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Kit Bag - Canon Lenses

Updated: Jul 8, 2023

18 -55mm lens or commonly referred to as the "kit lens", as its often bundle with the camera body. Normally the first lens you will own and shoot with.

Its a standard zoom lens without frills, though capable of taking sharp images of still objects (toys) through the focal range, with a tripod and shutter release.


50mm Prime or the "nifty fifty". Probably the next lens you will want for your kit bag, excellent lens for the price.

The 50mm is a good low-light indoor photography lens, its a popular choice for toy photographers, especially for those blurry backgrounds. No zoom as its a fixed focal length, and you are going to have to shuffle those feet to "zoom" in and out to compose your shots.

*£108 NEW / £88 USED

24mm Prime or "Pancake"

It's tiny, and has fantastic performance. This 24mm lens sees the same angle of view on an APS-C camera as a 35mm lens sees on full-frame, excellent for group shots or getting more of the background in the shot, again, no zoom so get shuffling those feet.

*£144 NEW / £104 USED

105mm Macro

A macro lens is a camera lens designed for photographing small subjects at very close distances. They can focus much nearer than normal lenses, allowing you to fill the frame with your subject and capture more detail. Even though macro lenses are optimized for close-up photography, they can certainly be used as "regular" lenses with excellent results.

*£359 NEW / £125 USED



Of The four lenses listed above, three are prime lenses and one is a standard zoom lens, out of the four lenses the 18 to 55mm standard zoom is by far the most useful lens you can use for toy photography. Its my go to Lens and is an excellent lens for those who are starting out with a DSLR.

18mm to 55mm examples

The Above was shot at the minimum of18mm on the canon 750d mounted on a tripod at F5.6, 1/5sec and iso 100.

The numbers refer to the distance between the lens and the image sensor when your subject is in focus. The shorter your focal length, the wider your angle of view will be – so an 18mm lens will give you a wider image than the same lens zoomed to 55mm. s

So anywhere from 18mm to 35mm is ideal for two or more figures or if you want more of your background in the shot


The below was shot at the maximum of 55mm on the canon 750d mounted on a tripod at F5.6, 1/5sec and iso 100. Notice how the background has blurred. The 55mm range is more relevant for portraits, passport photos, and when one wants to capture small details like macro photography.

The 18 to 55mm allows the user to change the focal length and aperture frequently and fast. It allows you to capture numerous photos in different styles without changing the lens and in most cases without moving the camera unless you want to change the angles .

This is a lens I recommend everyone has in their kit bag for toy photography, the others are nice to have but not essential in taking great shots. I have them in my kit for my landscape, portrait and macro, when it comes to shooting toys, the 18 to 55mm lens is my go to.

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