Becoming a newborn photographer is a dream job for many photographers out there. Unlike corporate or commercial photography, newborn photography allows for a more personal touch and you know that your work will directly impact someone’s life. You get to make art while capturing some of the most special and precious moments of a family’s life, and your work will be something they’ll treasure forever. For newborn photography, the type of lens you use is even more important. You want something that will take in all the little details so the photo is crisp, clean, and lasts a lifetime.
We’ve compiled a list of the best lenses for newborn photography in 2020 that are suitable for the top camera brands of this time.
- Canon EF 100MM f/2.8L
The most universal lens for newborn photography, and suitable for close portraits. With its smooth edge-to-edge sharpness, quick autofocus, and optical stabilizer, you can depend on this lens for almost all situations. It also gives a blurred background and beautiful bokeh, with no chromatic aberration, so the baby is truly the focus of the entire image.
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens
This lens works very well for portraiture because of its ability to shoot wide open at the f/1.2 aperture. It comes with a ring-type UltraSonic Motor and high-speed CPU that allows for silent autofocus. The minimal focal distance of 0.45mm provides maximum object magnification of 1:6:7. This lens also produces a good bokeh effect and performs very well even in poor lighting situations. However, don’t rely too much on its autofocus since it can be a bit slow.
- Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Wide-Angle Lens
The best for professionals and beginners, this lens is great for those who would like to take newborn pictures at home. The f/2 aperture provides the possibility to work near window light, the autofocus is fast and accurate, and the lens overall is small, optically stabilized and sharp. The only downside is that it doesn’t come with a hood, and you get dim corners if the photos are taken at a wide aperture.
- Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G
This is the best lens for newborn photography from Nikon, created as a supplement for Nikon SLR cameras. It has a quick aperture and a fixed focal length, and the rounded 9-lobe diaphragm gives a smooth bokeh. This model is perfect if you take newborn photos daily and dislike using standard and ultra-wide-angle lenses. The Super Integrated Coating reduces flares and ghosting, and it’s very good for shooting in bad weather conditions. Cons are that the images aren’t very sharp and the lens has chromatic aberrations on the open aperture.
- Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G
If you’re looking for a great lens at an affordable price, this lightweight lens with excellent ergonomics comes highly recommended. The optical design has an aspherical lens and unique silent ultrasonic motor so you can get excellent photo quality without being afraid of waking up a sleeping newborn. It has a wide aperture and produces sharp pictures with minimal distortion. However, it has limited close focus capabilities and no optical stabilization.
- Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
This lens is to be Nikon’s flagship macro lens and is the first macro lens that comes with image stabilization by any brand. It works with both full-frame FX and cropped-frame DX-format bodies, and users will be able to use autofocus even in low-light situations. It has Vibration Reduction to combat handshake, provides very high resolution, and comes with glare protection for stunning pictures.
- Sony E 55-210mm
This lens provides a great balance between form and function. It features a convenient zoom in, and responsive autofocus with minimum noise so as not to wake a sleeping baby. Direct manual focus is ideal for precise, comfortable manual focus adjustments, and also has optical steady shot image stabilization. This lens is perfect for photographers who would love to include a video capture in their list of services.
Hopefully, this list gives you an idea of which lens would work the best for you. Do remember that the equipment you have won’t define your success as a newborn photographer, since it’s not just about cameras and lenses but experience as well. If you’re a parent planning on doing a newborn photography session by yourself but are now feeling overwhelmed by the technicalities of it, book in a session with an experienced newborn and baby photographer, like Kristy’s Studio.