The Best 85mm Lenses for Portrait Photography We’ve Tested

I don’t think most photographers can argue about the importance of 85mm lenses. They’re fantastic for portrait photography and even a little bit of sports or street photography. We’d know; we’ve reviewed a ton of them over the years. So we’re rounding up the best 85mm lenses that we’ve used for portrait photography. Specifically, we’re targeting folks who use mirrorless cameras in this round up. Take a look and our selection for the best 85mm lenses for portrait photography.

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Showdown of the Portrait Photography Focal Lengths: 85mm vs 135mm

Both 85mm and 135mm lenses are highly sought after options for portrait photography, but which focal length reigns supreme?

When it comes to portrait photography, many photographers will naturally reach for an 85mm or 135mm prime lens. Both lenses are equally capable of delivering stunning results in the right hands. However, there are fundamental differences between the two focal lengths that give each lens unique advantages. Understanding them will allow you to pick the most appropriate option at your next portrait session.

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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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Is the Samyang AF 85mm f1.4 a Threat to Sony’s 85mm Prime Lenses?

Samyang have been producing some amazing prime lenses lately, but how does it stack up to the Sony G Master?

Samyang (or Rokinon as they are known in the USA) have really come along way in the past few years, and they have been producing some fine prime lenses. Everything about the lenses have improved, from color rendition, to build quality, and image quality to new and improved autofocus capabilities. The new AF 85mm f1.4 for Sony E Mount cameras promises to be a hit, but how does it stack up to the pace setting (and admittedly much more expensive) 85 mm G Master. Join us after the break to find out. Continue reading…

Our Four Favorite 85mm Portrait Lenses Under $1,000 for Thrifty Shooters

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These 85mm portrait lenses will take your images to a whole new level of awesome.

If you’re ready to step up to some new glass that will make your portraits shine, these 85mm portrait lenses will do the trick. 85mm lenses are perfect for portraits thanks to the levels of compression they give, their overall sharpness, fast apertures, creamy bokeh, and their versatility in regards to being able to shoot close up headshots and three quarter body shots with ease. The lenses we’ve chosen excel in all of these areas, and the best part is that they’re each under four figures when it comes to price.

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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…