29 November 2019
For many portrait photographers, a good wide aperture 85mm lens on a full frame camera is the perfect option, and there are plenty of reasons why this is the case. These types of lenses produce enough background separation when shot wide open and can be used at a comfortable working distance from the subject. A great example of this kind of lens is the ZEISS Batis 85mm f/1.8 (1.8/85) for Sony E-Mount cameras. But although this set-up does offer brilliant results, it’s not exactly the cheapest system on the market today. A more financially viable option is to shoot with an APS-C camera like the Fujifilm X-T3.
In this video in collaboration with Usman Dawood and Anete Lusina from Fstoppers, they compare the Fujifilm 56mm f/1.2 R to the ZEISS Batis 85mm, the cameras used for this comparison were the Sony a7 III and the Fujifilm X-T3. Both cameras have a very similar resolution which allows for a side by side comparison, and even though the X-T3 has a smaller sensor than the a7 III, the wider focal length and wider aperture of the 56mm lens make up for most of the differences.
Here, Usman and Anete perform a number of tests to see how the systems compare; one of Usman’s favourite things about the Fuji system was how tactile and easy it was to use, but with the Sony he found the eye detect autofocus simply incredible.
Check out the full video to see how each system performs and if ‘full-frame results’ can be achieved with a smaller, cheaper camera.
So there we have it! If you would like to try any of the kit shown in this video, check out the hire links below: