Whilst doing research on the best Fuji lenses available in 2016, I noticed something on Amazon which stopped me in my tracks. I refreshed the page a couple of times to make sure nothing was wrong, but still the same information appeared…
Every single one of the Fuji lenses I came across on Amazon had almost all 5 star reviews!
I love Amazon for its impartial customer review system. The most useful customer reviews are upvoted by other users, meaning that the community has deemed them honest and non-subjective.
So when I saw that all 20 of the Fujifilm lenses on sale at Amazon had so many 5 star reviews, I knew I had to write this review on the very best Fuji XF lenses.
My Recommendations of the Best Fuji Lenses
Since this review of Fujifilm lenses is a long one, here are my recommendations of what Fuji lenses I would buy if I’d just switched systems to a Fuji X mount camera. (If you’d like to download this post as a PDF for offline browsing, click the button below.)
For a Wide Angle lens, the Fuji 16mm f/1.4 is hard to beat for speed and image quality.
For an all purpose prime, the Fuji 23mm f/1.4 is a 35mm equivalent, my favourite focal length, and arguably the most useful focal length of all.
Review of the Best Fuji Lenses
Now let’s take a closer at the Fujinon lenses line up, and select the top 10 Fuji XF lenses that every Fuji shooter should consider.
The best Fuji lenses have been chosen based on purchase numbers, user reviews, real-life usage (thanks to Fujifilm Australia, I’ve handled all of them) and Shotkit user feedback (see here for Fuji shooters).
Where possible, I have included a more affordable alternative Fuji lens, although it has to be said – when comparing Fuji lenses to pro-grade dSLR lenses, Fuji mirrorless lens options are very good value for money.
The top 10 Fuji lenses shown below are not in any specific order, since the review is not a like-for-like comparison. i.e. it’s impossible to compare a zoom lens with a tiny pancake lens.
Having said that, these are the best Fuji lenses money can buy right now in 2016. Let me know if you agree with my choices in the comments below.
Fuji 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 Specifications
Focal Length: 550-200mm (80-300mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 2.95 x 2.95 x 4.65 inches
Weight: 1.28 pounds
Fuji 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 Review
Shown on a Fuji X-Pro1 above, the Fuji 55-200mm f/3,5-4.8 is a relatively portable telephoto zoom that offers impressive image quality right across its wide zoom range. Focus is silent and fast, perfectly complementing the Fuji mirrorless camera lineup for discreet shooting.
The inbuilt image stabilisation of the Fuji 55-200mm f/3,5-4.8 is impressive, allowing the use of slow shutter speeds to prevent camera shake even when hand-holding in low light situations. Imagine being able to shoot 4 or 5 stops slower than you usually would with a long-range zoom lens and still have a sharp photo!
Being able to use slower shutter speeds in low light will allow you to use lower ISOs, which in turn leads to a cleaner final image.
The 55-200mm focal length when used on a Fuji X mount camera with a 1.52x crop factor shows the same angle of view as an 80-300mm lens on a 35mm camera.
This provides a medium to long range zoom capabilities, making the Fuji 55-200mm f/3,5-4.8 an excellent choice for cropping tight on landscape shots or pulling elements in the distance closer together (see below image as an example).
The build on the Fuji 55-200mm f/3,5-4.8 is solid, as with all of the Fuji lenses in the X mount lineup. Autofocus is extremely fast and accurate thanks to two linear motors, and the bokeh from f/2.5 to 4.8 is beautiful and creamy.
In-focus elements are razor sharp at all settings, as illustrated well in the photo below.
My favourite feature of this impressive Fuji zoom lens is its ability to focus as close as 1.1 metres, which means you can capture high quality telephoto close-ups, much like a macro lens.
With over 100 5 star reviews on Amazon, the Fuji 55-200mm f/3,5-4.8 is an excellent choice for someone who needs an all-round zoom lens with a useful telephoto range and high image quality.
Fuji 23mm f/1,4 Specifications
Focal Length: 23mm (35mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 2.83 x 2.83 x 2.48 inches
Weight: 550 grams
Fuji 23mm f/1,4 Review
35mm is arguably the most popular focal length due to its versatility, being equally at home shooting portraits as well as being wide enough to fill the frame with interest.
The Fuji 23mm f/1.4 is super-sharp, focuses accurately and near instantaneously, has beautiful bokeh when shot wide open at f/1.4, and also displays awesome sun stars when stopped down to smaller apertures.
