Best Fuji Lenses

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I’ve updated this roundup of the best Fuji lenses in 2018 due to the recent growth in popularity of Fuji X Mount Cameras.

shk-fs-table__imageFuji 23mm f/2 WR Wide-angle lens with advanced image resolution.View Price

Both amateur and professional photographers have opened their eyes to the benefits of the mirrorless camera system, and the allure of the range of Fuji X mount lenses has paved the way to the great Fujifilm revolution!

Other manufacturers are producing incredible mirrorless cameras too, but the well-established lineup of Fujifilm X mount lenses has been a big reason to stick to the big F.

With the release of the Fujifilm X-H1 and more updates to popular X-series cameras on the roadmap this year, it’s clear that the demand for high quality Fujifilm XF lenses will keep growing.

Best Fuji Lenses

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shk2-table__imageFuji 23mm f/2 WROUR #1 CHOICE
  • Aperture: f/2
  • Focal Length: 23mm (35mm equivalent)
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shk2-table__imageFuji 56mm f/1.2TOP-RATED
  • Aperture: f/1.2
  • Focal Length: 56mm (85mm equivalent)
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shk2-table__imageFuji 35mm f/1.4GREAT VALUE
  • Aperture: f/1.4
  • Focal Length: 35mm (52mm equivalent)
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shk2-table__imageFuji 16mm f/1.4
  • Aperture: f/1.4
  • Focal Length: 16mm (24mm equivalent)
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shk2-table__imageFuji 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8
  • Aperture: f/2.5-4.8
  • 80-300mmFocal Length: 550-200mm (80-300mm equivalent)
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shk2-table__imageFuji 23mm f/1.4
  • Aperture: f/1.4
  • Focal Length: 23mm (35mm equivalent)
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shk2-table__imageFuji 90mm f/2
  • Aperture: f/2
  • Focal Length: 90mm (137mm equivalent)
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shk2-table__imageFuji 27mm f/2.8
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Focal Length: 27mm (41mm equivalent)
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shk2-table__imageFuji 10-24mm f/4
  • Aperture: f/1.4
  • Focal Length: 10-24mm (15-36mm equivalent)
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shk2-table__imageFuji 16-55mm f/2.8
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Focal Length: 16-55mm (24-84mm equivalent)
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shk2-table__imageFuji 50-140mm f/2.8
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Focal Length: 50-140mm (76-214mm equivalent)
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Since this Fuji lens review roundup is a long one, here are my recommendations of what Fuji lenses to buy first.

The Fuji 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8, an incredible all-rounder and one of the best Fuji zoom lenses I’ve ever used. (If you’re a prime shooter and need something long, get the amazing Fuji 90mm f/2 instead – it’s one of the best Fuji lenses for portrait photography right now.)

As for the best Fuji wide angle lens, the Fuji 16mm f/1.4 is hard to beat for speed and image quality.

If you’re looking for the best Fuji prime lenses, the Fuji 23mm f/1.4 or the Fuji 23mm f/2 WR are my two favourites due to their versatile focal length. The f/2 is lighter and weather-resistant, whilst the f/1.4 is slightly better in low-light.

If you’re after an ultra-wide angle zoom, my choice would be the Fuji 10-24mm f/4, which many call the best Fuji lens for landscape photography.

Also, if you’re looking to accessorize your Fuji camera with the latest gadgets and gizmos, check out this guide to the best Fuji accessories.

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I’ve selected the best Fuji lenses based on my own personal experience (thanks Fujifilm Australia for the loans!) All the Fuji X mount lenses are excellent in one way or another, but the ones I’ve chosen to highlight below represent the best value for money and versatility in my opinion.

So here’s my selection of the best Fuji lenses available of the year – when new X mount lenses are released, I’ll review them and update this post accordingly.”]

1. Fuji 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8

Best Fuji zoom lenses 55-200

Aperture: f/2.5-4.8
Focal Length: 550-200mm (80-300mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 2.95 x 2.95 x 4.65 in. (74 x 74 x 118mm)
Weight: 1.28 lbs (580 g)

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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).

