People are one of — if not the — most beloved subjects to photograph. But with so many different lenses, there are a lot of ways to do it. Which lens do you reach for primarily when taking portraits?
My love for portraiture has not once waned in comfortably over a decade of taking them. If anything, it has grown. I've shot using everything from wide angle lens on a micro four thirds sensor, through to a telephoto lens on a medium format sensor (the latter is far better in case you were wondering.) I've used a number of different lenses and I will one day write a more comprehensive breakdown of my choices. However, in answer to which lens is my absolute favorite, I probably have to go for Lord of the Red Rings: Canon 135mm f/2.
This lens has done nothing but deliver for me. Having it in my camera bag ensures that whenever I need to, I can get an image I like and I know exactly how it will look before I even pick the camera up. That sort of consistently pleasing imagery is worth its weight in gold, and for a lens that didn't cost me the earth, it earns the rank of my favorite. That said, there are 85mm lenses as well as medium format lenses which would certainly be in contention. One of which is the Fujifilm GF 110mm f/2 R LM WR Granger chooses too.
What are your favorite portrait lenses? Do you agree with Granger's choices?