In today’s photoshoot we are comparing the 50mm vs 85mm for portrait photography. Below are the photos I took on each of the lenses to test out a few factors that are important when photographing portraits such as the compression when it comes to full body, mid body and close up shots, any distortion in extreme closeups, lens flares, CA with backlighting and harsh sunlight.


Canon 50mm f1.2

Canon 85mm f1.2 II


Canon 5D mkiv for both lenses

model madeline

makeup lidija j

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Watch the video below to see the behind the scenes from our photoshoot as well as hearing my thoughts on both these lenses! Please subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already, I upload a new video every single Wednesday.

All photos edited with my San Francisco Lightroom Preset!

All photos edited with my San Francisco Lightroom Preset!