The Best Affordable 85mm Lens for Your Camera System

There arent many lenses that can satiate an itch like an 85mm lens. You can shoot a portrait that will get tons of upvotes and likes on social media one minute, and capture a decisive moment on the streets the next. If you don’t have an 85mm lens yet, we’re here to help. Here’s our guide to the best affordable 85mm lens for your full-frame camera system. And of course, we’ve reviewed each of these.

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Which 85mm Lens for Canon RF Mount Is the Best?

The 85mm lens is highly regarded by many photographers. It’s useful for things like portrait photography, street photography, and even in some sports. And if you’re a Canon RF Camera user, there are a few options you should pay attention to. But which 85mm lens for Canon RF is the best? Well, we looked at various 85mm lenses available for Canon RF mount. Take a look at our selection of what we think are the best 85 lenses for the Canon RF system.

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Quick Tips: Using an 85mm Lens for Street Photography

When you think of street photography, you probably think of what a lot of the classic and older photographers have said. There’s surely lots of wonderful substance in their words. But the world of photography has evolved quite a bit since a lot of them have been around. Further, their ideas may only work well for them. These days, people take multi-award-winning street photography with their phones. At the end of the day, people just care about the image. Only photographers and camera-lover care about what products you’re using to get the shot. And if street photography keeps staying the same, then it never progresses. So here are some tips for using an 85mm lens for street photography.

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The Great Debate: 85mm vs 135mm for Portrait Photography

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The photographers who debate and care about this idea don’t really wonder about image quality. Indeed, if you’re wondering about 85mm vs. 135mm for portrait photography, they’re both very good. But they’re very different focal lengths. Luckily, we’ve reviewed loads of 85mm lenses over the years. And we’ve reviewed pretty much every 135mm lens made in the past decade. So we’re pooling information that we’ve written along with some selections.

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The Best 85mm Lenses Under $700. We’ve Reviewed Each of These Too!

The 85mm lens is essential for landscape, portrait, and street photographers.

There aren’t many lenses that can as versatile as an 85mm lens. We learned a while back that it’s a great choice for basketball. And we’ve known for a while that it’s great for portrait photography. But 85mm lenses also help landscape photographers focus on specific details really well. And for street photography, it can make a cinematic-looking image. But you’re on a budget, so we dove into our Reviews Index to find some of the best 85mm lenses for under $700. Here are the best of the bunch.

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Infographic: Tips on Shooting Portraits with an 85mm Lens

When it comes to portrait photography, the 85mm focal length is the go to choice for most photographers with good reason.

For many photographers, the 85mm focal length is synonymous with portraiture. Whenever the topic of portrait photography comes up, the discussion inevitably involves the use of 85mm lenses. But, why is the 85mm focal length so closely associated with portrait photography, and how can you best utilize it in your portraiture work? That’s precisely what we’re covering today with our latest original Phoblographer infographic.

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Quick Tips on Getting The Most Out Of Your 85mm Lens While Shooting Portraits

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If you shoot portraits, an 85mm lens (or equivalent) should really be in your kit. 

85mm – THE classic portrait focal length. If you are just getting into shooting portraits, or maybe have been shooting on the wider end with a 35mm or 50mm lens, then shooting with an 85mm lens could be something you are looking for tips on. If that is the case, then this is the post for you as we will go over some helpful hints to getting the most out of your 85mm lens when shooting portraits. Continue reading…

Perfect Portraits: 3 Budget Portrait Lenses For the Sony E System under $1,000

Portrait photography is no doubt of the those niches of photography that attracts many new photographers to the industry, both as hobbyists and professionals–and finding budget friendly portrait lenses can be tough. That said, the overwhelming majority 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 top budget oriented portrait lenses for the Sony E System.

If you have another camera system no worries, we will be following this up with budget portrait lens roundups for other systems as well. Previously we have looked at Fujifilm’s X-Series, and Canon’s EOS system, and will continue on to the other systems after we hit Sony’s today.

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Making the Best of an 85mm Lens

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Getting into portraiture? Then what you should really consider is an 85mm lens. Sure, everyone talks about 50mm lenses–but the 85mm can be considered the best focal length for portraiture (aside from the 135mm lens). By design, 85mm lenses have a more shallow depth of field than the 50mm or 35mm and so even though you may focus outward, the chance of what you want in the scene actually being in focus when stopped down is much less due to the laws of physics.

Long focal lengths were always in demand in the early days of photography and it was only until 35mm film came about that folks wanted wider glass. However, when it came to portraiture the 85mm was always a tried and true staple. Here are ways to make the best of an 85mm lens.

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