In many of the photography groups I am part of, I constantly come across the question of which lens should someone get as a portrait photographer. We all have different styles, and depending on what type of portraits and what other genres of photography we usually shoot in, we could all recommend you a different lens or pair of lenses.
However, there are a few usual suspects that many photographers will recommend out of all the available choices. Manny Ortiz shares what his two favorite portraits lenses are and why he likes them. Ortiz isn’t alone, one of the most common focal length lens I see many photographers use is the 85mm, and it’s a great lens hence why so many people use it. With everyone's different taste and style, the 50mm may not be as much of a popular choice, but if you like getting environmental portraits you may want to check it out. Personally, I use the 85mm for some natural light portraits as well as some studio portraits mixed with my 24-105mm. These are subjective opinions, so you do not have to stick with the 85mm and the 50mm, but it's worth trying out and seeing if it fits your taste and style. A 35mm lens might be another good choice for environmental portraits but you have to be careful with distortion that may occur; I have seen some photographers use this focal length with excellent results.
What are your two favorite lenses to use when shooting portraits?