Top 10 Best Vlogging Lenses For All Cameras & Budgets You Should Buy

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Best Vlogging Lenses For All Types Of Cameras

If you were to ask any cinematographer “whats that most important part of a camera?”. Their response would almost always be a lens. Used correctly and in the right settings, a lens can give amazing video results that both are sharp and look beautiful.

While videography and cinematography have been around for over 100 years. One art form that has quickly come into the spotlight is Vlogging. This amazing new art form necessitates certain features and requirements for Vloggers and their lenses.

Since lenses are such important pieces of equipment for a YouTuber Vloggers. I have decided to make this guide on the best Vlogging lenses, so you too can take full advantage of their glassy goodness!

But first…

What types of lenses are best for YouTubers & Vloggers?

What types of lenses are best for YouTubers & Vloggers?

As I touched on briefly above, Vloggers require certain features from their lenses which traditionally wouldn’t be used. Also with the unique way in which Vlogs are recorded, there also has to be a certain focal length/wide-angle aspect.

This is mainly due to the fact that most Vloggers hold their cameras out in from of them via their arms, or attached to a mini tripod. Because of this, a wide-angle lens is best suited for Vloggers, ideally in the 10-25mm range.

Having that wide-angle view allows Vloggers to capture themselves, others and the background in the frame. Combining all these subjects together helps one tell a story which their audience will love!

Below is a comparison with different focal lengths that I used with my camera. You can see the wider I go, the more natural it looks. Also with the more telephoto look, the background and also my head is cropped out of the frame which is not ideal.

How I found the best Vlogging lenses

After Vlogging self for close to 3 years and speaker to dozens of other Vloggers. I have come up with a list of features which I always look for when picking a good lens for my camera. While a lens doesn’t have to have all of these features, it’s preferred if you can find one with at least 3 of the below 5 features.

How I found the best Vlogging lenses
  • Wide angle: As I touched on above, having a lens with a wide angle focal length is a must. Also its preferred to get a variable lens which means your not locked into one focal length. 10-18mm, 10-22mm & 18-55mm are good choices.
  • Large Apature: The aperture of a lens is how wide is can open which allows more light to the sensor and is great for shallow depth of field videos. A minimum aperture of f/5 is great for Vlogging. Anything below is a bonus.
  • Optical Image Stabilisation: As Vloggers, we tend to record in a wide range of environments. So having a lens that can deliver smooth buttery footage is very import. IOS also sometimes depends on the camera that you are using.
  • Continuous Auto Focus: Being able to track yourself within a video and keep in focus is critical. There is nothing worse than out of focus video. So using a lens that has this ability is well worth it!
  • Compatibility: Unfortunately not all lenses are born equal. Finding a lens that is compatible with many different cameras will allow you to upgrade the camera body and not have to reinvest into new lenses.

Below I have segmented the different types of lenses into brand category. I have included lenses for Canon, Nikon, Sony & Lumix cameras.

In order for you to better navigate my list, I have color coded the cameras brands so you can quickly scroll down to your desired camera brand.

  • Canon
  • Sony
  • Nikon
  • Panasonic

Ok, lets get stuck in!

Top 10 Best Vlogging Lenses For All Cameras & Budgets

1. Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Review

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Specifications

Brand: Canon ASP-C Models
Apature: f/4.5-5.6
Focal Length: 10-18mm
Optical Image Stabilisation: ✅

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Review

First up on my list of best Vlogging lenses is my number one pick for those who are using Canon cropped sensor cameras. In a nutshell, this is my favorite pick as it ticks all of the essentials features that I mentioned above.

To add a cherry on top of that, it is also quite affordable when compared to many other lenses on the market.

I have been using this Canon 10-18mm lens on my Canon EOS 70D for the past 2 years. During that time I have been thrilled with its performance for my video content. This lens has consistently given me crystal clear video that is both smooth and sharp.

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM wide angle vlogging

I can put that down to the wide angle focal length, large aperture of f/4.5 which is good for low light recording, optical image stabilisation and the continuous auto focus motor. Combine these things together and you get one great lens!

If you plan on recording a Vlog in a Casey Neistat style manner, then having the above features are a must in my opinion. With recording on the go, having the OIS and continuous AF are absolute lifesavers. Without them, you run the risk of having shaky and out of focus video.

If I had to pick one grudge about this lens, it would have to be the plastic materials used. While it is still very well built, I wouldn’t feel very confident if I was to accidentally drop it. But for the price tag and features, I really cant complain![

Many times I have received positive comments on video footage within my Vlogs. While I do take some credit, I also put it down to this lens. Overall I have had a great experience with this lens and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone!

2. Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 Lens

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 Lens Review

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 Lens Specifications

Brand: Canon ASP-C Models
Apature: f/3.5-4.5
Focal Length: 10-22mm
Optical Image Stabilisation: ✅

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 Lens Review

Next up on my list is another great wide-angle lens from Canon that has been around for close to 10 years. You know what they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! This definitely applies to this lens as it is much loved amongst the video and Vlogging community.

