Best prime lens of 2019
2019 was a banner year for lenses, as Canon, Nikon and Panasonic grow their respective full-frame mirrorless systems and Sony continued to add optics to its E-mount lineup. In this poll, we’re giving you the change to vote for your favorite prime lenses of 2019 but as always, if you think we’ve missed something, let us know in the comments.
Voting runs through December 15th, and once the vote has closed we’ll run a second poll to find your choice for overall product of the year.
Canon is busy building out its nascent EOS R full-frame mirrorless system, but while most of the action has been in the zoom category this year, Canon also added a stellar prime lens in the form of the RF 85mm F1.2L IS USM. Also in consideration is a lens which became available just a little too late to be included in last year’s poll, the EF-M 32mm F1.4 STM – a fast, compact standard prime for the APS-C M-system.
Fujifilm has been expending a lot of energy on new cameras this year, from the entry-level X-A7 to the flagship medium-format GFX100. But the company also released a handful of lenses, both primes and zooms.
Among them were two fixed focal-length options that we’ve really enjoyed in 2019 – the GF 50mm F3.5 and the tiny XF 16mm F2.8 – both really nice, compact walk-around lenses on Fujifilm’s medium-format and APS-C format cameras, respectively.
2019 saw Leica release the refreshed Q2 and mirrorless SL2, and to accompany the latter, Wetzlar unveiled two new lenses, a 35mm F2 and 50mm F2. We’ve never no much as even handled either, but both appear to be excellent performers, and we know that you’ll have opinions.
Do either (or both?) make it on to your list of the best primes of 2019? Let us know.
This year for Nikon has been all about consolidating its Z-series lens lineup, following the launch of the Z6 and Z7 in 2018. Nikon released three Z-series primes this year, and two of them (the 85mm and 58mm ‘Noct’) have impressed us in our initial shooting. We just got hold of the Z 24mm F1.8 S and it looks like another excellent performer. Let us know what you think by casting a vote.
Panasonic has been putting a lot of energy into its full-frame L-mount lineup this year, and the S Pro 50mm F1.4 is a fine ‘reference’ lens for that system. But the company also found time to update one of its most popular primes for Micro Four Thirds: The Leica DG Summilux 25mm F1.4 II ASPH. Did either of them make it into your lens collection?
Sigma released plenty of lenses this year, although several were L-mount versions of existing designs. The company’s two genuinely ‘new’ primes exist at opposite poles of the company’s lineup – the small and lightweight 45mm F2.8 at one end, and the large and heavy (and pricey) 35mm F1.2 ‘Art’ at the other.
Both are excellent in their own way – did either impress you in 2019? Cast your vote and let us know.
Sony had a great year in terms of lenses, releasing three high-quality prime lenses for its full-frame a9 and a7-series cameras. The FE 35mm F1.8 is a perfect walk-around lens, whereas the 135mm F1.8 is aimed more specifically at portrait professionals. Meanwhile the FE 600mm F4 is a perfect tool for sports and wildlife shooters.
Have you been shooting with any of Sony’s new prime lenses this year? Cast your vote and let us know.
Tamron launched three prime lenses this year, including a new reference prime in the ‘SP’ (Special Performance) range. The SP 35mm F1.4 is a large, heavy but very sharp medium wideangle for Canon and Nikon DSLRs, whereas the 24mm and 35mm F2.8 Di III are lightweight, everyday options for mirrorless photographers.
Do any of the three deserve a place in our final list of best primes of 2019? Cast your vote and let us know.
We’ve never seen the Zeiss Otus in person, but if it’s anything like Zeiss’s previous Otus-series lenses, it’s likely to be a seriously impressive piece of glass. But is it one of the best prime lenses of the year? Let us know.
Have your say
Canon EF-M 32mm F1.4 STM
Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM
Fujifilm GF 50mm F3.5 R LM WR
Fujifilm XF 16mm F2.8 R WR
Leica APO-Summicron-SL 35mm F2 ASPH
Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50mm F2 ASPH
Nikon Nikkor Z 58mm F0.95 S Noct
Nikon Nikkor Z 24mm F1.8 S
Nikon Nikkor Z 85mm F1.8 S
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm F1.4 II ASPH
Panasonic Lumix S Pro 50mm F1.4
Sigma 35mm F1.2 DG DN Art
Sigma 45mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary
Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM
Sony FE 35mm F1.8
Sony FE 600mm F4 GM OSS
Tamron SP 35mm F1.4 Di USD
Tamron 24mm F2.8 Di III OSD M1:2
Tamron 35mm F2.8 Di III OSD M1:2
Zeiss Otus 100mm F1.4
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