Also See: Top 10 Reasons to get a 50mm Lens
We’re going to take a look at several great 50mm lenses on the market today. Whether you need an f-stop of 1.2, 1.4, or 1.8, have a budget of $100 or $1,000, L or non-L or G or…you can find a good 50mm lens here. Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Zuiko, and more.
Best Budget 50mm
Canon 50mm 1.8 (and Nikon 50mm 1.8)
Many photographers are advised to start out with one of these, and indeed, the Canon 50mm 1.8 was my first lens. One popular blogger raved about it in a recent review. Paired with an APS-C sensor, it actually has field of view equivalent to an 80mm lens. But nonetheless it has remained a mainstay in my lens lineup over the years. Sure, it’s built cheaply, but when stopped down, it’s as sharp as any L zoom. And despite a drop to the pavement which left it in two halves, it was stitched back together and continues to be a solid performer. All this for under a hundred bucks – how can you go wrong?