Fujifilm’s mirrorless camera system has plenty of amazing lenses to choose from. Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, the choices you have are brilliant for all types of photography.
For this guide, we went through all Fujifilm lenses and selected only the ones that give you the most for the money (in terms of quality, aperture, sharpness and so on).
The 10 Best Fujifilm Lenses in 2018
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1. Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R
Great for landscape, indoors and architecture
Landscape and architecture lovers will find the Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R lens a wonderful addition to their kit. Fujifilm lenses with the R designation have an aperture control ring allowing you to make aperture adjustments on the lens as well as from the camera body.
At a fixed 14mm focal length this prime lens has a wide angle field of view. The 1.5x crop factor of Fujifilm’s X-series sensors means the field of view of the 14mm f/2.8 is equivalent to 21mm on a full-frame sensor. Because of this, the lens is great for landscape, architecture, indoors, group shots and more. The fast maximum aperture of f/2.8 also means rapid shutter and autofocus speeds are achievable even in low light situations.
Sharpness and resolution are maximized from the center to the periphery with no loss at the edges of the frame. At .52 lbs the lens is also extremely lightweight and comfortable to handle.
The Fujifilm XF 14mm also has molded aperture blades designed to enhance bokeh at the wider aperture settings. It’s a great enhancement is a great bonus but may not come into play all that frequently since you will usually shoot with smaller apertures.
2. Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 R WR
Compact and great for traveling, portraits and landscape
The Fujifim XF 23mm f/2 R WR is a rugged version of the 23mm f/1.4 R. At half the price, the f/2 R WR is a strong challenger. Although the aperture is not as wide f/2 is still a great aperture for portrait and event photography. It also allows for good performance in challenging lighting conditions.
The weather sealing of the f/2 R WR helps ensure the elements don’t penetrate, making it an excellent lens for nature and landscape photographers. This added protection allows normal operation down to 14 F (-10 C).
Although the field of view of the XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR is perfect for landscape lovers, the 23mm view of this lens is a 35mm equivalent on a full-frame sensor. 35mm is closest to the view of the human eye, making the XF 23mm f/2 a more versatile outdoor lens for scenes beyond nature.
The glass of this lens does not have the layered High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating of the 23mm f/1.4 R. Nor does it have the Nano-GI layer of the 16mm f/1.4 WR. Overall the 23mm f/2 R WR is a weather sealed middle ground lens but has slightly less image sharpness and clarity compared to its higher priced siblings.
If you’re looking for your first inexpensive, but high quality lens that can be used in many scenarios, consider getting this one.
3. Fujifilm XF 35mm f/1.4 R
Great for low light, portraits, casual photography and weddings
The Fujifilm XF 35mm f/1.4 R is a fantastic prime lens for portrait photographers. The bokeh created with the seven rounded aperture blades and f/1.4 are incredibly attractive.
The focal length of this lens paired with the APS-C sized sensor is equivalent to 50mm on a 35mm sensor or film. 50mm is a very versatile field of view to work with. Being very close to the field of view of the human eye, 50mm works well for portraits, nature, and event photographers, but you can easily use it as your travel/walk-around lens. It’s also useful for close, indoor sports where you very close to your subject.
The 11-layer Super EBC (Electron Beam Coating) eliminates light flares off of lens surfaces by allowing 99.8% of incoming light to enter the camera. It also improves sharpness and color corrects the transmission spectrum of the glass so that all color wavelengths are transmitted equally.
The 35mm f/1.4 R also has an aperture ring with 1/3 of a stop adjustments for precision aperture control. Weighing in at 6.6 oz (0.41 lbs) the lens is incredibly light.
It competes fairly well with the XF 23mm f/1.4 R, but it’s newer and uses a High Transmittance EBC coating that also provides scratch resistance to the surface of the glass. Being a 35mm equivalent, the field of view is even better suited for the generalist photographer. But the 23mm f/1.4 R costs nearly twice as much, ensuring the 35mm f/1.4 R remains a good choice for the budget minded.
4. Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2 R WR
Best outdoor travel lens. Compact, big aperture and standard field of view
The Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2 R WR is suited for photographers who want a versatile focal length prime lens that can be used in all weather conditions.
Being a WR lens the 35mm f/2 is weather resistant, making it a great choice for outdoor photographers. Light rain and dust won’t penetrate any of the eight seals on the lens body. The lens will also operate normally in temperatures as low as 14F (-10C).