Fuji 55-200mm Eduard Kraft
Fuji 55-200mm Sample Image | Copyright Eduard Kraft

The build on the Fuji 55-200mm f/3,5-4.8 is solid, as with all of the Fuji X mount lenses. 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.

Fuji 55-200mm - Freiraum7
Fuji 55-200mm Sample Image | Copyright Freiraum7

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 one of the best Fuji zoom lenses – an excellent all-round choice with a useful telephoto range and high image quality.


2. Fuji 23mm f/1.4

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Aperture: f/1.4
Focal Length: 23mm (35mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 2.83 x 2.83 x 2.48 in (71 x 71 x 62 mm)
Weight: 1.2 lbs (550 g)

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For many photographers (including myself), this is one of the best Fuji prime lenses ever made. When I tested a range of Fuji lenses for this review, I had this Fuji 23mm f/1.4 on my camera 90% of the time… and absolutely loved it.

It’s usually the smaller prime lenses such as this one that are the most lenses for Fuji X series cameras, since they balance so well with the camera body.

35mm is arguably the most popular focal length for photographers 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.

Fuji 23mm f:1.4
Fuji 23mm f/1.4 Sample Image – Best Fuji Lenses

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 – it’s definitely the better of the two 23mm Fuji lenses, in terms of image quality.

The Fuji 23mm f/1.4 is a metal lens which feels sturdy and satisfying in the hand, and even more so when attached to a similarly robust body such as the new Fuji X-Pro2.

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.

Best Fujifilm Lenses - 23mm f:1.4
Fuji 23mm f:1.4 Sample Image | Copyright Sven P

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.

Check out the full review of this impressive lens here, to see how a Unit Still photographer puts it to good use on film sets.

If you’re look for one of the best Fuji prime lenses, the Fuji 23mm f/1.4 is definitely up there. It’s simply an extraordinary lens at a very useful focal length.


3. Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8

Fuji 16-55mm f2.8

Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 16-55mm (24-84mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 3.27 x 3.27 x 4.17 in. (83 x 83 x 105 mm)
Weight: 1.44 lbs (653 g)

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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 Fujifilm 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.

Fuji 16-55mm Martin Hulle
Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8 Sample Image | Copyright Martin Hulle

A cheaper (and lighter) alternative is the Fuji 18-55mm f/2.8 – (read reviews here), although it has to be said that the 18-55mm is in a different league to this Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8.

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 24-70mm covers it all.

On the APS-C sensor Fujifilm cameras, a 16-55mm f/2.8 gives you 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.

Best Fuji lenses - 16-55mm f:2.8
Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8 Sample Image | Copyright Dave Kal Piper

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, it deserves to remain here as one of the best Fuji lenses available this year.


4. Fuji 27mm f/2.8

best fuji lenses for travel

Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 27mm (41mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 2.4 x 2.4 x 0.91 in. (60 x 60 x 23 mm)
Weight: 0.17 lbs (77 g)

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This ‘pancake lens’ is my second favourite in this roundup (after the Fuji 23mm f/1.4). It’s the smallest and lightest of all the Fujifilm lenses, making it one of the best Fuji lenses for travel.

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.

The Fuji 27mm f/2.8 adds a mere 0.17 lbs (77 g) 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.

Fuji 27mm - Joe D
Fuji 27mm f/2.8 Sample Image – Copyright Joe D

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.

Incidentally, if you’re looking for a small and light camera for use on the street, many consider the Fuji X-A1 to be the best camera under $500.

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.

Fuji 27mm f/2.8 Sample Image | Shot at f/8
Fuji 27mm f/2.8 Sample Image | Shot at f/8

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.


5. Fuji 16mm f/1.4

best fuji wide angle lens 16mm

Aperture: f/1.4
Focal Length: 16mm (24mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 2.87 x 2.87 x 2.87 in. (73 x 73 x 73 mm)
Weight: 0.83 lbs (376 g)

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Equivalent to a 24mm lens on a full frame camera, the Fuji 16mm f/1.4 is held by many as the best Fuji wide angle 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 for a wide angle lens. 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.

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.

Fuji 16mm Damian Lovegrove
Fuji 16mm f/1.4 | Copyright Damian Lovegrove

The Fuji 16mm f/1.4 is built like a tank, much the same as most of the Fuji X mount lenses. 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.

