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PHOTOGRAPHY by KRISS on 19 february 2016

My favorite lenses to shoot a human body are the Sigma 35mm f1.4 ART, the Sigma 50mm f1.4 ART and the Sigma 85mm f1.4 and I am going to explain you why.
All three lenses are very fast focusing, I guess the new 85mm f1.4 ART is even faster but I haven’t tried it.
If Sigma wants to send it to us for a review, well guys you know where to find us !

So I was saying they are fast and this is something important when working with models.
You might not realize it but you can let someone quite a while in a position while you find the angle you want and if you were posing you would probably find it very long.
Try it once and you’ll see how annoying it is ! For that reason, working fast, at least for the technical part, focusing and snapping, is important.

Now, the three lenses I have named I use for different purposes and this is what I am going to explain now.

The Sigma 35mm f1.4 ART

This is a fabulous lens for full body work in a studio or a small space.
It is very unlikely you’ll find yourself stuck for a full body with that one unless you’re working in a closet with a giant.
It will not bokeh out the background like a longer lens even at full aperture and this is something to keep in mind.
The great point of this length is that you’ll get a well defined body in any case even at full aperture, the bokeh will be progressive enough to get the body fading away progressively.

The Sigma 50mm f1.4 ART

This is the go to lens when the 35mm seems a bit awkward and you can afford more distance with the model.
This time this is is a lens you can definitely use for more body details, bodyscaping, with hazier bokeh, this is a good lens for body works but again it will not bokeh out everything unless you work very close to your model.
If working indoors with a messy environment (bride’s preparation for instance), it can be better than the 35mm but still you have to bear in mind your environment.

The Sigma 85mm f1.4

This lens has been my favorite to work with models for a long time because I did have enough space to shoot full bodies with it and because it really kept me at the right distance from the subjects.
You cannot focus under 50 or 60cm with this lens (or perhaps even more) which forces you to work angles and find the right perfect spot.
Also it respects a certain distance with models which often results in them being more comfortable and producing better images.
In terms of bokeh, that lens will definitely bokeh out anything unwanted and is a fine choice to work in pretty much any environment that allows the minimal focal distance.

As of now, if I have to do some body work and have no clue what to expect, I would always pack those 3 lenses primarily but if I had to choose only one, that would probably be the 50mm because I know I can work my way around with this lens in pretty much any situation.

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LENSES FOR BODY WORK

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