35mm is equivalent to a 50mm field of view using the APS-C sensors of the X-series cameras. And 50mm works very well for a wide variety of subjects, including portraits, nature, and event shots. It’s also the most recommended prime for traveling at Fujifilm’s blog.
While f/2 is not as fast as f/1.4, it still allows in plenty of light for low light shoots. The depth of field will be shallow at this setting and will create excellent bokeh using nine aperture blades. This lens also has an inner auto focus system combined with a stepping motor for whisper quiet focusing and a response time as fast as 0.08 seconds.
The glass is very high quality and includes a Nano-GI (Gradient Index) coating. This layer changes the refractive index between the glass and surrounding air. In doing so ghosting and flares from incidental lighting are reduced or eliminated entirely.
5. Fujifilm XF 50mm f/2 R WR
Affordable portrait lens, also great for outdoors, weddings and concerts
The Fujifilm XF 50mm f/2 R WR is a great lens if you want an all-around high quality lens and don’t want to be concerned with water or dust affecting it.
Using the APS-C sized sensors of the X-series cameras, the Fujifilm 50mm is equivalent to a 76mm prime lens using a full-frame field of view. 76mm is squarely in portrait territory. The features of subjects won’t suffer from distortion and enough of the scene shows up without taking away from the main subject.
This lens also has enough reach to be useful for candid street photographers who want to capture a subject without being too obtrusive. Nature photographers will also find this focal length fairly useful, though shy subjects may require a bit more reach.
f/2 is a fast aperture but if you want an even shallower depth of field, you should look at the bigger and heavier XF f/1.2 R, which has a 56mm focal length.
The 50mm f/2 R WR is almost identical to the 35mm f/2 R WR, but is slightly more expensive as it’s 2 years newer. Instead of a Nano-GI layer, the 50mm f/2 uses a Super Electron Beam coating. Both approaches have the same effect: control over ghosting and flare for improved image quality.
This is another great first lens due to its high quality and low price combo.
6. Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R
Best choice for high quality portraits, indoor sports and low light
The Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R is our most recommended portrait lens, well suited for bokeh-rich photos from a slight distance.
The focal length of this lens combined with the fast aperture makes it one of the best portrait lenses available. With the APS-C sized sensor of the Fujifilm cameras, the focal length is equivalent to 85mm on a full frame sensor. 85mm creates a great separation between the subject and background of an image. It does also mean that some room to move is needed since this is telephoto territory.
The 56mm f/1.2 R has an 11-layer High Transmission Electron Beam Coating (HT-EBC) applied to both the front surface and a single layer on the opposite side. The HT-EBC helps stop chromatic aberrations and flare from incidental lighting. It also provides strong scratch resistance to the lens.
f/1.2 is very wide and allows for beautiful images and fast auto focus responses even in low light settings. The depth of field will be incredibly shallow as needed for maximum composition options. As an R lens, it also has an aperture ring on the barrel to control the aperture at will. Aperture and bokeh are further enhanced with the seven rounded aperture blades.
Fujifilm cameras with a Lens Modulation Optimizer (LMO) feature can partner with this lens to ensure sharpness and exposure are properly consistent throughout the aperture range. Th XF 56mm /1.2 is one of the more expensive ones on this list, yet is truly incomparably good. The focal length, features, and aperture are all top-notch. The only omission is no weather sealing, but that would make it even more expensive.
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7. Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS
Perfect landscape and travel lens
The Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS is a zoom lens well suited for architecture and street photographers who want a wide angle field of view. This range is also great for landscape photographers who need the expansive view.
OIS stands for Optical Image Stabilization; the f/4 R has built in elements to help control motion blur due to hand shake. This allows photographers to shoot handheld without sacrificing sharpness.
With a minimum focusing distance of 9.5 in (24 cm) this lens works well as a macro photography lens. And with the wide angle field of view the surroundings of the main subject will also be in full view. But with a maximum aperture of f/4 you won’t really be creating bokeh filled images.
The 10-24mm f/4 R also has a High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating (HT-EBC) to moderate lens flare and ghosting. The result is a boost in contrast and a reduction in chromatic abberation. The layer also protects against scratches. Lastly, this lens can pair with Fujifilm cameras that have a Lens Modulation Optimizer (LMO) setting to ensure exposure and sharpness remain consistent across the entire frame.
