The Best Fuji Lenses for X Mount Cameras


Whilst doing research on the best Fuji lenses available in 2017, 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.landscap

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.

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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 Zoom lens, I recommend the Fuji 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8, an incredible all rounder and all the zoom you’d ever need. (If you’re a prime shooter, get the amazing Fuji 90mm f/2 instead.)

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.

As for the best Fujifilm camera, I own the Fuji X100F which I love, but it isn’t an interchangeable lens camera. For pro use, I’d rather use the Fuji X-T2. As for the best value for money Fuji mirrorless camera, in my opinion that’s the Fuji X-T20. (Click any of those links for Shotkit reviews by pro photographers.)

[If you’re a Canon or Nikon shooter, you may be interested in the best Nikon lenses and the best Canon lenses too.]
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Fuji X Pro2 camera bodies and 16mm, 23mm, 35mm and 56mm Fuji lenses of Nordica

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 feedback from Shotkit followers who use Fuji lenses.

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 2017. Let me know if you agree with my choices in the comments below.

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

Fuji 55-200mm lens

Fuji 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 Specifications

Aperture: f/2.5-4.8
Focal Length: 550-200mm (80-300mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 2.95 x 2.95 x 4.65 inches
Weight: 1.28 pounds
Price: $699

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).

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 an excellent choice for someone who needs an all-round zoom lens with a useful telephoto range and high image quality.


2. Fuji 23mm f/1.4

The best Fujifilm Lenses - Fuji 23mm

Fuji 23mm f/1.4 Specifications

Aperture: f/1.4
Focal Length: 23mm (35mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 2.83 x 2.83 x 2.48 inches
Weight: 550 grams
Price: $899

Fuji 23mm f/1,4 Review

When I get around to buying the Fuji X-T2 later this year, I will definitely order the Fuji 23mm f/1.4 with it. In fact, this incredible 35mm equivalent Fuji lens may be the only lens I use.

It’s usually prime lenses such as this that are the most popular Fuji XT2 lenses, since they balance so well with the camera body.

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.

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, and deserves its place in this best Fuji lenses list.

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.

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!


3. Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8

Best Fujinon lenses - Fuji 16-55mm

Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8 Specifications

Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 16-55mm (24-84mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 3.27 x 3.27 x 4.17 inches
Weight: 1.44 pounds
Price: $1,199

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.

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 24-70 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.

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, I deemed it one of the best Fuji lenses available this year.


4. Fuji 27mm f/2.8

Fuji lens 27mm f/2.8

Fuji 27mm f/2.8 Specifications

Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 27mm (41mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 2.4 x 2.4 x 0.91 inches
Weight: 0.17 pounds
Price: $499

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.

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 Lenses - Fuji 16mm f/1.4

Fuji 16mm f/1,4 Specifications

Aperture: f/1.4
Focal Length: 16mm (24mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 2.87 x 2.87 x 2.87 inches
Weight: 0.83 pounds
Price: $999

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.

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 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.

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, with over 30 positive customer reviews on Amazon, it is the Fuji 16mm f/1.4 which is arguably the best wide angle lens available for Fuji x series cameras today, and deserves its spot in the best Fuji lenses round up.


6. Fuji 10-24mm f/4

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Fuji 10-24mm f/4 Specifications

Aperture: f/1.4
Focal Length: 10-24mm (15-36mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 3.07 x 3.07 x 3.43 inches
Weight: 0.9 pounds
Price: $999

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.

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 (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.

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 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.


7. Fuji 90mm f/2

Fuji 90mm f/2

Fuji 90mm f/2 Specifications

Aperture: f/2
Focal Length: 90mm (137mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 2.95 x 2.95 x 4.13 inches
Weight: 600 grams
Price: $949

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.

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 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.


8. Fuji 35mm f/1.4

Fuji 35mm f:1.4

Fuji 35mm f/1.4 Specifications

Aperture: f/1.4
Focal Length: 35mm (52mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 2.56 x 2.56 x 2.17 inches
Weight: 187g
Price: $599

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.

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 (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.

(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. I can’t believe just how popular all these Fuji lenses are!!


9. Fuji 56mm f/1.2

Fuji 56mm f:1,2

Fuji 56mm f/1.2 Specifications

Aperture: f/1.2
Focal Length: 56mm (85mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 2.87 x 2.87 x 2.76 inches
Weight: 0.89 pounds
Price: $899

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.

