6 Fantastic Wide Angle Lenses with Great Bokeh

Getting great bokeh out of a wide angle lens is not always the easiest thing to do, and even when you can, it is very subjective – especially when compared to the bokeh of a telephoto lens. That said, you can get pleasing bokeh from wide angle lenses and today we have 6 killer options for you.

Nikon 20mm F/1.8G

Kevin-Lee The Phoblographer Nikon 20mm f1.8G ED Product Images (10 of 12)

In our review, we state:

“Another thing I didn’t expect this lens to handedly excel at is smooth bokeh. You don’t even have to get up close to create these pleasing out of focus areas either. You can stand anywhere between a half foot to a solid five-feet and still produce some very nice bokeh with this wide angle lens. This all makes it a unique lens for capturing upper body and even headshots with much of the background still in the frame.”

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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Nikon 20mm f1.8G ED 20 mm 1-250 sec at f - 1.8 ISO 640

Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Nikon 20mm f1.8G ED 20 mm 1-100 sec at f - 1.8 ISO 1600

Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Nikon 20mm f1.8G ED 20 mm 1-100 sec at f - 1.8 ISO 2000

Zeiss Batis 25mm F/2

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss Batis 25mm f2 first impressions (22 of 24)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 2.8

In our review, we state:

“Though it’s tough to get any sort of bokeh with a wide angle lens of any sort, it’s not impossible. When you get that bokeh, you’ll see that it’s quite lovely and significantly better than any other equivalent wide angle offering that we’ve tested. In comparison to many 24mm f1.4 lenses or 25mm lenses, the bokeh here is beautiful and creamy though hazy in some situations.”

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 25mm f2 Batis review sample photos (17 of 29)ISO 2501-100 sec at f - 2.0

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 25mm f2 Batis review sample photos (15 of 29)ISO 1251-320 sec at f - 2.8

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 25mm f2 Batis review sample photos (14 of 29)ISO 1251-320 sec at f - 2.8

Canon 35mm F/2

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 35mm f2 IS product images (4 of 7)ISO 2001-60 sec at f - 2.8

In our review, we state:

“Want some really wonderful bokehlicious photos? Then the Canon 35mm f2 IS delivers to satisfy your thirst. It isn’t as nice as its 35mm f1.4 L brother, but it is still excellent for what it is. Beginners slapping this lens onto the camera will perhaps get stuck in a bokeh-addictive syndrome, but the experienced will look at it and say, “I’ve seen better.” When a lens impresses veterans to the point where they want to shoot wide open with it all day and night, it takes some magic and truly incredible engineering.”

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 35mm f2 IS image samples (7 of 9)ISO 1001-200 sec at f - 2.0

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Sigma 24mm F/1.4 Art

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 24mm f1.4 first impressions (3 of 5)ISO 1001-100 sec at f - 3.2

In our review, we state:

“As for the bokeh, there is very little to complain about here. You’ll get all the bokeh you want and it will be on the border between creamy and hazy. Indeed, the bokeh will not be distracting at all to the scene.”

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 24mm f1.4 Canon review images (15 of 78)ISO 1001-400 sec at f - 2.0

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 24mm f1.4 Canon review images (16 of 78)ISO 1001-2000 sec at f - 2.0

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 24mm f1.4 Canon review images (25 of 78)ISO 1001-2000 sec at f - 1.4

Fujifilm XF 23mm F/1.4

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 23mm f1.4 product images for review (7 of 8)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 3.5

In our review, we state:

“The bokeh from this lens is beautiful, but walks the line between being hazy and creamy. We’ve surely seen creamier bokeh, and indeed we believe that the bokeh offered from the SLR Magic 23mm f1.7 is better than Fujifilm’s despite their sharpness being superior. Part of this may have to do with the SLR Magic design mimicking more of an old school medium format lens look to it.”

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 23mm f1.4 more street photography (4 of 10)ISO 2001-150 sec at f - 2.0

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 23mm f1.4 more street photography (6 of 10)ISO 6401-480 sec at f - 5.6

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 23mm f1.4 more street photography (9 of 10)ISO 4001-850 sec at f - 2.0

Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.