3 Best Canon Portrait Lenses For Entry Level

You’re beginning photographer, you just purchased an Entry level Canon DSLR. Here are 3 Best Canon Portrait Lenses we recommend for you.

3 Best Canon Portrait Lenses

Did you ever wonder why that professional photo taken at your friend’s portrait is more flattering than your latest selfie? Among other reasons, the pro probably used a slightly telephoto ‘portrait’ lens, rather than the wide-angle focal length used for your selfie.

3 Best Canon Portrait Lenses

There are something you should know before getting a Canon Portrait Lens

What make a good portrait lens

The portrait photo look nice when you places a flattering view of the subject against a blurred background. This is very easy to achieve with the right lens.

The key behind a blurred background is having a lens with a large aperture, indicated by a small f-number. The best portrait lenses have an f-number of 2.8 or smaller, and the lower this number, the more blurred you can make your background. The smaller f-numbers also gather more light which makes them ideal for taking photos in dim conditions.

The flattering view is also achieved with a lens sporting a slightly magnified view, which is mean having Lenses with long focal length. The perfect Canon Portrait Lenses (or other Portrait Lenses) have an equivalent focal length of between 70 and 135mm. Lens with shorter focal lengths may not give flattering results with single-person portraits, although are ideal for group shots because it take a wider angle.

3 Best Canon Portrait Lenses

Generally, prime lenses (Lenses that don’t zoom are called ‘prime’ lenses) offer superior image quality to zoom lenses (Lenses with focal length can be adjusted). Their killer feature, however, is a wide maximum aperture that’s usually between f/1.4 and f/1.8. This enables a tight depth of field, so you can blur fussy backgrounds and make the person you’re shooting flattering, really stand out in an image.

Three Canon Portrait Lenses for beginning photographer

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

3 Best Canon Portrait Lenses

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM is known for its cheap price and great image quality. With price about 125$, It’s the perfect starter lens for any DSLR newcomer looking for the best performance/price ratio out there. The f/1.8 aperture provides beautifully shallow depth of field (blurring the background) and makes it a perfect lens for portrait, flower, and food photography.

The 50mm focal length is a little short for classic portrait work on a full-frame camera, but mount it on a cropped-frame model and it becomes equivalent to 80mm, a perfect length for portraits.

Pros

  • Good image quality when shot wide open.
  • Nice bokeh.
  • Faster and more accurate auto focus. Silent focusing and manual focusing is much more simple.
  • Small size.

Cons

  •  Purple fringing is still a problem.

Specifications

  • Focal length: 50mm
  • Aperture: f1.8
  • Lens Construction: 6 elements in 5 groups
  • Diagonal Angle of View: 46°
  • Focus Adjustment: AF with full-time manual
  • Filter Size: 49mm
  • Max. Diameter x Length, Weight: 2.7 x 1.6 in., 5.7 oz / 69.2 x 39.3mm, 160g

Price: About 120$ (This is cheapest Canon Portrait Lenses)

 

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3 Best Canon Portrait Lenses

3 Best Canon Portrait Lenses

3 Best Canon Portrait Lenses

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

3 Best Canon Portrait Lenses

Canon’s EF 85mm f1.8 USM is a classic portrait lens. It’s suitable for both full-frame and cropped bodies. The longer focal length 85mm allows you to stand a little further away than the Lens with 50mm focal length above, and also accentuates the blurred background effect. Its f/1.8 aperture means you’ll get nice, shallow depth-of-field, though its corners aren’t exactly tack-sharp wide open (this isn’t as big a deal for portrait lenses, since you’ll usually blur the background to isolate your portrait subject). And the USM focusing is quick and quiet. It’s the most affordable Canon prime with a large aperture and delivers superb quality.

Specifications

  • Focal length:85mm
  • Aperture: f1.8
  • Lens Construction:9 elements in 7 groups
  • Diagonal Angle of View: 28° 30′
  • Focus Adjustment: Rear focusing system with USM
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 0.85m / 2.8 ft
  • Filter Size: 49mm
  • Max. Diameter x Length, Weight: 3.0 x 2.8, 15.0 oz. / 75.0 x 71.5mm, 425g

Price: About 370$

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3 Best Canon Portrait Lenses

3 Best Canon Portrait Lenses

3 Best Canon Portrait Lenses

Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM

2 lenses above are Prime Canon Portrail Lenses. Here is different type, zoom lens.

3 Best Canon Portrait Lenses

Canon’s EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM is a premium zoom lens designed for EF-S bodies.  Boasting a constant f2.8 aperture throughout the range, it’s the fastest standard focal length zoom lens.

As an EF-S model, this will only work on cropped-bodies, where it delivers an equivalent focal length of 27-88mm – ideal for capturing group shots and single portraits. The f2.8 aperture may not be as large as the primes above, but is still sufficient to deliver a nice blurred background, and the lens also features Image Stabilisation to help combat camera-shake.

Specifications

  • Focal length: 17-55mm
  • Aperture: f2.8
  • Lens Construction: 19 elements in 12 groups
  • Diagonal Angle of View: 78°30′ – 27°50′
  • Focus Adjustment: AF with full-time manual
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 1.15 ft. / 0.35m
  • Zoom system: 5-group helical zoom (front group moves: 27mm)
  • Filter Size: 77mm
  • Max. Diameter x Length, Weight: 3.3 in. x 4.4 in., 22.8 oz. / 83.5mm x 110.6mm, 645g (lens only)

Price: About 830$

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3 Best Canon Portrait Lenses

3 Best Canon Portrait Lenses

3 Best Canon Portrait Lenses

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