The 5 Best 50mm Prime Lenses

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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)

Canon Normal EF 50mm f/1.8 II Autofocus Lens

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?

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