Perhaps no type of lens generates more admiration, envy, and fighting than a wide-aperture 85mm lens. As the classic portrait focal length, such lenses often carry their respective manufacturer's best technology, offering that shallow depth of field and buttery bokeh so many photographers crave. This fantastic video takes a look at seven of the sharpest such lenses out there and which comes out on top.
Coming to you from Christopher Frost, this awesome video takes a look at seven different 85mm lenses and which is the sharpest of all. Traditionally, such lenses were not particularly sharp, as creating such an extremely wide aperture simply necessitated certain optical compromises. However, in recent years, manufacturers have made such impressive gains that you can shoot at crazy apertures like f/1.4 or even f/1.2 and still get ridiculously sharp images in tandem with that ultra-narrow depth of field and creamy bokeh. Of course, such lenses will often cost you a pretty penny, but there is a fairly wide price range in terms of options in the 85mm range, often from below $1,000 to well above $4,000, depending on the features, image quality, and manufacturer. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Frost.