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 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.


10. Fuji 50-140mm f/2.8

Fuji 50-140mm f:2.8

Fuji 50-140mm f/2.8 Specifications

Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 50-140mm (76-214mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 4.9 x 7 x 11.1 inches
Weight: 995 grams
Price: $1,599

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.

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 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

One of the best fuji lenses and great value for money

Fuji 23mm f/2 WR Specifications

Aperture: f/2
Focal Length: 23mm (35mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 5 x 5.4 x 4.3 inches (12.7 x 13.7 x 10.9 cm)
Weight: 0.39 lbs (180 g)
Price: $449

Fuji 23mm f/2 WR Review

This is a bit of a bonus inclusion on 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.

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 (reviewed above at #2), 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 100% 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 other of the best 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 :-)

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.


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  • Hi – Great article and appreciate the detail. What are your thoughts on the Fuji 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6? I’m primarily looking for equipment for wildlife photogrpahy and now having settled on the Fuji X-T2 and torn between this and the 50-140mm f/2.8.

    • It’s an excellent lens, Susan. I didn’t include here simply because I thought it was a little too niche for the everyday user.

    • I am a recent convert from Canon to Fuji. I like wildlife and sports (motocross) and my ex-rig was a Canon EOS MK II (with vertical grip) and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens. Moving to the Fuji X-T2 with power grip and the Fuji 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens I’ve lost nothing except some bulk and a ton of weight. I’m enjoying the new kit very much and learning to love it more as I suss the best tracking AF mode for my purpose. I get such beautiful JPEG images straight off the camera with the Fuji that I’m spending far less time with the sliders converting from RAW. The Fuji 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 is sharp with good (fast and accurate) AF characteristics. It feels well made and robust. The OIS is quite amazing too. I purchased the Lens kit with the XF 1.4X WR Teleconverter included. This is a very nice bit of kit for that extra reach. I looked at the 50-140mm f/2.8 but figured for the type of wildlife and sports I shoot, that I’d need the 2x Teleconverter and have it fitted most of the time. I’d like to acquire the 50-140mm f/2.8 as well eventually, but for now, all in all, I’m very pleased with my investment in the Fuji 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 and would highly recommend it.

      • Really interesting insight, Richard – thanks for sharing this with us. I’m sure there are many photographers out there thinking about doing a similar switch from Canon to Fuji ;-)

  • [Correction] I meant to state that my ex-rig was a Canon EOS 7D MK II (Great camera but constantly shooting on high-speed shutter (10fps) for motocross events I’d pushed the shutter count way past 200,000 and the body was worn and has lived in the dust and mud for two years, so it was time for a change).
    I’m using the XT-2 with grip on 14fps with the electric shutter and the results are superb. No violent mirror flapping action and mechanical shutter banging away; life is quite and smooth and no moving parts has got to be better for the camera body.

  • Hi, Can you help compare the XF23/f1.4 R vs XF23/f2 R. The f/2 seems newer, WR, faster focussing, yet is cheaper than the f/1.4. Is the f/1.4 sharper? Any reason to go for the f/1.4 lens over the f/2? Thanks and great article.

    • Hey Dan, good question. I tested them both first hand for a month so feel I can answer this one well. Aside from the obvious difference in apertures which will affect depth of field and low light performance, the f/2 and the f/1.4 are very similar in performance. 2 great things about the f/2 version – it’s smaller/lighter (although somewhat of a strange looking lens!), and it’s weather proof. I ran my XT-2 and this lens under a tap and it worked flawlessly. I’d say, unless you shoot in very dimly lit venues or are a complete bokeh-whore (!), stick with the f/2. Hope that helps!

    • Dan, while I don’t own the 23 f/1.4, in terms of sharpness, I can tell you that the 23 f/2 is perhaps my sharpest lens, right next to the stellar XF90! Plus, if you have a WR body, it’s a no-brainer.

  • Thank you for these excellent reviews.

    I own the X-T20 and am loving the Fuji experience. First, would you recommend the 100-400 for this camera? I’m sort of hooked on zooming right into my subjects and miss the flexibility of the Nikon 18-300 lens. I’ve no desire to use a tripod. I do love the quality of the images I get with the Fuji though and have no regrets.

