Need For Speed: Our Favorite Nikon F1.8 Prime Lenses

Prime lenses are the weapon of choice for a variety of photographers for a variety of reasons, be it size, speed, image quality etc. Nikon photographers have access to a wide variety of prime lenses, and a really solid lineup of fast F1.8 prime lenses that is the focus of our post here today.

When many people think of fast F1.8 prime lenses they think of a nifty fifty, the super cheap 50mm lenses. But not all F1.8 primes are dirt cheap, some are actually on the spendy side, so this post isn’t necessarily a budget friendly one, but with that out of the way, let’s get into it.

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A Real World Visual Demonstration of How Various Focal Lengths Work for Portraiture

Fact: lots of photographers don’t know how well a focal length will work for them when it comes to portraits. But don’t worry any longer, we’ve tested a number of them on full frame cameras when it comes to portraits and we’ve got just what you need.

We’ve gone through our reviews index to round up a number of images from various focal lengths to show you how they render portraits.

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The Phoblographer’s Guide to Tamron Prime Lenses

In our years of reviewing lenses, we’ve reviewed a lot of prime lenses–including every prime lens offering from Tamron. The company has worked on revamping their lineup for the past few years the same way other lens manufacturers also have. But the biggest difference here is that Tamron offers great image quality, autofocus, weather sealing, and does all this at a really amazingly affordable price point.

So we’ve gone through our reviews index to sort together all of our Tamron lens reviews and help you figure out what’s best for you.

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On Using an 85mm Lens for Street Photography And Forgetting Your Idols

I used to be one of those street photography believers: you know, the ones that always say that you need either a 28mm, 35mm or 50mm lens to create street photos. And that there is nothing else that you can possibly use whatsoever. But as I’ve grown as a photographer, I genuinely believe that I was wrong in that thought process. In fact, I’ve had a number of street photographers pitch their work here who used 85mm lenses and sometimes longer to create images that are fantastic. And while 50mm lenses will let you work closer to your subject, there isn’t a great reason why a modern 85mm lens can’t be used to street photography.

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Review: Zeiss 135mm f2.8 Batis (Sony E Mount, Full Frame)

One of the lenses that the Sony FE system has been lacking for a while is a proper 135mm lens offering; but today Zeiss is solving that with the Zeiss 135mm f2.8 Batis offering. Like many of the other Batis lenses out there, it’s a lens that is characterized with an almost clinically smooth body, weather sealing and the company’s very unconventional LCD info screen on top of the lens. It’s truly designed from the ground up for digital. Being a 135mm focal length, it’s going to surely find itself in the hands of portrait and headshot photographers who shoot with Sony cameras. In fact, along with the Sony 85mm f1.8 and G Master lens offerings, I consider the 135mm f2.8 to be a nearly perfect portrait lens offering.

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85mm vs 135mm Lenses for Portraiture: Which One Should You Work With?

One of the things that many portrait photographers and headshot photographers struggle with is figuring out whether they should get a 135mm or 85mm focal length for their portraiture. It’s a tough question if you don’t understand how one lens works vs the other option. In truth, they both do different things, but I’m not sure that there’s a great reason why a photographer would want to have one vs the other option. They’re both lens focal lengths that can do very specific things and do them very well.

So we break down which ones are best for you.

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Review: Zeiss 85mm f2.4 Loxia (Sony E Mount, Full Frame)

There’s something incredibly nostalgic about a lens like the Zeiss 85mm f2.4 Loxia. From it’s small size almost mimicking the ZM lineup of glass, to the aperture ring, it just feels like a modern classic. Part of this has been the Zeiss experience, which is something that can’t really be expressed in words and instead only experienced. Previously only reserved for the rich, Zeiss lenses have become more popular with enthusiasts and it’s meant that people also have begun to truly appreciate how much better the image quality can be from a lens like the Loxia. Designed for Sony full frame E Mount cameras, the Zeiss Loxia 85mm f2.4 is capable of delivering truly stunning images and almost never really needs to be stopped down in most situations.

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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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