85mm vs 135mm::- Today we are going to be comparing that 85 millimeters and the 135 millimeter frequent length when it comes to portrait photography. I have the canon 85mm 1.2 and the canon 135mm f/2. I’m shooting with them both.
Let’s go take a deep look at 85mm vs 135mm comparison.
On the Canon 5d Mark 4 which is a full-frame sensor. Today’s model is Karina and Lydia. So I really hope you guys enjoyed today’s photoshoot. I’m gonna start with a full-body shot for this one.
Well, I’m so close up. I need alike run to the water to get a full bush. There is no doubt that both the 85mm and 135mm great lenses for full body shots. Due to their compression and those lack of distortion with this kind of composition.
I was really excited to try this test. Do you wanna try stretching your arms up ( Karina ). For me personally the 135mm shot wins here. I love the straight lines in the background and how Karina pops from the background as well.
By the way, I also didn’t add any lens correction in the post. One downside to the 135mm is the amount of space you need to capture a full-body shot. And the fact that you need to be far away from your subject.
I kind of felt like I was shouting when trying to give Karina some direction with the shot. With the 85 mm, it was nice that I was able to get in quite a lot closer to the full body shot. Here are the true focal lengths side-by-side.
So you guys can have a look. Again I think my favorite here is the 135mm but I love to hear what you guys think. I am zooming in to 100% here to also show you the chromatic aberration from the 85mm on her jumbo.
Far away with this lens. Next up we are testing a classic close-up composition backlit with some trees in the background. So we can see what the bucket difference is as well.
Both lens a shop wide open and neither lens had any issues focusing on this situation. I have a hundred percent zoom comparison coming up in a second so you guys can see.
I was shooting at Canon EF 85mm f1.2 and Canon EF 135mm f/2. Looking at the side of the image by side this is my subjective opinion. But I feel like the 85mm has a slightly creative feel to the headshot probably drawn to the depth of field.
And the 135mm has a more classic look to the headshots we took.As it looks like a flatter image compared to the 85mm. I’m also preferring what the 135mm bucket looks like here in particular as it’s more defined compared to the washed-out 85 buckets.
But again just like the full-body photos both these focal lengths are Sur great at producing a close-up portrait. Now we’re gonna shoot some harsh light backlit portraits.
So the Sun is directly hitting the model from behind and straight into my lens at F 2.8 unbirth lenses. Yet again neither lens had much trouble focusing against the hush backlight.
I did get a few extra out-of-focus shots on the 135 millimeters there but there was honestly not a big difference between two. When I just don’t like this one as well.
At F 2.8 both focal lengths did a good job in throwing out the highly textured and busy background to get the model to stand out. The 135mm bled out the rocks just that little bit more which I really like.
But I do personally prefer the more defined bucket of the 85mm here. I have a hundred percent crop for you guys to see. This one was a little hotter to pick my favorite from they are both quite similar photos.
I would love to hear what you guys think as well. We’re gonna do a walking shot now on the 135mm. It is just to show you that it is a little bit difficult to capture movement fritters on this lens.
Here all the photos I took on the 135mm walk. As you can see since it’s such a telephoto lens. It’s very difficult to be able to capture the right composition especially when a spontaneous movement happens such as when Kareena spun around.
A lot of the time I cropped out her head or her legs and just, in general, I found it really difficult to be able to frame the shot correctly with movement. I’m gonna do the same with the other one.
Let me get a bit further back. When you’re ready you can spin again, you can smile as well.While the 85mm is also a challenge to capture movement shots on.
I personally prefer to use something wider like a 35mm or 50mm for these kinds of photos. But it was a lot easier to walk backward and maintain my composition for the majority of photos on the 85mm.
We’re gonna try and shoot some portraits at s4 to see how much texture we can get with these super-compressed bucket lenses. It’s like a new term bucket lens.
Right just sort of what I’m seeing in the back of the screen it still looks like it has way too much pocket. Unlike other focal length comparisons we’ve done the 85mm and 135mm lenses are very similar to each other when it comes to portraits.
In this location, I loved what the 135mm looks like a little bit more. Due to the focal length, I was able to capture the composition I wanted of a mid-length portrait.
And all the distractions you can see in the 85mm shot. Such as the grass in the bottom left and the windowsill at the top left have all been cropped out of the 135 mm shot.
It’s a bit closer as well. When it comes to taking portraits at f/4 again both lenses are extremely sharp. As you can see in the hundred percent crop comparison. I do believe the 135mm is that slight bit sharper than the 85mm.
But both a shop enough for portrait photography. The last comparison we’re going to do is extreme closeup portraits. The widest aperture 135mm goes to is f2 so we’re going to shoot these super close-up portraits both these lenses on f2.
And I’ll shoot a couple at the end at 1.2 on the 85mm. We’re gonna get in as close as we possibly can to Karina’s face up to the point where the lens just doesn’t focus anymore.
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See what they look like with the 135mm close-ups you have two settings on the Canon lens. Where you can focus 1.6 meters to infinity which is the first photo that we’re seeing.
Then you also have the option to change it to zero point nine meters to infinity Fergus. Here is why you can get some extreme close-up portraits with just the eyes to the chin in the frame.
For me personally, 85mm vs 135mm I think I prefer the 85mm lens. It can take pretty dreamy and beautiful portraits but I feel like the 85mm is that little bit more convenient.
Because they don’t have to be miles away from my model. I definitely feel more comfortable shooting with the 85mm. I would love to hear from you in the comments which lens you prefer and why.