When it comes to videography and YouTube, the camera is the most important piece of gear right? Well, kind of…
As a YouTube creator, I find a lens is just as important as a camera in capturing the story I want to tell. This is because it gives me more creative control over my camera whether it be shooting in wide angle or having a shallow depth of field.
Currently I am using a Canon 15-85mm lens on my Canon 70D which is an absolute work horse. It delivers a super wide angle perspective which is great for Vlogging plus a nice zoom. Ok I’m digressing here. Lets get stuck in!
What Type Of Lenses Do Famous Vloggers Use?
What Lens Does Sam Kolder Use?
Sam Kolder is currently using a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 Lens which is considered the gold standard of lenses amongst videographers and photographers. One thing to keep in mind is that lens is catered for a full frame format camera, however it still can be used on a cropped sensor camera with more post editing needed.
At the age of only 22, this Canadian Vlogger is absolutely crushing it as he currently has close to 500,000 subscribers. But what impresses me the most about Sam Kolder is that he essentialy shares a mini movie every time he makes a YouTube Vlog. His style is super clean and his story telling is on the levels of Casey Neistat and David Dobrik.
What Lens Does Samuel Elkins Use?
Samuel Elkins is currently sporting a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L Lens that is quite similar to the above mentioned 24-105mm. The two biggest differences is that his 24-70mm has a wider aperture of f/2.8 which allows for more shallow depth of field and bokeh. Secondly this lens is almost double the price which too be honest is not cheap as far as lenses go.
However I can understand why Samuel Elkins uses this lens as he is a professional portrait photographer by trade. So by having that long focal range and wide aperture, this lens is a perfect fit for his needs. You can check out Mr Elkins full list of gear below in one of his videos.
What Lens Does Peter McKinnon Use?
It’s hard to believe that Peter McKinnon has only been on YouTube for just over one year. During this time he has cemented himself as one of the most high grade and influential Vloggers on YouTube. But what about the lens that he uses? Peter is currently shooting with a Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L which is the wide angle king of video and photography.
What Lens Does Jay Alvarrez Use?
Jay Alvarrez isn’t the most frequent uploader of Vlogs to YouTube. But when he does upload a video, he sure makes up for it with amazing story telling and stunning cinematic style videos. This proves true as he currently has less than a dozen videos on his channel but has racked up over 1 millions subscribers which is an incredible feat.
But what about the lens that Jay uses? After some research I came across that he mostly uses a Canon EFS 10-22mm Lens. This particular lens is made for cropped size sensor cameras which makes it relatively affordable in this roundup. You might be wondering.. Not another Canon lens? As it turns out this is a complete coincidence for this list of Vloggers that I have researched.
What Lens Does Casey Neistat Use?
Last but not least on my list is the man who people say pioneered Vlogging which I would completely agree with. If you are a fond watcher of Casey you then know that he is an absolute gear head and loves his tech. But what lens does he opt for? Surprisingly Casey is using the only non Canon lens in this list which is the Panasonic 12-35mm II Lens.
Casey recently transitioned from Canon to the Panasonic Lumix camera range as he had some grievances with Canon management as they would not service his broken camera. Since then he hasn’t turned back and has been adopting the new range of products from Panasonic which in my opinion are very underrated. You can check out Casey’s gear here.
Well that wraps up my list on the type of lenses that famous YouTube Vloggers use. If you want to see more creators that I missed out on this list please let me know as I would be happy to update it. Also if you find any errors in this list as YouTubers tend to update their gear quite frequently, please et me know. Happy Vlogging!