    In time I’d like to get one of the top Fuji cameras as my main body. Is the T2 the best overall, do you think?

    • Hey Simon. The 100-400 is a great zoom, but I’m not a fan of putting a large lens on a small body like the X-T20. As for your other question, the X-T2 is the flagship camera, so I guess you could call it the best. It depends what you need it for though – the X-T20 is more than adequate for 90% of situations imo.

  • I’m a fairly recent convert from Pentax. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending how you look at it, I only have the 16-55mm F2.8. Eventually I hope to get most of these lenses, but at the moment I’m really looking forward to getting the 50-140mm.

  • I know this is outside of the scope of this article but was wondering about how some 3rd party lenses would stack up against these. I have used a few Samyang lenses (sold under the Rokinon brand) that are amazing. The 12mm and 85mm are two that come to mind.

  • Great article thank you. I am hoping to write an article in the near future comparing the older 23 F1.4/35 F1.4/56 F1.2 trinity and the newer f2 WR trinity. My problem is I can’t get the new 50 f2 WR off my XPro 2. Such a great lens. Check it out if you can. Thanks again for the read.

    • Ah yes the 50 f/2 is another great one. I prefer a 35 focal length to a 50 for versatility, but for portraits with a little environmental context, it’s hard to beat a 50.

  • Hello, this was a great read. I actually own a canon rebel and am trying to decide on an upgrade. I like full frame but for the features i would like, the full frame would be too costly. So im thinking to go with a quality crop sensor camera and am trying to decide on either a fuji x-t20, sony a6300 or sony a6500. I am leaning towards the x-t20 but am wondering whether i can use any of my canon ef mount glass on the fuji with a good adapter. Are there any you recommend especially those that can keep AF with the canon lens? And i just wanted to confirm, but are all the fuji lenses you reviewed autofocus and not only manual focus? Thanks

  • Nice article!

    I have 2 questions:

    1) What lens is the best for traveling and street photography? 23mm f1.4 or 35mm f1.4?
    2) Please, could you tell me what is the black leather strap attached in the picture of the two X-Pro2? It is beautiful and I would like to buy it fot my XT-2. Could you share the name and the place where I can get it?


  • Hi! Great article!

    May I just ask, what would you recommend for a “walk around” as well as a “wide angle” lens? I am into street + landscape photography rather than doing portraits. Plus, an easy to carry kind especially using a mirrorless fuji camera (x-m1).

    I’m planning to purchase a 27mm f2.8 fujinon lens. Would it be at least worth my needs?


    • My walk-around/wide angle recommendation would be the 23mm f/2. It’s water resistant, fast, light, fast to focus and affordable. Good luck Jill!

  • Hi

    Thanks your articles have helped crystallise which mirrorless body to go for. Great article on the lenses too. I’m off to Cuba with the Mrs soon and looking for a lense to leave on the body for the trip for a mixture of picture types I.e landscapes and portraits You’ve not mentioned the 18-135 lens in your article. What’s your opinion on this lense or would you suggest I go with the 16-55 f2.8?



    • Hi Simon, glad it’s been useful. I’d go for the 16-44 personally as I prefer that zoom range but if you need to take photos of things that are further away, go for the other one. They’re both excellent. Also, weight may be a factor you should consider too.

  • Hi Mark!
    I’d like to have your opinion and hope it’s not too late today!

    I recently paired my XM1 with Zeiss Touit 1.8/32 and it was incredibly stunning! I am planning to have the 12 mm Zeiss next for wide angle. (Maybe for some combo mix)

    Do you think it’s the best option or somewhat comparable with any listed Fuji lenses above?

    • Hi Osman, I haven’t used that lens so can’t really comment. If you’re happy with the results, I’d say stick with it!

  • Hi Mark!

    I currently have a Fuji X-T1 with kit lens 18-55m f/2.8. I’m interested in street, architecture, and landscape. If I were to get another lens, I’m thinking something wider and lower f stop. I think I want the 16m f/1.4 but do I really need it? As for the 23m f/2, is it too similar to my kit lens? Does it make a big difference from f/2.8 to f/2 in term of allowing more light?

