Portrait camera lens comparison, 50mm, f1.8 vs. 85mm, f1.8 lens

by Staff November 23, 2016 at 10:21 am

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  1. of course 50 mm shows distortions on the face with close portrait distances, so while it is popular and great for environmental portraits, it is not so for headshots, while 85 focal length is distortion free, and there is nothing to argue about, it is a fact.

  2. First, I would like to say that the 85mm lens (on a 35mm camera) has always been the preferred lens for portraits and when we say "portrait" we really mean head and shoulders stopping at the middle of the chest not from the waist up.Then the distance of the camera to the subject is more comfortable ( not less) than covering the same angle with a 50mm. The out of focus effect on the background is also easier to achieve…..Also see how many great photographers have used their Leica's and other fine cameras with the terrific 85mm lens to shoot street scenes of people often unnoticed . Try it……..

  3. i want a buy Nikon lens, but i am not sure which one. i am still thinking about 55mm or 85mm?? what do u think about portrait images? and what do you think about 35mm. Can you show more images comparison..

  4. Hi! I recently saw your video on Youtube where you have compared a Nikon 50mm 1.8G and Nikon 85mm 1.8G lens and I have already placed the order for 50mm but later I have found that the bokeh and sharpness is better on 85mm but as I'm a beginner and using Nikon D5300 DX format camera which will give me an effective focal length of 75mm via 50mm lens.
    Which lens will give me better results on D5300 cropped frame camera ?
    Keep up the good work!

  5. What about crop sensor APS-C cameras? I tried using the 85mm on a crop and had to step WAAAAY back so I thought I was better off with a 50mm. 50mm Crop = 75mm Full. I didn't really see any distortion

  6. The 85mm the facial features look a lot better. Just look at her nose with the 50mm her nose looks a little big, but the 85mm her nose looks normal.

    My advice for working with the 50mm for portraits is to step back and then crop in.

    50mm is not a bad lens and I think its fine for people starting out that don't have a lot of money but keep in mind at some point get a 85mm f1.8 lens or something else.

    If you are on a crop body on canon the 50mm will have the focal length of a 80mm on full frame so then I think the 50mm is not really that bad at all for a portrait lens. I would still step back just a little maybe and crop in.

    The closed you are to a subject the more distortion you will have.

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