A Quick Look at Some Top Sony Portrait Lenses

Not too long ago, Sony shooters didn't have that many lens options to choose from, but now, the lens market is quickly growing, particularly with Sigma bringing their Art Series to the E mount. This great video takes a quick look at four portrait lens options to help you get an idea of the looks you can expect from each of them.

Coming to you from Manny Ortiz, this helpful video takes a look at four portrait lens options for the Sony full frame E mount: the Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM, the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art, and the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS. All four are pretty much stellar pieces of glass, but of course, the way the different focal lengths render and things like bokeh and sharpness will vary across the group. Personally, I'm still quite impressed by the wide-open sharpness of the Sigma lenses, and it seems their autofocus has help up well on Sony bodies, making them great choices, but you probably can't go wrong with any of the lenses in the test group. It's mostly a matter of personal preference. Check out the video above for Ortiz' thoughts. 

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5 Comments

Especially in 2Mpix resolution scaled up for retina/4K display...

Jonathan Brady's picture

Missing the 100 STF!

Mark Holtze's picture

I prefer the SMC Takumar 85 1.8 vintage lens on my Sony. Costs pennies on the dollar and built tougher than all these lenses ;).

No autofocus but who needs it anyway.

Mike Stern's picture

How dare without 100mm STF???

Eric Robinson's picture

Im not sure what point the video was trying to make. If it were about the difference in bokeh between the lenses he had on offer then oki-sh, but that’s not what the video was titled. He spent more time enthusing over the background than on the images produced of the subject. Regarding technique the way the camera was swinging about at f1.8 at a 1/200 with a ‘brick’ atop makes comparisons rather mute in that sharpness in the subject is not going to be achieved. An earlier comment mentioned using a tripod, why one was not used given all the weight he was swinging around is a bit puzzling. If one is going to do a comparison test like this then designing the test to eliminate variables is essential.