Are These the Seven Sharpest 50mm Lenses Ever Made?

Having reviewed more than 35 50mm lenses over the last decade, Christopher Frost can make a strong claim in being able to judge which lens is the sharpest. Here’s his run down of the seven best 50mm lenses, with a few APS-C honorable mentions along the way.

The 50mm lens is arguably both the most versatile and the most boring of prime lenses, being a jack of all trades and a master of none. Manufacturers almost treat them as being the apogee of their lens-making expertise, crafting both incredibly cheap and insanely affordable versions to suit every budget. From the $59 Yongnuo YN 50mm f/1.8 through to the $7,996.95 Nikon NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct, there’s definitely a lot to choose from.

As Frost notes, being the sharpest doesn’t necessarily mean the best, though the lens appearing at the top of his list probably does push it quite close in terms of all-round performance. Is it too expensive, however? It might be a lot of money but that’s a hard argument to sustain given that it sits in first place.

Does Frost have it right? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


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