Perfect Portraits: 4 Budget Portrait Lenses For the Canon EOS System under $1,000

Portrait photography is no doubt one of the those niches of photography that attracts many new photographers to the industry, both as hobbyists and professionals–and finding budget friendly portrait lenses can be tough. That said, the overwhelming majority simply doesn’t have the budget to spend on top class professional portrait lenses, so today we are taking a look at some of the best budget oriented portrait lenses for the Canon EOS System.

If you have another camera system no worries, we will be following this up with budget portrait lens roundups for other systems as well. Previously we have looked at Fujifilm’s X-Series, and will continue on to the other systems after we hit Canon today.

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The Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f1.4 ASPH for the SL System Finally Makes a Splash

Today, Leica announced their new Summilux-SL 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH lens for the Leica SL camera system. It’s most likely a very exciting time for lots of photographers who own the absurdly expensive system due to the fact that Leica’s 50mm f1.4 Summilux lenses are typically very good.  In fact, this is the SL’s first prime lens. With 11 elements in nine groups and two aspherical elements, you should also note the lens’ E82 filter mount–which only the 21mm f1.4 for the M system has. And the price? $5,295–which is quite a bit of money.

Plus there’s a new firmware update for the SL. Tasty bits from the press release are after the jump.

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Kaiman Wong Compares The Popular Street Photography Lenses: 50mm vs 35mm vs 28mm

Screenshot taken from video. 
Kaiman Wong (who has recently left DigitalRev TV) continues to create video contents on his own Youtube Channel. Most recently, he took on a comparison of popular street photography lenses, 50mm vs 35mm vs 28mm, to be educational and useful especially for newcomers to street photography. The best part: Kai was himself in his videos with his usual wit, charm, and a tad of silliness which made the video so entertaining to watch.

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Five Fast Focusing 50mm Lenses For Mirrorless Cameras

One of the most popular lens focal lengths out there is the 50mm–but they’re sometimes worthless if they can’t focus quickly. Whether you’re a professional or hobbyist photographer, there isn’t a reason why you wouldn’t want to have a fast focusing 50. Foodies can rest assured knowing that their 50mm lens will lock focus quickly onto dinner. When you’re capturing your corgi running around and doing corgi things, you’ll know that the image you snap will be bound to get you some karma points on Reddit.

We’ve done lots of testing with various 50mm lenses (and those that offer the equivalent field of view), and these are some of our favorites.

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Awesome Comparison: Bokeh Shootout between Leica, Canon, and Nikon 50-58mm Primes

This is a syndicated post originally published over at Street Silhouettes. Prepared by Anthony Thurston. Originally by Horatio Tan.

In retrospect, I really should have conducted this comparison on another day, given that I had been awake that day since 3:00AM Hong Kong Standard Time, and was conducting this shootout after work from 7:00PM-9:00PM. Something was going to give, and in this case, it was a Nikon 50mm f/1.2 that I had I accidentally replaced with a Nikon 58mm f/1.2 Noct-Nikkor – essentially repeating the result of the Noct-Nikkor lens. Hey, you can’t blame me. Those AIs Nikon lenses all look the same, especially when you’re sleep deprived. Needless to say, I will do a second day of shooting.

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Beginners Tips to Shooting Portraits with a 50mm Lens

Model: Natalie Margiotta

Model: Natalie Margiotta

Even the cheapest and most affordable 50mm lens is capable of helping you to deliver excellent portraits. While the best and most important part of creating a portrait is the savvy of the person behind the camera, each focal length often has its own specific renderings that you’ll need to work with to create a better and more pleasing contemporary portrait. It involves having a creative vision, specifically paying attention to someone’s body shape, and creating a scene that will elicit a reaction from someone. 

On the success of the site’s guide to working with the 35mm focal length for portraits, here’s The Phoblographer’s guide to working with 50mm lenses.

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The Phoblographer’s Guide to Zeiss Milvus Lenses

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Milvus lens product images (5 of 7)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.0

Zeiss released their Milvus collection of lenses as an update to their lineup of standard DSLR lenses. They all incorporate weather sealing, an amazing metal build exterior, a giant rubber focusing ring, and enhance optics that make you really feel like you’re shooting with a Zeiss lens. Some words that come to mind are beautiful, masterpiece and long lasting.

The site has reviewed every Zeiss Milvus lens so far, and so all of the reviews are being compiled into a guide for those interested in Zeiss lenses. This guide features tidbits about each lens along with sample photos.

Editor’s Note: this guide is not sponsored by Zeiss. With that said, Editorial judgement has been left in tact.

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The Best Modern Lenses Under $500 for Street Photography

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm Xt10 review photos (19 of 27)ISO 16001-40 sec at f - 2.8

I’m going to preface this list by saying that anything that any manufacturer makes these days as far as lenses are concerned are all very good. Any lens in the hands of a skilled photographer can deliver jaw dropping results, but some lenses are still better than others.

Street Photographers need lenses that allow them to get close to the scenes on the streets while delivering vibrant colors, good sharpness, and overall autofocus reliability if they’re not using the zone focusing system.

The Phoblographer has reviewed lots of lenses, and after going through the reviews index and looking for great options under the $500 price point, the following lenses were chosen amongst others for the fact that their performance simply just stands out above the rest.

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