Which Is Best for Portraits? 50mm or 85mm Prime Lenses? Let’s Find Out

There are two prime lenses that both new and seasoned portrait photographers will always reach for, and they are 50mm primes and 85mm primes. Both of these lenses have great qualities, but even though the focal range is not massively different, they will both produce vastly different results, and they both have the best use cases.

Portrait Photography: How to Shoot Stunning Portraits with 35mm Primes

We have waxed lyrical about 35mm primes for years here at The Phoblographer, but just know that it's for good reasons. These seemingly simple lenses can do so much that we truly believe that everyone should own one, and while you might think that they might not be great for portrait photography, we have to tell you that you would be wrong.

Portrait Photography: The Differences Between 85mm and 135mm Primes

Ask any photographer about the lenses that they use for portraits. More than likely, they will come back to you with the same answer every time. The 85mm and 135mm focal lengths have been goto's for portrait photography for many years, and for good reasons, but how do you decide between the two, and what are the most significant differences between them? After the break, we will take a quick look at both prime lenses and will list the pros and cons of both so that you can make a more informed purchasing decision.