Perfect Portraits: 4 Budget Portrait Lenses For the Fujifilm X System under $1,000

Portrait photography is no doubt one of the niches in photography that attract many aspirants to the industry, both as hobbyists and professionals–and finding budget friendly portrait lenses can be tough. That said, the majority of new photographers 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 Fujifilm X-Series. If you have another camera system no worries, we will be following this up with budget portrait lens roundups for other systems as well.

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Samyang Announces New XP 14mm f2.8 and XP 85mm f1.2

Samyang is announcing today two new additions to their lineup of lenses: the XP 14mm f2.8 and the XP 85mm f1.2. The company and its sister Rokinon have created only manual focus lenses for years, but the Korea based company has been making strides with autofocus optics very recently too. These two options are manual focus only.

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Samyang’s Newest Lenses Are Made From Metal

Samyang has previously made lenses that didn’t have the best build quality in the opinion of many photographers, but today they’re announcing their new premium lens lineup. The first two lenses in the lineup are their 85mm f1.2 and their 14mm f2.4 lens. The lenses are said to be able to easily resolve a 50MP or 8K video with ease. Plus, they’re both designed for full frame cameras.


Important details from the press release are after the jump.

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6 Top Third Party Portrait Lenses Under $1000

Yes, brand name lenses are great, and have the advantage of being guaranteed to work flawlessly on cameras of that same brand. But third party lens manufacturers, especially in recent years have been coming out with some really killer options of their own. The quality bar has been raised and for most of the bigger established third party brands, quality control and performance issues are mostly things of the past.

So continuing with our Portrait theme for August, today we are going to go over some of our favorite third-party portrait lenses for under $1000.

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8 Spectacular Portrait Lenses for Canon DSLRs

Canon is the most popular camera system on the market, despite all the mirrorless buzz, and that means many of you are likely looking for some awesome portrait lens options for your Canon kit. Lucky for you, we have a great roundup of lenses on the docket today and all of them are great options for you Canon invested portrait photographers.

In this roundup we have 8 incredible lenses for portrait photography on the Canon system. So lets jump right into it, shall we?

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Samyang’s New 20mm F1.8 To Be Available in Both Still and Cinema Versions

Today Samyang made the fourth of their expected 5 announcements in the form of a brand new 20mm F/1.8 lens that will be available in both still and cinema versions. This continues the latest trend from Samyang to capitalize on the growing popularity of affordable filmmaking with both stills and video versions of their latest lenses.

As far as this new 20mm F/1.8 is concerned, the lens is made up of 13 glass elements, including 2 aspherical lenses and 3 ED lenses, set into 12 groups. Manual focus is still the name of the game for this Samyang release, as it seems that AF technology will only be for their mirrorless lenses for the time being.

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Samyang Announces New 35mm f1.2 Lens for Mirrorless Cameras

While many manual focus lenses obviously lack AF mechanisms, they surely make up for it with cool features like fast apertures–and that’s the case with the new Samyang 35mm f1.2 lens. Aimed at APS-C mirrorless camera users, those with Sony E, Micro Four Thirds, Fujifilm X series and Canon M cameras will be able to use this new lens on their cameras. The new Samyang 35mm f1.2 boasts Ultra Multi Coating, two aspherical lenses as part of nine glass elements in seven groups. These are designed to minimize aberration and unnecessary light dispersion. Plus, it’s got a 62mm filter threat–which is fairly large for an APS-C lens based

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Samyang Announces New 14mm f2.8 and 50mm f1.4 Autofocus Lenses

Samyang has previously only created manual focus lenses; but now they’re changing that. Today, the company announced two autofocus lenses: 14mm F2.8 and 50mm F1.4 lenses for Sony full frame E mount Mirrorless cameras.

The lenses have aspherical lenses and what seems to be 67mm filter diameters.

No official word on pricing yet, but we hope that they’re affordable as all of Samyang and Rokinon’s stuff has been. More info from the press release is after the jump.

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