5 Cheap, Cheerful, and Utterly Great Prime Lenses You Shouldn’t Overlook

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How much do you have to spend to get prime lenses that will do a top job for you? $1,000? $2,000? $3,000? More? Nope, think lower, as in hundreds, not thousands of dollars. Modern manufacturing processes and advances in technology have made it so that affordable prime lenses can do a spectacular job. Sure, these more affordable prime lenses might not have the very best, tippy-top optics, but they’re still fantastic. They might not have weather sealing (although some do), and they may be made from plastics (but so are some lenses that cost thousands). But, the five prime lenses we’re going to share after the break are more than good enough for most photographers out there. We’re positive you’ll love the images you create with them.

Canon RF 35mm f1.8 USM IS

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In our review, we said:

“If these images aren’t sharp, then I’m not sure what are. This lens is less than $500 on the market, and with a flash can deliver sharp enough photos that are more than usable for any professional project.”

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief

Buy now: $499

Tamron 20mm f2.8 Di III OSD

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In our review, we said:

“This lens has great image quality with nice bokeh (when possible), very good sharpness, and beautiful colors. On top of all that, it’s lightweight and built like a tank. Best of all, the price and portability are things you’ll be very happy with.”

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief
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Buy now: $299

Fujifilm 23mm f2 R WR

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In our review, we said:

“The speed when focusing with this lens on the X Pro 2 is very impressive. It’s by far the absolute best lens in Fujifilm’s lineup for street photography and candid shooting due to its autofocus speed.”

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief

Buy now: $449

Pro Tip: These prime lenses will make you interact with the world differently compared to zoom lenses. So, if you’re new to photography and you still need guidance and help to get the most from your gear, have no fear. If you want to learn how to get the most out of your new lens, there are guides to help you create gorgeous images in no time at all.

Sigma 16mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary

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In our review, we said:

“It’s sharp, has nice bokeh, contrast, manageable fringing, and autofocuses at a fair speed. Plus, it has weather sealing. There isn’t a whole lot to hate with the Sigma 16mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary. If you’re the type of photographer who shoots wide, does documentary-style work, and needs a reliable lens in their bag, this is one of the best options you’ve got if you’re a Sony shooter.”

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief
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Buy now Canon EF-M: $379

Purchase now M4/3: $398.60

Buy now Sony E: $369.95

Nikon 50mm f1.8 Z S

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In our review, we said:

“We found the Nikon 50mm f1.8 Z S’s image quality to be very good in our tests. It is sharp, has very pleasing bokeh, doesn’t exhibit any major problems, and has an overall beautiful look to it.”

Paul Ip – Former Reviews Editor
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Buy now: $496.95