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The best portrait lenses | Sony, Sigma & Canon

Thanks to smartphones and the rise of social media platforms, almost anyone can dabble in portrait photography. But if you want to take your portrait photography to the next level, you might want to invest in a good portrait lens.

If you’re wondering what mm lens is best for portraits, most portrait photographers tend to use normal to short telephoto lenses with a range between 50mm and 90mm - also known as moderate telephoto lenses. The most popular choice is an 85mm lens, and the Sony 85mm 1.8, Sigma 85mm 1.4 and Canon 85mm 1.2 are a few of our lenses that fly off the shelves.

A telephoto lens is the best lens for portrait photography because it allows you to put some distance between you and your subject. The extra-long focal length will not only make your model feel more comfortable in front of the camera, but it’ll also add depth and detail to your photo. The result? A stunning portrait that captures both your subject’s face and personality.

By standing a little further back from your subject, you have a better chance of capturing natural and candid poses. You’ll also be able to pick up on the little things that make your subject who they are - like their smile or body language. In other words, a telephoto lens helps you to create space without compromising on context.

The best portraits tell a story and stir our emotions. If you want to produce professional portrait photos, a portrait lens is the perfect addition to your kit.