    • I’d say stick with that kit lens unless you’re shooting in low light a lot and you’re not satisfied with using higher ISOs. There’s not a massive difference in light gathering ability of f/2.8 to f/2, but it can be the difference between pushing your camera’s ISO just that little bit too far or a relatively ‘clean’ shot.

  • Hi Mark. I beg your pardon for my bad english. Fujinon 23mm f 1.4 has 7 circular blades and it is more expensive, the 23 mm f 2 has 9 rounded blades but it’s more cheap. It seems a nonsense. So: 1) what does it mean “circular” (Photozone) and what does it mean “rounded” (Photozone); aside the bigger aperture of 1.4 is this (circular/rounded) that also makes the difference in price? 2) Which has the nicer bokeh in your opinion? Thank you.

    • Hi Roberto. Your English is fine ;-)… but I think you’re worrying too much about the details of these two excellent lenses! Don’t worry about the aperture blade number or shape. The f/1.4 bokeh is smoother, but you won’t notice unless you do a direct comparison with the f/2. The f/2 has weather proofing and is lighter, so it’s a great value lens. Unless you need to shoot in low light often, I’d get the f/2 and use the money you save for your next lens!

  • Hi Mark,

    Nice article. I’m just wondering what lenses would you highly recommend for both portrait and sports photography? Especially for indoor sports where lighting can be quite poor. Thanks.

    • Sports photography usually requires zoom lenses, which unfortunately ‘eat’ stops of light. If you can get away with the 56mm f/1.2, you can shoot in low light, but the reach may not be enough for you. Otherwise, any of the Fuji zoom lenses which have large apertures are your only options.

  • HI~
    I have fuji x-e2 Camera and want to make product photos fro blogging.
    Good quality products photo of cosmetic, food, clothing…What lens do you recommend? Thanks in advance

  • The 16-55mm f/2.8 lens is weather resistant whereas the 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens is not but it does have built in OIS which I would have thought gave it a significant advantage in low-light conditions (as well as being much lighter and less bulky) or do other factors need to be taken into account ie focussing speed, resolution etc
    My camera is the T2

  • im a fuji convert from nikon and m43 i currently own the 56mm 1.2 the 10-24 the 18-55 35 1.4 the 55-200 and 14mm 2.8

    I agree the the fuji lenses are indeed superb and found this survey useful for helping me decide to get the 50-140

    thanks for a great article

  • I have an X-T1 with the 35mm f2 which I love. I’m now considering the next lens to get. I like shooting streetphotography and landscape.

    Im thinkink of either buy a wide angle such as the 16mm f1,4 or a more zoom lens like 55-200.
    My new lens would be for more landscape, which do you suggest?

    Great article!

    • Thanks Mikael. It’s hard to compare a wide angle with a mid-long range zoom as they’re completely different lenses for different purposes. I guess the easy answer is, decide how much you need to fit in the frame!

  • HI Mark!

    Constantly refer to this article of yours when looking at lenses for my XT2!

    Wanted to ask, what is your opinion on the 60 mm f2.4 fuji lens? I’m looking into it for some macro photography!

    You also sold me on my 23 mm f1.4! Got it and love it! Hasn’t left my hit since!

    • Great, Aury! Yep that 23mm is an awesome lens. The 60mm f/2.4 macro is another great lens, but obviously very specific in its usage (being a macro). It offers good colour rendition, minimal distortion and is very sharp like the 23mm too. It’s a little slower to focus though. If you decide to buy it, please use this link to help support what I do here. Thanks!

  • Hello,

    I’m thinking of switching from my canon to the Fuji Xt-2. Currently traveling the world doing lots of travel photography (landscape, portraits, temples). Wanna build a kit that would let me do all of those things but with only 2 lenses, since I am traveling and don’t want to cary to much gear. What would you recommend for the 2 lenses? And if you were to have a 3rd lens, what would it be?

    Thank you
    Marc with a c

    • Hey Marc with a C! For travel, I’d recommend these 3 lenses: 1. 23mm f/2 for everyday walk-around and 90% of your photos; 2. 18mm f/2 for wide angle shots (the 16mm is also excellent but it’s much bulkier and more expensive); 3. I wouldn’t take anything else! But if you want one more, I’d consider a zoom like the 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8. I hope that helps!

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