Ready for Anything: The Best Weather Sealed Lenses Under $700

Weather Sealed Lenses are great for every photographer, but if you’re on a budget then these are the Best.

There are times when photographers demand more from their gear, and some of the Best Weather Sealed Lenses should stay glued to your camera. You probably don’t realize it, but lenses like this can keep dirt and grime out. It won’t affect the sensor at all. And it will also keep things functioning with less fuss overall than if you didn’t use a weather sealed lens. Of course, most of the Best Weather Sealed Lenses tend to be pricey. But you’re in luck today! We went through our Reviews Index and found some of the Best Weather Sealed Lenses on a budget. Take a look.

Fujifilm 50mm f2 R WR

From our review:

Pros

  • It’s $449
  • Weather sealing
  • Fast autofocus performance on the newer cameras (sorry X Pro 1 users)
  • Sharp optics and image quality
  • Nice bokeh
  • Only gets sharper when you use a flash
  • Pretty compact
  • Nice build quality

Cons

  • Not much, honestly.

Buy Now: $449

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Tamron 24mm f2.8 Di III OSD

From our review:

Pros

  • Small footprint
  • Lightweight (7.6 oz / 215g)
  • Very robust weather sealing
  • Excellent image quality overall
  • Close minimum focusing distance
  • Affordably priced

Cons

  • Plasticky build quality
  • Quite a bit of optical distortion (although correctable in Capture One)
  • Subpar autofocus performance under low light and low contrast conditions

Buy Now: $349

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Olympus 60mm f2.8 Macro

From our review:

Pros

  • Excellent optics/image quality
  • Lightweight
  • 1:1 Maximum Reproduction Ratio
  • Focus Distance Dial
  • Splash/Dust proof
  • 46mm filter thread (more common than the Olympus 45mm’s 37mm thread)

Cons

  • AF is not terrible, but it is not as fast as Olympus’ other primes e.g. 45mm and 12mm
  • All plastic construction
  • Lens hood not included
  • No image stabilization. This will not matter for Olympus shooters but Panasonic shooters take note.

Buy Now: $399

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Pro Tip: This roundup of the Best Weather Sealed Lenses is all the lenses we’ve personally reviewed and tested. We wouldn’t recommend them otherwise.

Sony 85mm f1.8 FE

From our review:

Pros

  • Great image quality
  • Fast focusing with the Sony a7r II and in good lighting it will focus quickly with the Sony a7
  • Nice feel; though not as great as the G Master 85mm f1.4 lens
  • Weather resistance built in
  • Compact size

Cons

  • Honestly, not a darn thing.

Buy Now: $598

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Fujifilm 16mm f2.8 R WR

From our review:

Pros

  • Small
  • Lightweight
  • Weather sealed
  • Fun to use
  • Affordable
  • Good for documentary work and travel
  • Incredibly fast autofocus

Cons

  • Not sure why there isn’t an effective manual focus distance scale for hyperfocal length shooting
  • It’s a wide angle lens with a relatively slow aperture for an APS-C camera system
  • You can get the 16mm f1.4 on eBay or used for good prices. And you also get two stops more of light and weather sealing in addition to snappy autofocus.

Buy Now: $399

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Tamron 35mm f2.8 Di III OSD

From our review:

Pros

  • Compact (although the Sony 35mm f2.8 Zeiss is still smaller)
  • Lightweight
  • Class-leading weather sealing
  • Excellent image quality overall
  • Very affordable (only $349)

Cons

  • Plasticky build quality
  • Low light autofocus can be a tad slow

Buy Now: $299

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Pro Tip: The cool thing about the best Best Weather Sealed Lenses is that they can survive being thrown in snow too. Just make sure that the mount is completely locked. Also be sure to keep all the ports completely closed on your camera. Otherwise you’re out of luck.

Fujifilm 35mm f2 R WR

From our review:

Pros

  • Great sharpness
  • Nine aperture blades make the bokeh as good as it can be
  • Small size
  • Weather resistance
  • The fastest focusing lens that Fujifilm has offered as of the publication of this review.

Cons

  • Just f2…a refresh of the 35mm f1.4 would have been more appreciated and pushed the system ahead overall.

Buy Now: $399

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Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II

From our review:

Pros

  • Pretty darn sharp
  • Okay bokeh
  • Weather sealing gives you an all-in-one lens for travel and street photography work
  • Fairly compact size
  • At $599.99 you’re getting a big bargain

Cons

  • Only f4

Buy Now: $499

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Fujifilm 23mm f2 R WR

From our review:

Pros

  • Good image quality
  • Seriously and surprisingly fast focus. This lens is officially Fujifilm’s fastest.
  • Fast focus on the X Pro 2, X-T2 and even the X Pro 1. The latter completely shocked me.
  • Nice colors
  • Compact size
  • Weather sealing
  • Turning the aperture ring feels nice and smooth until the clicks come in. It’s a tactile experience that’s just lovely.
  • Sharp images
  • Fairly nice bokeh
  • Affordable price point

Cons

  • Something about this lens just simply doesn’t have the magic the 23mm f1.4 R does

Buy Now: $449

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Sony 28mm f2

From our review:

Pros

  • Very sharp at any aperture
  • Beautiful bokeh
  • Nice, small size
  • Lightweight
  • Pretty affordable

Cons

  • Metal build on the exterior, though almost hollow feeling because it’s so light weight.

Buy Now: $448

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Olympus 12-45mm f4 PRO

From our review:

Pros

  • Very small
  • Well built
  • Lightweight
  • You pretty much never need to stop it down

Cons

  • Not sure why it’s this pricey

Buy Now: $599

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