Canon portrait lenses test 50mm, 85mm, 135mm

In this photo shoot, I used three great fixes:

The differences in perspective at these focal lengths, the nature of the background blur and the overall feel of the photographs will be visible below.

As you can see, all lenses give good blur in half-length portraits. A fifty dollar will give a boring and overloaded background in a full-height portrait, but in this test I did not take such photos.

Personally, I like the first series of pictures better. photo at 135mm with maximum space compression and a very blurry photo. On the second series of shots I am more impressed by first frame, made at 50mm. It conveys more volume and play of light and shade.

When photographing a girl with columns, I had to move a little. Because of this, on third frame at 135mm, the girl's face is mostly in shadow. Although in the first photo there is clearly more light on the face. 135mm limits the photographer's location more than 50mm, which is always easy and convenient to shoot with. But if you're shooting outdoors, the 135mm focal length won't be a problem.

Here is a frame at 85mm:

portrait of a girl at 85mm

Here, this focal turned out to be the most appropriate. There was about a meter away from the wall, a window to the right. If I had shot at 135mm, the background would have been washed out and lost texture. 50mm would capture a lot of unnecessary things in the frame (window frame, pipes on the wall, etc.).

Here are two very similar shots at 85mm and 135mm. In this case, 85mm looks better because allows you to more competently compose the frame. Stronger blurring of the bokeh doesn't matter here.

135mm VS 85mm

Here is a frame at 135mm:

135mm test

Here I just want to demonstrate the ability Canon 135mm f2L blur background into trash. The background was very complex and ugly. The stairs, people, columns, window frames - all these unnecessary details were washed away, while maintaining the emphasis on the protagonist.


This test presents very similarly cropped photos to emphasize perspective at focal lengths. 50mm, 85mm, 135mm... As you can see, in such portraits you can successfully use any of the lenses listed. The difference in shooting conditions and the photographer's vision.

85mm remains the most functional portrait lens... 135 helps when you want to put a strong emphasis on a person by compressing perspective and noticeably blurring the background.

50mm can be interesting under certain conditions when you want to play with the background. In most cases, this focal length can be suitable for half-length portraits, but absolutely not suitable for full-height photographs. Tests 50mm versus 135mm in full-length photo you can see here.

Video review Canon 85mm f1.8:

Video review-comparison Canon 135mm f2L VS Canon 70-200 f4L:

Which lens to choose for a full frame?

If a photographer is asking such a question, then most likely he has little experience so far. Therefore, we will proceed from the fact that a lens is needed for all occasions. But absolutely universal lenses do not exist. Even very expensive ones.

For example, if a lens boasts a perfect picture, it will fixed lens... The downside will be less functionality and convenience. When we buy a zoom, we always sacrifice aperture and image quality to a certain extent. In order to understand what is more important for a particular photographer, you need to gain experience in shooting. And it's better to start with zooms, tk. they provide an opportunity to compare and feel different focal lengths.

Canon EF 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 USM - overview

This is the lens I would recommend starting with. First, it is very inexpensive. Its price / quality ratio is very good. It is sharp, compact, and offers a very convenient range of focal lengths over a full frame. This is exactly the model with which it is good to start. And only then it will be possible to determine which focal optics are more in demand and which more serious optics are worth buying.

Someone may ask why not take the first Canon EF 24-105 f4L IS? The fact is that the Canon 24-105 f4L IS is a rather mediocre lens in its class. He does not give bokeh, the aperture is low, the image is boring. Of course, it will be better than Canon EF 24-85 f3.5-4.5 USM, but the price is several times higher. For a trial to decide, it is better to start with a more budgetary model. Then you can already understand for yourself whether it is worth taking Canon EF 24-70 f2.8L or it is better to switch to fixes. Or maybe even leave the Canon EF 24-85 f3.5-4.5 USM for reporting, and shoot for fifty dollars for creativity, which will be discussed later.

Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM - overview

50mm full frame is a pretty comfortable focal length. In particular, for work in the studio... But it's not only that. Canon 50mm f1.4 is a very fast lens, but it costs little money. This lens, I believe, should be in any photographer's kit. Excellent image quality, remarkable bokeh and compact dimensions are the main characteristics of Canon fifty dollars.

Never drop Canon 50mm f1.4. This lens is very fragile. Its focusing mechanism is very easy to damage. A ремонт it can cost you half the cost of the lens.

full frame lensesTotal

Canon 50mm f1.4 paired with Canon 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 USM will open up a huge scope for the photographer for a creative work for very little money. This is where I would advise you to start mastering the full frame.

In addition. If you buy a Canon camera, my big advice is: buy Canon lenses too. Only they have excellent color rendition and no problems with autofocus. Sigma, Tamron, Tokina - it's all from the evil one. Although I am satisfied Samyang 14mm f2.8 in terms of sharpness, but its color fidelity doesn't match Canon's native lenses.