So you’re looking for a great lens to take portraits with? It’s an investment and you’re not quite sure which lens you should be spending your hard earned money on. I totally get it. When I first started really focusing on portrait photography, I wasn’t sure which one to buy either. I’m such a frugal person and wanted to make sure I was getting the best for my money. I did a lot of reaching to find what I thought would work best. And on this Friday Five, here are my picks for the five fantastic prime Canon lenses for portrait photography.
One of the most frequently asked questions I get from new portrait photographers is: What lens do I use/recommend? And it’s a great question! So here you have it, my favorites. These are specifically for Canon (since I am a Canon girl) However, many of these Canon lenses are available with Nikon and other brands.
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Now these are not in any particular order other than this one. If you are just starting out and looking to upgrade and step up your game, the 50mm 1.8 will give you the most bang for your buck. Inexpensive, sharp and clear, this lens will probably be in every photographer’s bag at some point. Great for both indoors and outdoors.
My personal fave and the 135mm 2.0 is the lens I shoot with the most. A little pricier, but if you have some money to invest, I highly recommend, especially if you shoot outdoors.
Like it’s sister lens, the 1.8, the 50mm 1.4 is similar to the 1.8, but just a little faster, sharper and clearer. You’ll love it! Great for both indoors and outdoors.
Fast and sharp , the 85mm 1.8 lens gives you a slightly longer focal length which is great for outdoor portraits AND can help in creating that beautiful blurry bokeh in the background.
The 35mm 1.4 lens is much wider than the others, meaning it will allow you to get more into your frame. Great for if you are working indoors or in tight areas a lot of the time. My only hesitation with the wider angles is that it can distort facial features and make them appear not so flattering if you’re not careful.
So give it some thought and decide which lens might be best for YOU!
Which lens do you use the most? Let us know in a comment below!