6 Top Third Party Portrait Lenses Under $1000

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samyang 50mm f1.2 product images (6 of 7)ISO 4001-200 sec at f - 2.8

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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5 Irresistible Portrait Lenses for Nikon DSLR Photographers

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon D810 first impressions product images (3 of 8)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 3.2

Beyond Canon there probably isn’t a more well known photography brand than Nikon, the big two have been dukeing it out in this field for decades. We have already covered Canon’s portrait lenses, so today we take a look at Nikon and share our picks for some of our favorite portrait lenses in the Nikon F mount.

Before get started, I would like to note though that these lenses are not in any particular order, this isn’t a ranking or stat sheet, it’s just meant to provide some good direction for Nikon shooters who are looking into portrait options. So lets jump right into it, shall we?

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8 Spectacular Portrait Lenses for Canon DSLRs

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Rokinon 135mm f2 review product photos (2 of 6)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.8

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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Camera Lens Manufacturers Explain The Rise of Backlit Portraits

Model: Grace Morales

Years ago, every photographer used to say that you should never backlight a portrait subject due to the way that lenses render the scene. For a long time, it was very difficult to get any sort of detail on a subject when the sun was behind them. But then things started to change. Lens technology and glass coatings became better and better which delivered more contrast in a scene and brought out more details despite the subject being backlit.

To explore why and how this change happened, we talked to Zeiss, Sigma and Tamron about how it all came about.

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5 Spectacular Portrait Lenses For Micro Four Thirds Cameras

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus Pen F product images (9 of 9)ISO 4001-160 sec

Micro Four Thirds is unique in that two companies produce cameras for it, so naturally there are some killer options as far as lenses go – but a bit of overlap as well. Shooting portraits on Micro Four Thirds is interesting, due to the 2x crop factor (effecting both focal length and aperture) it can be hard to get that popular shallow depth of field.

In this roundup we have 5 incredible lenses for portrait photography on the Micro Four Thirds system. So lets jump right into it, shall we?

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7 Incredible Modern Portrait Lenses Under $1,000

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Rokinon 135mm f2 review product photos (6 of 6)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.5

Portrait photography is and remains one of the most popular reasons that people pick up a camera and get into photography. But as we all well know, top quality lenses bring with them budget breaking price tags. Luckily, portrait photography can be pretty forgiving, and you don’t need the most expensive lenses in order to get great results.

Today we are going to focus on the best modern lenses (released within the last 4 years) for portraiture that come with a normal price tag under the $1,000 mark – making them relatively attainable for most photographers. Also note, towards the end of last year we did feature a similar listing, of modern portraiture lenses under $500, so in that under $500 category today we will only be noting lenses that have been released since that post, making the majority of this post in the $500-$999 spectrum.

Okay, lets get into it.

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Cheap Photo: This Week’s Favorite Deals

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Rokinon 135mm f2 review product photos (1 of 6)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.8

A look at some of our favorite deals, as well as our usual ‘top deals’ update and ending soon alerts.

  • Rokinon 50mm T/1.5 (Save $48) – Deal
  • Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX (Save $150) – Deal
  • Canon 7D Mark II (Save $200) – Deal
  • 75+ Email Templates For Every Photography Business (Save $110): Deal
  • BREED’s Shooting Fashion Photography On Location (Save $120): Deal
  • SanDisk Extreme PRO 32GB, 95MB/s ($16.49): Deal
  • Instagram Explosion: Photography Edition (Save $200): Deal
  • Aurora HDR from MacPhun : Here

Top Brand Deal Quick Links: CanonNikonSonyFujifilmTamronSigma 

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Cheap Photo Alert: 4 Days Left on Nikon’s Current Lens Savings!

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon 24mm f1.8 G product images (1 of 6)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 4.0

Nikon’s latest lens savings are ending on Saturday, so there is only a little time left to save on some of that new glass that you have been keeping an eye on.

  1. Nikon FX 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6 VR (Save 90) – Deal
  2. Nikon FX 12-24mm F/4G (Save $315) – Deal
  3. Nikon FX 50mm F/1.8G (Save $43) – Deal
  4. Nikon DX 35mm F/1.8G (Save $33) – Deal
  5. Nikon DX 40mm F/2.8G Macro (Save $33) – Deal
  6. Nikon DX 10.5mm F/2.8G Fisheye (Save $175) – Deal
  7. Nikon DX 24-24mm F/4 IF-ED (Save $315) – Deal
  8. Nikon DX 17-55mm F/2.8G IF-ED (Save $300) – Deal
  9. Nikon 24-70mm F/2.8G (Save $100) – Deal
  10. You can find the rest of our Nikon listings over on the Nikon Deals Page.

Top Brand Deal Quick Links: CanonNikonSonyFujifilmTamronSigma 

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