Tam­ron 85mm f/1.8 VC

Best por­trait prime

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£750/$750

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.

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