Today, we are going to be taking a look at what we feel is definatley the best budget-friendly lens for portraits for a Sony a6000 camera user currently available on the market right now. Now to be clear, we will be focusing on “budget friendly” lenses rather than “entry level” lenses. In our opinion budget, friendly lenses are cheap while still offering excellent performance whereas entry-level lenses are dirt cheap and often offer very poor performance.
All that said, we feel that the lens you should be looking at if you want to capture superior portrait photographs without breaking the bank is the Sigma 60mm F2.8 EX DN Art lens. It ticks every single requirement for a portrait lens while also having earned itself one of the absolute best reputations for a portrait lens on the market right now.
Although many other websites out there will publish articles covering a number of portrait lenses suitable for Sony a6000 cameras, we feel that simply focusing on one high-quality lens is a better way to advise our readers.
In addition to this, the lens is one of the cheapest products available in the world-renowned Sigma Art range that provide you with some of the absolute sharpest image quality available on the market, especially at this price tag.
Being a Sigma lens, you can rest assured that it comes with the high-quality build standards that Sigma lenses are well known for. In addition to this, the design of the lens is outstanding too keeping everything as simple and easy to use as possible.
Speaking of build quality, although the lens has been put together exceptionally well, Sigma has had to cut costs somewhere to keep the price tag as low as it is. To do this, they have had to use heavier materials for the construction of the lens body so the lens is a little heavy but we would prefer sacrifices to be made with the weight of the lens rather than its actual build quality or level of performance.
In my opinion, a lens having solid low light performance is essential as less and less portrait photography is being captured in a traditional, well-lit photography studio these days. On top of this, some even gigs can be in locations where low light is inevitable so ensuring that your lens will cope well in those conditions is essential in our opinion.
Another essential element for a portrait lens to have is excellent bokeh potential as manipulating the bokeh on your portrait photographs is a quick and easy way to help improve your image quality. Blurring out the distractions in the background of the image forces the eye to your subject and in my opinion, at least, makes it look better.
Thankfully, the Sigma 60mm F2.8 EX DN Art allows you to quickly and easily manipulate the levels of bokeh in your photographs. This further increases the versatility of the lens and remember that some clients may specifically request the photographs you capture to have high levels of bokeh so picking a lens up that can offer it natively will reduce the hours you have to put in during post-production.
That last point that we would like to make is that although the front lens element on the lens is made from high-quality glass that is robust and should stand up to any wear and tear during use, we would always recommend that you mount a UV filter to it too.
This further increases the level of protection for the front lens element of the lens without adding too much additional cost. The Sigma 60mm F2.8 EX DN Art comes with metal filter threads too, not the molded plastic variant many budget lenses use so mounting and unmounting your filters should not cause cross threading and thus damage your lens.
That brings our article on what we feel is the best budget lens for portrait photography with a Sony a6000 to an end. We have no doubt that adding this lens to your collection of camera accessories will help improve your portrait photography image quality while also keeping costs down.
If you would like to find out more about the Sigma 60mm F2.8 EX DN Art then the YouTube video below goes into more detail of the lens and why it is such a solid option to take.