With so many different lenses, and so many differing opinions from other photographers choosing the perfect lens for portrait photography isn’t easy. For a long time I struggled to find the ideal portrait photography lens, and I spent a lot of time and effort, and not to mention money, on the quest for the perfect portrait lens and I think I have finally cracked it.
My portrait lenses comprise 3 different lenses, and these are:-
1. 35mm f2 IS lens
Focal Length – Full frame/APS-C:- 35mm/ 42mm/ Aperture:- 2 - 22/ Min focus:- 9.4"/ Dimensions:- 3.07" x 2.46"/ Weight:- 11.8oz/ Image stabilization:- Yes/ Price (approx.) $USD/£ GBP:-$550.00/£445.00
I have to admit that, due to a number of reasons, I prefer to use zoom lenses for my portrait photography but when I do use a fixed focal length prime lens my go to lens is a 35mm f2 lens, and the lens I use is the Canon 35mm f2 IS lens.
Some photographers argue f2 isn’t wide enough to get a blurred out background, however I don’t find this. In fact, I have never failed to blur the background using this lens. I prefer using a slightly narrower aperture than the “flavour of the month” f1.2 – f1.8 apertures because I don’t have to be so accurate with the focusing to make sure everything that should be sharp in the shot is sharp.
Below is a quick video clip, courtesy of Youtube, exploring the pros and cons of the Canon 35m f2 IS lens:-
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