While the above 10-18mm lens is considered an entry-level wide-angle lens. This Canon EF-S 10-22mm is more of an intermediate level lens as it boasts some added benefits. For me, what made this lens stand out was the wider aperture and faster autofocus capabilities.

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 Lens wide angle vlogging

When comparing the aperture of the lenses, this one has an extra stop which may not seem like much. But after you record in low light settings, you really can start to tell. While its not a major, it sure comes in handy when you need it.

As for the continuous autofocus on this lens, it is lighting quick! I was able to put the camera in front of me on my Joby GorillaPod and this lens kept up with all my movements. It is also significantly quieter so you won’t hear and gears turning during playback of the video. Overall a great lens!

If you want to learn more about Canon Vlogging lenses, you can check out my guide here!

3. Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens

Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Review

Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Specifications

Brand: Canon ASP-C Models
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 17-55mm
Optical Image Stabilisation: ✅

Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Review

Coming in next on my list of best Vlogging lenses is the uber sharp and ultra-quick Canon EF-S 17-55mm lens. I will come out right away and say that this lens is very hefty! It comes in at 22.8 ounces which makes it a heavyweight. But it sure does pack a punch!

What makes this lens stand from the above two lenses is the constant aperture of f/2.8 from its widest view all the way up to 55mm. The end result of this is amazing shallow depth of field, faster lens performance and less noise in photos and video due to using a smaller ISO.

Also as you might have guessed, this lens does not come cheap! In actual fact, it costs more than many entry-level cameras with lenses! But do I regret purchasing this lens? Definitely not! It has given me outstanding shared videos day after day.

4. Sony SEL1018 10-18mm Wide-Angle Zoom Lens

Sony SEL1018 10-18mm Wide-Angle Zoom Lens Review

Sony SEL1018 10-18mm Wide-Angle Zoom Lens Specifications

Brand: Sony E (NEX) Mount Cameras
Apature: f/4
Focal Length: 10-18mm
Optical Image Stabilisation: ✅

Sony SEL1018 10-18mm Wide-Angle Zoom Lens Review

Moving on to the Sony lineup of lenses in this list! Sony has become an absolute powerhouse in the camera scene in the past 5 years. With their introduction of a stellar lineup of mirrorless cameras, people have started to migrate to this amazing new format.

One lens, in particular, that has also attracted new users to Sony is this 10-18mm wide-angle lens with an aperture of f/4. One major difference between this lens and the above Canon lenses is the footprint which is almost half the size. This comes in incredibly handy for keeping the overall weight of the camera setup down.

I was using this lens with my Sony NEX 6 which I took on a recent trip to Thailand for a travel Vlog. Having a smaller and lightweight lens/camera comb was a huge bonus. I would also recommend picking up some 62mm filters for some extra creativity.

As for the sharpness and quality of the lens, I was thoroughly surprised with the pinpoint sharpness and image stabilization. Overall a great lens!

5. Sony 16-35mm Vario-Tessar T FE F4 ZA OSS E-Mount Lens

Sony 16-35mm Vario-Tessar T FE F4 ZA OSS E-Mount Lens Review

Sony 16-35mm Vario-Tessar T FE F4 ZA OSS E-Mount Lens Specifications

Brand: Sony E (NEX) Mount Cameras
Apature: f/4
Focal Length: 16-35mm
Optical Image Stabilisation: ✅

Sony 16-35mm Vario-Tessar T FE F4 ZA OSS E-Mount Lens Review

Next up is another incredible offering by Sony for E mount cameras which gave me stunningly rich video footage that was razor sharp at all focal lengths! Seriously, this lens is unbelievably sharp for being a variable lens. I usually find this in prime lenses, so I was pleasantly surprised.

Built with metal construction, it feels very sturdy in the hand and has some heft to it. While it is a smaller lens, it weighs around 18 ounces. But I was happy having the extra weight as I knew I could be a bit more demanding of the lens.

In use, I got great results when used with my Sony A7ii which made this lens an ultra-wide-angle on a full-frame body. Mostly I was using this for recording Vlogs on the go where I needed a wide-angle view to get myself and the surroundings in the frame.  As for the price, it’s not ideal, but if you have the budget, this is a great pick!

6. Sony SEL1224G 12-24mm f/4-22 Fixed Zoom Camera Lens

Sony SEL1224G 12-24mm f/4-22 Fixed Zoom Camera Lens Review

Sony SEL1224G 12-24mm f/4-22 Fixed Zoom Camera Lens Specifications

Brand: Sony E Mount Cameras
Apature: f/4
Focal Length: 12-24mm
Optical Image Stabilisation: ✅

Sony SEL1224G 12-24mm f/4-22 Fixed Zoom Camera Lens Review

Last but not least in my roundup of the best Vlogging lenses from Sony is the 12-24mm F4 G lens which is made for Sony’s full-frame mirrorless cameras (it is also compatible with E mount cameras).

