Best prime lens of 2021
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Best prime lens of 2021

Prime lenses aren't what they used to be – while today's 'nifty fifties' are bigger, and typically more costly than their SLR-era forebears, they're also typically far more advanced. Meanwhile, specialized wide and tele primes and macro lenses just keep getting better and better.

Our editorial team has had its say already, in our annual DPReview Awards, but which of this year's new prime lenses was your favorite? This your chance to let us know. And if you think we missed something, please leave a comment.

Voting in three categories (cameras, prime and zoom lenses) runs through December 19th, and once the vote has closed we'll run a fourth and final poll drawn from the winners of the first three to determine your choice for overall product of the year. Look out for that one early in the new year.


Have your say

Have your say: Best prime lens of 2021
  • Canon RF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM4.7%
  • Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM3.5%
  • Canon RF 400mm F2.8L IS USM2.6%
  • Canon RF 600mm F4L IS USM2.1%
  • Fujifilm GF 80mm F1.7 R WR4.2%
  • Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR3.2%
  • Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 R LM WR2.9%
  • Fujifilm XF 27mm F2.8 R WR1.7%
  • Fujifilm XF 33mm F1.4 R LM WR3.6%
  • Leica APO-Summicron-M 35mm F2 ASPH2.2%
  • Leica APO-Summicron-SL 28mm F2 ASPH1.4%
  • Nikon Nikkor Z 28mm F2.8 / SE3.1%
  • Nikon Nikkor Z 40mm F24.9%
  • Nikon Nikkor Z MC 105mm F2.8 VR S8.2%
  • Nikon Nikkor Z MC 50mm F2.81.8%
  • Nisi 15mm F4 'Sunstar'0.9%
  • OM System 20mm F1.4 PRO4.1%
  • Panasonic Lumix S 24mm F1.80.8%
  • Panasonic Lumix S 50mm F1.80.9%
  • Panasonic Lumix S 35mm F1.80.9%
  • HD Pentax-FA 31mm F1.8 Limited1.3%
  • HD Pentax-FA 43mm F1.9 Limited1.2%
  • HD Pentax-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited1.3%
  • HD Pentax-D FA 21mm F2.4ED Limited DC WR2.1%
  • Samyang / Rokinon AF 24mm F1.8 FE1.7%
  • Sigma 24mm F2 DG DN | C1.7%
  • Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG DN Art2.4%
  • Sigma 90mm F2.8 DG DN | C1.5%
  • Sony FE 14mm F1.8 GM7.0%
  • Sony FE 24mm F2.8 G1.2%
  • Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM6.2%
  • Sony FE 40mm F2.5 G1.3%
  • Sony FE 50mm F1.2 GM8.4%
  • Sony FE 50mm F2.5 G0.8%
  • Tokina 23mm F1.4 (E, X)0.4%
  • Tokina 33mm F1.4 (E, X)0.3%
  • Tokina 56mm F1.4 (E, X)0.4%
  • Venus Laowa Argus 33mm F0.95 CF APO0.7%
  • Venus Laowa Argus 35mm F0.95 FF1.0%
  • Viltrox 35mm F1.8 (Nikon Z)0.7%
  • Viltrox 85mm F1.8 AF (Canon RF)0.5%
Total voters: 1,500

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