Comparison: 50mm vs 85mm Lenses on a Full Frame Camera for Portraits

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 50mm f1.8 STM lens review product images (1 of 2)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.8

We’ve answered this question many times when it comes to technicalities, but there is so much more to photography than just being technical.

The folks over at Weekly Imogen recently published a video doing just that. They compare the Canon 50mm f1.8 and the Canon 85mm f1.8–both are great lenses. Their technical problems aside, there are lots of reasons why you’d use the 85mm lens over a 50mm lens when ti comes to using a full frame camera. 85mm lenses render less distortion, compress bulging parts and tend to throw a lot of the scene out of focus. That means that when you’re photographing a subject, you can make the scene really just focus on them.

Their video is after the jump, but if you’re interested in more then check out our comparison featuring the 50mm f1.4 vs the 85mm f1.8, Weekly Imogen’s own debate on the two, and our field test comparison of the Sigma versions of the 50mm vs 85mm lenses.

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The US Navy Wrongfully Detained a Photographer Twice

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax K30 sample images (6 of 26)ISO 1600

According to a report that was shared via the Click, the US Navy wrongfully detained a photographer out on an assignment to take photos. The photographer, Nic Coury, was standing on the sidewalk taking images when a Navel officer approached him and asked him to delete the images when he tried taking photos of the Navel Postgraduate School. When he tried calling his editor, they thought he was playing an April Fool’s Joke. However, he wasn’t–and the Navy agreed to only let him go if he deleted his images.

Editor Mary Duan unfortunately didn’t know what her publication’s rights were in terms of capturing images of military installations from a public space. But days later, Duan sent Coury again–and the same thing happened. “I get a text: “Pick up your phone. They’re calling Monterey PD to take my camera.” states Duan’s recollection.

Later on though, the Navy admitted that they were wrong in a statement saying, “…We have no authority to detain personnel outside the base on public property. The training issue is being addressed and we will provide lessons learned to other bases.'”