In a nutshell, this lens is an absolute beast! While I thought the above 16-35mm lens was wide, this one is a completely different story! When used on a full-frame body, it almost gives a fish-eye perspective which can give off some distortion.

When it came to the downsides, I found that there were, in fact, a few. Not major, but worth mentioning. First was the inability to add any filters due to the bulbous lens. The second was the fixed lens hood. Looking more closely, these design features are needed for such a wide-angle lens.

7. Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G

Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G Review

Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G Specifications

Brand: Nikon DX Cropped Sensor
Apature: f/4.5-5.6
Focal Length: 10-20mm
Optical Image Stabilisation: ✅

Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G Review

Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about all you Nikon fans out there! While Nikon isn’t widely known for their video capabilities in their cameras, there are still many great offerings out there. And in my opinion, are greatly under-appreciated.

One thing I think that deters new video creators to Nikon is the lack of lenses and the large price ranges. However, Nikon is slowly starting to change this which is great sign! Take this Nikon 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6 wide-angle lens for cropped sensor cameras which came out in 2017.

Nikon’s widest range lens before this was close to $1,000, as opposed to this model which is about a third of the price! So how does this particular lens stack up? Attached to my Nikon D500, I got great results and it helped to deliver great crispy 4K video.

The focusing ring was very smooth with a nice dampening effect which I usually find in more expensive lenses. Primarily made out of hard plastic, it was very light (around 9 ounces or 250 grams) with a plastic mounting. As for the downsides, there is no external switch on the lens to turn on/off the autofocus or OIS. But I can see why it is a cost-saving measure.

Nonetheless one of the best Vlogging lenses that Nikon has to offer!

8. Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Review

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Specifications

Brand: Nikon DX Cropped Sensor
Apature: f/3.5-4.5
Focal Length: 10-24mm
Optical Image Stabilisation

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Review

Remember that lens I was mentioning above that was close to $1,000? Well as you might have guessed… this is it! If budget is of no concern to you, then this might be the lens for you if you are sporting a Nikon cropped sensor DX camera.

Again, I attached this lens to my Nikon D500 and I was blown away by its performance. What really stood out for my for Vlogging, in particular, was the insanely fast autofocus which kept me or the subject always in focus.

Also with an ultra-wide lens of this caliber, I noticed almost no distortion on the corners of the video which I usually find in wide-angle lenses. As far as sharpness and low light performance are concerned, this lens really stood out when compared to many of my other Canon lenses.

9. Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX II Digital Zoom Lens

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX II Digital Zoom Lens Review

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX II Digital Zoom Lens Specifications

Brand: Nikon DX Cropped Sensor
Apature: f/2.8
Focal Length: 11-16mm
Optical Image Stabilisation: ✅

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX II Digital Zoom Lens Review

Ok, so from you can obviously tell from the title, this is not a Nikon branded lens. But don’t let that deter you! There are many great third party lenses out there such as Tokina and Sigma that offer up some great features on the cheap.

While I would typically try and stay within the Nikon ecosystem, there, unfortunately, aren’t many other wide-angle lenses available. But that’s ok as Tokina picks up the slack! So how did this third party lens perform in a Vlogging situation?

To my surprise, it did surprisingly well! Out of all the Nikon lenses, this Tokina performed extremely well in low light situations. That can easily be put down to the constant aperture of f/2.8 which is incredibly wide for a wide-angle lens.

When it came to the downsides, I noticed one major flaw which was the loud autofocusing mechanism which was on the loud side. When it came to editing, I did notice these sounds which were subtle, but still noticeable. So it would be good to keep that in mind if you plan on recording in a quiet studio or room.

10. Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens Review

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens Specifications

Brand: Lumix Cameras
Apature: f/3.5-5.6
Focal Length: 14-140mm
Optical Image Stabilisation: ✅

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens Review

Last but not least on my review of the best Vlogging lenses is the mighty Panasonic Lumix 14-140mm lens! Lumix cameras are starting to gain momentum in the Vlogging community with creators like Casey Neistat and David Dobrik using them in recent videos.

This can mainly be out down to the lightweight footprints of the cameras and the suburb video quality along with great audio as well. When it comes to the Lumix 14-140mm lens, it stacks up really well for a compact lens. While I was mainly using it for wide-angle, it also has some great telephoto capabilities. But I didn’t use the telephoto that often.

The only real gripe I had with this lens was the average optical image stabilization. I noticed it gave me quite inconsistent results when using on the go. I also had to do some post-processing image stabilization in Final Cut Pro. Nonetheless a good option for Lumix camera users!

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