5 Best Lenses for Automotive Photography – Fuji & Canon lens complete guide 👌

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In this article, we will look at a very specific part of product photography – automotive photography or in many cases, car photography. When it comes to automotive photography you can transfer your knowledge from product photography, but there are some things to keep in mind that we will cover in the following paragraphs of the article. Since this article is titled “Best Lenses for Automotive Photography”, we will primarily focus on the lens aspect of automotive photography.

Every advanced automotive photographer should own at least three prime lenses. These lenses are a wide-angle, a standard, and a telephoto. Or you can compensate these lenses with a high-quality zoom lens that can cover a wide enough focal length range so it can be used for all types of photography.

You need to be able to capture the environment in which the vehicle is placed, that is why most automotive photographers prefer to use a wide-angle lens with a focal length ranging from 7mm to 24mm. This way we can take wide shots as well as tight shots. Wide-angle lenses work great when you are taking photos of cars in the desert, in nature, or in front of a beautiful mountain view.

Another important part of automotive photography is being able to capture the details. For that, we need to have a lens with a bit longer focal length. Usually, automotive photographers like to use a standard 50 mm lens in order to take detailed shots of the vehicle subjects. This focal length also works great for portrait photography, so it is an excellent option if you want to take photos of a person standing next to the vehicle.

The third lens that every automotive photographer should have is a medium-sized telephoto lens – any lens with a focal length of 80 mm is a great choice. This gives the photography the ability to take great close-up shots of the vehicle’s interior and therefore capturing all the great details the vehicle has to offer. It also works great taking photos of the vehicle’s logo and therefore can be used for creating great promotional photos.

As a general rule, a wide-angle zoom lens is used for capturing landscapes, a standard zoom lens is used for taking pictures of people and everyday events, and a telephoto zoom lens is used for portraits and more detailed close-up shots.

In the following paragraphs, I will list Canon & Fuji lenses, that are best suitable for automotive photography.


What are the Best Fuji Lenses for Automotive Photography?

In the table below you can find the array of lenses that I’ve selected as the best lenses for Automotive Photography. If you would like to start out with only one lens, then the Fujinon XF16-80mm F4 R OIS WR is an excellent choice. It is a perfect value/price zoom lens with the right focal length range to have you covered in all types of photography. To read a detailed description of each lens, continue reading the paragraphs below the table.

PRIME Wide-angle
Fujifilm XF16mmF1.4 R WR
PRIME Standard
Fujinon XF50mmF2 R WR Lens - Black
PRIME Telephoto
Fujinon XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR Lens
ZOOM BEST VALUE
Fujinon XF16-80mm F4 R OIS WR
ZOOM Wide-angle
Fujinon XF8-16mmF2.8R LM WR Lens
Fujifilm XF16mmF1.4 R WR
Fujinon XF50mmF2 R WR Lens - Black
Fujinon XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR Lens
Fujinon XF16-80mm F4 R OIS WR
Fujinon XF8-16mmF2.8R LM WR Lens
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377 Reviews
209 Reviews
64 Reviews
102 Reviews
30 Reviews
$999.00
$485.00
$1,199.00
$679.99
$1,999.00
PRIME Wide-angle
Fujifilm XF16mmF1.4 R WR
Fujifilm XF16mmF1.4 R WR
377 Reviews
$999.00
PRIME Standard
Fujinon XF50mmF2 R WR Lens - Black
Fujinon XF50mmF2 R WR Lens - Black
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209 Reviews
$485.00
PRIME Telephoto
Fujinon XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR Lens
Fujinon XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR Lens
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64 Reviews
$1,199.00
ZOOM BEST VALUE
Fujinon XF16-80mm F4 R OIS WR
Fujinon XF16-80mm F4 R OIS WR
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102 Reviews
$679.99
ZOOM Wide-angle
Fujinon XF8-16mmF2.8R LM WR Lens
Fujinon XF8-16mmF2.8R LM WR Lens
30 Reviews
$1,999.00

Last update on 2021-10-07

What is the Best Fuji PRIME Lenses for Automotive Photography?

Fujifilm XF16mm F1.4 R WR – Best Fuji WIDE-ANGLE lens

This lens is the best Fujifilm wide-angle lens and a winner in micro-contrast, also making it a great lens for black and white photography. The lens is best used for: Landscapes, astrophotography, interiors, street, real estate, still life, and near-Macro. The lens is not the best for: Portraiture, noisy AF, slowish AF, and it is definitely NOT for video use. The lens is as sharp as a razor. It is absolutely the single best prime wide-angle lens I have ever used or tested! This is my #1 must-own prime Fujifilm lens.

