Best prime lens
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Best prime lens

Shortlist:

  • Tamron SP 35mm F1.4 Di USD
  • Sigma 35mm F1.2 DG DN | Art
  • Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM
  • Nikon Nikkor Z 85mm F1.8 S

Runner-up: Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM

There were so many great prime lenses released this year, and inevitably, it's near-impossible to reduce the list to just four. This 'shortlist' could have been at least twice as long and we would still have had to omit some great lenses. But the primes listed above represent our favorites of 2019, not only because of their optical quality, but also their versatility and overall value for money.

Among the most impressive lenses of any type released this year was the Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM. Designed for portrait fans, the 135mm F1.8 is stunningly sharp and delivers beautiful images at its widest apertures. It's virtually aberration free, and is the fastest-to-focus lens of its kind. Sony's optical science has improved by leaps and bounds in recent years and the FE 135mm F1.8 is an excellent example of the company's current state-of-the-art. While 135mm isn't necessarily an everyday focal length, the Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM is arguably the best option on the market right now for portrait shooters.

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