Five Fantastic A Little Longer Than 50mm Lenses for Portrait Photography

There are whole swarms of photographers who absolutely swear by and to the 50mm focal length, yet when it comes to portraiture, it’s easy for a lot of photographers to find the focal length a bit lacking. That’s where all of these slightly longer focal lengths have been coming from for a while now–something just a bit longer than a 50mm lens is often a fantastic option for portraits because while it isn’t as constrained as an 85mm lens, you tend to get a slightly longer field of view and therefore just enough more compression when shooting.

Here are some of our favorites.

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So Nikon Still Knows How to Make f1.2 Lenses!

Some Nikon fans have been jealous of Canons f1.2 lenses because Nikon has only made a couple of versions and they haven’t been updated in eternity. Nikon showed a spark a month ago when they announced that they would be making a 32mm f1.2 Nikon One lens. This started some chat about Nikon and the potential for creating f1.2 lenses for their SLR cameras, it seems a patent has now emerged and it gives us confirmation that Nikon is flirting with the idea.

I personally am not a advocate or big fan of f1.2 lenses, maybe due to lack of experience with one but I find it’s hard to justify upgrading my 85mm f1.8 G lens to the f1.4. The price hike when looking at Canon’s f1.8 to f1.2 is quite steep and I and many other users it isn’t worth the cost. Thanks to Nikon Rumors for always staying on top of patents and rumors that keep us thirsty, head over there for more information on this patent.

Cosina Announces New SL II N Lenses At CP+

The new Voigtländer Color Skopar 28/2.8 SL II N. Picture by DC Watch

At their showcase on CP+ in Yokohama, Japan, Cosina presented a number of new Voigtländer lenses in Canon and Nikon mount. The new series of SL II N lenses comprises the well-known 20mm f3.5 Color Skopar, 40mm f2 Ultron and 58mm f1.4 Nokton lenses. Additionally, Cosina presented an SLR version of their 75mm f1.8 Heliar Classic lens (previously available only in Leica M-mount) as well as a completely new 28mm f2.8 Color Skopar pancake lens. Read more after the jump.

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