35mm lenses are great because they're so versatile, and are suitable for so many different scenarios and genres of photography. And the great thing is you can pick up some fabulous prime 35mm lenses for very affordable prices. Here are four of the best value ones on the market today.
If you're anything like me, you love to explore all types of photography and hate to categorize yourself within any kind of constrictive boundaries. If that's the case, then you're always on the lookout for lenses that can be used in a wide variety of situations such as street photography, portraiture, landscape photography, architecture as well as many more. That's where 35mm lenses come to the fore in my opinion. They're not so wide that you start to get some wide angle distortion, but they're wide enough that they really do give you a lot of flexibility in the photographic and compositional choices you make when you're out shooting. However, perhaps because of their adaptability you tend to get a huge variation in prices between different lenses and different makers. So what are some of the best "bang for buck" 35mm lenses out there today?
Over on The Phoblographer, they've put a nice list together of four of the best your money can buy in terms of value, image quality, build, and weight. This is what they came up with:
- Fujifilm 23mm f/2 R WR. Note that although it's a 23mm lens, it becomes the equivalent of a 35mm when used on any Fujifilm X mount because of the 1.5x crop factor.
- Rokinon 35mm f/2.8 FE. Made for Sony mirrorless cameras, its price of barely $300 is its biggest attraction
- Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM. Great bokeh, IS and under $550.
- Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC. Very fast, available for Canon, Nikon, Sony; around $600
Please click the link provided for more specific information. It's interesting to note how far third-party lenses have come in recent times and a lot of people are really starting to jump on board with makers like Tamron, Sigma and Rokinon.
If you're looking for a good, versatile lens that delivers consistently high quality and doesn't break the bank, you could do far worse than investing in a 35mm prime lens. These four here offer great starting points. Do you have any others you think should have made the list? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.