Undoubtedly one of the most revered focal lengths in portrait photography, this prime has many fans, despite its obvious limitations. Watch behind-the-scenes of a portrait shoot using the fastest 135mm on the market and then ask a loved one to hide your bank card.
With how social media algorithms work, I do my best to keep any confirmation bias in check. That went completely out of the window when I saw this video by TKNORTH, as I gleefully clicked a title I one-hundred-percent agreed with. It's worth taking that into consideration when you read my words, as I am fully biased; I believe 135mm primes are the greatest lenses for many types of portrait.
While I don't own the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 (yet, at least), I have harped on about Lord of the Red Rings, the Canon 135mm f/2 L to just about anybody who will listen. To summarize why I hold it in such high regard is to also summarize why I agree with the premise of this video: you need to try a 135mm lens for portrait photography. The 135mm f/2 was the first lens I bought that felt truly magical and hard to take a bad shot with. Its subject separation is second to none, thanks to its wide minimum aperture and long focal length, being a prime lens means its optics are typically superb, and the bokeh is delicious. The whole aesthetic that comes about with the 135mm f/2 genuinely inspires me to take more images, and it is the first lens in my bag for every portrait shoot I ever go on.
Have you tried a 135mm prime lens? Do you agree, or do you think it's overhyped?