Prime lenses are specifically designed to provide the highest quality photos. Due to their intricate optical structure, prime lenses generally offer incredibly detailed and sharp images, fewer visual aberrations e.g. colour fringing or distortions, and enhanced control of depth of field when compared to zoom lenses.

You’ll find prime camera lenses in all areas of photography, from astrophotography to landscapes, street to travel; but where they are particularly beneficial is portrait photography. Fewer but higher-quality glass elements result in sharper images, and bright and fast apertures allow you to create a sense of depth and aesthetically pleasing bokeh.

This page lists the best prime lenses from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic and OM System, as well as lenses from Sigma and Tamron.