Best Fuji Lenses
|BEST FUJI LENSES|
Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8
Best All Around Zoom
Fuji 23mm f/2 WR
Best All Around Prime
Fuji 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8
Best Value Zoom
This roundup of the best Fuji lenses has been updated for December 2019 to keep up with the exploding popularity of Fuji X Mount Cameras.
At A Glance: Our Top 5 Picks for Best Fuji Lenses
Fujifilm’s high performance APS-C mirrorless cameras and the incredible lens lineup continue to entice more and more amateur and professional photographers each year.
Despite recent mirrorless camera releases by other big brands, the well-established lineup of Fujifilm X mount lenses has been a big reason to keep returning to the big F.
With the launch of the formidable Fujifilm X-T3, and useful firmware updates to many of the existing X-series cameras, it’s clear that the demand for high quality Fujifilm XF lenses will just keep on growing in 2019.
Here are the best Fuji lenses right now.
Best Fuji Lenses in 2019
|Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8||View Price →|
|Fuji 23mm f/2 WR||View Price →|
|Fuji 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8||View Price →|
|Fuji 35mm f/1.4||View Price →|
|Fuji 16mm f/1.4||View Price →|
|Fuji 23mm f/1.4||View Price →|
|Fuji 90mm f/2||View Price →|
|Fuji 27mm f/2.8||View Price →|
|Fuji 10-24mm f/4||View Price →|
|Fuji 50-140mm f/2.8||View Price →|
|Fuji 56mm f/1.2||View Price →|
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)
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 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.
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.
It’s great to have such a broad focal range in one lens that’s much more compact and lightweight than an equivalent lens for a full frame camera, and also that it can be used for close-ups too.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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 just 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.
I’ve shot with two different Nikon 35mm lenses for over 5 years now, and agree that this compact offering from Fuji can definitely give them a good run for the money.
You can 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.
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)
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.
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. 16mm as opposed to 18mm will also give you more flexibility for wide angle shots too.
On a 35mm camera, the Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8‘s closest lens would be the immensely 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.
The Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8 is built out of metal which makes it very robust and a pleasure to hold. It’s also Weather Resistant, which is great for added peace of mind when shooting landscapes in the great outdoors.
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 top Fuji lenses available this year.
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)
This ‘pancake lens’ is one of my personal favourites 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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
The close-focus distance of just 15cm (0.49ft) is also a welcome addition, allowing you to get up close and personal to your subject, while still including enough of the environment in the frame to tell the complete story.
The Fuji 16mm f/1.4 is a perfect match for cameras such as the Fujifilm X-H1 (reviewed here), with its in-body image stabilisation. When combined with the wide angle and fast aperture, you can get away with hand-holding at slow shutter speeds up to 1 second and still get a steady shot!
If you’re looking for a great vlogging lens, the Fuji 16mm f/1.4 is great for this too – I shot the video below handheld using this lens attached to a Fujifilm X-H1, and the field of view is perfect to include my head in the centre of the shot while still including enough background.
(Incidentally, the video above was shot in Eterna film simulation mode, straight out of camera.)
If you’re looking for a more affordable and lightweight Fuji wide-angle lens, the Fuji 18mm f/2 lens is a decent alternative at almost half the price. You will be losing some ability to shoot in low light and 2mm on the wide end, compared to the 16mm f/1.4 version though.
If you’re a stills or video shooter, I highly recommend you have this lens in your camera bag.
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)
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 that offers a great amount of flexibility, but just be aware that it isn’t weather resistant.
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.
(It’s also worth noting that the X-T2 is now at an attractive reduced price, since the launch of the X-T3 – check out the sale here.)
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.
Ken Rockwell calls the Fuji 10-24mm f/4 “the best ultrawide (Fuji lens) for the Fuji X-mount cameras”, and for good reason.
Don’t be put off by the relatively ‘slow’ maximum aperture of f/4 – wide angle lenses always produce a deeper depth of field, unless you’re right up close to your subject. Having a deep depth of field is also more relevant for landscape and architectural photography.
If you’re concerned about f/4 not being quick enough for low light situations (and the lack of OIS therein), I’d recommend investing in one of these solid tripods to stabilise your shot, especially at slower shutter speeds.
That said, the optical quality of this lens is superb and the useful 10-24mm focal range still makes the Fuji 10-24mm f/4 one of Fuji’s best lenses available today.
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)
Remember that this 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.
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-T3, 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 what is arguably 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.
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)
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 series (most recently 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.