You can see the subject separation and smooth bokeh exhibited by the Fuji 23mm f/1.4 in the image below.
There’s no distortion which is unusual for a 35mm lens, and another surprise is the complete lack of vignetting, even at f/1.4, This could be the ‘cleanest’ 35mm equivalent lens ever produced, and deserves its place in this best Fuji lenses list.
In fact, photojournalists and street photographers often have the Fuji 23mm f/1.4 permanently attached to their mock-rangefinder X-Pro’s, simply because the combination is so good.
As for sharpness, well Ken Rockwell reports that “the Fuji 23mm f/1.4 is as sharp as Nikon and Canon’s 35mm f/1.4 lenses”, which cost twice as much.
If you’re look for one of the best Fuji lenses, if not the best Fujinon lens for any X mount camera, the Fuji 23mm f/1.4 is definitely up there. It’s simply an extraordinary lens at a very useful focal length. It also comes highly recommended by over 80 people on Amazon!
Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8 Specifications
Focal Length: 16-55mm (24-84mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 3.27 x 3.27 x 4.17 inches
Weight: 1.44 pounds
Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8 Review
The weather-resistant Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8 lens is a midrange zoom with a focal length equivalent to 24-84mm, and a constant f/2.8 aperture throughout the range. It’s a pro-grade zoom lens with amazing optics and razor-sharpness from edge-to-edge.
If you are ready to make the investment, the Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8 is the best midrange zoom Fujifilm produces, and also the most popular all-round focal length zoom available.
On a 35mm camera, the Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8‘s closest lens would be the popular 24-70mm f/2.8, a zoom range favoured by many pro photographers due to its versatility – from wide angle to medium telephoto, a 24-70 covers it all. With the Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8 however, you’re getting even more range (up to an equivalent of 84mm).
Shot fully zoomed out to 55mm, the Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8 is an excellent portrait lens. If you step back enough and want to shoot wide, a non-distorted portrait can even be shot around 16mm, like the example below which was shot at 17mm.
The Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8 is built out of metal which makes it very robust and a pleasure to hold. Its solid build does however add to its weight, with often results in it being a lot heavier than the Fuji mirrorless camera it’s attached to (see photo above with the Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8 attached to a Fuji X-T1).
If you don’t mind the weight, the Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8 is technically brilliant, and since the focal range is so versatile, I deemed it one of the best Fuji lenses available this year.
Fuji 27mm f/2.8 Specifications
Focal Length: 27mm (41mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 2.4 x 2.4 x 0.91 inches
Weight: 0.17 pounds
Fuji 27mm f/2.8 Review
This ‘pancake lens’ is my second favourite in the best Fuji lenses lineup (after the Fuji 23mm f/1.4). It’s the smallest, lightest Fujinon lens, and the perfect companion to any of the Fuji mirrorless cameras.
In my mind, the biggest benefit of the Fuji X cameras and compact mirrorless cameras in general is their size and weight. Putting a big, heavy zoom on the front of a lightweight Fuji camera body just doesn’t make sense to me. Even the smaller prime Fujinon lenses have a fair weight to them.
The Fuji 27mm f/2.8 adds a mere 0.15lbs to the front of your Fujifilm X camera and is an absolute joy to use, making it much more likely that you’ll have your camera in your pocket with you everywhere you go.
The focal length of the Fuji 27mm f/2.8 is equivalent to 41mm on a full frame camera, about the same angle of view as the human eye. This means you can accurately frame your shot before you’ve even lifted the camera to your eye, making it a great choice for street photographers.
As for performance, the Fuji 27mm f/2.8 is sharp at all apertures, although shooting wide open at f/2.8 will result in slight softness in the corners, but it’s barely noticeable.
When stopped down to the smaller apertures, the Fuji 27mm f/2.8 is at its sharpest, exhibiting no distortion combined with excellent colour rendition, as shown in the jpeg image below which came straight out of a Fuji X-Pro1 with Velvia film simulation.
With a lens of this focal length and a semi-fast f/2.8 aperture, it won’t be pleasing any of the bokeh-whores out there, but still, there’s enough subject separation to elevate your image from the smart phone shooters out there.
The Fuji 27mm f/2.8 is available in silver and black. If you’re going traveling and need a lightweight, flexible and fun lens for your new Fuji mirrorless camera, you can’t find much better than this great Fuji lens.
Fuji 16mm f/1,4 Specifications
Focal Length: 16mm (24mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 2.87 x 2.87 x 2.87 inches
Weight: 0.83 pounds
Fuji 16mm f/1,4 Review
Equivalent to a 24mm lens on a full frame camera, the Fuji 16mm f/1.4 is a popular and versatile wide angle Fuji lens.
