There is no doubt that the most classic focal length of a portrait lens is 85mm. If you are a professional portrait photographer, the most commonly used lens is undoubtedly the 85mm lens. The focal length of 85mm can give the picture a proper description of the characters and environment, and it is easy to get the effect of virtual. It is really a good lens for home. This article will explore the benefits of 85mm lenses and their use techniques.
85mm: Classical Focal Length
85mm is neither long nor short. It is an easy-to-use focal length. Using this focal length in portrait shooting, it is very convenient to switch between bust portrait and full-body portrait, and the figure deformation will not be very large. Whether it's full frame or APS-C frame, when you use an 85mm lens, you will find that you always keep the right distance from the subject. This distance is very necessary for shooting on many occasions. It's a pity that you can't get close to the target with a 35mm lens. Whether in the film period or in the digital period, 85mm focal length has been paid much attention, and there have been a lot of bull heads.
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Fixed-focus lenses of 85mm focal length will not lack a large aperture, unlike wide-angle lenses, which are difficult to enlarge the aperture, nor need huge mirror body support, unlike super-long focal lenses. Sometimes the zoom lens can be used to top the 35mm and 50mm focal lenses, but the 85mm focal lenses can no longer do this. There are too many differences in various parameters. Sometimes when we shoot, we will encounter difficulties. At this time, the most refreshing thing is that the lens aperture is a big one. The difficulties are solved immediately.
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Optimum focal length in portrait photography
For photographers who like to shoot portraits, 85mm is absolutely essential. Its shallow depth of field, high definition and character expressiveness are absolutely beyond the reach of other lenses. Of course, 50mm lens is also very good, but as mentioned earlier, 85mm lens can keep a certain distance between the photographer and the model, so that the pressure on the model will be less, and the face deformation of the characters in the picture will be smaller and more natural. Generally speaking, when it comes to portrait lens, 85mm focal length is the first choice.
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Excellent optical quality
Most of the time, the original intention of purchasing focus lens is to get shallow depth of field effect, and 85mm lens is really excellent in this respect. The optical quality of the 85mm lens is often very high, which makes the picture have a pleasant background and high sharpness of the main performance. It really makes people fond of it. Generally, the color difference of 85mm lens is not too big, the image field distortion is not too big, and the aperture erosion of the virtual spot is not too serious. Now the optical system of 85mm lens is very excellent and trusted.
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How to choose between 50mm and 85mm?
In some portrait photography scenarios, the photographer may need to express the strong personality and emotions of the characters, which focal length is used to shoot on earth? In fact, the final determinants are visual angle and shooting distance. However, I feel that the 85mm lens can focus more on the characters, so that the shooting distance can be more free. 85 mm lens can show better relationship between people and scenery, which is the most important.
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