As a zoom lens its not directly comparable to the 14mm or 16mm lenses listed here. For photographers who want a shallower depth of field the prime lenses are the obvious choice. But if you prefer scenes that need greater depth of field then this lens provides a wider range of focal lengths without sacrificing image quality, plus giving you more zoom to work with.
8. Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS
Affordable and optically stabilized travel/daily lens
The Fujifilm 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS is very similar in design to the 16-55mm f/2.8 but lacks several key features that help bring the price down.
This lens does not have weather resistance so it needs to be protected in rough environmental conditions. Also the lens stops down to f/4 maximum at the telephoto end. This means you’ll only get bokeh and shallower depths of field at the wide angle end which may not be all that useful.
The focal length range is equivalent to 27-84mm full-frame lens which is an incredibly versatile wide angle-telephoto range. That makes it great for everything from portraits to architecture. Overall it’s a great street photography lens. Plus at .68 lbs (10.88 oz) this lens weighs half as much as the 16-55mm f/2.8.
The built in OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) helps keep image blur from becoming an issue while shooting handheld. With up to four stops of IS, you can shoot at 1/30 where you’d have to shoot with 1/500, assuming your subject is still.
Lastly the Nano GI (Gradient Index) coating of the glass alters the refractive index between the lens glass and the air. The result is less ghosting and flare from incidental lighting.
9. Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR
Best all-around zoom lens for traveling, landscape, outdoor activities
The Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR is an extremely versatile lens meant to cover a wide variety of subjects. Everything from landscapes and architecture to portraits and wildlife are all possible with this lens.
Using the APS-C sized sensors for the X-series cameras the focal range is equivalent to a versatile 27-206mm on a full-frame body. The aperture is not very fast, however, which is typical of zoom lenses in order to cut costs. f/3.5 won’t give a wafer thin depth of field no matter the focal length. But the trade off is incredible versatility in captures in all weather conditions.
Shooting handheld with this lens is a pleasure even at 135mm. The lens combines the Linear Motor (LM) design with optical image stabilization (OIS) elements to create powerful motion blur compensation. Five stops of image stabilization help keep photos sharp even when shooting handheld in low light settings.
As a WR (weather resistant) lens the XF 18-135mm has 20 seals to prevent dust and moisture from penetrating the interior of the lens. The lens can even operate in temperatures as low as 14F (-10C) making this a great choice for nature photographers who won’t let snow and rain keep them from getting the best shots.
The glass of this lens is coated with a High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating (HT-EBC) to reduce ghosting, lens flare, and chromatic aberrations. Image sharpness and contrast remain optimized. Also the coating provides extra scratch protection.
10. Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR
High quality choice for low light, sports, portraits, concerts and weddings
The Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR is quite pricey but well worth the expense. The barrel is weatherized in 20 places to provide constant protection from dust and water splashes. The lens will operate normally even in conditions as cold as 14F (-10C).
Due to its big f/2.8 aperture across the entire focal range, it’s a perfect choice for outdoors and indoors sports, as well as zoo’s, pets, and animals in the nature that aren’t too far away. f/2.8 allows you to get nice sharp subjects and blurred backgrounds with beautiful looking bokeh, thanks to 7 rounded aperture blades.
At long focal lengths shooting without a tripod can cause loss of sharpness. Fortunately, the 50-140mm f/2.8 is stabilized via an Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) system that negates motion blur in images. The body also has a tripod mount on the barrel for even more image stabilization as needed as well as an aperture ring for precision aperture control.
Mounted on any Fujifilm APS-C model, the lens has a full-frame equivalent focal length of 76-214mm. This makes it a solid zoom meant to bring far-off subjects into crisp focus and isolate them from the background. Portrait, street, and wildlife lovers will get a lot of use out of this focal range.
Notably the 55-200 f/3.5-4.8 which we talk about below, has an even better focal range for half the cost. However, you do lose out on the constant f/2.8 aperture across the range and the barrel tripod mount. The Fuji 50-140mm is weather sealed as well, making it more appropriate for photographing in difficult weather conditions. If range is all you want the f/3.5-4.8 will serve just as well, but the f/2.8 is well worth the additional money, especially if you know you will photograph in difficult light situations.
Fujifilm Lens Terms:
XF – Highest quality Fujifilm lenses for X-mount (X-T3, X-T2 and so on)
WR – Weather Resistant construction
OIS – Optical Image Stabilization
LM – Linear Motor, allows faster and near silent focusing
R – The lens has a dedicated aperture ring
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