24mm is typically used in conjunction with a longer lens by wedding photographers, landscape photographers, street photographers, architectural photographers and basically anyone who wants to tell a story by including more in the frame.
For a wide angle lens, the Fuji 16mm f/1.4 has relatively little distortion. Distortion is hard to measure on some Fuji lenses since the camera body may be correcting any distortion automatically, but either way, you won’t see any warped elements in your final images.[Incidentally, if you’re a fan of wide angle lenses, check out this round up of the best wide angle lens for your dslr camera]
Remember that you can even shoot portraits with wide angle lenses such as the Fuji 16mm f/1.4 if you step back far enough, as illustrated by the image below.
The Fuji 16mm f/1.4 is built like a tank, much the same as most of the Fuji lenses in the X-mount lineup. In fact, the Fuji lenses are built much better than any of the plasticky Nikon or Canon pro lenses which often cost (and weigh) twice as much.
As for performance, the Fuji 16mm f/1.4 is super-sharp, exhibits no lateral colour fringing and no visible light falloff even when shot wide open at f/1.4.
As with all wide angle lenses, you need your subject to be relatively close to the camera if you really want to separate them from the background via the bokeh. In fact, the Fuji 16mm f/1.4 can focus to within just 6cm from the front of the lens!
As for sunstars when shot at smaller apertures, see the long exposure photo below for how beautifully these reproduce.
An advantage of a fast wide angle lens like the Fuji 16mm f/1.4 is your ability to shoot it at slower shutter speeds than a longer lens. Any slight movement when shooting hand held will in effect be masked by the width of the shot, and f/1.4 will let plenty of light in to help achieve a faster shutter speed.
When combined with the high ISO performance of the Fuji mirrorless camera lineup, low light photography is made a lot more achievable.
If you’re looking for a more affordable and lightweight Fuji wide-angle lens, the Fuji 18mm f/2 lens is an alternative at almost half the price. Having never used the lens myself, I can’t vouch for the quality, so I encourage you to read some other online reviews before making your decision.
That said, with over 30 positive customer reviews on Amazon, it is the Fuji 16mm f/1.4 which is arguably the best wide-angle Fuji lens available today, and deserves its spot in the best Fuji lenses round up.
Fuji 10-24mm f/4 Specifications
Focal Length: 10-24mm (15-36mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 3.07 x 3.07 x 3.43 inches
Weight: 0.9 pounds
Fuji 10-24mm f/4 Review
Many photographers’ preference when it comes to wide-angle lenses is to reach for a zoom rather than a prime. Often used on tripods by landscape and architectural photographers, the ability to zoom to frame a shot perfectly is a huge advantage when the camera’s position is fixed.
The 15-36mm equivalent focal range of the Fuji 10-24mm f/4 makes it extremely versatile, allowing the ability to take advantage of a wide-angle as well as the popular 35mm (36mm) field of view.
The fixed f/4 aperture is available throughout the 2.4x zoom range, and provides excellent detail from the foreground to the distance. The inclusion of Optical Image Stabilisation in the Fuji 10-24mm f/4 means that you’re able to work handheld which shooting in low light too.
Thanks to the use of an inner focusing high-speed AF system with lightweight internal lens elements, the Fuji 10-24mm f/4 is very quiet to use. Combined with a silent Fuji mirrorless camera like the Fuji X-T2 (Shotkit review here), it makes a perfect reportage style documentary photography setup.
A minimum focusing distance of just 28cm means that you can capture both smaller foreground detail along with the wider surroundings to give your subject context, such as in the photo below shot at 10mm. Note that the trees are leaning to the centre of the frame due to the low level of the shot.
Ken Rockwell calls the Fuji 10-24mm f/4 “the best ultrawide (Fuji lens) for the Fuji X-mount cameras”, and for good reason. The optical quality is superb and the 10-24mm focal range makes the Fuji 10-24mm f/4 one of the best Fuji lenses available today.
I encourage you to read the reviews of the Fuji 10-24mm f/4 on Amazon before making your purchases.
Fuji 90mm f/2 Specifications
Focal Length: 90mm (137mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 2.95 x 2.95 x 4.13 inches
Weight: 600 grams
Fuji 90mm f/2 Review
Remember that this best Fuji lenses round up is in no particular order – if it were, the incredible Fuji 90mm f/2 would be closer to the top.
