Three prime lenses every portrait photographer needs to consider

When you first get started in photography, you’re most likely to begin with the lens that came with your camera (ie the kit lens) before moving up to a better-quality zoom that covers the focal lengths you need. 

The most popular type of lens for portraits is an 85mm prime lens, so see our guide to the Best lens for portraits to see which ones we rate the best.

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James Abbott

James Abbott is a landscape and portrait photographer based in Cambridge. He’s also an experienced photography journalist specializing in camera skills and Photoshop techniques. He is also a CAA-approved drone pilot and professional aerial photographer.