DPRTV Best Camera and Lens for Portraits: Dream Combo is Fujifilm GFX100S with GF110mmF2, X-S10 with 56/1.2 Best Below $2,000
DPReviewTV published a video about their favorite camera and lens combinations for portraits at different price points.
Before we go to their top picks, a few thoughts.
In all combos below $3,000, DPRTV picked third party AF lenses to couple with Sony, Canon or Panasonic bodies. This just shows how precious third party autofocus lenses for a system are, as they help to keep the overall costs down by offering at the same time a good image quality.
Only for Fujifilm, who won the sub 2K category, DPRTV went with the Fujifilm X-S10 and native Fujinon lens: the XF56mmF1.2 (which according to our sources will get a refresh in 2022). Btw, that lens was one of my reliable and trusted workhorses at the recent wedding I shot.
Overall this denotes that Fujifilm just made a terrific error to close their mount for so long. An error, that they finally fixed. Better late than never.
Also, APS-C dominates the sub 2K segment, showing that this sensor size (and lenses) just offers a terrific value for money.
For bigger budgets below 10K, the Fujifilm GFX100S wins coupled with the Fujinon GF 110mm F2.
And if money was no issue at all, they’d still get the GFX. It’s simply the best of the best, if you value also features like autofocus, eye detection and other advantages a modern digital camera can offer.
With that said, here are DPRTV’s top picks:
- Canon M50 Mark II with Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary
- Sony A6100 with Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary
Difficult to pick Canon R series, as there are not really nice mid-range options and the better lens options are too expensive and break the budget
- Fujifilm GFX100S with GF110mm f/2: Awesome choice, favorite portrait lens. The camera is light and compact and has all the image quality you could ever ask for
- Canon EOS R5 with Canon RF 85mm f/1.2
Dream Combo (Money No Issue)
- GFX100S with GF110mm f/2: that’s still the best choice