Zach Arias had this to say about this lens’ unique character: “There are lenses that I love and then there are lenses that have magic inside of them. (The Fuji 35mm f/1.4) is one of three lenses I’ve owned in my life that I feel have that magical quality.”
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.
When combined with the eerily silent Fujifilm X-H1, you’ve got yourself a camera set up that won’t turn a single head, even when you’re shooting at high-speed burst mode!
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…
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)
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.
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 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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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)
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 their best mirrorless cameras for this lens 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.
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 my 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 95% of my own wedding photography work – it’s just such an incredibly flexible focal length.
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.
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!
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 ;-)
12. Fuji 50mm f/2 WR
Focal Length: 50mm (75mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 60.0mm x 59.4mm (2.36″ X 2.34″)
Weight: 200gm (7.05 oz)
This is a newer inclusion to this comprehensive roundup of the best Fuji X lenses available in December 2019.
While I have already included a lens with a similar focal distance in the Fuji 56mm f/1.2, I wanted to share with you a great alternative lens, which may be more suited to your budget and needs.
In January 2017 Fujifilm released the third lens in its new line-up of compact weather-sealed primes.
Aside from its place in this trilogy of lenses, the Fuji 50mm f/2 has a unique place among the entire range of Fujifilm lenses. It’s a great inclusion especially if you are looking for a portrait lens on a budget.
The release of this lens is another example of Fujifilm listening to consumers and providing them with more choice in their lens purchases.
Available in black and silver, the Fuji 50mm f/2 is a solid and robust lens with a full metal build including the camera mounting plate.
From the smooth glide of the focus ring to the assuring clicks of the aperture ring, there are no compromises in the quality of this nifty little lens.
As with the other smaller Fuji f/2 primes, this lens includes a weather and dust seal around the base of the mounting plate. The entire lens is also weather and dust sealed and can withstand a serious drenching.
Image quality for the Fuji 50mm f/2 is outstanding with edge to edge sharpness even wide open at f/2.
While not a bokeh monster, this Fuji lens produces a smooth and creamy background rendering perfect for portraiture. Subject separation is distinct and the focal distance allows for a nice amount of image compression.
When it comes to autofocus, the Fuji XF 50mm f/2 is one of the fastest lenses Fuji has available. There is zero evidence of focus hunt even in low lighting conditions making this a great lens for capturing animal or children portraits.
Given that the Fuji XF 50mm F/2 is fast, light, compact and fast prime makes it great value for money.
At half the cost of the Fuji 56mm and a third of the cost of the Fuji 56mm APD version, this prime now provides consumers with an entry-level option to hone their skills at this focal distance.
The Fuji XF 50mm f/2 is an option that also includes exceptional autofocus and fantastic image quality.
Fuji continue to release exceptional lenses and it’s hard for me to name a bad one!
The Fuji 50mm F/2 is no exception to Fuji’s commitment to design and produce high quality lenses that meet the needs of photographers at every level.
It’s the ideal lens for anyone wishing to have a high quality prime in a versatile and flattering focal distance in their kit bag.
Fuji Lens Reviews | Buyer’s Guide
I’ve tried to be as eclectic as possible with this Fuji lens review roundup, recommending lenses which are best for the majority of photographers.
The above suggestions are what I consider to be the best all-round lenses that would see you well in most situations.
If you want to know what Fuji lenses to buy first, this quick summary should help:
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.
Whilst not technically as excellent as the two above options, if you’re looking for a lens with true character, you should definitely check out the Fuji 35mm f/1.4.
The f/2 is lighter and weather-resistant (see the amazing video later on in this review), whilst the f/1.4 is obviously 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.
How to Read a Fujifilm Lens
Before we dive head first into the Fuji lens reviews, it’s important to understand what all the letters in the lens name mean.
Here’s an example of a lens that’s quite a mouthful:
The above lens is the Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR. Let’s break down all those confusing abbreviations:
- XF – the lens series (XF or XC)
- 18-135mm – the focal length
- f/2.5-5.6 – the maximum aperture range
- R – presence of an aperture ring to be able to manually adjust the aperture
- LM – presence of a linear motor to aid with AF speed
- OIS – presence of Optical Image Stablization
- WR – presence of Weather Resistance
In the reviews below, I’ve removed the superfluous lettering after the main elements of each lens name in the interests of simplicity – feel free to click through to each lens on Amazon to see the entire lens name.
Fujifilm Lens Updates
The concept of firmware updates for a lot of consumer electronics is not a new thing. Computers, smartphones and even our cars require updates to their operating systems. In the photography world, firmware updates are just as relevant.
