Best Fujifilm lenses

If you’re looking for the best Fujifilm lenses for your X-series mirrorless camera, you’ve come to the right place! On this page I’ve compiled the best Fujifilm lenses I’ve tested; note I’ll never include a product in one of my Buyer’s Guides if I’ve not spent some time personally testing it. If a favourite model of yours isn’t listed, it could be that I’ve not tested it yet or am working on a review. So read on for my recommendations and check back for updates!

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Best Fujifilm lenses

Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f4 review-so-far

Fujifilm's XF 10-24mm f4 is an ultra-wide zoom for its X-mount mirrorless cameras upon which it delivers a 15-36mm equivalent range that's ideal for capturing expansive landscapes, large architecture, or simply big group shots when you can't step back any further. The optical quality is very good, especially at the wide-end where you want it, and while there's sadly no weather sealing, the optical stabilisation is useful for handheld and video work even at these short focal lengths. If you're using small filter systems, like the Lee Seven5 NDs, beware that vignetting will occur at the shortest focal lengths, but normally disappears by 12mm. Also note Fujifilm recently announced an XF 8-16mm f2.8 for sometime in 2018 with wider coverage, a brighter aperture and weather sealing, but the price, release date and filter compatibility are unknown. Even with this new lens in the wings, I can still Highly Recommend the XF 10-24mm f4 - it's one of my most used personal lenses.

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Fujifilm XF 23mm f2 review

Fujifilm's XF 23mm f2 is mild wide-angle prime lens for Fujifilm's mirrorless X-series. It's smaller, lighter and more affordable than the earlier XF 23mm f1.4, while also boasting quicker, quieter and closer focusing, not to mention weather sealing and a narrower tapered barrel that presents less of an obstruction to the optical viewfinder on X-Pro bodies. The XF 23mm f2 exhibits some softness at very close range and or at the largest apertures, so is best-suited to subjects over a meter away, ideally shot around its optimal aperture of f5.6. The older XF 23mm f1.4 delivers a shallower depth-of-field and smoother rendering, and while it won't focus as close, it remains sharper at all distances and apertures. But if you're after a good general-purpose lens that's perfect for street photography, the XF 23mm f2 will serve you well. Its short-comings mean it misses out on my highest rating, but it remains recommended none-the-less.

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Fujifilm XF 50mm f2 review

Fujifilm's XF 50mm f2 is a compelling alternative to the XF 56mm f1.2 for anyone who wants a short telephoto lens for portraits or details. Most obviously it's comfortably smaller and lighter than the XF 56mm and around half the price too. It has quicker, quieter and much closer focusing, making it preferred for spontaneous shots, movies and product photography, and it enjoys the benefits of weather sealing too. X-Pro owners will also appreciate the narrower tapered barrel that presents less of an obstruction when using the optical viewfinder. Unsurprisingly the XF 56mm f1.2 remains the King if you want the shallowest depth-of-field at portrait distances, and its rendering and diffraction spikes are more attractive too, but the size, price and overall strong performance from the XF 50mm f2 will see it happily adopted by many X-series owners; I can also see an argument for owning both it and the XF 56mm f1.2.

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Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f2.8 review-so-far

Fujifilm's XF 50-140mm f2.8 is a bright telephoto zoom for its X-mount mirrorless cameras, upon which it delivers a popular 75-210mm equivalent range with a constant f2.8 focal ratio that's ideal for close-range sports, action and wildlife shooting. It's also a flexible range for portrait work with flattened perspective and shallow depth-of-field effects. In use, the autofocus is swift and silent, the optics sharp across the frame, the rendering attractive, and the build quality up to professional standards. If your budget won't stretch, sacrifice the bright f2.8 aperture, weather sealing and quick focusing for models like the XF 55-200mm f3.5-4.8, or the entry-level XC 50-230mm f4.5-6.7. If you need something with longer reach, head for the XF 100-400mm. But if you desire the 75-210mm range with a bright aperture, the XF 50-140mm f2.8 is really your only choice. Luckily it won't disappoint and is worth spending the extra on.

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Fujifilm XF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 review-so-far

Fujifilm's XF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 is a super-telephoto zoom for its X-mount mirrorless cameras upon which it delivers a 150-600mm equivalent range. This gives it the longest reach of any lens in the X catalogue to date, making it ideal for capturing distant subjects. Mount it on one of Fujifilm's more recent bodies with improved autofocus and you'll be able to successfully track and shoot sports or wildlife, opening the X-series to serious action photography. As you'd hope, the optical stabilisation works well and the lens is built and weather-sealed to satisfy the demands of professionals. There's several telephotos for the X-series now, but none with the reach of the 100-400mm, and if you want more, just couple it with the XF 1.4X converter for a maximum focal length of 840mm. Recommended if you need long focal lengths.

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Fujifilm XF 90mm f2 review

The XF 90mm f2 is another superb addition to the X-system and one which will delight portrait photographers, not to mention anyone who shoots close-range action or likes to capture tighter details on landscapes and buildings. It excels at subject separation with well-behaved bokeh, but is also one of the sharpest and fastest focusers in the range. If the 135mm equivalent coverage suits your style, it's an easy lens to Highly Recommend.







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Fujifilm XF 35mm f2 review

The Fujifilm XF 35mm f2 is a compact prime lens with standard coverage that performs much better than you might expect. With its tapered design and f2 aperture, you might assume the XF 35mm f2 plays second fiddle to the more serious-looking XF 35mm f1.4. But in many respects, including centre sharpness, focusing speed and weather-sealing, the newer lens out-guns the old model. Sure it lacks that extra stop of aperture and some may prefer the rendering of the earlier model, but for the speed, size and quality the XF 35mm f2 is a great little lens at an affordable price that literally punches above its weight.

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Fujifilm XF 16mm f1.4 review

The Fujifilm XF 16mm f1.4 is a high quality wide-angle prime lens for Fujifilm X-series bodies. The 24mm equivalent field of view is an eternal favourite with landscape and architectural photographers, capturing wider and more dynamic compositions than a 28mm, but without the distortion of an ultra-wide. The optical quality is very good, and while the sharpness may peak at f5.6, it performs very respectably even wide-open at f1.4. Anyone shooting outdoors in inclement conditions will also appreciate the weather-sealing. If you're into wide-angles, the XF 16mm f1.4 is an obvious choice, but weigh it up carefully with the XF 10-24mm f4 OIS zoom which may be three stops darker and lack weather-sealing, but boasts optical stabilisation and a broader range that zooms wider and longer.

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Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f2.8 review

Fujifilm's XF 16-55mm f2.8 is a high quality general-purpose zoom for the company's series of X-mount bodies. It delivers a useful walkaround range equivalent to 24-83mm and a constant f2.8 focal ratio, not to mention weather-sealing. It's an unashamedly high-end lens aimed at pros who'll love to couple it with the XF 50-140mm f2.8. It's a shame there's no optical stabilisation on the XF 16-55mm f2.8, but the performance could still swing-it for many.

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Fujinon XF 56mm f1.2 R review

The Fujifilm XF 56mm f1.2 R is a fast prime lens for Fujifilm's X-mount cameras that delivers a full-frame equivalent focal length of 84mm; this makes it perfect for short telephoto work including portraiture or simply concentrating on details, while the bright f1.2 focal ratio delivers very shallow depth of field effects (equivalent to f1.8 on full-frame) and allows you to maintain higher shutter speeds or lower ISOs in low light conditions. There's no image stabilisation or weather-sealing, but it remains a favourite for portrait shooters and is highly recommended. If you're on a tighter budget, compare with the XF 50mm f2 which focuses faster and sports weather-sealing too.

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