Rain Or Shine, These Great 50mm Primes Will Be Fine

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If you need your photography gear to be tough and ready for anything, weather sealed lenses are a must. Fortunately, many lenses now feature weather sealing, as do many cameras. If you love the look that 50mm primes give you, these weather sealed options will be perfect for you. These five lenses will keep out the rain, the snow, blowing dust, and just about anything Mother Nature can throw your way. So, if you need a 50mm prime lens that can take on the elements, check out five of our favorites for the job after the break.

When we say these 50mm primes are tough, we mean it. We have taken these lenses out into the pouring rain, heavy snow, huge wind storms with blowing dust, and more inclement weather. All of these 50mm primes stood up to the test and never broke a sweat. You can mount any of these five 50mm primes to your cameras, and they simply will not fail you.

Panasonic 50mm f1.4 Lumix S Pro

50mm primes
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In our review, we said:

“We took the Panasonic 50mm f1.4 Lumix S Pro out into some of the most insane rain NYC saw in December 2019. When we posted the images, folks were wondering whether or not it would survive. Indeed, it did. The Panasonic 50mm f1.4 Lumix S Pro is built every bit as well as the products from their competitors. We decided that this wasn’t enough, though. So to simulate more real-world testing, we took it to the Polar Bear Plunge of 2020. With the seawater up to my knees and the Panasonic 50mm f1.4 Lumix S Pro even getting splashed, the duo continued to work. Toughness like that is what working professionals need. And this totally does it.”

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief
50mm primes

Buy now: $2,297.99

Fujifilm GF 50mm F3.5 R LM WR

50mm primes

In our review, we said:

“Just like other lenses in the GF line up, the build quality overall on the Fujifilm GF 50mm f3.5 R LM WR is superb. The fit and finish are fantastic. The metal body of the lens feels excellent in the hands. The focus ring is easy to use and is silky smooth when turning, and the aperture control ring gives that satisfying clicky feedback that we have come to know and love with Fujifilm lenses. This Fujifilm lens also has the WR designation which means that it’s weather sealed.”

Brett Day – Gear Editor
Fujifilm FUJINON GF50mm

Buy now: $999

Canon RF 50mm f1.2 L USM

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In our review, we said:

“We took it out in NYC’s rain, Hawaii’s rain, through the rainforest, and it survived everything that we threw at it.” 

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief

Buy now: $2,199

Pentax K1 MK II

Pro Tip: These 50mm primes love being outdoors, capturing everything from street photography to landscapes. If you want to learn how to get the most out of your new lens, there are guides that will help you create gorgeous images no matter what the weather is doing.

Fujifilm 50mm f2 R WR

50mm primes

In our review, we said:

“When I was testing the Fujifilm 23mm f2 lens, I took it into a super hard rainfall. And so during the 2017 Mermaid day parade, I did pretty much the same thing with the 50 after attaching it to the Fujifilm X Pro 2. This time, it was much more of a torture test. From around 11AM to 1:30PM, it rained. Then it was intermittent throughout the rest of the day until 7pm. During the parade, I used the Fujifilm 50mm f2 R WR, and it simply kept working reliably.”

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief

Buy now: $449

Nikon 50mm f1.8 Z S

50mm primes

In our review, we said:

“We subjected the lens through a slew of inclement weather conditions in and around New York City, as well as the inland shores of Cape Cod during late Fall/early Winter, and the lens never let us down.”

Paul Ip – Former Reviews Editor
50mm primes

Buy now: $496.95