Recommended 50mm Lenses
The 50mm is going to be one of your go-to lenses for boudoir so pick one that’s going to deliver. Nikon’s Z 50mm 1.8s is super sharp with little to no chromatic aberration that will give you that shallow depth of field you’re looking for that’s perfect for boudoir. More expensive than other 50mm lenses on this page but worth the bit extra.
Nikkor 50mm 1.8 D series
If you’re on a budget and looking for a great 50mm lens at a low price, this auto focus Nikkor is a great value. A go-to lens for shooting boudoir, this 50 is small, compact, and light weight (5.5 ounces), it also has amazing color rendering and micro-contrast (a big plus for turning images to black & white). As low as $80 used. Please check your camera model for compatibility.
Canon 50mm 1.8 STM
A great value auto focus lens from Canon. With seven rounded aperture blades instead of five, this lens produces rounder creamier bokeh. Throw in a metal mount, Super Spectra Coating, and an improved manual focus ring and this improved version 50mm 1.8 runs circles around its predecessor. Make sure to get the “STM” model. Also small, compact, and light weight (5.6 ounces), this is Canon’s best-selling lens because it provides quality optics at a low price. Pick one up used for around $90 in excellent condition. Please check your camera model for compatibility.
Fujifilm 50mm f/2
Recommended 35mm Lenses
Nikkor AF 35mm f/2 D
Tamron AF 35mm f/1.4
Recommended Mid-Range Zoom Lenses
Recommended Portrait Style Lenses
Nikkor 85mm 1.8 D
Auto focus. Make sure you get the D series! This 85mm is great for portrait-style boudoir when you want to get up close and intimate or for beautiful body shots. You should be able to find one for under $300. Please check your camera model for compatibility. (Don’t confuse it with the 1.4 which is a great lens too but a lot more $$.)
Tokina 100mm 2.8
Auto Focus. This is a beautiful lens for portrait-type boudoir images. The 100mm fixed focal length will give you good compression of the background adding variety to your boudoir images. Should be able to find one used for under $300. Make sure you get one that’s compatible with either your Nikon or Canon camera body.
If you’re in the market for a used lens be sure to check out KEH and UsedProPhoto for a great deal. Adorama also has used gear.