Fujifilm XF16mmF1.4 R WR
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Fujifilm XF16mmF1.4 R WR
  • 24mm in 35mm format equivalentTo adjust focus, rotate the focus ring while viewing the effects in the camera display The focus distance and depth-of-field indicators can be used to assist manual focus
  • Angle of view: 83.2°.Minimum working distance of less than 6 inches, Max magnification : 021x
  • Weather-resistant design with 9 sealing points in 8 areas
  • Nano-GI coating alters the refractive index between glass and air to reduce ghosting and flare
  • FUJIFILM X-Mount is compatible with all FUJIFILM interchangeable system cameras

Last update on 2021-10-07

Fujinon XF50mm F2 R WR Lens – Best Fuji STANDARD lens

This lens is best used for general purposes, mid-range subject photography, and near-telephoto FOV. The lens has incredible micro-contrast for black and white tonality, fast and silent AF, 75mm FOV. This is also one of my favorite Fujifilm lenses.

Fujinon XF50mmF2 R WR Lens - Black
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Fujinon XF50mmF2 R WR Lens - Black
  • Equivalent to 76 millimeter (in the 35 millimeter film format)
  • Maximum aperture of F2.0 for beautiful bokeh
  • Weather and dust resistant, operates in temperatures as low as -10 Degree Celsius, making it ideal for shooting in a variety of conditions
  • Fast and silent focusing. Max. magnification- 0.15x. Angle of view-31.7°
  • Focal length (35 millimeter format equivalent):f=50 millimeter (76 millimeter);Focus range 39 centimeter~∞

Last update on 2021-10-07

Fujinon XF80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Lens – Best Fuji TELEPHOTO lens

This lens’ focal length is very well suited for portraiture, product photography, macro, telephoto landscape, weddings, and general-purpose! It is also a very good prime lens for recording videos, like vlogging or youtube videos. I consider this lens an almost perfect optical instrument. It is easily the best macro lens ever made by anyone. I find the lens razor-sharp beyond belief, and it is Fujifilm’s fastest AF lens. This is my #2 must-own Fujifilm lens which serves many purposes excellently. Amazing OIS. Worth every cent.

Fujinon XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR Lens
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Fujinon XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR Lens
  • High resolving power and beautiful bokeh - an optical construction of 16 elements in 12 groups, including one aspherical Lens, one Super ED Lens, and three ED lenses has been Adopted.
  • New AF System - Adopts a Floating Focus System, which divides focus lens group into “Front Focus Group” and “Rear Focus Group” and drives them depending on the shooting distance with high accuracy.
  • Optical Image Stabilization - Angle shake and shift shake are suppressed by using a gyro sensor and an acceleration sensor with high accuracy, which achieves 5-stop image stabilization.
  • Weather and dust resistant, -10 DegreeC/14 DegreeF low-temperature operation with fluorine coating. Angle of view is 20.1 degree
  • Compatible with the XF1.4x and XF2.0x Teleconverters.Min. aperture:F22

Last update on 2021-09-08

What is the Best Fuji ZOOM Lenses for Automotive Photography?

Fujinon XF16-80mm F4 R OIS WR Lens – Best Fuji VALUE ZOOM lens

This is one of the best zoom lenses I’ve come across in my career as a professional photographer. The lens is not only suitable for Automotive Photography but works really well for portraiture, travel, video, street, still life, and documentary. It is basically an ideal all-purpose lens! This lens really has no shortcomings and it works very well for video as well. I would rate the value of this lens to be 10:10. My observations for this lens: very fast autofocus, very sharp, amazing bokeh. It is extremely rare to find a zoom lens of this quality in this price range. This is, in my opinion, a PERFECT ZOOM LENS!

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Fujinon XF16-80mm F4 R OIS WR
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Fujinon XF16-80mm F4 R OIS WR
  • Consisting of 16 elements in 12 groups, the FUJINON XF16-80mmF4 R OIS WR Lens also features one aspherical element that is specially designed to minimize field curvature and spherical aberration.
  • A small, compact, and versatile lens for any shooting situation - Covering an effective focal range from 24mm to 120mm, the FUJINON XF16-80mmF4 R OIS WR weighs just 15. 5 oz. (440 g) and is only 3. 5in (88. 9mm) long. This makes it approximately 40% lighter than similar, traditional 35mm system lenses, which means it won’t weigh you down when you’re spending an entire day looking to capture that perfect moment.
  • Push the limits with 6. 0 stops of Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) - As if extending the possibilities of hand-held capture with 6. 0 stops of CIPA-Rated Optical Image Stabilization wasn’t enough, the FUJINON XF16-80mmF4 R OIS WR lens can also absorb vibrations from the camera shutter. The OIS can also detect when the camera is being used with a tripod and adjust its performance to provide optimum image quality.
  • Quick, responsive, and near-silent autofocus - Having fast and quiet autofocus is critical when you’re roaming the streets looking for that perfect image. That’s why we made sure this lens uses the right motors to accurately drive focusing elements.
  • Weather resistant to keep the images coming - Working in dusty or damp conditions is a breeze with this lens since it is weather sealed in ten places along the barrel. This also makes it capable of operating in temperatures down to 14°F (-10°C), which means you can go chase down that image and have some peace of mind while you’re doing it.