Firmware updates allow for your camera to receive new coding in an effort to mostly eradicate problems and bugs. This is typical in the early life of a new camera model where research and testing didn’t find the bug prior to manufacture. This can be especially frustrating if you are out on a shoot and your camera locks up because of a fault in the firmware.
Fortunately, most camera manufacturers are pretty quick to get new firmware out especially once the consumer base has brought it to their attention.
Personally, I think that a camera company shines when they choose to release firmware not just to fix bugs, but to enhance the capabilities of the existing product and make the product as good as it can be – all without any extra cost to the customer.
Fujifilm is once such company that embraces this concept and has purposely instilled an entire-business focus on a concept known as Kaizen, which means “a change for the better”.
Often when Fujifilm releases a new camera they will release it with the newest features such as focus performance, menu enhancements and film simulations.
They will often then look at cameras in their line-up with the same processor and sensor and create new firmware for those cameras to bring them up to speed with the new entry. In this case, Kaizen is being implemented to be the best while reaching for the highest value.
An example of this is with the release of the XF 80mm f/2.8 lens. Fujifilm produced and quickly delivery a firmware update across almost the entire range of X Series camera bodies. This allowed every user, regardless of the age or capability of their camera to be able to use this new lens and keep up with its quick autofocus.
Fujifilm has not just placed their Kaizen focus on their camera bodies – it also provides firmware updates to its lenses, to ensure that they are performing at an optimal level for all the cameras that they may be paired with.
Fujifilm has a very long list of firmware updates that are available for their lenses to deliver the best possible value and performance. In many instances, these improvements happen years after the lens has been released and as new technology is enabled.
Lens firmware updates can make significant changes to lens features such as:
- Improvement of tracking function of parallax correction in the OVF
- OIS Improvement
- Enhancing the accuracy of Manual focus adjustment
- Improvement of AF accuracy
- Addition of compatibility with Tele-Convertor rings
- Defect fixes as they arise
Fujifilm firmware updates for both cameras and lenses are easily located on the Fujifilm support page in your region.
Firmware updates are incredibly simple to execute. Just download the desired update for your gear to your desktop and then simply drag and drop it onto a newly formatted SD card. Insert the card into your camera and turn it on while holding the Back button.
This will present you with firmware information and ask if you wish to proceed with the update, which will result in a few minutes wait before the camera notifies you that it’s complete. This process applies for firmware updates for both cameras and lenses.
I encourage everyone to take the time to ensure that the firmware of both your Fujifilm lenses and cameras is up to date.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Fuji Lenses Good?
Fuji lenses have exceptional imaging quality, especially for their size and price. They are renowned for edge to edge sharpness, excellent clarity and colour rendition, and robust build quality. Many also feature weather-sealing.
Does Tamron make lenses for Fuji?
No, Tamron does not currently make lenses for Fuji cameras.
What are Fuji Red Badge lenses?
The Red Badge Fuji XF lenses offer the best performance in focusing speed and image quality. There are currently three XF Red Badge lenses: 16-55mm f/2.8, 50-140mm f/2.8 and 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6.
Who makes Fujinon Lenses?
‘Fujinon’ is the correct naming convention for the range of Fuji lenses, made by Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd, more commonly known as Fujifilm.
What does the R mean on Fuji lenses?
The ‘R’ is an abbreviation of ‘Ring’, and signifies that the lens is equipped with an aperture ring. i.e. you can use the ring around the lens to control the lens’ aperture value.
What is the difference between Fuji XF and XC lenses?
The XC lenses are considered consumer-level in quality, build and performance, while XF are the semi-pro/pro lenses. XF lenses feature all-metal construction, larger maximum apertures, aperture rings, and OIS toggle switches.
What is LM on a Fuji lens?
The ‘LM’ is an abbreviation of ‘linear motor’, which is present on some Fuji lenses to aid with AF speed and performance.
Best Fujifilm Lenses | Final Words
I hope you enjoyed this selection of the best Fuji X lenses. As and when new X mount lenses are released, I’ll review them and update this post accordingly.
It’s clear that the compact, lightweight, high quality and affordable lens selection is one of the major drawcards of the Fujifilm mirrorless camera system.
MILCs (mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras) are only as good as the lenses you attach, so it’s good to know you’ll never be let down with the Fuji X series.
Disclaimer: All recommendations are impartial and based on user experience, with no bias to the products of the brand. The products in this post may contain affiliate links.