There are few things photographers can find to agree on, and a vast ocean of things about which we disagree. Like the great dividing subjects through the history of mankind – light or dark beer, under vs over toilet paper rolls, Tomcats vs Hornets, and Jason Mamoa vs Blake Shelton – the choice of favorite lens is a choice that puts you on either side of a line in the sand.

Regardless of what side you’re on, if sales, page views, comments, discussions, variety, bar-brawls and divorces are any indication, your favorite falls into only one of 4 beautifully difficult choices: 35mm primes, 50mm primes, 85mm primes, and 24-70mm.

The question is, which side are you on?

Well, whatever the choice may be, we’ve gone through to find the primary of each of those lenses currently on sale this holiday season, and to kick it off, I can think of no better place to start than with what has become the go-to portrait lens of the 00’s, the 85mm prime.

Photo: Kishore Sawh, Shot with Nikon 85mm 1.8 G

*List is a selection of primary 85mm lenses (&  equivalent focal length) currently on discount

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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens $349

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens $1849

Rokinon 85mm T1.5 Cine DS Lens for Canon EF Mount $279

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF $1,099

Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 ZE Lens for Canon EF $1,530

Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon $1,093


Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F – $1,530

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon F – $1,099

Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon – $699

Rokinon 85mm T1.5 Cine DS Lens for Nikon – $279


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Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Lens – $548

Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Lens for Sony E – $1,020

Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 Lens for Sony E Mount – $1,910

Rokinon Xeen 85mm T1.5 Lens for Sony E-Mount – $1,499

Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2 Lens for Sony E  – $649

Rokinon 85mm T1.5 Cine DS Lens for Sony E-Mount – $249


*(85mm Equivalent)

Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens – $899

Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD Lens – $1,349


Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens