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Best Canon Lens for Video [2021 Review]

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Published: 02/04/2021

Real estate videography can be challenging, especially finding the right gear. In particular, Canon has a wide variety of lenses which can be overwhelming if you aren’t sure what to look for.

That’s why we’ve created this guide of the best canon lens for video, including reviews, features, factors to consider, and a FAQ.

Top Canon Prime Lenses for Video

Depending on the lenses you prefer, these are the best Canon lens for video for outdoor, indoor, and low-light situations for real estate videography.

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Best Prime Canon Lens for Video
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8
Best Zoom Canon Lens for Video
Canon EF-S 18-135mm
Best Telephoto Canon Lens
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM
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Best Zoom Canon Lens for Video
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Canon EF-S 18-135mm
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Best Telephoto Canon Lens
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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8

Looking for a camera lens that catches 8 times more light than the standard zoom? The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 remains a top choice for low-light situations when shooting homes.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens + 3pc Filter Kit +...

This lens also catches less motion blur, reducing the need for flash. It’s also great for everyday use, as the STM technology quickly captures high-quality video and photos. The STM focus for video is also silent on models T4i and below and near-silent on older models.

Since it does not have image stabilization, make sure to use a tripod or gimbal to capture steady video.

Features:

  • This lens has an 80mm effective focal-length on cropped sensor cameras, with 50mm on full-frame cameras.
  • The small size is great for travelers or those working on-the-go.
  • Since the lens opens to f/1.8, it allows for shallow depth of field and bokeh. As a result, the background falls into a beautiful blur with your real estate subject in clear focus.

Overall, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8, also known as the “Nifty Fifty,” is a popular choice as a prime lens for video because of its ability to adapt to low light and provide unique bokeh for videos.  

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens + 3pc Filter Kit +...
  • This Lens Bundle comes with All Standard Canon Supplied Accessories and Includes:
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens, 49mm Lens Cap, Rear Lens Dust Cap
  • Neoprene Soft Lens Pouch, 49mm Lenshood, Lens Cap Keeper, Dustblower, 2 in 1 Lenspen, 3 Pc Filter...

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM

The fast f/1.4 max aperture of this lens allows for low-light performance with selective focus control. The 35mm focal length is also one of the most versatile on the market, best for landscapes, portraits, and close-up subjects.

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens, Lens Only

The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM is a wide angle lens that is perfect for capturing residential and commercial real estate through video, showing the whole compound, backyard, front yard, and more. Compared to the 50mm lens, the 35mm is ideal when recording video in smaller spaces, such as bathrooms and tighter bedrooms.

Because it’s an L-series optic, it can work in harsh environments with its weather-resistant construction. It’s also a reformulated lens design from Canon, consisting of 14 elements in 11 groups, using the new Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) elements.

These new chromatic features allow for better clarity by reducing chromatic aberrations and color fringing. The ultra low dispersion (UD) and two aspherical elements control distortion for better illumination and sharpness.

Features:

  • The subwavelength coating (SWC) reduces ghosting and lens flare, with fluorine coatings on the lens to protect optics from smudging.
  • The ultrasonic motor (USM) delivers a quiet, smooth, and fast AF performance.
  • The nine-blade diaphragm allows for an aesthetically pleasing out-of-focus quality with shallow depth imagery.

The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM provides optimal grade videography and can be used with full-frame EOS DSLRs and APS-C models.

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens, Lens Only
  • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 35mm f/1.4
  • Subwavelength Coating (SWC) helps significantly reduce lens ghosting and flare.Lens Construction: 14...
  • Diagonal Angle of View: 63°

Top Canon Zoom Lenses for Video

Finding a Canon zoom lens for real estate videography can be challenging, which is why we’ve compiled a list of the best Canon zoom lenses.

Canon EF-S 18-135mm

This lens is lightweight, and great for photographers just starting out. The Canon EF-S 18-135mm is a kit lens with a wide 7.5x focal length range for real estate videography, capturing every element with solid image stabilization (IS).

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Standard Zoom...

If you’re on a budget and looking for one lens that can give you the ability to capture a wide range of spaces, this is the lens we recommend buying. While the glass isn’t as nice as the prime lenses we mentioned or even as specialized as zoom lenses like the Canon EF-S 10-18mm or Canon EF 70-200mm, the 18-135mm will still deliver great results.

This lens does provide image stabilization which is a useful feature to have since the f-stop opens to f/3.5-5.6. 

