Sigma 85mm f/1.4 ART: Possibly the Best Portrait Lens Built?

I know what you’re thinking…

How could I possibly think that Sigma has the best portrait lens out there?

Well, I’ve got news for you – the Sigma of old is no more.

What used to be an inexpensive alternative to the “big boys” like Canon, Zeiss, and Nikon is now producing lenses that are making a lot of photographers see the light (so to speak) and get on the Sigma bandwagon.

So, with that said, let me make my case for Sigma, and let’s just see if you’re not totally convinced that it’s a superior lens!

It’s a Great Focal Length

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At 85mm, you have a lot of flexibility in how you approach your portraits.

On the one hand, it’s long enough that you can step back and take half or full body photos – or even environmental portraits at that – while also giving you the ability to get in close for a tightly framed headshot without being right in the subject’s face.

Since many people aren’t completely comfortable in front of the camera, that extra bit of personal space that the 85mm lens offers the subject can make a huge difference in how comfortable they appear in the portrait.

Better still, this lens will create distortion-free portraits, something you have to be careful of when shooting with a wide-angle lens.

The 85mm focal length is also a dream to work with for creating gorgeously blurred backgrounds. The bokeh is buttery smooth and will help you create a portrait in which your subject stands out beautifully.

Beyond that, 85mm isn’t just a great focal length for portraits. Use it for weddings and events, street photography, landscapes – you name it, and this lens will help you get phenomenal results. That versatility alone should be enough to warrant purchasing one of these bad boys.

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