We Loved These Beautiful 50mm Lenses For Portrait Photography

The 50mm lens has evolved over the years to be a fantastic portrait lens.

If you want a wider portrait lens, then 50mm is pretty ideal. In the past few years, the distortion in them and the overall quality has become stellar. When you shoot with one, noses are bound to bulge nowhere as much as they used to. But in addition to that, the colors and the bokeh will simply pop. We’ve reviewed well over 700 lenses that you can find in our Reviews Index. So we chose some of these special lenses. We know that it’s hard to get your hands on new gear right now. So we partnered with KEH for some of the best out there!

Editor’s Note: This is a sponsored blog post from KEH. Looking for a nice 50mm lens? KEH is bound to have it at a great price and with transparent feedback on its condition. Check out their stock of 50mm lenses today!

Sony Zeiss 50mm f1.4 FE

In our review, we stated:

“One of my favorite things about this lens is how it handles colors. For everyone that believes Sony colors are too vivid and almost like a painting, this lens will prove you wrong. This lens offers a tad less saturation than even the 85mm f1.4 G Master lens and far less than the 35mm f1.4 Sony Zeiss comparatively speaking.

If you like to shoot portraits and really care about skin tones, then this lens may be a must-have.”

Get it as low as $1,291.84

Zeiss Loxia 50mm f2

In our review, we stated:

“The Zeiss 50mm f2 Loxia has more vivid, punchier, and saturated colors than its 35mm f2 counterpart. It’s everything that you’ve come to know with modern Zeiss optics.

But what I’m personally really in love with is how it works with skin tones that gives me an almost Kodak Portra type of look.”

Get it as low as $578.22

Leica 50mm f2 Summicron R

In our review of the Leica R6, we stated:

“The thing about using a Leica R6 is that you get access to the lenses natively used with film. Of course, you can buy adapt them to any camera you wish. But for a truly cinematic and film-like look, I’d use the lenses with something like CineStill film. The lenses are beautiful…”

Get it as low as $315.31

 

Voigtlander 50mm f1.5 M39 Mount

In our review of the Ilford HP5 film, we stated:

“The Voigtlander Bessa used for this review was in great condition, as was the lens. The coatings aren’t up to modern standards but some photographers like that look. Hence, you’ll get a look that isn’t that contrasty.”

Get it as low as $569.06

 

7Artisans 50mm f1.1

In our review, we stated:

“Oh man, am I in love with this lens. Want that soft look? You can get it. Want that super sharp look? It’s got that. Want lens flare? Oh man, does this lens control it just right! The 7Artisans 50mm f1.1 surely has character to it. In the same way that I’ve always felt that Leica, Zeiss and Voigtlander lenses have a specific character to them, so too does this one. I don’t think that it’s meant to be 100% perfect but it’s surely gorgeous in every single way.”

Get it as low as $253.32

Pro Tip: Modern 50mm lenses can do everything you need. Lots of folks like to backlight their subjects. And in the case of the 7Artisans lens above, you can do that with ease. Give it a shot with any of these lenses. You’ll like what they produce!

Panasonic 50mm f1.4 L Mount

In our review, we stated:

“Now with all heartfelt honesty, the strongest feature of the Panasonic 50mm f1.4 Lumix S Pro is the image quality. Photojournalists, wedding photographers, landscape photographers, portrait photographers and those who just like pixel peeping will admire what the Panasonic 50mm f1.4 Lumix S Pro can do. This lens is so sharp that it makes the Panasonic S1 seem like it’s a higher megapixel camera. Beyond that it has beautiful bokeh, can focus closely, and has no major problems at all.”

Get it as low as $1,871.22

Fujifilm 35mm f1.4 R

In our review, we stated:

“The 35mm f1.4 is truthfully best experienced if not wide open, nowhere past f5.6. Otherwise, you’re doing an extreme injustice to yourself by not taking advantage of the beautiful bokeh and extreme sharpness that the lens has to offer wide open.”

Get it as low as $464.46

Editor’s Note: This is a sponsored blog post from KEH. Looking for a nice 50mm lens? KEH is bound to have it at a great price and with transparent feedback on its condition. Check out their stock of 50mm lenses today!

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.