Features:

  • The lens provides excellent sharpness in the middle at its widest angle of 18mm at f/3.5.
  • The video becomes sharper and clearer at 24-50mm, open at f/4-5. Around 88mm provides soft corners with a continuous sharp image. However, the optimal sharpness settings are f/8 and 50mm.
  • The most prominent feature of this lens is the large zoom ring at 1.5 inches in width.
  • The zoom action is effortless from 18mm to 135mm in a 90° turn, with a slight amount of force required to transition between focal lengths.

Overall, the Canon EF-S 18-135mm includes various optics, such as 16 elements in 12 groups, with 5 zoom groups. It’s multicoated, has internal focus, and the front group moves during zoom. The image stabilization is quiet on T4i and older and slightly audible on newer models.

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Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Standard Zoom...
  • 18 135mm lens with f3.5 f.5.6 aperture; for use with APS C cameras
  • 35mm equivalent to 29mm 216mm focal length range
  • Dedicated image stabilization

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6

The image stabilization from this lens comes in handy for clear, crisp images, especially when there isn't a tripod nearby. The Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 provides wide-open sharpness with 4 stops of peripheral shading for excellent real estate videography.

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens

The lens displays sharp video at 10mm, especially at f/4.5, stopped down to f/8. However, past f/11, you can see diffraction, although the other focal lengths provide stellar quality.

The chromatic aberration is visible on all focal lengths in the corners, which is similar to the Canon 18-135mm and not uncommon on ultra-wide lenses.

The focus is swift and quiet due to the STM motor, high-speed CPU, efficient autofocus algorithm, and rear-focusing system. If you want manual focusing, flip the AF/MF switch.

Since it is a focus-by-wire system, the STM focus motor allows the ring to rotate freely without stopping at minimum or maximum distances.

Features:

  • This lens is only compatible with APS-C/1.6x FOVCF Canon EOS DSLR cameras.
  • The 18mm focal lengths give an angle view equalling 28.8mm on a full 35mm frame.
  • Lightweight ultra-wide zoom angle lens.

In all, the Canon EF 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 provides excellent zoom quality for real estate videography and more, with its ultra-wide zoom angles. Despite slight chromatic aberration, it can be corrected in post-production.

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
  • EF S ultra wide zoom lens. Drive System Lead screw and rack system driven by stepping motor
  • Focal Length and Maximum Aperture: 10 18 millimeter,1:4.5 5.6
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 0.72 feet. / 0.22 meter

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

The images this lens produces are sharp with excellent contrast, even at the wide-open f/2.8. As with most L series lenses, the hood keeps out stray sunlight, reducing flare.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens

The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L is fit for sharp real estate videography and photography, built for harsh conditions with weather sealing. This lens is often described as a work horse, because it’s incredibly durable and produces consistently great results.

This lens does not provide image stabilization, although Canon states they removed IS for better quality. A tripod is best with this lens for stable images, as the video quality is crisp and clear.

The chromatic aberration isn’t noticeable at 24mm and 50mm but becomes apparent on the corners at around 70mm. Luckily, it can be fixed through editing.

If your budget allows, this lens is recommended over the Canon 18-135mm. Even though the 24-70mm lens does not have as wide of a zoom range, the quality of the final result is far superior.

Features:

  • 18 elements in 13 groups, with 2 UD glass elements and one Super UD element to minimize aberrations.
  • 24-70mm focal length with fast f/2.8 max aperture and f/22 minimum.
  • Ring-type ultrasonic motor (USM) that provides swift, quiet focus.
  • Provides .38m as closest focus, with .19x magnification.
  • Compatible with Canon DSLRs, such as full-frame, APS-C and APS-H.
  • Users can experiment with the ND filters with its 82mm.

Ultimately, the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM provides high-quality video, even bokeh, at wide angles in any condition.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens
  • 24 70 millimetre focal length, 38.4 112 millimetre equivalent focal length on Canon APS C cameras
  • F2.8 constant maximum aperture; F22 minimum, ring type ultrasonic type AF motor with full time...
  • 82 millimetre filters, closest focusing distance: 0.38 meter/1.25 feet

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM

The fast constant features of this f/2.8 lens offer control over the depth of field and isolated subjects, ideal for real estate videography. The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM is a multipurpose telephoto zoom lens designed for advanced optics.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens for Canon...

The weather-resistant design prevents dust and moisture from inhibiting its efficiency with fluorine coatings to reduce smudging.

This lens provides sharpness from edge to edge with minimal distortion. It’s more on the heavy side due to its superb build quality.

