Love Shooting in the Rain and Snow? These 35mm Primes Are for You

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If you can only carry one prime lens in your bag, we can list dozens of reasons why it should be 35mm. 35mm primes are perhaps the most versatile prime lenses out there. 35mm primes are perfect for street photography, documentary photography, weddings, portraits, events, food photography, and so much more. When you throw in weather sealing, 35mm primes become even better. After the break, we’ll share five 35mm primes that can go with you into the toughest storms. If you want to get shots others shy away from when the storms hit, these 35mm primes are for you.

These 35mm primes are seriously tough. No matter how hard the rain, how cold it is when it’s snowing, or how hard the wind blows, these lenses will not let you down. They’re rugged. They have rapid autofocus motors. They have brilliant optics, and they render gorgeous colors. Grab one of these 35mm primes, and you’ll be able to shoot no matter what the weather is doing.

Tamron 35mm f2.8 Di III OSD

35mm primes

In our review, we said:

“The Tamron 35mm f2.8 Di III OSD is incredibly well built despite feeling plasticky. Tamron’s weather-sealing claims did not disappoint; we subjected it to torrential downpours and freezing temperatures. No matter the weather, the Tamron 35mm f2.8 worked without fail.”

Paul Ip – Former Reviews Editor

Buy now: $299

Sigma 35mm f1.2 Art DG DN

35mm primes

In our review, we said:

“The mount is sealed with a rubber gasket. In addition to that, there are seals throughout the body of the lens. If I took it out into the rain, I’d be confident in the Sigma 35mm f1.2 Art DG DN’s ability to shrug it off.”

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief
35mm primes

Buy now L Mount: $1,499

Buy now Sony E: $1,424.74

Nikon NIKKOR Z 35mm f1.8 S

35mm primes

In our review, we said:

“Nikon claims that the Nikon NIKKOR Z 35mm f1.8 S is “extensively sealed against dust and moisture,” so we obviously had to put those claims to the test. We put the lens through a mixture of inclement weather conditions throughout the streets of New York City as well as in nature up in Cape Cod during late Fall/early Winter, and it never experienced any issues.”

Paul Ip – Former Reviews Editor
35mm primes

Buy now: $690

Pro Tip: These 35mm primes love being outdoors, and they love the rain and snow. 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 35mm f2 R WR

35mm primes

In our review, we said:

“The lens is also weather-sealed, which means that it’s really designed to do work for the photographer that demands more from their gear. Pair it with the X-T cameras, and you’ll not only have a fast focusing combination but one that can stand up to the rain.

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief

Buy now: $399

Tamron SP 35mm f1.4 Di USD

35mm primes
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In our review, we said:

“It has full weather sealing and survived being drenched in the rain here in NYC. If it survived this, we’re sure it’s going to survive whatever you put it through.”

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief
35mm primes

Buy now Canon EF: $699

Buy now Nikon F: $699

Brett Day

Brett Day is the Gear Editor at The Phoblographer and has been a photographer for as long as he can remember. Brett has his own photography business that focuses on corporate events and portraiture. In his spare time, Brett loves to practice landscape and wildlife photography. When he's not behind a camera, he's enjoying life with his wife and two kids, or he's playing video games, drinking coffee, and eating Cheetos.