Portrait lens reviews (WYSIWYG)

With a portrait lens you make a full screen, natural looking portrait. In addition, you want to have a limited depth of field in portraits. The blurry background ensures that the subject gets all the attention. On a camera with a full frame sensor is a focal length between 85 and 135 m, and a brightness of f/2.8 or better suitable.

The performance of the lenses in this table are based on " What you see is what you get ( WYSIWYG )", as you save images in the camera as a jpg file, with all the in- camera lens corrections applied ("What you see is what you get ": WYSIWYG"). If a lens is tested on a camera with an APS-C or micro-43 sensor , then the focal lengths have been converted to the equivalent field of view for a camera with a full frame sensor ( mm @ ff ) . Because of this conversion, you can compare lenses on cameras with different sensor types . There are scores for sharpness (Res), chromatic aberration (CA) , vignetting (Vign) and distortion (Dist). The higher the score , the better the performance. The highest score is a 9.9 . Note thet lens scores are determined by the test camera being used (megapixels , sensor size, jpg conversion).

Pure & RAW

There is another, " Pure and RAW" table with test results based on raw test results , where no corrections for chromatic aberration , distortion or vignetting have been applied. Also the influence of the jpg conversion and sharpening are ruled out. RAW files withou sharpening are used for the Pure and RAW table. These scores approach the intrinsic quality of the combination of lens and test camera.

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 Lens   Score   Sensor   Resol.   CA   Vign.   Vervorm.   Testdatum   Testcamera   Macro   Vast   Superzoom   Fisheye   Groothoek   Standaard   Portret   Tele   Lowlight   Zoom   Filter   Mount   Merknaam   mm-ff 
Canon EF 100 mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM9.8FF9.39.79.59.72011-08-25Canon 5DsR11000110001CanonCanon100
Sony FE 90mm macro9.8FF9.49.38.19.92016-05-20Sony A7R mk211000110001SonyFESamyang90
Zeiss Loxia 85mm 2.49.5FF9.29.77.89.12017-10-18Sony A7R mk201000110101SonyFEZeiss85
Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.89.5FF9.09.98.29.42018-03-10Sony A7R III01000110001Sony FEZeiss135
Sigma 135m f/1.8 Art9.4FF9.18.98.19.92018-03-31Sony A7R III01000110101Sony FESigma135
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art9.4FF9.19.28.39.52018-04-30Sony A7R III01000110101Sony FESigma85
Sigma 85 mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM9.3FF8.99.58.49.12013-05-17Nikon D800E01000110101NikonSigma85
Nikon AF-S 105MM f/1.4E ED9.3FF9.49.76.08.12016-11-22Nikon D81001000110101NikonNikon85
Tokina AF 100mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro D macro9.3FF9.09.28.79.02016-04-01Nikon D81011000110001NikonTokina100
Zeiss Batis 85mm 1.89.3FF9.19.66.89.42016-08-19Sony A7R mk201000110101SonyFEZeiss85
Nikon AF-S 85 mm 1.8G9.1FF8.89.87.79.12014-04-21Nikon D81001000110101NikonNikon85
Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD9.0APS-C8.59.79.09.22017-10-20Nikon D720001000110101NikonTamron135
Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM8.9FF8.99.59.56.42017-12-04Canon 5DsR01000110101CanonCanon85
Sony FE 85 mm 1.48.8FF9.09.66.37.02016-12-30Sony A7R mk201000110101CanonSony85
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR8.8FF8.99.77.86.42017-03-20Nikon D81000000110112NikonNikon99999
Nikon 1 32mm f/1.28.8CX-1inch8.57.79.49.32013-11-24Nikon J501000110101NikonNikon86
Zeiss Loxia 85mm 2.48.7APS-C8.29.68.69.32017-01-31Sony A7R mk2 (APS-C crop)01000110101SonyEZeiss135
Nikon AF-S 85 mm 1.8G8.7APS-C8.19.58.69.52014-05-30Nikon D720001000110101NikonNikon135
Nikon 70-200 mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Nikkor8.7FF8.79.48.96.62013-02-04Nikon D800E00000110112NikonNikon99999
Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD8.6FF8.88.46.08.02017-10-28Nikon D81001000110101NikonTamron85
Panasonic 42.5 mm f.12 Nocticron8.6M438.19.08.39.22014-03-27Panasonic G9 & Olymp. OMD EM101000110101Micro-43Panasonic85
Nikon AF-S 105 mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR Micro Nikkor8.6FF8.29.37.99.52012-12-15Nikon D81011000110001NikonNikon105
Fujinon XF60mmF2.4 R Macro8.5APS-C8.09.28.39.52013-03-03Fujifilm X E-101000110101FujiFujinon90
Samsung 85mm f/1.4 ED SSA NX8.5APS-C8.09.38.79.52015-01-02Samsung NX101000110101SamsungSamsung135
Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS II USM8.5FF8.59.56.07.62014-06-23Canon 5Ds00000110112CanonCanon99999
Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 SP G28.3FF8.39.17.67.22018-03-15Nikon D81000000110112NikonTamron99999
Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH POWER OIS LUMIX G 8.2M437.78.48.79.52015-04-23Olympus OM-D E-M101000110101Micro-43Panasonic85
Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 SP Di LD [IF] macro8.2FF8.29.26.07.22014-11-24Canon 5D MK300000110112CanonTamron99999
Sigma 85 mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM8.2APS-C7.69.29.59.12012-11-07Nikon D320001000110101NikonSigma135
Olympus 45 mm f/1.8 ED M.Zuiko Digital8.0M437.68.79.67.92012-06-17Olympus OM-D E-M501000110101Micro-43Olympus90
Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S8.0APS-C7.68.58.69.12014-10-01Nikon D720001000110101NikonNikon135
Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 Art8.0APS-C8.48.16.07.12016-09-30Canon 760D00000110112Canon Sigma99999
Olympus 45mm f/1.2 PRO7.8M437.29.48.39.02018-03-12Panasonic GH501000110101Micro-43Olympus90
Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.4G7.8FF7.78.97.07.82014-10-19Nikon D81001000110101NikonNikon85
Sigma 70-200 mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO7.7FF7.98.86.06.62014-04-15Canon 5D MK300000110112CanonSigma99999
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports7.6FF7.68.96.07.22013-06-24Canon 5D MK200000111112CanonSigma99999
Tamron 60mm f/2 Di II LD IF Macro7.1APS-C7.47.28.06.62013-07-24Canon 650D11000110101CanonTamron90

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