Fuji 16mm lens
Fuji 16mm f/1.4 Image Sample | Copyright Les Taylor

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, it’s the Fuji 16mm f/1.4 that’s the best wide angle lens available for Fuji x series cameras today, thanks to its image quality, build and versatility.


6. Fuji 10-24mm f/4

Fuji 10-24 f4

Aperture: f/1.4
Focal Length: 10-24mm (15-36mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 3.07 x 3.07 x 3.43 in. (78 x 78 x 87 mm)
Weight: 0.9 lbs (408 g)

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Many photographers prefer to reach for a wide-angle 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. It’s another great Fuji lens for landscape photography.

Fuji 10-24 Sample Image
Fuji 10-24mm f/4 Sample Image | Copyright Yak Mirs

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 (reviewed 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 in the image below, the trees are leaning to the centre of the frame due to the low level of the camera position.

Fuji 10-24mm f:4
Fuji 10-24mm f/4 Sample Image | Best Fuji Lenses

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 useful 10-24mm focal range makes the Fuji 10-24mm f/4 one of the best Fuji lenses available today.


7. Fuji 90mm f/2

Fuji 90mm lens

Aperture: f/2
Focal Length: 90mm (137mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 2.95 x 2.95 x 4.13 in. (75 x 75 x 104 mm)
Weight: 1.32 lbs (600 g)

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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 best Fuji lens for portrait photography in the Fuji x-mount lens line up, delivering ultra-sharp, flattering results with zero distortion.

Fuji 90mm f:2
Fuji 90mm f/2 Sample Image | Copyright Bert Stephani

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 mount 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.

Fuji 90mm f:2 for motorsport
Fuji 90mm f/2 Sample Image | Copyright John Rourke

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 the best Fuji lens for portraits, or you just want a tighter/more compressed composition, the Fuji 90mm f/2 should be at the top of your list.


8. Fuji 35mm f/1.4

35mm equivalent prime lens

Aperture: f/1.4
Focal Length: 35mm (52mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 2.56 x 2.56 x 2.17 in. (65 x 65 x 55 mm)
Weight: 0.4 lbs (187 g)

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It’s debatable whether this is the absolute 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 52mm 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.

Fuji 35mm f:1,4
Fuji 35mm f/1.4 Sample Image | Copyright Soe Lin

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 (check latest price here), making it one of the more affordable options when buying a new Fuji mirrorless camera body.

(Those wanting an even more affordable 35mm option can look at the Fuji 35mm f/2, another extremely popular lens – read reviews here.)

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.

Fuji 35mm f/1.4 Sample Image | Best Fuji Lenses
Fuji 35mm f/1.4 Sample Image | Best Fuji Lenses

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. It’s amazing just how popular all these Fuji lenses are…


9. Fuji 56mm f/1.2

Best fuji x lens for portrait 56mm

Aperture: f/1.2
Focal Length: 56mm (85mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 2.87 x 2.87 x 2.76 in. (73 x 73 x 70 mm)
Weight: 0.89 lbs (403 g)

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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 perhaps the best Fuji X lens for portrait photography.

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 roundup of the best Fuji lenses.

Fuji 56mm f:1.2
Fuji 56mm f/1.2 Sample Image | Best Fuji Lenses | Copyright Nathan Elson

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.

Fuji 56mm 1.2 review
Fuji 56mm f/1.2 Sample Image | Best Fuji Lenses | Copyright Nathan Elson

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 hundreds of 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 some money to invest in this impressive portrait lens, you won’t regret your decision.


10. Fuji 50-140mm f/2.8

best fuji x mount zoom lenses

Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 50-140mm (76-214mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 4.9 x 7 x 11.1 in. (124 x 177 x 281 mm)
Weight: 2.19 lbs (995 g)

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The Fuji 50-140mm f/2.8 is another of the best Fuji X mount zoom lenses, offering the most frequently used telephoto focal lengths (equivalent to 76mm-214) in a robust, 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.

Fuji 50-140 f/2.8
Fuji 50-140 f/2.8 Sample Image | Copyright Jacky Ley

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.

Other popular uses of the Fuji 50-140mm f/2.8 include wildlife photography and landscape photography work.

