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The 85mm is the ideal portrait lens. It’s the lens that portrait photographers gravitate to when they are looking to capture their subject up close or within their environment. Tamron has addressed the needs of portrait photographers or anyone who wants to make beautiful people pictures with the SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lens.


Tamron portrait 85mm lens

The way you can interact with your subject is ideal at the 85mm distance. You are close, but not too close. The Tamron 85mm F/1.8 lens delivers a beautiful balance between the highlights and the shadows with incredible detail.

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Crisp, sharp images are a key component to capturing a perfect portrait and Tamron has delivered with the world’s first 85mm fast-aperture lens with image stabilization. Enjoy VC (Vibration Compensation) in a small, lightweight lens. The SP 85mm F/1.8 delivers edge-to-edge viewfinder brightness so you can easily compose your photo in low-light conditions. The fast aperture of the F/1.8 delivers the perfect balance of subject sharpness and bokeh in the background. This soft background effect helps make your subject pop from whatever is behind them. 


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At 1/40 of a second at F/3.5 the focal point is spot on while the image nicely blurs toward the back. The lens handled the low light nicely with VC turned on.

©Tracy Mack

The 85mm lens is considered an ideal portrait lens because it delivers real facial features with accurate, and attractive proportion. You won’t have to worry about facial distortion like you do with a wide-angle lens or like you often do when shooting with your phone. On the flip side, a longer telephoto lens can compress or flatten facial features. That is why the 85mm lens is best for portraits. The distance between you and your subject is also perfect when using this focal length. You can connect with your subject without being too close with a wide-angle lens or too far away with a telephoto zoom. 


Tamron 85mm lens portraits

The sharpness of the Tamron 85mm is incredible. Here is a photo at full frame. Below are cropped images of this same photo. Notice the incredible details in the eyes. When you are shooting portraits, the eyes have to be sharp.

©Tracy Mack


Tamron 85mm Portrait Lens sample photos

As I crop the image above you begin to see even more details in the eye showcasing how crisp the original photo truly is.

©Tracy Mack


Tamron close-up portraits

In this even tighter crop of the original photo you can see the level of detail even when cropping a photo. 

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Tamron lens technology continues to impress with the sharpness this lens delivers. Whether shooting up close to people, or trying to focus on details like the military memorabilia, you will see the smallest details with clarity. While an 85m lens is perfect for portraits, it’s also a wonderful lens for shooting everyday scenes and even close-ups.


Tamron 85mm lens medals photo

The Tamron 85mm lens did an impressive job of not only capturing the details, but managing the highlights and shadows with superb clarity.

©Tracy Mack


Even though the light was low, the VC kept the images sharp even when hand-holding the camera in the vertical position.

©Tracy Mack


Tamron 85mm lens wires sample photo

In addition to portraits, this versatile lens is great for capturing scenes from just about anywhere.

©Tracy Mack


In addition to the output of this lens, the feel of the lens in your hand was a nice surprise. It has enough weight to make it feel sturdy, but not heavy at all. The body of the lens has a nice smooth feel and settles into your hand comfortably. The included hood works beautifully to prevent glare. Overall, it not only captures incredible images, but the lens itself is a stylized piece of craftsmanship. 


Learn more about the Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lens here >>>

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