Last update on 2021-10-21

Fujinon XF8-16mm F2.8R LM WR Lens – Best Fuji WIDE-ANGLE ZOOM lens

I have added this zoom lens to the list because it is truly one of the best wide-angle zoom lenses on the market currently. It’s short focal length enables the photographer to capture a very wide range, therefore the lens is great for landscape photography or closed spaces, where we would like to capture as much space as we can. This lens is best used for landscape, architecture, close quarters, real estate, and indoors. If you plan to shot a lot of automotive photography with the landscape, this is the zoom lens to go for! The lens is not the best for portraiture, as it’s short focal length will narrow the subject’s face, and this is not a desirable effect for portraits. My observations: Very fast and silent auto-focus. The lens is expensive, large, heavy, no filters possible. It is incredibly sharp and truly an ultrawide zoom marvel of optical excellence!

Fujinon XF8-16mmF2.8R LM WR Lens
30 Reviews
Fujinon XF8-16mmF2.8R LM WR Lens
  • Equivalent to 12 - 24mm (35mm)
  • 20 elements in 13 groups, including 4 aspherical Lens elements and 6 ED Lens elements including 3 ED elements to control lateral chromatic aberration
  • Weather sealed at 11 points
  • Weather and Dust-Resistant and capable of operating in temperatures as low as 14 Degree/-10 Degree.

Last update on 2021-10-21


What are the Best Prime Canon lenses for Automotive Photography?

PRIME Wide-angle
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Wide Angle Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
PRIME Standard
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard and Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras, Fixed
PRIME Telephoto
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras, Lens Only
ZOOM BEST MEDIUM TELEPHOTO
Canon 70-200mm f/4L EF is USM
ZOOM BEST SUPER TELEPHOTO
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens, Lens Only
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Wide Angle Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard and Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras, Fixed
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras, Lens Only
Canon 70-200mm f/4L EF is USM
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens, Lens Only
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260 Reviews
4,389 Reviews
980 Reviews
370 Reviews
387 Reviews
$339.00
$399.00
$1,299.00
$1,057.82
$2,399.00
PRIME Wide-angle
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Wide Angle Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Wide Angle Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
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260 Reviews
$339.00
PRIME Standard
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard and Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras, Fixed
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard and Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras, Fixed
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4,389 Reviews
$399.00
PRIME Telephoto
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras, Lens Only
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras, Lens Only
980 Reviews
$1,299.00
ZOOM BEST MEDIUM TELEPHOTO
Canon 70-200mm f/4L EF is USM
Canon 70-200mm f/4L EF is USM
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370 Reviews
$1,057.82
ZOOM BEST SUPER TELEPHOTO
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens, Lens Only
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens, Lens Only
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387 Reviews
$2,399.00

Last update on 2021-09-08

What is the Best Canon PRIME Lenses for Automotive Photography?

I’ve chosen 3 Prime Canon lenses, a wide-angle lens, a standard lens, and a medium telephoto lens.

Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM – Best Canon WIDE-ANGLE lens

This is a wide-angle lens, with a short focal range of 28mm. The lens is ideal for shooting photos where we want to capture as much of the environment where the vehicle is currently situated. This allows our vehicle to be placed in front of stunning sceneries and therefore enticing the viewer even more.

This lens is well made, the ultrasonic focus is silent and very fast, which makes it a perfect lens for recording videos. It’s 1.8 USM aperture is silent and extremely fast. Autofocus is great in low light. Plus the 28mm is more suitable for crop sensors. This lens does not have the “hot spot” issues like the 50mm 1.8 does on the IR camera. Hotspots are still possible but rare and subtle. Due to it’s wide aperture, you might never need to use a flash.

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Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Wide Angle Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
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Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Wide Angle Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
  • Measures 2.7 inches in diameter and 1.7 inches long , weighs 6.5 ounces.This lens takes a 58mm filter.
  • Focal length: 28mm, Closest focusing distance: 1 foot
  • Broadens angle of view and increases depth of field to bring more area into focus
  • 28mm wide-angle lens with f/1.8 maximum aperture for Canon SLR cameras.Max. Diameter x Length, Weight:2.9 x 2.2, 10.9 oz. / 73.6 x 55.6mm, 310g
  • High-precision aspherical lens minimizes distortion and other aberrations; Refer user manual under technical specification for troublr shooting steps

Last update on 2021-09-08

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM – Best Canon STANDARD lens

The second prime lens everybody should own is a medium telephoto lens. It’s focal length of 50mm resembles our human eye, and is commonly used. The lens can be used to shoot scenes where we would like to capture people with our vehicle.