Beginners often wrongly assume that landscape photography requires wide angle lenses, but this is not the case. This is actually one of the key points in these 10 landscape photography tips.

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.

Fuji 50-140mm f/2.8
Fuji 50-140mm f/2.8 Sample Image| Copyright Dhugal Watson

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 Fuji 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!


11. Fuji 23mm f/2 WR

best fujifilm prime lens

Aperture: f/2
Focal Length: 23mm (35mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 5 x 5.4 x 4.3 in. (127 x 137 x 109 mm)
Weight: 0.39 lbs (180 g)

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This is a bit of a bonus inclusion in this roundup of the best lenses available for Fuji X cameras. I’ve already included a 23mm lens (the aforementioned f/1.4 version), so why the need to include another one?

The Fuji 23mm f/2 WR is a bit of a special weapon in the Fuji lens line up and one that deserves a mention. It’s also the best Fujifilm prime lens if want that elusive 35mm focal length on a budget ;-)

There are a few reasons why I think this impressive lens should be the first Fuji lens you consider when buying a Fuji mirrorless camera, but before I go into them, watch this short video clip…

Yep, that’s me holding a Fuji 23mm f/2 WR attached to a Fuji X-T2 under a running tap! When Fujifilm Australia kindly leant me one of the best mirrorless cameras for professional photographers for this best Fuji lenses review, they told me to have a go at this little stunt, and my jaw was on the floor…

The ‘WR’ in the name of the Fuji 23mm f/2 WR stands for ‘weather resistant.’ You’ll see it on a few of the other Fuji X lenses, including the 50mm f/2, 16mm f/1.4, 35mm f/2 and 90mm f/2, so in theory, my incredibly scientific ‘running water’ test is possible with all these lenses too (although you’ll need to be using one of Fuji’s weather resistant camera bodies like the X-T2.)

As you can see, ‘weather resistant’ is a bit of an understatement, and bears testament to the incredible build quality of the Fuji 23mm f/2 WR lens.

The next impressive feature of the Fuji 23mm f/2 WR s its weight. Weighing in at only 180g, this little lens is one of the lightest in the range, and so small that you could keep it in your jacket pocket all day as a backup and not even notice it there.

Fuji X-T2 + Fuji 23mm f/2 sample image
Fuji X-T2 + Fuji 23mm f/2 | f/5.6 | 1/3200 | ISO200 | Copyright Jonas Rask

However, you’ll not want to reserve the Fuji 23mm f/2 WR as a mere backup, since the image quality it offers is superb. It’s just as sharp throughout its aperture range as its big brother the f/1.4, and most importantly, excels wide open at f/2.

You’ll have a hard time deciding between this f/2 Fuji lens and the f/1.4 variant in fact, since the f/2 offers very similar image quality at almost half the price (and weight!) of the f/1.4 lens.

Unless you absolutely need the fastest glass you can buy (for low light shooting), I’d actually recommend investing in the Fuji 23mm f/2 WR and spending what you save on education, like this book on Lightroom for example!

23mm on a Fuji mirrorless camera body has a 35mm equivalent focal length on a full frame sensor, the field of view of choice of street photographers, wedding photographers and any other photographer who wants a story telling lens that’s versatile enough for portraits, landscapes and everything in between.

I use a 35mm lens for most of my best wedding photography work.

Sample image taken with the Fuji 23mm f/2
Sample image taken with the Fuji 23mm f/2 | Copyright Jonas Rask

So, aside from image quality, size and weather proofing, another area where the Fuji 23mm f/2 WR really stands out is Autofocus.

Fuji claims the lens can focus in 0.05 seconds, and during my testing, it never skipped a beat. I’d go as far as to say that in good light, the focus speed is even faster than the Fuji 23mm f/1.4 (which is understandable since it’s lighter).

The shape of the Fuji 23mm f/2 WR is rather unusual, going from wide to narrow(er), as opposed to remaining the same width or wider like most of the other Fuji lenses.

When mounted on a slimline Fuji X body such as the Fuji X-Pro2 however, it actually looks better than the bulkier Fuji 23mm f/1.4 in my opinion.

