Last time in Part 1, we looked at five excellent examples of AF and MF portrait lenses in the 77mm, 85mm, and 90mm focal lengths. That should have been it. But the choice isn’t so simple, because 135mm lenses are also superb candidates for portraiture. While the 85mm~ range lenses are more versatile for indoor, studio, … Continue reading Choosing the Right Portrait Lens: Part 2 (135mm)
One of the best things about the Sony FE mount is that there are endless choices of lens options to choose from. Practically every lens made for the 35mm film camera from the past 70 years can be adapted onto the Sony mirrorless cameras. Screw mount lens from a 1950s Leica? There’s adapter for that. An autofocus L lens from Canon? There’s an AF adapter for that. An obscure autofocus rangefinder lens from Contax? There’s also an AF adapter for that. At the same time, one of the worst things about the Sony FE/NEX mount is that it is so new and there are not a lot of native AF lens options. Since I’m in the market for a portrait lens to complete my collection, I have a two issues to consider.
A fast 85mm has long been a favorite among the portrait photographer’s toolbox. Slightly telephoto, this particular focal length lightly compresses the image so that models are comfortably nestled within the background. From a design perspective, large apertures like f/1.8 or even f/1.2 remain cost effective and practical because at longer focal lengths, glass elements necessarily become prohibitively expensive and oversized. Lastly, … Continue reading A Portrait Shoot with the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8
We first broke news about Zeiss’s new range of Batis lenses in April 2015. We were very excited, not only because they were the world’s first lenses fitted with OLED distance and depth-of-field indicators, but especially because they were available in the 85mm and 25mm focal range. Zeiss USA has been very good to us. … Continue reading First Impressions of the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 and 25mm f/2 Lenses
The 35mm is very much an underrated focal length. I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s because when you type “35mm” into the search bars, all kinds of 35mm film cameras pop up. Maybe it’s because its longer brother, the 50mm, has been stealing its thunder ever since Henri Cartier-Bresson mentioned how much he … Continue reading Choosing the Right Street & Fashion Photography Lens: (35mm)