Following up on my last post about how to take beautiful portraits every time…I wanted to go over my 4 fav lenses for shooting people. Lenses play an integral part in creating the perfect portrait shot and the 4 below are absolutely fantastic! Each one has its own features which makes it a great choice…so I hope this little post helps you when deciding which lens to add to your kit next.
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon
First up is the classic 50mm. (Sigma 50mm f/1.4 art lens). If you are looking to ad your first pro lens to your kit, this should be the one. It is incredibly versatile and can work for pretty much any shoot situation. Its neither too wide or too zoomed and sits at the perfect starting point. As it is a 50mm lens, on a full frame camera it will allow you to shoot both full length and mid length portraits very comfortably while still giving you a nice bokeh. I chose to feature the Sigma 50mm art lens (instead of the canon) to show there are some amazing other brands out there creating lenses that can be adapted to use on any camera body. (I am an avid canon shooter but use this sigma lens a lot.) It also is a very sharp lens, focuses fast and creates a beautiful bokeh background.
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
Next on my list I want to talk about is the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. This is a GREAT lens to have on your camera. It is a zoom lens so allows you to shoot from 70-200mm focal lengths and everything in between. This can really be beneficial when on shoot as you can get multiple compositions of the same shot without having to change your position. I think this lens is especially fantastic if you want to shoot weddings as its super handy to have that zoom feature and still have great quality glass that takes a beautiful shot. Also when shooting at 200mm you get a super beautiful bokeh and separation of the subject from the background)
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Camera Lens
My FAVOURITE portrait lens ever and pièce de résistance of this line up would have to be the Canon 85mm f/1.2 lens! Funnily enough…I don’t actually shoot with this lens much…its kind of like when you buy a super expensive bag or pair of shoes and never wear them because they are just that special. The Bokeh on this lens when shooting wide open at f1.2 is so creamy and beautiful you can’t help but fall in love. Its a true portrait photographers lens and is also amazing for weddings. Its amazing for shooting both mid and close up shots and as long as you focus on the subjects eyes and make sure they are sharp then the rest of the image falls into place in a dreamy cloud around it. Its a beast and but a beautiful one at that
Canon EF 100mm F2.8L IS USM Macro Lens
The ultimate portrait lens for shooting beauty is the 100mm macro lens! Its perfect for those close up shots and because its a macro lens you can get in ultra close for those details. The lens focuses fast, isn’t too heavy and is tack sharp. Its a fantastic lens, and if beauty is what you want to shoot then this is the best one for you to start with. It also takes great shots further from the subject so can be used for more than just beauty work. When shooting with this lens you will usually shoot at a higher F stop so you can bring in more detail when shooting close up on the face.
Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
I also want to give an honourable mention to the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 art lens! I have only shot with this lens once so far but it is a total beast. Not only its size is impressive but the soft and creamy bokeh is a treat too! I need to shoot with this lens a bit more till I can make my final verdict, as it is definitely a specialty lens and not something you would have on your camera everyday…but if you are a portrait photographer looking for an amazing prime lens on the longer focal length side (and are feeling a little extra haha)…you will not be disappointed with this one!