I think the 50mm f/1.8 is perfectly fine and will produce great photos. However, if you’re ready to up your photography game, the f/1.4 really takes it there. This lens is especially great for portrait-type pictures because it creates a sharp focus complimented by a nice bokeh or blurry background.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard and Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras, Fixed
4,389 Reviews
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard and Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras, Fixed
  • Standard focal length 50 millimeter lens is effective in a multitude of shooting situations and ideal for day-to-day shooting
  • Elements/Groups: 7/6, Diaphragm: Blades 8, Filter Thread: Font 58 millimeter. Minimum focusing distance: 17.8 inch
  • An f/1.4 maximum aperture provides clear imaging in low light situations and shallow depth of field
  • Ultrasonic autofocus motor (USM) operation is fast, smooth and virtually silent
  • 2 high-refraction lens elements and new Gaussian optics eliminate astigmatism and suppress astigmatic difference

Last update on 2021-09-08

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM – Best Canon TELEPHOTO lens

You will not go wrong with this lens. The image quality is outstanding. The focus speed is super. As mentioned in the introduction, a good macro lens needs to have a true macro magnification ratio of 1:1, meaning the object you are photographing in real life is the same size as on your camera sensor. This lens has it! This versatile lens gives great results in portrait work and handheld movie-making, thanks to its ability to achieve a shallow depth of field with beautiful bokeh. It also comes along with built-in Hybrid Image Stabilization, which is also very important when taking close-up photos. On top of all of that, it has a nice lightweight design. This is the best normal macro lens!

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras, Lens Only
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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras, Lens Only
  • 100 millimeter focal length and 1:2.8 maximum aperture. The EF1.4X II; EF2X II extenders cannot be used with this lens. There are no compatible close-up lenses
  • Lens construction consists of 15 elements in 12 groups
  • 23.4-Degree diagonal angle of view
  • Inner focusing system with USM and full-time manual focus option. Closest focusing distance 0.99 feet; 0.3 meter (maximum close-up magnification: 1x)
  • 67 millimetre filter size. Filter Size: 58 millimetre. Lens hood: ET-73

Last update on 2021-09-08

What is the Best Zoom Canon lenses for Automotive Photography ?

Canon 70-200mm F/4L EF is USM – Best Canon Medium Telephoto ZOOM lens

This lens is a great alternative to a more expensive lens version ($2000+) with an F2.8 aperture. This lens does not come with image stabilization and its maximum aperture is not that wide open, but it will do an amazing job at taking automotive photos provided there is enough light in the environment. For the price below $1000 this is a very very good option. This is the best Canon zoom lenses for Automotive Photography. For those of you who use a Canon camera system this lens would be the best canon budget zoom lens.

Canon 70-200mm f/4L EF is USM
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Canon 70-200mm f/4L EF is USM
  • Please see the above description.
  • German (Publication Language)

Last update on 2021-09-08

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens – Best Canon Telephoto ZOOM lens

And as for the last lens on our list, but definitely not the least is Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L. It is a zoom lens that comes with a whopping focal range from 100-400mm. This enables us to take amazing macro photos even if we are not very close to the subject. The lens is very good for capturing shots from a distance. The lens is not only good for macro photography but also for portrait, wildlife, and sports photography. The lens comes with image stabilization, enabling us to take very sharp photos without a need for a tripod. The lens is pretty heavy, weighing over 1kg. It is a perfect multipurpose lens due to it’s wide focal range. It is a bit pricier, but for those of you who want to have it all in one lens, this is definitely the lens to go for

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens, Lens Only
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Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens, Lens Only
  • Compact, high performance L-series super-telephoto zoom makes it ideal for sports and wildlife photography
  • Rotation-type zoom ring allows for more precise composition and excellent balance when handholding
  • Improved zoom torque adjustment ring allows easy setting of zoom tension, Focal Length & Maximum Aperture:100-400mm 1:4.5-5.6, Closest Focusing Distance-3.2 ft. / 0.98m
  • New Air Sphere Coating (ASC) helps to significantly reduce backlit flaring and ghosting, Highly resistant to dust and water, and amazing durability enabling shooting even in harsh conditions
  • German (Publication Language)

Last update on 2021-09-08


Final Thoughts

As a professional automotive photographer, you will need all 3 types of prime lenses – wide-angle, standard & telephoto lenses. But if you are just starting out, buying a good zoom lens like Fujinon XF16-80mm F4 R OIS WR is definitely the right choice as it is a great balance between value and price.

I hope you found my guide useful and I wish you tons of professional photos with your new lenses 🙂.

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