 7.2 oz
544g / 1.2 lb
155g / 5.47 oz
OIS
Autofocus
Type
E-Mount
E-Mount USM
E-Mount OSS
E-Mount
E-Mount
Aperture
f/1.7
f/2.8
f/1.8
f/1.4
f/1.8
Sensor size
APS-C
APS-C
APS-C
APS-C
APS-C
$89.99
$169.00
from $248.00
from $278.99
from $448.00
Meike MK-E-35-1.7 35mm F1.7 Large Aperture Manual Prime Fixed Lens APS-C Sony E-Mount Digital Mirrorless Cameras NEX 3 NEX 3N NEX 5 NEX 5T NEX 5R NEX 6 7 A5000, A5100, A6000, A6100,A6300 A6500
Focal length
35mm
Weight
176g / 6.2 oz
OIS
Autofocus
Type
E-Mount
Aperture
f/1.7
Sensor size
APS-C
$89.99
Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN Lens for Sony E-mount Cameras (Black)
Focal length
30mm
Weight
140g /4.9 oz
OIS
Autofocus
Type
E-Mount USM
Aperture
f/2.8
Sensor size
APS-C
$169.00
Sony SEL50F18 50mm f/1.8 Lens for Sony E Mount Nex Cameras (Black) - Fixed
Focal length
50mm
Weight
204g / 7.2 oz
OIS
Autofocus
Type
E-Mount OSS
Aperture
f/1.8
Sensor size
APS-C
from $248.00
Rokinon 50mm F1.4 Lens for Sony E Mount
Focal length
50mm
Weight
544g / 1.2 lb
OIS
Autofocus
Type
E-Mount
Aperture
f/1.4
Sensor size
APS-C
from $278.99
Sony SEL35F18 35mm f/1.8 Prime Fixed Lens
Focal length
35mm
Weight
155g / 5.47 oz
OIS
Autofocus
Type
E-Mount
Aperture
f/1.8
Sensor size
APS-C
from $448.00
Wide-angle for handheld recording (APS-C)
Sony SELP1650 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens (Silver, Bulk Packaging)
Sony SEL-20F28 E-Mount 20mm F2.8 Prime Fixed Lens
Sony SEL35F18 35mm f/1.8 Prime Fixed Lens
Sony SEL1018 10-18mm Wide-Angle Zoom Lens
Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T E 24mm F1.8 ZA E-mount Prime Lens
Focal length
16-50mm
20mm
35mm
10-18mm
24mm
Weight
116g / 4.09 oz
69g / 2.43 oz
153g / 5.4 oz
225g / 7.94 oz
224g / 7.8 oz
OIS
Type
E-Mount OSS
E-Mount
E-Mount OSS
E-Mount OSS
E-Mount
Aperture
f/3.5
f/2.8
f/1.8
f/4
f/1.8
Sensor size
APS-C
APS-C
APS-C
APS-C
APS-C
$136.00
from $298.00
from $448.00
from $748.00
$998.00
Sony SELP1650 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens (Silver, Bulk Packaging)
Focal length
16-50mm
Weight
116g / 4.09 oz
OIS
Type
E-Mount OSS
Aperture
f/3.5
Sensor size
APS-C
$136.00
Sony SEL-20F28 E-Mount 20mm F2.8 Prime Fixed Lens
Focal length
20mm
Weight
69g / 2.43 oz
OIS
Type
E-Mount
Aperture
f/2.8
Sensor size
APS-C
from $298.00
Sony SEL35F18 35mm f/1.8 Prime Fixed Lens
Focal length
35mm
Weight
153g / 5.4 oz
OIS
Type
E-Mount OSS
Aperture
f/1.8
Sensor size
APS-C
from $448.00
Sony SEL1018 10-18mm Wide-Angle Zoom Lens
Focal length
10-18mm
Weight
225g / 7.94 oz
OIS
Type
E-Mount OSS
Aperture
f/4
Sensor size
APS-C
from $748.00
Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T E 24mm F1.8 ZA E-mount Prime Lens
Focal length
24mm
Weight
224g / 7.8 oz
OIS
Type
E-Mount
Aperture
f/1.8
Sensor size
APS-C
$998.00

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 and mirrorless. 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).

USM

These are Sigma silent autofocus lenses lineup.

FE (Full-frame E-mount)

These lenses are compatible with all E-mount cameras, including Full-frame and APS-C sensors.

E Mount/A Mount
E-mount cameras can use A-mount lenses with an adapter.

A-mount cameras can’t use E-mount lenses.

Panasonic and Olympus Vlogging Lenses

The following lenses are made for Micro Four Thirds cameras. You can use them on either Olympus or Panasonic. They both use this smaller sensor size for their camera and have compatible lens mounts.

Remember that you will need to buy low focal length lenses for these cameras because of their crop factor. The resulting image on these sensors looks a lot closer than on APS-C.

That’s why I’ve considered lenses from 27mm be made for tripod recording, while 18mm lenses are used for handheld vlogging.

You can always go back to my focal length equivalency table and sample images to compare how these focal lengths are going to look on your video.

