10 Compact Prime Lenses for Your Mirrorless Camera

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Mirrorless cameras were designed with the intent on being smaller and lighter than DSLRs. There are a slew of very heavy cameras and lenses for mirrorless cameras, but then there are also some wonderful, lightweight lenses.

For the photographers that really wanted the small lenses to go with their smaller cameras, check this out.

Olympus 25mm f1.8

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In our review, we state:

“Trust us when we say this: wow.

No really, of any Olympus lens that we tested, this one’s hit rate was amongst the highest. To be clear, we usually test our lenses by manually selecting a focusing point after framing a scene, then focusing and releasing the shutter.”

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Sony 28mm f2

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In our review, we state:

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Fujifilm 27mm f2.8

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In our review, we state:

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Panasonic 20mm f1.7 II

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In our review, we state:

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Sony 20mm f2.8

In our review, we state:

“We’ve tested loads of Sony lenses, and although this isn’t the sharpest one that they make by a long shot, it’s still better than most of the company’s zooms. Of the APS-C E mount prime lenses, this lens is perhaps the softest and fast behind many of the f1.8 offerings. But this lens isn’t really about the numbers–or at least we think it isn’t. It’s more about an experience. It turns your Sony E mount camera into something that you can tote around nearly anywhere with you and it will give you good enough images to make you in awe of.”

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Zeiss 32mm f1.8 Touit

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In our review, we state:

“Keeping in line with the Zeiss lineage, the Touit 32mm f/1.8 lens is fantastic in the build quality department. I wouldn’t say you’d be as impressed with these as Zeiss’ DSLR lenses with their all metal construction, but for a compact sensor camera the build quality is excellent. The metal exterior coupled with the rubber focus ring give it a really sleek and sort of matte finish (which seems to be very scratch resistant). The minimalist look also helps keep the lens discreet and won’t attract much attention during, say, street photography.”

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Panasonic 15mm f1.7

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In our review, we state:

“The biggest competitor that this lens may have is the Olympus 17mm f1.8 or Panasonic’s own 20mm f1.7 II. Of the three, this lens has to be my favorite when it comes to the image quality but Olympus wins for the snap back focusing ring. As far as image quality goes though, this lens seems to best both offerings.”

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Sony 35mm f2.8

In our review, we state:

“The Sony 35mm f2.8 has some surprisingly great build quality to it. The manual focusing ring feels great and the overall size will be very comfortable in the hands of many. But where we were really surprised was where Sony said to us in our original press meeting that the lens and body seal is so tight that the contact doesn’t need rubber gaskets to complete the weather sealing.”

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Fujifilm 18mm f2

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In our review, we state:

“The XF 18mm delivers a 28mm equivalent field of view with the X-System cameras, which is just creeping towards the limits of really wide lenses (from my experience, I consider 24mm and wider to be very wide). A 28mm lens is unique in that it lacks the pronounced distortion of very wide optics, but gives far more contextual space to your image over the standard 50mm lens (which is why they pair so well together!) The reality is however that you really need to enjoy shooting with a 28mm lens (otherwise you’d be better off with something like the 18-55mm zoom) because that is the only focal length you’re getting when you mount this little guy on the front of your camera. Due to the fact that I am particularly comfortable with 28mm (my top three lens choices are always 28/35/50mm) I found this lens to be completely agreeable, and easy to get along with. I loved the overall size of it, because it made the X-Pro 1 into such a nimble package for just slinging it over my shoulder and being able to shoot at a moments notice. I appreciated the distinct notches in the aperture ring of the lens as it allowed me to easily change my aperture without taking the camera from my eye. Given the diminutive size of the 18mm, it doesn’t have the best manual focus ring, but the reality is that while manual focus is now at least serviceable on the X-System, it’s still better left to alternative lenses mounted with adapters (made infinitely easier due to the inclusion of focus peaking with the latest firmware update).”

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Olympus 45mm f1.8

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In our review, we state:

“For portrait photographers and those looking to utilize the lens’s fast focusing abilities, you’ll appreciate what it can do. Most of this segment of the market either lets the camera choose the focusing spot for them or focuses and then recomposes. These people will be happy with what the lens gives them.”

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