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The 5 Best Budget Lenses for Mirrorless Cameras in 2022

High-quality glass doesn't have to break the bank

Sony E Mount: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art ($849)

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“What can be said about the Sigma Art series lenses that haven’t already been said 1000 times? When they stormed onto the scene in 2012, it really surprised everyone with their elegant design and superior image quality. And that announcement in 2012 all started with the Sigma 35mm Art lens. The Sony version, completely redesigned for their platform, looks to be an absolute banger of a lens for the Sony platform. And while $800+ is really stretching the meaning of budget-friendly, please keep in mind that the Sony comparison of a lens is nearly twice that price point.”

Check the price and availability of the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art: Amazon | B&H

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Fujifilm X Mount: Fuji XC 35mm f/2 ($199)

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“My top recommendation is probably the most obvious – the Fuji XC 35mm f/2. At $200, I’m not sure if this recommendation is even fundamentally necessary because everyone I personally know on the Fuji X platform already owns this lens. Simple in design (and made entirely of plastic), the XC 35mm f/2 is pretty basic in design and quality but has proven to be a great performer to those who have tried it.”

Check the price and availability of the Fuji XC 35mm f/2: Adorama | Amazon

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Fujifilm GFX Mount: IRIX 45mm f/1.4 ($585)

Photo of Irix lens

“While this isn’t a lens I’ve personally used, it is one I’m extremely excited about for the GFX platform. First, the GFX platform doesn’t have much in the way of third-party lens developers, despite the system being a huge success for Fuji. Secondly, this lens is incredibly fast for a prime lens, especially on a medium format platform. Quickly punching the numbers, this lens is 35.55mm at f/1.11 equivalent, which is something really special. At around $600, isn’t the cheapest option on this list, and with manual focus only, it might turn some people off. But for those on the GFX platform, and looking to add to their lens arsenal, this lens is something interesting.”

Check the price and availability of the IRIX 45mm f/1.4: Adorama | Amazon | B&H

Rent the IRIX 45mm f/1.4 from Lensrentals here.

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