While this is a great lens, we recommend adding other lenses such as the Canon 10-18mm and the Canon 35mm to your gear bag before you splurge on the 70-200mm lens. For real estate videography, this zoom lens isn’t used as much, so you’ll likely find it sitting in your bag more often than not. However, when you do need those zoomed in shots, no lens compares to the Canon EF 70-200mm.

Features:

  • Air Sphere Coating (ASC) to reduce flare and ghosting with enhanced color fidelity and contrast in any condition
  • Image stabilization that compensates for 3.5 stops of camera shake, excellent for handheld videography in low-light conditions
  • Ring-type USM for accurate, quiet, quick autofocus performance
  • Eight-blade diaphragm for amazing out of focus quality
  • Works with EF 1.4X and EF 2X teleconverters
  • The 70-22mm range allows for cityscapes and distant views

If you need a heavy-duty zoom lens, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM provides an excellent job with high-quality sharpness, contrast, focal length, with the ability to grab entire landscapes.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens for Canon...
  • Constant f/2.8 Maximum Aperture throughout Entire Zoom Range.
  • Canon’s Air Sphere Coating (ASC) Minimizes Ghosting and Flare.
  • Optical Image Stabilization at up to 3.5 Stops of Shake Correction.

Features to Consider in a Canon Lens for Video

With lots of choices to consider, some features can help you narrow down your decision, which we’ve listed to help you.

Man recording a video using a Canon DSLR and lens

Image Stabilization

Image stabilization (IS) reduces movement in your real estate videos, providing a steadier, more professional videography.

If you do not have a tripod or gimbal system to keep the video steady, image stabilization can reduce camera shake while shooting video.

Image stabilization works by the glass elements inside the lens, sensing horizontal and vertical movements. The downside to increased image stabilization is the increase in price as the lens requires a complex motor system. However, lenses with no IS may have better image quality.

However, if your lens has a large aperture and no IS, it most likely requires an additional device for better stability.

Quality Glass

The lens quality reduces distortion, lens flare, vignetting, chromatic aberration, and more.

Most of Canon’s lenses are top quality, with prime lenses possessing solid optics. However, some professions, such as journalism and sporting events, require top-notch quality. That’s why Canon released the L-series lens, as the L stands for luxury.

Not everyone needs the L-series, as they tend to be bulky. However, for those possessing professional-grade quality videography, it may be ideal. L-series lenses tend to have quicker apertures, better frame support, autofocus, and focus control.

If you are a beginner that casually shoots video and photos, an L-series may not be for you.

Focal Length

The focal length is measured in millimeters between the center of the lens and the camera sensor, capturing light information. The light then converges to a single point called the optical center, which delivers how much the camera can capture.  

The smaller the number, the wider the angles, with large numbers dictating narrow angles.

Different aspects of focal length directly impact include:

  • Image shake: Lenses with long focal lengths can be affected by the slighted motion, requiring a tripod for image stabilization.
  • Scale: Short focal lengths can expand perspective, making objects appear larger and less space in-between.
  • Depth of field: Most commonly known as shallow depth of field, focal length enables better focus on small objects at certain distances.

Depending on how up-close your photos or videos will be, the focal length will determine how sharp they are, besides other factors.

Canon camera with zoom lens for making real estate videos

Aperture

Aperture controls how much light enters the lens, impacting the depth of focus and your video’s brightness. When reading aperture, the smallest numbers provide the largest exposure and vice versa. For example, f/1.4 is the largest while f/22 is the smallest.

The aperture setting can also affect sharpness and the camera’s ability to take video in low-light situations. For instance, using small apertures in the evening is not ideal, resulting in long shutter speeds.

A faster aperture is best for the dark with a higher ISO to get an exposed image without distortion. Filters such as the bokeh effect also largely depend on the aperture.

If you want to capture landscapes, f/2.8 is best, which can also take photos of the Milky Way since it’s excellent for the dark.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do You Need Parfocal Lenses for Videography?

Parfocal lenses are primarily used in movies and entertainment, such as sports. They’re also common in microscopes and telescopes. However, they can be useful depending on the occasion, although most people do not need parfocal lenses for videography.

Conclusion

Finding the best Canon lens for video is a journey, especially for real estate videography. There are many factors to consider, such as image stabilization, quality glass, focal length, and aperture, that impact the image quality.

Luckily, Canon provides a lens for every occasion, no matter the type of real estate so you can rest assured that you will find a lens that meets your needs.

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