I’ve always passed on 35mm prime lenses. On paper, they always seemed too close to what I could already capture with my phones or what’s duplicated in my 24-70mm professional zoom lenses. It turns out, I didn’t know what I was missing until I tried out the Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD lens.
What’s your favorite portrait lens? In this video, Manny Ortiz picks his among a 35mm, 55mm, 85mm, and 70-200mm.
The best lens for portraits is one of the oldest and most contested arguments in photography. All are great for different reasons, but everyone always seems to have their favorite. Many argue that 50mm or 55mm is the best option because it most resembles the field of view of the human eye, while others love the 35mm for environmental portraits. Some street photographers and photojournalists love the 50mm, while others in the same genre use only the 35mm.… Read More
If I were shooting portraits on a desert island and could only take one lens with me, it would be hard to leave my 70-200mm behind. After picking up a Canon 16-35mm for a trip to Scotland, though, I’ve found myself using it more and more often when I have people in front of my lens.
So, why pick one over the other? Composition with a wide angle is certainly more limiting due to the distortion it creates, but it also opens up a new way of looking at someone. A wide lens can get you out of trouble, set the tone of an image, and shake up your perspective.… Read More