5 Premium 50mm Primes for Photographers Who Demand the Best

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When it comes to prime lenses, none are more celebrated than trusty nifty fifties. 50mm primes are loved by the masses thanks to their exceptional ability to comfortably shoot just about any genre you can think of. These versatile lenses are great for street photography, landscapes, portrait photography, event photography, wedding photography, documentary work, and more. The field of view from 50mm primes is also close to what most (but not all) people see with their own eyes. This is just one of the reasons why images shot with these lenses are so pleasing. However, not all 50mm primes are made equal. After the break, we’ll share five premium 50mm primes with you that will delight you image after image.

Canon RF 50mm f1.2 L USM

50mm primes

In our review, we said:

“This lens exhibits beautiful bokeh, sharp images, micro-contrast, a medium format look, weather sealing, fast focusing, etc. In many ways, this is perhaps Canon’s most perfect prime lens within a standard workable focal length that they’ve put out in years.”

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief
Pro Tip: With fast aperture lenses, look for the shadows. Move your model there and then you’ll have more consistent lighting coverage

Buy now: $2,025.66

Fujifilm GF 50mm F3.5 R LM WR

50mm primes

In our review, we said:

“The Fujifilm GF 50mm f3.5 R LM WR is one of those lenses that you can slap on your camera and just leave it there. You’ll get amazing results with it, and it will not hamper you in any way, thanks to its small size and overall performance. Couple this with the fact that this is a sub $1000 lens, and you have a winner on your hands.”

Brett Day – Gear Editor
50mm primes

Buy now: $999

Olympus 25mm f1.2 PRO (50mm Equivalent)

50mm primes

In our review, we said:

“It renders beautiful bokeh, sharp images that are best done with a flash, pretty good colors, has incredibly fast and accurate autofocus capabilities, and very durable weather sealing.

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief
50mm primes

Buy now: $1,149

Pro Tip: These 50mm primes lend themselves well to many different genres of photography. However, they’re exceptional for full and 3/4 length portraits. Still, if you truly want to create gorgeous portraits, you need to know the secrets of posing. Try this: have your subject relax, and ask them to just be themselves. Communicate your idea, and have your subject play around with it. You’ll find that you’ll get much more natural, organic captures this way.

Fujifilm 50mm f1 R WR

50mm primes

In our review, we said:

“You’re going to get nice, natural colors out of the Fujifilm 50mm f1 R WR. This is a boon for portrait photographers as it means skin tones render perfectly. The colors rendered aren’t muted, but they aren’t oversaturated either. They strike a perfect balance. When it comes time to edit your images you’ll just be able to skip over messing with colors. They’re that good.”

Brett Day – Gear Editor
50mm primes

Buy now: $1,499.95

Sony Zeiss 50mm f1.4

50mm primes

In our review, we said:

“One of my favorite things about this lens is how it handles colors. For everyone that believes Sony’s colors are too vivid and almost like a painting, this lens will prove you wrong. This lens offers a tad less saturation than even the 85mm f1.4 G Master lens and far less than the 35mm f1.4 Sony Zeiss comparatively speaking. If you like to shoot portraits and really care about skin tones, then this lens may be a must-have.”

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief
50mm primes

Buy now: $1,498

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.