Portrait Photography: You’ll Fall In Love With These 85mm Primes Instantly


85mm primes are an essential tool for portrait photographers.

Portrait photographers need a lot from the lenses they use. Lenses have to be sharp, reliable, produce great bokeh and beautiful natural skin tones. Another quality they need to have is great build quality. Like many other things in life, not all 85mm primes are created equal. However, we’re sure that you’ll love the 85mm primes we have listed after the break. If you’re in the market for a new go-to portrait lens, the five we have listed after the break will offer you everything a modern portrait photographer needs.

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Beautiful Budget Bokeh: 5 85mm Primes Under $800 That Will Amaze You

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Beautiful bokeh for under $800!?! Is that even possible? You bet it is. Sometimes, you can get beautiful bokeh for well under that price too! There are those out there who believe you have to spend over four figures to produce portraits with buttery smooth bokeh. However, this is not the case, and it hasn’t been for some time now. If you’re a portrait photographer who is just starting out or who simply knows that you don’t have to spend crazy money to get good quality, these 85mm primes are for you. After the break, we will share five 85mm primes that will render creamy goodness on a budget.

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85mm Prime Lenses: Sony Portrait Photographers Are Spoiled for Choice

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When it comes to Sony’s E mount, there are 85mm prime lenses that will suit every portrait photographer’s budget.

If you pay attention to the news at all, you’ve seen that Sigma just announced a new version of their 85mm f1.4 Art lens for Mirrorless cameras (Sony E and L Mount Alliance). This got us thinking. Users of Sony cameras are spoiled for choice when it comes to 85mm prime lenses, and the new Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG DN is going to come up against some pretty fantastic lenses that are already available. We’ve decided to take a quick look at the 85mm prime lenses for Sony’s E mount we have reviewed in the past that fit all photographers’ budgets so that you can decide if the new $1,199 Sigma worth a closer look.

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Portrait Photography: The Differences Between 85mm and 135mm Primes

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Both 85mm and 135mm lenses are great for portrait photography, but each has particular uses.

Ask any photographer about the lenses they use for portraits, and more than likely, they will come back to you with the same answer. The 85mm and 135mm focal lengths have been go-to options for portrait photography for many years, and for good reasons, but how do you decide between the two, and what are the most significant differences between them? After the break, we will take a quick look at both prime lenses and list the pros and cons of each so that you can make a more informed purchasing decision.

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Under $1000: The Affordable 85mm Primes That Are Bokeh Beasts

If you are planning to jump into the world of portrait photography, you might want to check out these affordable 85mm primes.

There is a huge misconception about portrait photography (and many other genres of photography) that you need to spend boatloads of cash on very fast lenses to be able to create portraits that will stun people: this simply isn’t true. There are 85mm primes on the market that produce razor-sharp images with stunning bokeh that won’t break the bank, but these lenses are often overlooked. If you are planning to get into portrait photography, don’t let photography elitists make you believe that you need to spend thousands. Trust us when we say that the 85mm primes we share with you after the break are more than good enough for most.

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

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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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