Zoom Lenses for Tripod Recording

PANASONIC LUMIX G Lens, 25MM, F1.7 ASPH, MIRRORLESS Micro Four Thirds, H-H025K (USA Black)
SIGMA ART 30MM F2.8 DN Black Lens For Micro Four Thirds Mount
PANASONIC LUMIX G II LENS, 20MM, F1.7 ASPH, MIRRORLESS MICRO FOUR THIRDS, H-H020AK (USA BLACK)
Olympus 25mm f1.8 Interchangeable Lens (Black)
Rokinon 35mm F1.4 AS UMC Wide Angle Fixed Lens for Olympus and Panasonic Micro 4/3 (MFT) Mount Digital Cameras (RK35M-MFT)
Focal length
25mm
30mm
20mm
25mm
35mm
Weight
221g / 7.8 oz
140g /4.9oz
86g / 3.04 oz
136g / 4.8 oz
635g / 1.4 lb
OIS
Autofocus
Aperture
f/1.7
f/2.8
f/1.7
f/1.8
f/1.4
Sensor size
MFT
MFT
MFT
MFT
MFT
$247.99
$169.00
$297.99
from $399.00
from $269.00
PANASONIC LUMIX G Lens, 25MM, F1.7 ASPH, MIRRORLESS Micro Four Thirds, H-H025K (USA Black)
Focal length
25mm
Weight
221g / 7.8 oz
OIS
Autofocus
Aperture
f/1.7
Sensor size
MFT
$247.99
SIGMA ART 30MM F2.8 DN Black Lens For Micro Four Thirds Mount
Focal length
30mm
Weight
140g /4.9oz
OIS
Autofocus
Aperture
f/2.8
Sensor size
MFT
$169.00
PANASONIC LUMIX G II LENS, 20MM, F1.7 ASPH, MIRRORLESS MICRO FOUR THIRDS, H-H020AK (USA BLACK)
Focal length
20mm
Weight
86g / 3.04 oz
OIS
Autofocus
Aperture
f/1.7
Sensor size
MFT
$297.99
Olympus 25mm f1.8 Interchangeable Lens (Black)
Focal length
25mm
Weight
136g / 4.8 oz
OIS
Autofocus
Aperture
f/1.8
Sensor size
MFT
from $399.00
Rokinon 35mm F1.4 AS UMC Wide Angle Fixed Lens for Olympus and Panasonic Micro 4/3 (MFT) Mount Digital Cameras (RK35M-MFT)
Focal length
35mm
Weight
635g / 1.4 lb
OIS
Autofocus
Aperture
f/1.4
Sensor size
MFT
from $269.00

Wide-Angle for Handheld Recording

Sigma 19mm F2.8 EX DN Art (Silver) for Micro 4/3
PANASONIC LUMIX G X Vario Power Zoom Lens, 14-42mm, F3.5-5.6 ASPH, Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds, POWER Optical I.S, H-PS14042S (SILVER)
Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 (Black) for Olympus and Panasonic Micro 4/3 Cameras
Olympus M ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 micro Four Thirds Lens for Olympus and Panasonic Micro Four Third Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras (Black)
Focal length
19mm
14-42mm
17mm
9-18mm
12mm
Weight
160g /5.6oz
95g / 3.36 oz
119g / 4.2 oz
155g / 5.5 oz
130g / 4.6 oz
OIS
Type
EX
Power OIS
-
-
-
Aperture
f/2.8
f/3.5-5.6
f/1.8
f/4.0-5.6
f/2.0
For sensor
MFT
MFT
MFT
MFT
MFT
$169.00
$379.00
from $374.00
$699.00
from $699.00
Sigma 19mm F2.8 EX DN Art (Silver) for Micro 4/3
Focal length
19mm
Weight
160g /5.6oz
OIS
Type
EX
Aperture
f/2.8
For sensor
MFT
$169.00
PANASONIC LUMIX G X Vario Power Zoom Lens, 14-42mm, F3.5-5.6 ASPH, Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds, POWER Optical I.S, H-PS14042S (SILVER)
Focal length
14-42mm
Weight
95g / 3.36 oz
OIS
Type
Power OIS
Aperture
f/3.5-5.6
For sensor
MFT
$379.00
Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 (Black) for Olympus and Panasonic Micro 4/3 Cameras
Focal length
17mm
Weight
119g / 4.2 oz
OIS
Type
-
Aperture
f/1.8
For sensor
MFT
from $374.00
Olympus M ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 micro Four Thirds Lens for Olympus and Panasonic Micro Four Third Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera
Focal length
9-18mm
Weight
155g / 5.5 oz
OIS
Type
-
Aperture
f/4.0-5.6
For sensor
MFT
$699.00
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras (Black)
Focal length
12mm
Weight
130g / 4.6 oz
OIS
Type
-
Aperture
f/2.0
For sensor
MFT
from $699.00

Nomenclatures

MFT

Micro Four Thirds: this is the size of Panasonic mirrorless cameras. This smaller sensor makes a 12mm lens look like a 24mm lens on an APS-C sensor camera (x2 crop factor).

Power OIS

This is Panasonic’s new image stabilization technology, which is the improved version of the Mega OIS.

Sigma EX

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.

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