Today, we will be taking a look at what we feel is the best lens for wedding photography when using a Nikon d5300 camera. Before getting into the article, we would like to point out that the d5300 is an entry level camera but we would not feel comfortable recommending entry-level lenses for paid client work such as wedding photography.
Due to this, we have avoided entry-level lenses and specifically chosen lenses that are still relatively budget friendly while also offering some excellent bang for your buck. We will also be featuring two different lenses in the article rather than one to cover the two main styles of wedding photography that the vast majority of wedding photographers utilize during a wedding. Both are excellent bits of kit and great investments that will help improve your wedding photography performance for many years to come.
The Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S
In our opinion, the best lens for wedding photography when using a Nikon d5300 is the Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S (Click here to check for product prices and availability). It really is an excellent lens that will serve you, your d5300, and your paying clients well when it comes to wedding photography. It has an excellent build quality, offers some of the best performance for its price point in the market, and its functionality is ideal for photographing weddings.
This has made it a very popular lens that has plenty of reviews (click here to read some of them) that have been posted by independent wedding photographers. We would highly recommend that you read some of those reviews as the give a direct insight into the performance of the lens from independent wedding photographers posting their honest opinions.
The 28-70mm focal length of this lens is perfect for weddings. It allows you to use this lens in a large number of wedding situations and capture photographs without issue. The lower levels of its zoom are perfect for group photographs or for when you are wanting to capture a large amount of the background in addition to your subject with great image quality.
You can then work your way up through the zoom range of the lens and utilize it for a number of different portrait styles and then its higher zoom levels are ideal for close-ups of things like the rings or the seating placements. All of this in one single lens helps to reduce the amount of kit you have to carry with you for the gig while still being able to capture excellent photographs.
Another strong selling point for the Nikon 28-70mm for a wedding photographer is its low light performance. As many wedding ceremony and wedding reception venues often have poor lighting, you need something that is still going to perform well and allow you to capture high-quality images. The f/2.8 aperture of the lens is perfect for this and allows you to keep going no matter what.
If you are looking for a great lens for your Nikon d5300 that is going to massively up your wedding photography game then we would highly recommend that you check out the Nikon 28-70mm further.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
The Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF
Depending on your style, another option that some consider to be the best lens for wedding photography for a Nikon d5300 camera is the Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF (Click here to check for product prices and availability). It is a great lens that comes with a very fair price tag considering all of the functionality that it provides you and is a very popular choice for wedding photographers with many choosing to post their own independent reviews (click here to read some of them) of the lens.
The 70-200mm focal length of the lens is perfect for a more hands-off approach to capturing the wedding as it allows you to hang around the edges of the ceremony and reception while capturing photographs without people knowing. This offers a much more natural style of wedding photography that is rapidly increasing in popularity due to the added authenticity of the photo.
Both the low light and variable light performance of the lens is excellent allowing you to keep capturing photographs in poorly lit locations of the venue without having to swap your lens out. The build quality of the lens is excellent with its manual zoom and manual focus rings performing perfectly without issue.
One thing that may be a drawback for the lens is its lower zoom level being 70mm. This can be a pain if you are wanting to capture any wide-angle photographs but that’s where the Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S (Click here to check for product prices and availability) covered above comes in.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
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