Wider Than 85mm. 3 Great Portrait Lenses For a Different Look

If there is one thing that’s often taught, it’s to not shoot portraits with anything wider than an 85mm lens. But honestly, that’s also changed in the past few years. Lenses as wide as 28mm are great for shooting portraits. And in their pursuit of clinical perfection, manufacturers have made portrait lenses more capable. Lucky for you, we dove into our Reviews Index to find some great ones. You’ll love these!

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Not Just 85mm! 4 Great Portrait Lenses for the Canon RF System

If you’re seriously looking at the Canon RF camera system, you’re likely considering it for portraiture. It’s fantastic for it! And we’ve reviewed nearly every Canon RF lens, so we’ve got a lot to say. The system is brilliant for portraiture. Better yet, there are tons of fantastic portrait lenses for Canon RF cameras. Whether you’re using the Canon EOS R or the Canon EOS R5, there’s something for you. So we dove into the Reviews Index to get just what you need.

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These are Awesome! 4 Portrait Lenses No Photographer Can Deny

The art of portrait photography is one that’s got a whole lot to deal with talking to people. There needs to be a connection. And oftentimes, you should talk to someone before you shoot their portrait. But of course, you don’t always have the time to do that. So instead, you should make sure you’ve got the best gear you can. That means getting fantastic portrait lenses. We dove into our reviews index to get just what you’re looking for. And here are four of our favorites.

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Battle of the 50mm f1.2 Lenses. Is Sony Better Than Canon?

The Sony 50mm f1.2 G Master was announced today, but is it better than the Canon RF 50mm f1.2 L USM?

Before I go into this, I need to make a few things transparent. I’m the type of photographer who’s leaned more into my photojournalism roots recently. I don’t like doing a lot of photo editing. And that’s fine. If you’re the type who wants something perfect out of camera, then you’ll think like me. That will in turn affect my choice in gear. And quite honestly, the Canon RF 50mm f1.2 L USM and the Sony 50mm f1.2 G Master shouldn’t really be compared. But if you’re considering switching from one system to another, there’s some useful info here. So we put these two 50mm f1.2 lenses head to head. How’d they do?

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How to Make the Most of a 50mm Lens for Portrait Photography

If you’re the type to often shoot at 35mm or wider, then a 50mm lens could be ideal for portraiture.

Photographers who often reach for 35mm or 28mm lenses can make a great case for using the 50mm lens for portrait photography. At times, an 85mm lens can feel too long, but modern 50mm lenses like a Canon RF 50mm f1.2 L USM can render a look like much of what’s on the market today. As one of its biggest advantages, it lets you frame your scene in tighter locations and also keeps you within a closer physical working distance to the subject. Best of all, due to the f1.2 aperture, the lens lets you seriously isolate your portrait subject in a way that only most 85mm lenses can.

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Review: Canon RF 50mm F1.2 L USM (Canon RF Mount)

The Canon RF 50mm f1.2 L USM is one of the reasons why I’m going back to the system.

I didn’t expect to Canon RF 50mm f1.2 L USM to be a reason to come back to Canon, but I’m glad to say that, via Adorama, I purchased the new lens along with a new body. With a very medium format look to it, the Canon RF 50mm f1.2 L USM proves Canon put lenses first when they created this camera system. While the Canon EOS R is a bit lackluster in comparison to its competitors, this lens really makes it stand out. Maybe I’m smitten with the way the sharpness is just there at f1.2, or the colors, the way it makes people look, or just how it renders scenes. But as it is, I’m pretty safe-guarded against the bokeh bug. And in my testing, I’ve found the Canon RF 50mm f1.2 L USM to be incredible.

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