Tamron 85mm f/1.8 VC
Best portrait prime
Nikon portrait photographers have long had the conundrum of whether to buy the reasonably inexpensive own-brand AF-S 85mm f/1.8G lens, or splash out on the top-notch f/1.4 edition, which is two-thirds of an f/stop faster and about three times the price. This new Tamron lens incorporates optical stabilisation that’s lacking in both Nikon lenses, as well as in Sigma’s 85mm prime lens.
More importantly, the addition of Vibration Compensation comes without any degradation in image quality. When using wide apertures at typical shooting distances for portraiture, the Tamron delivers pin-sharp detail, along with a wonderfully creamy quality in defocused areas. Build quality is similarly impressive, making the lens a great choice for portraits, and more besides.
BUY if… You want superb image quality for portraiture and other short telephoto shooting, with the bonus of optical stabilisation.