The best lens for pet photography


best lens for pet photography

(Update:  If you want to try this lens, or any other lens or camera combo, out before you buy – check out Borrow Lenses.  You can try before you buy.  I use them when I have a big commercial shoot, as well, so I don’t have to buy a bunch of equipment I only need for that particular shoot).

I get many questions about what the best lens for pet photography is, and in my opinion, it’s the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L.  (FYI – I am a Canon shooter – but Nikon
also has a great lens).

I love the 24-70 because it gives the most shooting options when capturing something that moves fast.  Shooting really great candid pet photos is all about shooting as it happens.  Telling the whole story while shooting candids with fast moving subjects means being able to go wide and close at a moment’s notice.  The 24-70 2.8L does just that.

The 24-70 maximizes your shooting time and shooting possibilities.  Let’s say you have a family session that includes a dog, some kids, etc.  You want to capture as many different types of  shots as you can to really tell the story of what is happening.

With the 24-70 you can do that.  At 70mm, you get closer up to the action to frame more intimate shots, at 24mm you get a wide view of the whole family AND great snout shots as the animal (or kid) runs to you.  If you follow me on Facebook, you know snout shots are some of my favorite shots ;).

Here are a few of my favorite 24-70 shots:

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By the way, you can get these tips and more in my free guide to better pet photography–  and if you want an awesome primer on essential camera skills – I cannot recommend Photo Concentrate’s guide enough.  You can purchase it here:  Essential Camera Skills.  All of my interns get a copy of this when they start working with me!

Please don’t ever hesitate to contact me with your questions – I would love to help.  It may take a bit to get a response back to you, but I will always try my best to help out.

Thanks for reading 🙂



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4 Comments on The best lens for pet photography

  1. Susan Schutz
    June 23, 2014 at 1:36 pm (8 years ago)


    You are just amazing!

  2. Craig Faulstich
    January 1, 2015 at 4:26 pm (7 years ago)

    Thanks for the info!

  3. David
    January 1, 2015 at 6:14 pm (7 years ago)

    H – A good photographer (yes, you are) can make almost any equipment sing. I agree, the 24-70 f:2.8 and the 70-200 f:2.8 are among the very best. Keep spoiling us with them!

  4. Greg Le Grand
    January 1, 2015 at 7:05 pm (7 years ago)

    These are fantastic. If I have a favourite, it’s the lab shaking its head just out of the water, eyes closed. I mean, who sees the dog’s eyes closed when they do this.