So, you are a Fujifilm photographer. And you’re here looking for reviews and recommendations for acquiring the best Fuji lenses for your digital camera.
Below you’ll find the six best Fuji lenses that money can buy. Have a look to see what you might need, and how it will benefit your photography.
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Fujifilm has a very strong place in the digital photography world. They currently have a whole range of mirrorless cameras, but the three most important are the Fujifilm X-T100, X-T2 and X-T3.
You might even have the X-T1 and are looking to add to your Fujifilm lenses collection. The good news is that all of these mentioned cameras use the X Mount camera system.
This means your Fuji lenses are transferable. Your Fuji lenses from your X-T1 are compatible with your upgraded camera, as long as it’s Fujifilm.
You may be tempted to go for the GFX range (who wouldn’t) but beware these use the G mount and are not appropriate.
Best Fuji Lenses
When it comes to the ‘best Fuji Lenses’, I like to use the old faithful bunny ears (quotation marks). This is because it is completely subjective. The best Fuji X lenses for me might be the worst for you.
I’m not talking about quality; I’m talking focal length and type of lens. I am a street photographer who dabbles in music and documentary. For me, wide to standard lenses are what I hold in high regard.
You on the other hand, being a nature photographer or strict portrait photographer might prefer telephoto lenses. Or very expensive and beautiful prime lenses with a wide aperture range.
I will, of course, try my best to cover all lenses as much as possible. There will be times when the wildlife photographer needs a wide angle, and the portrait photographer needs a macro lens.
Because of this subjectivity, we will cover wide to telephoto fuji lenses. Also, keeping in mind the Fuji zoom lenses and prime versions. We hope you find what you are looking for.
NB: Don’t get confused by Fujinon – it isn’t a cheap knockoff. Fujinon is a branch of Fujifilm that makes lenses.
6. Wide Prime: Fuji 16mm f/1.4
- Angle of view: 83.2°
- 24mm for crop sensors
- Weather Resistant
The wide angle lens is very important. It lets you capture more of the environment, which is great when you need to include both. The only downside here is that you need to get really close to your subject.
The Fuji 16mm is one of the fastest lenses giving you unparalleled quality. For a wide angle lens, it has relatively little to no distortion. It is, also built like a tank. Perfect for the X-series of cameras.
This is a great lens when coupled with a standard to telephoto zoom lens, covering all of your bases. The extra benefit with this lens is it lets you shoot with a slower shutter speed while retaining the quality compared to an ultra-wide lens.
If you step outside of the 35mm equivalent, you get a 24 mm lens. This is still perfect for any wide angle photography you need to capture.
5. Short Telephoto Prime: Fuji 56 mm f/1.2
- Angle of view: 28.5°
- 85 mm for crop sensors
This prime lens drops down to a super wide f/1.2, which is almost unheard of. For low light, this lens is a beast. Most people see this as one of the best Fuji x lenses for portrait photography.
It is so good at its job, you might find it difficult to get your hands on one. Even if you use this lens with a crop sensor, you still get a beautiful 85 mm prime lens with amazing sharp quality.
At its widest, you get very minor vignetting and close to no aberrations. Its the go-to lens for subject separation, bokeh and very tight framed portraiture.
4. Telephoto Prime: Fuji 90 mm f/2
- Angle of view: 17.9°
- 137 mm for crop sensors
- Weather Resistant
For a telephoto lens, this f/1.2 is one of the best Fuji X lenses you could ever hope for. It’s a telephoto that is great in low light situations, and so fast you could capture moving objects easily.
Astrophotography or portraiture, this lens gives you the best of any field you find yourself photographing. It is solid, consisting of 11 elements in 8 different groups. This minimalises vignetting.
Not only is it a great lens to work with, but it’s also lightweight and compact at 540g. You don’t usually hear this from telephoto lenses. This is one of the best lenses for the Fuji xt2 as it gives you a focal length of 137 mm.
For adverse conditions, the weather sealing on this lens keeps you photographing while the others pack up. It’s a perfect kit lens for those subjects just a little out of your reach.
3. Wide Zoom: Fuji 10-24 mm f/4
- Angle of view: 110° – 61.2°
- 15 – 36 mm for crop sensors
Many photographers prefer the wide-angle zoom over the prime version. This is because it gives you much more versatility, without having to change lenses.
Typically, this lens is placed on tripods and used by landscape photographers. I personally use it for my street photography as it allows me to create a tighter frame immediately.
Even with an APS-C crop sensor, you still get a 15-36 mm focal length, keeping you well within the wide-angle realm. Try this lens with architecture photography for some amazing images.
The zoom range with this lens offers enough of a change in framing without stepping out of the wide angle field of view.
2. Standard Zoom: Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8
- Angle of view: 83.2°- 29°
- 24-84mm mm for crop sensors
- Weather Resistant
This wide-angle to standard zoom lens keeps its very fast f/2.8 wide aperture. Great for low light, this is one of the best Fuji zoom lenses out there.
It has an all-round focal length, perfect for many situations. Be it for portraiture, documentary or even landscape photography. The image quality is unparalleled.
Versatility is the keyword with this lens, even more so when coupled with a Fujifilm crop sensor camera. When used with the X-T2, you get the equivalent of a 24-84 mm wide to telephoto lens.
It’s carved out of metal, so the lens is as sturdy as it is robust. Its solid build quality doesn’t add much to its weight, however, making it the perfect addition to any travel photographers kit.
1. Telephoto Zoom: Fuji 50-140mm f/2.8
- Angle of view: 31.7° – 11.6°
- 76mm to 214 mm mm for crop sensors
The Fuji 50-140mm f/2.8 is another of the best Fuji X lenses and a Fuji zoom lens at that. This is one of the most frequently used focal lengths in the telephoto focal range.
With Nikon or Canon, the 70-200 mm is the go-to lens. For Fuji, this is the lens to run to. It offers razor-sharp focusing across its entire range. You can’t usually say the same for other telephoto lenses.
The autofocus is silent and always perfect. Not built for sports photography, but the f/2.8 aperture is great for low light conditions for stationary or slow moving subjects.
The Bokeh is creamy and the subject separation is to die for. Use this lens if you really want to compress those background elements together. I’m talking Peter Lik style.
As I mentioned before, there is no best lens for any particular photographer or even field of photography. It’s all down to you and your process of image capturing.
These lenses are the best of the best – and you can’t go wrong with any of them if you are shooting on a Fujifilm system.
Look at what you are photographing and where you’re falling short. This will let you know if you need to get closer to your subject (50-140 mm) or if your framing is a little too tight (56mm).
All of these lenses are built to very high quality standards and are robust enough for you to know they will stand through years of use.