The Fuji 23mm f/2 WR attached to a Fuji X-Pro2 – arguably the best Fuji street photography setup.

You change aperture on the Fuji 23mm f/2 WR by twisting the aperture ring which is much faster and more convenient than fiddling with dials when your mirrorless camera body is small.

The final pleasant surprise when it comes to this impressive little Fuji lens is the price. When you’ve just stumped up thousands of dollars for the latest Fuji mirrorless camera, it’s nice not to spend another thousand on a great lens after all!

You can click here to find the latest price on the Fuji 23mm f/2 WR, but at the time of writing this review, it sat just below $450, which really is great value for a lens of this caliber.

Fast autofocus even in low light makes the Fuji 23mm f/2 a great lens for street photography
Fast autofocus even in low light makes the Fuji 23mm f/2 a great lens for street photography | Copyright Jonas Rask

Although there is a slight difference in the bokeh of this lens when compared to that of its more expensive f/1.4 brother (mostly due to the difference in aperture blades), you’ll hardly notice unless you examine them side by side.

My advice would be, unless you know you’ll need the f/1.4 version for low light work, grab a copy of the Fuji 23mm f/2 WR – I guarantee it’ll be attached to your Fuji camera the longest ;-)


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 :-)

If you’re a Canon or Nikon shooter, you may be interested in the best Nikon lenses and the best Canon lenses too. If you’re a Sony shooter, you can check out this best Sony lenses article, or this best Sony a6000 lenses one.

If you shoot with Micro Four Thirds format, check out the best MFT lenses too.

Disclaimer: All recommendations are impartial and based on user experience, with no bias to the products of the brand. The products in this post contain affiliate links which help support Shotkit.

Mark Condon is a British wedding photographer based in Australia and the founder of Shotkit.

  • Thanks for the comprehensive and practical coverage of Fujifilm lenses. Just a point on the 23mm f2. I bought this last week for my new X-T3 and on using found that the image was blurred at f2. Lens is only usable at f5.6 and beyond. I was shooting an object at 10M distance. Not sure whether the lens is faulty or its a design flaw. Any comments would be much appreciated.

      • Thanks Mark, I’ll try to get a replacement. I’ts not that easy to replace items in Australia. regards Shane

  • Thanks for the in depth view on the Fuji lenses. I enjoyed reading it!
    Looking for something nice next to my 35mm F2 on my X-T2.

  • Hi Mark! I really enjoyed your review but it left me completely tangled as I want all of these lenses now! I have X-T20 body and 18-55 kit lens plus I bought recently 35mm f1.4 lens. What other lens would you add for travelling/ landscape/ architecture/ night photography? I was thinking I would like to get maybe 10-24mm or 16 mm. Which one of these would you prefer? I also consider whether I need 23mm f1.4 or (f2 lens) or not…

    • Hey Ingrid! Yes it can get a little confusing which lenses to buy. By the sounds of it, you need an all in one lens that’s versatile enough to cover a whole range of situations, and preferably be light enough to use on your X-T20 for travel. In that case, I’d recommend the 23mm f/2 – there appears to be a sale on Amazon here if you apply the coupon. Hope that helps!

  • Hello! Just found this article and found it very informative. I recently passed my Nikon D5500 (two lens kit) on to one of my sisters so she and her husband would be able to take quality pictures of their growing family. Since then I’ve been making due with my Samsung Note 8 for my recent photos. I don’t particularly mind whipping out my phone for some quick shots, however, I have really been missing the camera experience and wish to return, minus the bulk! I’ve been researching and reading up extensively on Fujifilm’s X-t options and I believe I’m aiming heavily toward the X-t20 as a budget friendly choice.

    So, my question is, (I suppose I should preface with the fact that I prefer landscape & nature/city street & architecture shots) would you say the 18-55mm lens that comes with the kit is a good lens for those uses?

    • Hi Michal! Thanks for the long comment. Yep, the 18-55mm is a great lens to use initially with any Fujifilm camera, and definitely suitable for landscape/city or anything that requires a fast focal length change from wide angle to telephoto. I say ‘initially’, as it’d be a shame not to explore the full capabilities of your chosen camera with one of the prime lenses on this list! All in good time… ;-)