Top 5 best portrait lenses for DSLR camera
Photography is as much about equipment as it is about skill. Good photographers with a bad camera will produce only bad pictures. But, if the beginner has a good camera, the chances that he produces a good picture are good. And one has to spend some time picking the best lenses to go with the DSLR cameras.
Lens for portrait photography
For portrait photography, you need to have an optimum focal length. This helps the subject have some distance and you can adjust the lighting. Ideally, this will be 85mm. The choice between telephoto zoom lenses and prime lenses is that the former offers better compression of facial features so they appear more attractive. The latter gives you the bokeh effect that helps blur the background and make the subject stand out. The pick of the top 5 best portrait lenses for DSLR camera:
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
- Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G
- Sony FE 85mm f/1.8
- Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
- Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S ED VR II
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM: Gives good images with little flare, has 2 high refraction lenses and Gaussian optics, full-time manual focusing, great for portrait photography.
Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G: Use for head or shoulder level photography, lens design is lightweight and compact due to the Internal Focus feature, gives good detail and impressive depth of field. The plus point is that it is light.
Sony FE 85mm f/1.8: This is a budget-friendly and has an aperture range of f/1.8 to f/2.2, double linear AF motor, customizable focus hold button, and one extra-low dispersion element. It has a rounded nine-blade diaphragm.
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM: Updated IS system to give 4 stops of stabilization, optic formula has 23 elements in 19 groups, and has five ultra-low dispersion glass elements.
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S ED VR II: It has 21 elements in 16 groups, 7 of the lenses are Extra-low dispersion glass, and ring type ultrasonic focusing.
Rent your camera
You can get all that you want for hire at WildClickz photo rental shop. You find it in both Goa and Bangalore. They have top-end DSLR camera and lenses, cine cameras, and video cameras. You can choose the matching lenses for nominal rates. For instance, to shoot a movie you can pick the Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K (cost Rs 1.85 lakh rupees) for Rs 5000 daily rental (weekly rental rate Rs 4200) and an Arri Alura Zoom 45-250 mm lens for a daily and weekly rental rate of Rs 4500. The Arri Alura Zoom lens costs Rs 1.82 million. Understandably, only the big cinema outfits can afford to buy these cameras and lenses. If you want to make a movie, you can rent out the equipment for a week and make hay in your backyard.
For the beginner who wants to get some experience with the professional level cameras, the best bet is to try out the DSLR cameras on offer at WildClickz. They have matching DSLR lenses on offer. The daily rent is about Rs 1000 for each. So, you can get the camera, the lens, and other accessories such as lighting devices, batteries, and light stands for a couple of thousand rupees. You are all set for a day in the sun and beautiful photography at Goa or Bangalore.