Based on feedback from my first photography post, I had a reader request a comparison picture using my Canon 50mm f1.4 lens and my Canon 85mm f1.8 lens. These are my two favorite lenses and I can easily recommend either of them for someone looking to do fashion blog photography. Here’s a quick rundown of the pros/cons of each:
- Easy to use and reliably chooses the correct image to focus when doing tripod/remote self-photography
- Great for indoor shots or close spaces where you don’t have room to move back to fit everything in frame
- Better for low-light situations
- Wider frame — easier to take full-body shots with a tripod/remote as you don’t need to stand as far back
- More affordable
- Harsh background blur — colors don’t seem to blend as well
- Less bright – it doesn’t seem to pick up as much light for natural illumination in portraits
- Longer range — includes more surrounding detail
- Beautiful, blended bokeh
- Sharper, more focused pictures — great for detail shots
- Ideal for outdoor photography and still works well even in low-light situations (I don’t own a flash and it’s never been a problem)
- Excels in portrait photography
- Doesn’t always pick the right subject to focus on — I have about a 3% failure rate compared to virtually 0% focus failure rate with the 50mm.
- More expensive
I hope this side-by-side comparison helped! If you’re uncertain about which one to get, I would also suggest renting them (I’ve used BorrowLenses in the past) and just play around with it for a bit. You’ll get a feel for the lens and I usually find that a week is just enough time for me to decide if it’s worth the purchase.
P.S. In case you missed it:
- Floral Blazer + Yellow Surplice Top – A cheerful little outfit to officially welcome spring!