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02 Dec 2019

Have your say: Best prime lens of 2019

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

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

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.

Leica

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.

Nikon

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

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

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

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

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.

Zeiss

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.

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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

Voting is easy – you pick your favorite products by dragging and dropping. You can pick as many products as you like, and rank them in order of priority.

Poll Rules:

This poll is meant to be a bit of fun. It’s not sponsored, promoted or paid for in any way and DPReview doesn’t care how you vote. Our readers’ polls are run on the basis of trust. As such, we ask that you only vote once, from a single account.

02 Dec 2019

Have your say: Best zoom lens of 2019

Best zoom lens of 2019

As always, there were a lot of high-quality zoom lenses released this year. These include several ‘reference’ models, as new full-frame mirrorless systems from Canon, Nikon and Panasonic start to mature. We’ve gone through everything that came out in 2019, and selected what we think are the standout prime lenses from the past 12 months, but as always – if you think we 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

For Canon, 2019 was all about filling out its new EOS R full-frame mirrorless lineup. To that end, the company officially launched several new lenses, including the RF-mount ‘holy trinity’ of F2.8 zooms. From our initial shooting, these new lenses are truly impressive. Meanwhile, the RF 24-240mm is a versatile go-everywhere zoom for EOS R and RP shooters.

Do any of these new zooms deserve a place on our list of best lenses in 2019? Let us know by casting your vote.

Fujifilm

Between them, the Fujifilm GF 100-200mm F5.6 and XF 16-80mm F4 fill out the company’s medium format and APS-C lens lineups nicely, offering a versatile telephoto solution and handy walk-around travel zoom lens range, respectively.

Both are great lenses, but do either of them get your vote for best zoom lens of 2019? Cast your vote and let us know.

Nikon

Nikon is slowly expanding its Z-mount mirrorless lens lineup, and this year released two full-frame zoom lenses, the 14-30mm F4 and 24-70mm F2.8. Both are sharp, practical, weather-sealed options for Z6 and Z7 shooters, but are they among the best zoom lenses released in 2019?

Olympus

Olympus has mostly focused on new cameras in 2019, but the company did release one zoom lens, designed for mid-range and entry-level M43 cameras. The 12-200mm F4 covers a useful equivalent focal length range of 24-400mm, making it ideal for travel and everyday photography. Let us know if you think it has a place on our list of best 2019 zoom lenses.

Panasonic

Of the several zoom lenses that Panasonic released in 2019, the majority are for its new S1-range of full-frame mirrorless cameras. But alongside its new S-range, Panasonic also released the 10-25mm F1.7 – a fast 20-50mm equivalent zoom for Micro Four Thirds. Cast your vote and let us know if any of them deserve a place in our list of best lenses released in 2019.

Sigma

Sigma’s range of ‘DN’ (Digital Native) lenses designed from scratch for mirrorless is growing, and this year saw the launch of two. We’ve only just got our hands on the 14-24mm and we’re still waiting for the 24-70mm, but we have high hopes for both. Are you among the lucky few that have used either? Either way, let us know what you think.

Sony

Sony finally answered a lot of its a6000-series fans’ prayers this year with some new zooms for APS-C. The 16-55mm F2.8 in particular is a pricey lens, but it’s a great companion for the a6600. Meanwhile, the 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 is designed for sports and wildlife enthusiasts using a7 and a9-series full-frame cameras. Do any of these zooms make your list for best lenses of 2019? Cast your vote now.

Tamron

Tamron released two zoom lenses this year for full-frame – the 17-28mm F2.8 Di III RXD for Sony E-mount and the 35-150mm F2.8-4 Di VC OSD for Canon and Nikon DSLRs. They’re designed for different users, and for different kinds of photography. The 17-35mm helps fill out Tamron’s native mirrorless lineup with a wide-angle option, while the 35-150mm is a lens intended specifically to appeal to portrait photographers.

What do you think of them? Cast your vote and let us know.

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Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM

Canon RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM

Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM

Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM

Fujifilm GF 100-200mm F5.6 R LM OIS WR

Fujifilm XF 16-80mm F4 R OIS WR

Nikon Nikkor Z 14-30mm F4 S

Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm F2.8 S

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3

Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm F1.7 ASPH

Panasonic Lumix S 24-105mm F4 Macro OIS

Panasonic Lumix S Pro 24-70mm F2.8

Panasonic Lumix S Pro 70-200mm F4 OIS

Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN Art

Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN Art

Sony E 16-55mm F2.8 G

Sony E 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS

Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 OSS

Tamron 17-28mm F2.8 Di III RXD

Tamron 35-150mm F2.8-4 Di VC OSD

Voting is easy – you pick your favorite products by dragging and dropping. You can pick as many products as you like, and rank them in order of priority.

Poll Rules:

This poll is meant to be a bit of fun. It’s not sponsored, promoted or paid for in any way and DPReview doesn’t care how you vote. Our readers’ polls are run on the basis of trust. As such, we ask that you please only vote once, from a single account.

02 Dec 2019

FCC filing reveals forthcoming Autel EVO 2 drone

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01 Dec 2019

Our recommendations: essential gear for your winter photo adventures

Winter travel gear for photographers

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