Comparing eight popular lenses and how they affect your portraits

Sep 20, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Comparing eight popular lenses and how they affect your portraits

Sep 20, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Which lens you will choose for portraits depends on what you want to achieve, and there are so many options. Rachel and Daniel from Mango Street narrowed it down to eight popular lenses, and in this video, they are testing them to show you how each of them affects your portraits.

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Although many photographers prefer lenses from 50mm and up for portraits, wide-angle lenses can also be used and give you some great results (although they might not be the best choice for group portraits). Some photographers even tested 400mm and 500mm lenses for portraits. But Daniel and Rachel stuck to the most commonly used focal lengths. They tested six primes and two zooms, and these are the lenses they used in the video:

Throughout the video, the duo uses all lenses on different locations and different distances from the subject, which isn’t too helpful. However, it gives you an idea of the look each lens creates. Also, they did photograph the model from the same location and the same distance with each of the lenses, and share the side-by-side results.

Rachel and Daniel also briefly discuss the pros and cons of each lens, as well as its main features when shooting portraits with them. For example, wide-angle lenses such as 24mm can distort your subject a bit if you get closer to them. Longer lenses (85mm and up) will compress the background and separate the subject from it more than wide-angle lenses.

At the end of the day, the decision which lens you will use is only yours and it depends on the desired result. But knowing what you’ll get with different focal lengths is certainly something that will help you decide. If you’d like to see more comparisons like this, check out this video by Julia Trotti, this gif, and this one too.

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14 responses to “Comparing eight popular lenses and how they affect your portraits”

  1. Viggo Næss Avatar
    Viggo Næss

    85??

    1. Shasta Philpot Avatar
      Shasta Philpot

      I’ll second that! ?

    2. Zygmunt Zarzecki Avatar
      Zygmunt Zarzecki

      But only Samyang 1.4

    3. Viggo Næss Avatar
      Viggo Næss

      Zygmunt, not for me, I’ve had a few, but my RF85 f1.2 is the best I’ve ever used??

  2. Zygmunt Zarzecki Avatar
    Zygmunt Zarzecki

    70-200

  3. Adrian J Nyaoi Avatar
    Adrian J Nyaoi

    70-200mm

  4. Gary Bailey Avatar
    Gary Bailey

    16mm fisheye

  5. Peter Foote Avatar
    Peter Foote

    85mm for me.
    I’m chomping for Tamron’s new 70-190

  6. Michael Bray Avatar
    Michael Bray

    Tie between my 50 mm and my 55-300 mm. Though if done right, a 10-20 mm wide angle can make for some cool full body portrait shots

  7. Ondřej Konopásek Avatar
    Ondřej Konopásek

    please stop this shit! Do u really feel like theres a need to do same articles? Weve seen that for at least 7 times last few months. Stop spamming this shit…

    1. Jozef Baca Avatar
      Jozef Baca

      Ondřej Konopásek teba to riadne vytocilo ??

    2. Stefan Kohler Avatar
      Stefan Kohler

      Ondřej could you link the other 7 as well please? i don‘t wanna miss these

  8. Piotr Marski Avatar
    Piotr Marski

    From Japan…

  9. Sergi Yavorski Avatar
    Sergi Yavorski

    None. Each lens for a different kind of portrait.