With an equivalent focal length of 137mm, the Fuji 90mm f/2 is the most popular portrait lens in the Fuji x-mount lens line up, delivering ultra-sharp, flattering results with zero distortion.
The optical construction of 11 elements in 8 groups minimizes vignetting and creates beautiful bokeh thanks to the rounded diaphragm. As well as being an excellent portraiture lens, the Fuji 90mm f/2 is also used widely as a lens for astronomy photography due to its focal length and fast aperture.
As with all Fuji X lenses, the construction is solid. The Fuji 90mm f/2 features weather and dust-resistant sealing, allowing usage to temperatures as low as -10 degrees.
The biggest advantage of the the Fuji 90mm f/2 lens is its lightweight and compact size. Weighing in at only 540g, the Fuji 90mm f/2 makes much more sense in my mind than the far heavier zooms in the Fuji lens lineup.
For those who need to carry their equipment for long periods such as motorsports photographers, the size and weight of the Fuji 90mm f/2 is a god-send. Combined with a Fuji mirrorless body such as the Fuji X-T1 (as in the image below), the combined weight of just 1kg (2.2lbs) makes the combo a pleasure to use.
With so many 5 star reviews on Amazo of the Fuji 90mm f/2 lens, happy users report of “ultra-shaprness”, “superb image quality” and “astounding colour/bokeh/rendering” of the Fuji 90mm f/2.
One pro went as far as to say, “I’ve had many of the Canon L lenses and this equals or exceeds every one…”
If you’re after arguably the best Fuji lens for portraiture, or for simply getting a tighter/more compressed composition, the Fuji 90mm f/2 should be at the top of your list.
Fuji 35mm f/1,4 Specifications
Focal Length: 35mm (52mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 2.56 x 2.56 x 2.17 inches
Fuji 35mm f/1.4 Review
It’s debatable whether this is the best Fuji lens available today, but the near-legendary Fuji 35mm f/1,4 is certainly the most popular lens in the Fuji X mount lens lineup.
With a staggering 130+ near-perfect reviews on Amazon and a 98% score on Imaging-Resource, this 53mm equivalent Fuji lens is on the front of so many Fuji mirrorless cameras used professionally around the world… and for good reason.
Early in 2012, Fuji released the X-Pro 1 system, with this Fuji 35mm f/1,4 being one of the 3 flag-ship lenses. It was touted as the perfect combination with the X-Pro (now replaced by the Fuji X-Pro2), giving a field of view closest to 50mm – the choice of so many photographers throughout time.
The Fuji 35mm f/1,4 is capable of sharp image reproduction, but stopped down to f/5.6 is where the sharpness is most impressive.
That said, if you’re buying an f/1.4 lens, you’ll want to be shooting it wide-open, and thankfully the bokeh when shot in this way is beautiful. Wide open, edges are a little soft, but this adds to a natural vignetting of the image, giving great character.
Images such as the one below may not be optically perfect, but they exhibit a certain character that is unattainable with other Fuji lenses.
Sharpness isn’t everything after all, especially in portraiture, where the Fuji 35mm f/1,4 is still very popular.
Another plus point is the price of the Fuji 35mm f/1,4 (currently available for $599 plus free shipping at Amazon), making it one of the more affordable options when buying a new Fuji mirrorless camera body.
It goes without saying that the Fuji 35mm f/1,4 (as with all the other primes in the Fuji lens lineup) is beautiful to hold and to look at, suiting the black bodies of the Fuji X-T series and X-Pro series perfectly.
Silent operation combined with these stealthy looks makes the combination popular with street photographers and documentary wedding photographers who wish to remain unnoticed to capture moments candidly.
Despite its age, the Fuji 35mm f/1.4 is still an excellent performer. Perhaps not as sharp and optically perfect as some of the others in this Fuji best lens roundup, but nevertheless, displaying a certain quality to image rendering that sets it a step above the rest.
Don’t just take my word for it though – have a look at the hundreds of 5 star reviews on Amazon for the Fuji 35mm f/1.4. I can’t believe just how popular all these Fuji lenses are!!
Fuji 56mm f/1.2 Specifications
Focal Length: 56mm (85mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 2.87 x 2.87 x 2.76 inches
Weight: 0.89 pounds
Fuji 56mm f/1.2 Review
Whilst we’re still on the topic of Fuji lenses with near-legendary status and tons of positive customer reviews, the Fuji 56mm f/1.2 really deserves its mention as one of the best Fuji lenses for X series cameras.
