Eight Beautiful 50mm Lenses for Portraits

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 50mm f1.4 Milvus lens review product images (6 of 8)ISO 4001-200 sec at f - 4.0

While the 85mm lens is very popular amongst the portrait photography community, some folks prefer to reach for the 50mm focal length. Some do this because they use an APS-C sensor camera while others just genuinely prefer the wider field of view. In general though, we’ve tested this and much prefer the 85mm focal length.

Based on requests and searches on our site, we decided to search our Reviews Index and round up some of our favorite 50mm lenses for portrait photography. Each one has a pull quote from our reviews along with a sample image. For the absolute best results with any lens though, work with the color channels in Lightroom.

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Eight Fantastic 85mm Lenses for Portrait Photographers

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss Rokinon Sigma 85mm f1.4 three way comparison (1 of 3)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 3.5

The 85mm lens–it’s a classic and one of the most popular focal lengths for portrait photographers. This focal length is highly valued for many reasons–but above all else it compresses the view of the portrait subject just enough to render them flattering while allowing the photographer to maintain a close, intimate proximity to the subject. Beyond this, everyone loves bokeh and focal lengths like this offer lots of it.

We’ve scoured our Reviews Index to find and compile some of our favorite 85mm lenses just for you and have also included sample images from each of our reviews.

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We’ve Updated Our Sigma Prime Lens Guide! Go Take a Look!

Chris GampatThe Phoblographer Sigma 50mm f1.4 lenses (3 of 3)ISO 2001-60 sec at f - 4.0

Sigma is arguably the finest lens manufacturer at this current time, and we’ve been hard at work reviewing all of their lenses. But it’s the primes that fascinate us the most, and that’s why we’ve added to our Sigma Prime Lens guide.

Most recently, we’ve added the 24mm f1.4–which we found to be a solid lens overall and even sharper than the 35mm f1.4 Art. Plus it has wonderful bokeh.

In the guide, you’ll also find much older lenses, extreme telephoto lenses, and much more that have been tested by us over the years. Want to see how the newer 50mm f1.4 Art compares to the older version? Go take a look!

We hope you enjoy the Sigma Prime Lens guide and we will continue to update it as time goes on.

Long Term Test: Canon 7D Vs Nikon D300s

Both the Nikon D300s and the Canon 7D have been reviewed in different situations and at different times. However, when a review is complete, there are still issues that arise with the cameras way afterward. After using both for a prolonged period of time, this is the posting that will weigh the pros and cons of each camera against one another after they have been used in conditions and situations that most users of these cameras will find themselves in. Further, problems that did not arise before will now be noted.

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