Best Canon Lenses for Bokeh

30/12/2020 3:12 pm

As discussed in our best lenses for Bokeh blog, bokeh is the name for the familiar dreamy blur that can often be seen in the background of images. Popular amongst portrait photographers in particular, it is a look that all photographers seek to achieve from their first day behind a camera.

Bokeh can be produced by shooting with a lens at its maximum aperture value, but not all lenses are created equal in this department. For the benefit of all the Canon users out there, we have put together the best Canon lenses for bokeh. Read on to find out which Canon lenses should be on your wishlist.

While it might surprise some of you, you don’t need to spend a lot to start creating bokeh-filled photos with your Canon DSLR. The Canon EF 50mm f1.8 STM lens is a budget-friendly and lightweight prime lens that can be used at its maximum aperture to produce a great amount of background blur. At this setting it is also perfect for shooting in low light conditions without needing to mount your camera on a tripod - this will be noticed by users who have previously been using the standard kit lens in particular.


This is the latest version of this ever-popular nifty fifty from Canon and it is notable for the inclusion of an STM autofocus motor, which is suitable for both still photography and video shooting.

Canon EF 50mm f1.8 STM
Canon EF 50mm f1.2 L USM



The Canon EF 50mm f1.2 L lens features an ultra-bright f1.2 maximum aperture, which can be used to produce extremely shallow depths of fields. This feature, along with its classic 50mm focal length, makes it a popular portrait photography lens. Being a member of Canon’s esteemed L-series range, this prime lens is tough enough for use in the studio and on-location, and it features an excellent optical design which assures edge to edge sharpness in any and all conditions.


The Canon EF 50mm f1.2 L lens features a USM AF motor which delivers smooth, quick and quiet autofocus, which portrait photographers appreciate - the moment can be captured before it passes and discretion can be maintained.



The Canon RF 50mm f1.8 STM lens makes it easy to capture shallow depths of field with Canon’s premium EOS R range of mirrorless cameras. This incredibly compact lens is great for keeping mirrorless kits as small and lightweight as possible - this lens is great for packing in your travel photography kit so you can capture bokeh-filled images from all corners of the world.


This affordable Canon prime lens includes a fast and quiet STM AF motor, which is suitable for various applications, while it also includes a customisable control ring which users can use to control either the ISO, exposure compensation or shutter speed of the camera - it can be adjusted to best suit each user individually in order to meet their full potential as photographers.

Canon RF 50mm f1.8 STM
Canon RF 50mm f1.2 L



The Canon RF 50mm f1.2 L USM lens is designed for professional and enthusiast photographers who want to get the best possible results from their EOS R Mirrorless camera. Another 50mm lens, this one is destined to be found mounted on the front of portrait and wedding photographer’s cameras - it is also great for general purpose photography, so no one is excluded from enjoying this one.


As well as an ultra-bright f1.2 maximum aperture which is ideal for producing brilliant bokeh, this Canon prime lens features a fast USM AF motor and customisable control ring. An L-series lens, sharpness is guaranteed thanks to the exceptional optical design, while the lens is also weather-sealed to allow use out in the elements.



This prime lens is designed for use on Canon’s smaller format EOS M range of Mirrorless cameras. As these cameras are known for their portability, the Canon EF-M 32mm f1.4 STM lens is also portable, featuring a sleek and streamline design - it looks good and it helps you to keep your kit travel-friendly. As Canon EOS M cameras feature APS-C sensors, this lens provides a 51.2mm equivalent focal length which is suitable for general-purpose and portrait photography.


The fast f1.4 maximum  of the Canon EF-M 32mm lens helps to produce shallow depths of field and it also keeps your handheld shots free from blur. The autofocus of this lens is both fast and quiet, thanks to the included STM motor, while the use of an Aspherical lens element and Canon’s super spectra coating provide sharp and detailed images which are free from aberrations, ghosting and flare.

Canon EF-M 32mm f1.4 STM

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