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Sony A7R III
Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM

Examples: Portraits (Sony A7R III)

This page puts the Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM to use for portraits on the Sony A7R III using Eye AF focusing mode. A reflector was used for fill lighting.

Using a 135mm lens for portraiture flattens features because the shooting distance is greater (perspective). The narrow angle of view also cuts out distracting background elements. Together with near-zero distortion, the rendition is exceptionally natural, with the images drawing the viewer in.

A crucial demand of a fine portrait lens is color purity—I am not happy with a lens that gives me unnatural magenta/green color bokeh, particularly for portraits—yuck. The Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM strictly controls secondary color.

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