Six affordable L mount primes for every type of photographer

1 week ago 9

While the L mount is still the new kid on the block, Panasonic, Sigma and others have been hard at work cranking out lenses that make the platform shine, and none more so than the affordable L mount primes we have listed in this roundup.

I have spent a great deal of time with all of the lenses that we have listed below. Honestly, I have not been disappointed by any of them. Quite the opposite, actually. I have been nothing but impressed with the lenses. In fact, the L mount primes listed below are some of the best performers in this price range that I have laid my hands on.

The L mount primes below are all incredibly sharp. The autofocusing motors make them great performers. In addition, the affordable L mount primes are weather-sealed, which is something you don’t often see in budget lenses, and the way these lenses render images will make your jaws drop. Everything from the color rendering to bokeh and distortion to ghosting and flaring control are top-notch.

So, if you’re new to L mount cameras, like the Panasonic Lumix S5 (read our review here), and you don’t want to break the bank, check out the affordable L mount primes below. You won’t be disappointed.

Panasonic Lumix 24mm f/1.8 — A solid choice for landscapes and architecture

L mount prime lenses

In our review, we said:

“Panasonic has done a great job with the Lumix S 24mm f/1.8. The lens is small and light yet is durable thanks to the quality plastics and the copious amounts of weather sealing. Image quality is excellent overall thanks to well-controlled chromatic aberrations, ghosting, flaring and great levels of sharpness”

Gear Editor — Brett Day

Sigma 35mm f/2 DG DN — One of the best L mount primes for everyday photography

In our review, we said:

“The Sigma 35mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary is a lens that has been sorely needed for L mount cameras. There’s finally an option that won’t break the bank, and that doesn’t compromise on performance at all. This lens delivers superb optical performance in a sleek retro-styled body that will delight whoever uses it.”

Gear Editor — Brett Day

Panasonic Lumix 50mm f/1.8 S — Perfect for street photography

L mount prime lenses

In our review, we said:

“The lens is well made, it has weather-sealing, and it’s easy to use. The optics, overall, are excellent. The autofocus motors are silent and they zip along at rapid speeds. The lens is incredibly accurate for stills. To top it off the colors and bokeh, to my eyes, are also very nice”

Gear Editor — Brett Day

Sigma 65mm f/2 DG DN — A prime lens with incredible versatility

In our review, we said:

“The Sigma 65mm f/2 DG DN is an interesting lens that packs a lot of things you’re going to love into a well-built, but still small, and light lens. The images you create will have something a little special about them”

Gear Editor — Brett Day

Panasonic Lumix 85mm f/1.8 — A must-have for portrait photographers

L mount prime lenses

In our review, we said:

You’re going to create gorgeous images with fantastic colors and bokeh. You’ll see little to nothing in terms of chromatic aberrations and flare. Overall, if you need a fast prime for portraits, street, product photography, landscapes, low light work or a general walkaround lens, this 85mm option that won’t break the bank is a fine choice.”

Gear Editor — Brett Day

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 DG DN Macro — One of the sharpest L mount prime lenses

L mount prime lenses

In our review, we said:

“Overall the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 DG DN Macro is a cracking lens that will please those who like to make the tiny things in this world come to life. When it comes to sharpness, this lens from Sigma is hard to beat. The colors and bokeh it produces are very nice, it’s built like a tank and autofocus performance is good too.”

Gear Editor — Brett Day

Tell your story with the second annual Visual Storytelling Conference!

Experience four days of interactive, online training sessions featuring a range of educational content with experienced photographers and content creators. This free event kicks off with a series of technical boot camps to build essential skills, followed by live, online sessions on photography, video, business and social media. Join live from March 10-13, 2022!

By shopping with our partners and affiliates, you help keep content on Photofocus free. Click here to learn more.

Inline Feedbacks

View all comments

Thanks to our partners who make Photofocus possible

Tamron – Need lightweight, compact mirrorless lenses? Tamron has you covered, with superior optics perfect for any situation. With weather sealing and advanced image stabilization, you’ll open up your creative possibilities.

AfterShoot – AfterShoot helps photographers cull their photos faster, leaving them more time to spend on creative tasks. Save $10 with the code PHOTOFOCUS10.

Capture One – Capture One creates powerful photo editing software for all kinds of photographers. Its authentic true-to-life color processing, seamless editing experience, and fastest tethering in the industry gives you total creative control.

Mylio – Access your photos from anywhere, without the cloud! Easily showcase your photos on-the-go, resolve duplicates, find faces and look for those stunning locations.

Skylum – Your photos, more beautiful in minutes. Makers of Luminar and Aurora HDR, Skylum adapts to your style and skill level. Check out Luminar Neo’s unique sky replacement and portrait editing tools, now available.

B&H – B&H is a world renowned supplier of all the gear photographers, videographers, and cinematographers need and want to create their very best work.

Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest from Photofocus delivered each week.

Read Entire Article