Recommended Lenses

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

In Black

In Silver

Super fast auto focus. Light weight and compact. Extremely sharp with “stunning saturation and micro-contrast” which is ideal for turning images into black & white. Beautiful bokeh. For mirrorless cameras. $399 used. Please check your camera model for compatibility. 

Recommended 35mm Lenses

Nikkor AF 35mm f/2 D

Auto focus. Another great value lens. Compact and light weight.  Superb micro-contrast and color rendering. If you like to shoot a bit wider, capturing more of the setting, you’ll need a good 35mm in your arsenal. Used around $199. Please check your camera model for compatibility.

Tamron AF 35mm f/1.4

Auto focus. Super sharp. Creamy bokeh. High saturation. This is the best 35mm lens — period. Recently marked down $200! If you need to save money, get the 35mm f/2 D but if you can at all afford the extra cost — then get this lens! You will have it for a lifetime.

Recommended Mid-Range Zoom Lenses

Nikkor 24-85mm 3.5-4.5 G - VR

If you’re looking for a great mid-range zoom, a jack-of-all-trades lens then this is your baby! Pay only around $200 used. Please check your camera model for compatibility. 

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

For Nikon

For Canon

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.

Used Lenses

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.