Best prime lens
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Best prime lens

Shortlist:

  • Canon EF 85mm F1.4L IS USM
  • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 Pro
  • Sigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art
  • Sony FE 85mm F1.8

Runner-up: Sony FE 85mm F1.8

There were so many excellent prime lenses released this year that picking an overall winner and runner-up was very difficult. From high-quality wides to fast-aperture telephotos, the options have never been better, and 2017 saw some amazing lenses released from all of the major manufacturers.

In the end though, we narrowed the field down to four lenses, all of which would have made worthy winners. Sony's FE 85mm F1.8 takes the runner-up spot for its combination of excellent image quality, speedy autofocus, attainable price and compact size. For anyone looking to get into portraiture using Sony's full-frame lens ecosystem, we wholeheartedly recommend the FE 85mm F1.8.

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Sony FE 85mm F1.8