The Best Lens For Portrait Photography When Using A Sony A6000!

For today’s article, we are going to be going over what we personally feel is the absolute best lens currently available on the market right now for portrait photography when a Sony a6000 camera. Although there are an absolute ton of portrait lens options suitable for a Sony a6000 on the market right now, we feel that the one that edges itself out ahead of the crowd is the Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS.

There is no doubt about it that both the Sony a6000 and the Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS are very popular within the Sony camera body owning community and that both have managed to earn themselves an outstanding reputation. We feel that Sony has managed to smash it out the park with the Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS as its price tag is pretty low, its build quality is high, it offers a ton of performance, while also providing a ton of functionality too.

With the lens being a 50mm focal length prime lens, it is considered to be slap bang in the middle of the recommended focal lengths that should be used for portrait photography. With the usual recommended focal range being from around 35mm up to around 60mm, the 50mm focal range offers a nice jack of all trades for portrait photography,

When it comes to the depth of field of the lens, it is also ideal for use on a portrait lens offering a nice level to the image that will help to draw your attention to your subject. In addition to this, the level of bokeh control on the Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS is ideal for a portrait photographer too. You can quickly and easily adjust the level of bokeh that is added to the image without having to waste time and when on a busy photography shoot with a bunch of models and paying clients on location, this can help keep the whole session flowing smoothly.

The auto-focus technology on the Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS will work directly with your Sony a6000. This offers a really quick and easy to use auto-focus system that will help to save you a ton of time over the course of your career when using the lens. The auto-focus is sharp and clear while you also being able to customize some of the level of performance.

That said though, if you are a purist then the manual focus level on the lens is also excellent. The actual control ring is smooth and easy to rotate when required allowing you to perfect your levels of focus of your subjects portrait before capturing the actual image. The ring also has a decent level of resistance on it too that helps you smoothly rotate it as required without accidentally over rotating too.

Moving on to the actual low light performance of the lens as we know that modern day portrait photography may not always be done in some photography studio with optimal lighting. The f/1.8 aperture on the Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS ensures that the image quality of the portraits that you capture is excellent in poor lighting conditions helping to keep your paying clients happy with your work no matter what the lighting conditions of your location are.

As the Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS is an official Sony camera lens and not some third party product, it comes with the Sony E-mount connector to allow you to seemlesley mount it directly to your Sony A6000. As the lens mount on the Sony 50mm is made from full cast metal, it will keep its shape over time without warping due to ware and tear. Although this may not seem like a big deal, if your lens mounts warps in shape it can end up damaging your camera body while also being a total nightmare to mount and unmount from your A6000.

The lens also comes with 49mm lens filter threads to allow you to quickly and easily mount any lens filters to it to customize its performance as required. There are a large number of lens filters on the market that all do different things to improve your image quality. At the minimum, we would recommend that you at least use a UV lens filter to help protect the front lens element on the Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS.

Speaking of the front lens element on the Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS, it is made from high-quality Japanese glass that not only provides some of the sharpest images possible for your portrait photography with your A6000 but is also very robust. If for whatever reason you choose not to use a UV filter with your lens then the actual front lens element will be able to take plenty of bumps and knocks without breaking or scratching.

That pretty much rounds our article covering what we feel is the best lens for portrait photography with a Sony a6000. That said, there are a ton of other reviews online that you can read if you wish. Some are in article format whereas some are in video format on YouTube like the video review of the Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS below.

In addition to the video above offering an external, truley third-party opinion of the lens, there is also the video below that goes over some excellent little tips and tricks that you can impliment into your portrait photography with your Sony A6000 to help improve your image quality. We all know that the better the image quality, the happier the clients, and in turn, this can lead to additional work in the future as well as an increase to your reputation as a photographer.