50mm vs 85mm: Which Is Better for Portrait Photography?

The debate on whether to choose a 50mm vs 85mm lens for portraiture continues!

50mm vs. 85mm? That’s the question. And most often, it’s associated with portraiture. Both of these lenses have their advantages and disadvantages. And the question has to do with what you want to do with each lens. In most cases, both will do an outstanding job. Even modern lenses in these focal lengths don’t have much noticeable distortion. One can argue that it all has to do with the field of view, but that’s not really the case anymore. So we’re going to break down using them with two of our favorites.

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The Down Low: 50mm vs 85mm For Beginners

Lens suggestions and comparisons are just a part of life for the beginner photographer. As you are constantly yearning to satiate that uncontrollable desire to get better gear and shoot better images, you often find yourself wondering what your next lens purchase should be.

A choice many of you may be struggling with right now could be the choice between a 50mm lens or an 85mm lens. There could be many reasons for you dealing with this conundrum, but let’s go with the most obvious which is that you are wanting to shoot more portraits. Both 50mm and 85mm are popular portrait focal lengths, so how should you choose which one to add to your kit? Continue reading…

A Prime Dilemma: 50mm vs 85mm Lenses And How to Choose

E Mount Lenses

Popular lens upgrades for photographers who prefer primes to zooms, the 50mm and 85mm focal lengths are among the most popular in use today. But which one should you go with if you had to choose just one for your next lens purchase?

50mm is a common answer when anyone asks about what lens they should buy next. This is in part because fast 50mm lenses are incredibly affordable (when compared to other primes lenses) and in part because they are incredibly versatile, being able to thrive in many shooting situations ranging from street photography to portraits.

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Field Test: Comparing an 85mm and 50mm Lens for Portraits

Sigma 85mm vs Sigma 50mm lens

We’ve had some heated debates recently on the site’s Facebook page when it comes to 85mm vs 50mm lenses. We tested it out ourselves a very long time ago, but recently another posting made readers wonder about it more themselves. To figure out which lens can render a better image when it comes to portraits, we tested two lenses from the same manufacturer to put an end to the debate once and for all.

So the real question is: Which lens is better for portraits? The 85mm vs 50mm Lens?

Editor’s Note: this is a formal comparison test not done in a lab, but instead in a real life situation. Real life situations simulate shooting subjects and not test charts. Frankly, if you’re purchasing a lens just to shoot charts all day you need to open a gallery of your test chart images and see someone’s reaction to them.

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