Choosing prime or zoom lenses is mainly a matter of preference. And what to choose when you’re shooting portraits? Many photographers would rather reach for primes, but modern zoom lenses can also give you sharp, high-quality images. In this video, Manny Ortiz discusses his choice when it comes to the lens for portrait photography. He tests an 85mm f/1.4 and a 70-200mm f/1.8. They are both great, but they have both advantages and disadvantages.
Watch the Sony A9 auto-focusing on a pole vaulter at 20 FPS
One of the main selling points for the newly announced Sony A9 is its superior autofocus. The autofocus has 693 point wide-area phase-detection points and according to Sony, it can do up to 20fps with AF/AE tracking. Sounds impressive right?
If you were wondering what’s a 20 FPS auto-focusing beast is good for, watch this movie from Gary Fong. It shows a pole vaulter going the entire distance of the course while the camera keeps tack-sharp focus. Not only that, it does so being “fully opened” with a 70-200mm f2.8 GM lens.
Sony portrait lenses: GM 70-200mm 2.8 vs. 85mm 1.4
Choosing your portrait lens is not a trivial thing. most good portrait lenses are not cheap, and they will probably serve you for a long time. Preferences may depend on budget, size, focal length, aperture and any other number of factors.
Photographer Manny Ortiz has a quick video up comparing two fo the more Sony popular portrait lenses: The 85mm 1.4 GM and the 70-200mm 2.8 GM. While this is not a pixel peeping kind of review (frankly they are both really nice lenses), it sheds some light on how each one performs and how they feel in the real world.
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