Event Photographer Lens

Every event photographer is different and there isn’t any right or wrong answer with what lens you decide to use for when you get commissioned to photograph a corporate function. This is a little post with what works for me. I get a lot of emails from other photographers asking what lens I use for my event photography work. My answer tends to be the same I mostly have only two to three lens in the camera bag. I normally shoot up to four conferences or corporate events per week and the majority are located in London so it is crucial that my kit bag is lightweight and easy to carry so I can easily hop on and off London public transport.

Over the years I have whittled down the gear that I take for every job mainly because I wanted functioning shoulders and a good back but I feel keeping things simple with less camera gear enables you to focus on the job in hand and get the necessary shots that the clients needs.

Sony Zeiss 35mm 1.4 prime lens

The two lens I mainly use are as follows… Firstly my Sony Zeiss 35mm 1.4 prime lens for which is suitable for most wide angle shots that I need that focal length for. Another big plus about this lens is that if you can’t use flash during a certain part of the networking or panel discussion then its great under low light. Here is a example taken earlier this year.

Sony 70-200mm 2.8 zoom lens

My second lens that I use a lot is the very heavy but brilliant Sony 70-200mm 2.8 zoom lens which is used a-lot for conferences and panel discussions. This lens only stops down to 2.8 but the flexibility of the lens makes it so useful for the jobs when I have to be discreet but get the required close up shots. Here is a example of a corporate meeting that i was commissioned to photograph.