What is The Best Lens for Portrait Photography?

I will now delve into the robust and technicality of all the art forms – photography. Photography is as much of a science as well as an art. When someone mentions art photography you may naturally think of beautiful vistas, lush gardens, and architectural masterpieces.  But there is a small category no one really though of as an art- portraits. Whether they’re of individuals or in groups, this type of photography is nevertheless, art as well.

The biggest component that will ultimately decide the overall image is of course your lens. Here I will review different cameras along with the lenses from research I have done and choose a favorite. Like any item, lenses vary in production.

There integral factors used to create that picture perfect shot. Perhaps lighting and shadow is the most considered one. There is a definite point that I call the “freeze frame” moment. It is that instance where all the details come into sync. It is a split second recognition that the photographer decides to take the shot. And for that, I will show you howto choose the best lens choice in  my opinion.

1. Nikon AF-S DX 35mm f1.8

This is a versatile tool. Like all single-lens reflex cameras, it joins the automatic non CPU reaction with cutting edge technology of a digital imaging sensor. The camera was introduced to the public nine years ago. For such a small device, it is quite dependable. My main reason I like this model is because of its simple operating and for its price. For a camera of its tenor, it works well in indoor or shaded areas. Some who have reviewed this camera apparently like its low sound when focusing.

As mentioned before this device is perfect for novices who like portraits as a hobby and not as an occupation. Likewise it is affordable. Nikon made strides in the camera business with the creation of the single-lens reflex function. A one year warranty is included along with the four year maintenance and four year service package. It weighs less than half  a pound but retains a very accurate performance rate.

Canon 85mm f/1.8 EF USM

This camera is a sweet deal. It comes with a a feature that is standard which  Electric Focusing. Like the Nikon, it is super quiet. It is of course much larger and heavier being an 85mm camera lens. And again like the Nikon, the carrying case is not in a  package deal. It came out in 1992 and has gone down in price in decent intervals from its original price down to $370, $349 and finally to $369 in 2017.

It was reviewed as being excellent and a good buy. Moreover it is sleek and advanced. But this also means it is harder to operate. So if you’re a beginner, this may not be the one for you.

Fujifilm X-mount lenses

It is of course vital to make your mind about how seriously you want to pursue the art of photography. Fujifilm manufactures two types of X-mount lenses – the XC and the XF. For portraits, I recommend the XF for a simple fact. It yields a better and more detailed photo. It is however more pricey.  But, you get what you pay for. The zoom is very accurate and it is built with a a state of the art twin linear motor and has top of the line contrast, focus and sharpness. The lens is applied with special coating for maximum performance.  Unfortunately, it is heavy for such a small camera.

Sigma 85 mm f1.4 art lens

Released sometime on late 2016, this one was a lens Juggernaut at the time of its prosperity. It was a born baby that dared to rival the established leaders in the photography world. Particularly, it stood up to the Sony 85mm. The Sigma actually beat some aspects of criteria of the Sony brand. For instance: the Sony is not multi-compatible in regards to the different mounts it can be used with. It only works with their brand. The Sigma is functional with mounts including Canon and Nikon.

When the Sigma is fully expanded, it apparently has superior sharpness. You will find an exceptional overlying feature to me; zero distortion! The peripheral viewing factor is great so that you get great side border resolution. not only that but it has a great light distribution coined as “T-stop.” This is the degree of lens lens aperture. This is compared to a “F-Top” camera that works much simpler. This kind of lens operates with  the opening in front of the lens.

Although this was introduced a while ago, it sounds very enticing. The review spoke more objectively with hard facts. The others were more subjectively with opinions like “Great camera/lens!” or “It’s great for beginners!”

My Conclusion

For my pick of the liter of which brand and type of lens to buy, I was leaning towards the Sigma. But that lens is three years old. Naturally, technology advances. So I looked at the fujifilm next. I am inclined to it because its good reputation. It is also manufactured in Japan, a place booming with technological enterprise.

As for Kodak, well the unfortunate truth is that it’s filed for bankruptcy in 2013. It is a shame in that the company pioneered the photography world. It is good that they are still operation but are lagging behind.

Most if not all of these four cameras/lenses were actually quite old. But, as I stated, Fuji is my pick because of its versatility and optimization. I haven’t heard that much and reports about the company overall. And I was impressed with its self-description.

Well, that is it for today! I’ll see ya in two days. I hope you got some insight into the technological depth of these few examples from this article.


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