Often hard to find due to high demand, the Fuji 56mm f/1.2 is the Fuji lens of choice of every wedding photographer I’ve met who shoots with a Fuji mirrorless camera.
As Fuji’s fastest portraiture lens, the Fuji 56mm f/1.2 exhibits the 85mm equivalent creamy bokeh when shot wide open at f/1.2, letting in enough light to warrant its use even in the darkest of locations.
Whilst similar f/1.2 lenses from Canon (which are over twice the price of this Fuji) display softness when shot at f/1.2, the Fuji 56mm f/1.2 manages to achieve incredible sharpness from edge to edge.
However, it’s the beautiful out-of-focus elements (bokeh) that really make this lens deserving of its inclusion in this best Fuji lenses roundup.
Shooting at f/4 to f/5.6 is where sharpness really gets impressive, but let’s face it – no one buys a pro-grade f/1.2 lens to shoot it at anything other than wide-open!
There’s very minor vignetting at f/1.2 and close to zero chromatic aberation. As for focusing on the Fuji 56mm f/1.2, it’s not lightning fast but its no slouch either. When compared to the bumbling Canon 85mm f/1.2L, the AF on the Fuji beats it on all accounts.
The Fuji 56mm f/1.2 feels sturdy with its all-metal construction, much like an expensive Zeiss lens. Despite being built like a tank, the Fuji 56mm f/1.2 remains relatively lightweight, and would be the perfect combination on a second camera body worn all day by two-camera shooters.
The 85mm equivalent field of view of the Fuji 56mm f/1.2 is a favourite of portrait photographers – tight if you move in close, yet wide enough to include just enough of the background in the frame to tell the story.
If you’re looking for stellar subject separation and low light performance, its hard to beat the Fuji 56mm f/1.2, and the 90+ positive customer reviews since its launch in 2014 tell a similar story – read them here.
If you’re lucky enough to find the Fuji 56mm f/1.2 in stock and have $999 to invest on Fuji’s most impressive midrange lens, you won’t regret your decision.
Fuji 50-140mm f/2.8 Specifications
Focal Length: 50-140mm (76-214mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 4.9 x 7 x 11.1 inches
Weight: 995 grams
Fuji 50-140mm f/2.8 Review
Last but BY no means least in the best Fuji lenses line up is this Fuji 50-140mm f/2.8, offering the most frequently used telephoto focal lengths (equivalent to 76mm-214) in a robust body, well-designed unit.
The Canon/Nikon 70-200mm zooms are the most popular professional zooms, and this is the same with the Fuji 50-140mm f/2.8 on the Fuji side. Similar to the more expensive Canon/Nikons, the Fuji 50-140mm f/2.8 is razor sharp throughout the entire zoom range.
Autofocus is silent, almost instantaneous and always accurate. In dimmer light the Fuji 50-140mm f/2.8 starts to struggle when compared to a dSLR 70-200mm, so low-light sports use is not advisable.
By day and in good light is where this Fuji lens really sings, as shown in the excellent panning motorsports shot below.
Out of focus bokeh elements are soft and creamy, and when shot at its full range of 140mm, the Fuji 50-140mm f/2.8 offers excellent subject separation, making it a great portrait lens if you have the room to back up far enough.
Beginners often wrongly assume that landscape photography requires wide angle lenses, but this is not the case. Using a telephoto zoom such as the Fuji 50-140mm f/2.8 can compress an image, making distant landscape elements appear closer together, for more striking compositions.
As for build, you’ll know by now that all the Fuji X mount lenses are built out of metal to outlast your lifetime as a photographer. As with all pro-grade zooms, the Fuji 50-140mm f/2.8 isn’t compact or light, but the internal zoom and focus means that the lens doesn’t ‘grow’ at least!
Image stabilisation on the Fuji 50-140mm f/2.8 also deserves a mention, with handheld shots at shutter speeds as slow as 1/15s shot at 140mm remaining very sharp. Shooting at such slow speeds would be extremely difficult without the inbuilt image stabilisation on this Fuji lens.
Whilst my recommendation for mirrorless cameras is always a small, lightweight prime lens, if you’re in the market for an all-purpose telephoto zoom, the Fuji 50-140mm f/2.8 should be on your radar. Stick to daytime usage and you’ll be the envy of every back-aching dSLR shooter stuck on the sidelines.
I hope you enjoyed this selection of the best Fuji lenses. If you think I’ve missed any Fuji X lenses off the list, leave your recommendations in the comments below so we can all learn :-)
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