Sony FE Portrait Lenses Compared: Which Lens is the Best One?

Which Sony FE Portrait Lenses are the best? We scoured our reviews to see.

If you’re into the Sony FE camera system and you’re looking for the best portrait lenses, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve reviewed all of them, and a larger summary can be found in our Sony FE Lens Guide. The company that was once known for not having a lot of lenses has been making others eat their words for a few years now. But with this many lenses out there, it can become confusing to figure out which one is right for you. Say no more.

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Review: Tamron AF 180mm f3.5 Di SP A/M FEC LD (IF) 1:1 Macro (Canon EF)

Before the company started to really revamp their lenses, Tamron’s offerings were actually pretty darn good to start. So on a whim of curiousity, I decided to try the Tamron AF 180mm f3.5 Di SP A/M FEC LD (IF) 1:1 Macro–surely a long telephoto macro lens will have to be great, right? Truthfully, it really is; but it isn’t without its own faults partially due to how DSLR cameras work. Though for the enthusiast photographer, you’ll probably really appreciate what it’s capable of.

And at the same time, you’ll need to shoot it like a pro.

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The New Sony Full Frame E Mount Lenses Expand the Lineup Even More


Just in case you wanted another reason to spend your hard earned money, Sony is announcing today a load of new lenses for the full frame E mount system: the 35mm f1.4, 28mm f2, 90mm f2.8, a 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 lens and converters for their APS-C lenses.

For anyone that has ever said that Sony doesn’t have enough lenses in their lineup, it looks like they’re pretty much ready to shut you up. The system now includes a handful of zooms and even more premium prime lenses.

Lots of the lenses have the Zeiss branding, but what we’re incredibly amazed by is the fact that the 35mm f1.4 has a working aperture ring that they’re starting is best for cinema shooting although it isn’t being branded as a cinema lens.

Techs specs and more images are after the jump. The Sony 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 will $999.99, the Sony 90mm f2.8 will cost $1099.99, the 35mm f1.4 will cost $1,599.99, and the 28mm f2 will cost $449.99.

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Tamron Will Fix Your Lens in Three Business Days

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tamron 90mm f2.8 VC product images (2 of 8)ISO 16001-30 sec at f - 1.0

Lots of third party lens manufacturers are ramping up their services as of late. And in an extremely interesting move just made by Tamron, the company is now promising a three business day return on a repair of your lens. As long as the lens is received by 12PM EST (because the company is based on Long Island, NY) it will adhere to this announcement. According to them, “Lenses under warranty (Tamron USA offers a 6-year limited warranty on its photographic lenses) are repaired and shipped back to the customer within three business days. Out of warranty lenses are repaired and shipped back within three business days of the customer’s approval of the repair estimate.”

For a customer, this is great news. It has taken me sometimes more than a week for some of my other items to come back like flashes–granted those are from other companies.

Tamron’s quality is also quite stellar. Check out our reviews of their new 90mm f2.8 VC and their 70-200mm f2.8 VC.

Review: Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Canon EF)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tamron 90mm f2.8 VC product images (1 of 8)ISO 2001-50 sec at f - 1.0

Tamron recently refreshed their 90mm Macro lens to include VC–the company’s vibration compensation/image stabilization. We saw it perform very admirably in their new 24-70mm f2.8 lens and so naturally we went into the 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD review with high expectations. Prime lenses like this are known for their high image quality, but macro lenses are designed to be even sharper for the simple reason that many may stop down quite a bit in order to get subjects in focus.

Editor’s Note: in a previous version of this article, we stated that there is no weather sealing. After talking to Tamron, we learned that there is. We apologize for the confusion.

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Lens Announcement: HD Pentax D FA 645 Macro 90mm f2.8 ED AW SR … Whoa, That’s a LONG Name!

Together with a bunch of other new lenses, ranging from the teeny-tiny 06 Telephoto Zoom lens for the Q system via an all-purpose zoom lens for K-mount and a super-telephoto for the same, Pentax also announces the latest addition to its 645 medium format system, a 90mm f2.8 macro lens. As with all of Pentax’ 645 lenses, this one can be used on film as well as digital bodies. On the former it renders an image with an angle-of-view of 42.5°, while on the latter it produces a 34° a-o-v, comparable to that of a 71mm lens on 35mm full-frame. It is the third lens expicitly developed for the digital 645D medium format camera, after the 55mm f2.8 normal lens and the 25mm f4 wide angle lens.

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