Spend enough time around professional photographers and you may hear some say that lenses with fixed focal lengths are the absolute tops when it comes to image quality. With such a vast number of options available, how can a photographer possibly narrow themself down to just one or two prime lenses when you could have a flexible and wide-ranging zoom instead?

Thankfully, Seattle-based photographer and educator Jessica Whitaker has done some of the more difficult work for us by testing five different focal lengths on a Canon 5D Mark IV during an outdoor portrait shoot. In the video below, she gives us a side-by-side comparison of a Sigma 24mm f/1.4 ART, a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART, a Canon 50mm f/1.2 L, a Canon 85mm f/1.2 L II and a Canon 135mm f/2 L.

That's a five-way battle between 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm & 135mm. Which focal length is the best for portraits? Watch below to draw your own conclusion.

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