I am a huge fan of Fuji cameras and although I am photographing with the FujiX100F mainly, which doesn’t have any interchangeable Fuji Lenses, I am still impressed by their sharpness and overall built quality.

Fuji is known for its great lenses and since I am a firm believer that DSLR cameras are mostly dead, I want to give some tips on how to invest in a Fuji system the best.

The good thing is that Fuji has a very broad range of lenses that don’t leave any needs unanswered.

In this overview, I want to present the best Fuji lenses that You can get and give tips on how to invest Your money most efficiently. Whether You are a Street Photographer or are interested in any other genre, the following overview will help You in choosing the right Fuji lens for Your mirrorless camera.

Best Fuji Lenses – Overview

Best Portrait Lens
Fujinon XF 23mm F1.4 R
Best Travel Lens
Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR - Black
Best Zoom Lens
Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
Max Aperture
F/1.4
F/2
F/2.8
Focal Length
23mm (35mm eq.)
35mm (52mm eq.)
16-55mm (24-84mm eq.)
Weight
550g
170g
653g
Ideal For
Portraits
Traveling
Flexibility
Best Feature
Great Sharpness
Sweet Bokeh
Fixed Aperture
Price
$799.00
$349.00
$999.00
Customer Rating
Best Portrait Lens
Fujinon XF 23mm F1.4 R
Max Aperture
F/1.4
Focal Length
23mm (35mm eq.)
Weight
550g
Ideal For
Portraits
Best Feature
Great Sharpness
Price
$799.00
Customer Rating
Best Travel Lens
Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR - Black
Max Aperture
F/2
Focal Length
35mm (52mm eq.)
Weight
170g
Ideal For
Traveling
Best Feature
Sweet Bokeh
Price
$349.00
Customer Rating
Best Zoom Lens
Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
Max Aperture
F/2.8
Focal Length
16-55mm (24-84mm eq.)
Weight
653g
Ideal For
Flexibility
Best Feature
Fixed Aperture
Price
$999.00
Customer Rating

Fuji Lenses simply explained

When buying lenses You have to check if the lens and the camera are compatible. If not, You will have a big problem and either won’t be able to use crucial features like the auto-focus, or the lens will simply not fit on the camera.

Fuji has developed the X-Mount, which is an interchangeable mount, that is in use for all of their modern mirrorless cameras.

The lenses that will be presented further below will all be compatible with the X-Mount of Fuji and are used in modern Fuji cameras. As the name already suggests, the X-Mount is used throughout the X Series by Fuji.

Here is a short excerpt of cameras that are supported by the X-Mount.

  • Fujifilm X-A5
  • Fujifilm X-E3
  • Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • Fujifilm X-T2
  • Fujifilm X-T100

This is just a very short excerpt of modern mirrorless cameras that are using the X-Mount, but it should show You, that pretty much every modern Fuji camera can use this lens system.

Aperture

If You are looking for a new Fuji lens and aren’t familiar with the nomenclature that are used to describe the lenses, there may be some confusions regarding the specifications.

One thing that is commonly referred to when describing the lens is the maximum aperture. You will find the aperture in the nomenclature referred to as “f/2” for example. This means, that the maximum aperture of the lens is at f/2. The design of the lens doesn’t allow to set it to 1.8 or 1.4. So if You want to have a maximum of bokeh, You should look what the maximum aperture of the lens is.

On the other hand, the maximum aperture doesn’t really tell anything about the overall quality of the lens. Although the lenses tend to be more expensive and most of the time offer more sharpness, the better the maximum aperture is, there are still some sweet lenses out there that are very convincing, although their maximum aperture value isn’t one of the highest.

But what about zoom lenses?

Another thing that might be clearly confusing is the nomenclature for zoom lenses, that don’t have a fixed aperture. There You will see a variable range of max apertures, which depends on the focal length that You are using.

On a zoom lens that is branded “Fuji 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8” You will have a maximum aperture of f/3.5 while using the focal length of 55mm and the maximum aperture will drop to f/4.8 when using the longer range around 200mm.

Keep in mind though, that there are also zoom lenses that have a fixed aperture along their full focal range and therefore just have the typical “f/2.8” or any other value.

The Focal Length and Crop Factor

Another thing to keep in mind is the crop factor of the X-Mount.

The lenses are designed for the APS-C standard, which means that the focal length of the lens has to be multiplied with the factor 1.6, to be on par with the 35mm full-frame standard.

So let’s say You are looking for a classic 35mm lens for Street Photography because You have heard that it is one of the best focal lengths that You can use.

If You are looking for that focal length, the right choice isn’t the Fuji 35mm lens, but the Fuji 23mm lens.

With the factor of 1.6, the 23mm has a full-frame equivalent of roughly 35mm and therefore is what You are looking for if You want the typical 35mm focal length.

The Fuji 35mm, on the other hand, ends up as a 56mm lens after factoring in the crop characteristic of 1.6.

So if You are searching for a 50mm focal length lens, the Fuji 35mm would be a good choice.

Keep the crop factor in mind when searching for the best Fuji lens. For more clarification, there will always be the full-frame equivalent be mentioned in the short description of the lens. This should help in clearing up any confusion that could arise if You are not very familiar with lenses and their specifications.

Fujinon 16mm f/1.4 R WR

Fujinon XF16mmF1.4 R WR
Max Aperture
Max Aperture: F/1.4
Focal Length
Focal Length: 16mm (24mm eq.)
Weight
Weight: 376g
$849.00
Customer Rating
Fujinon XF16mmF1.4 R WR
Max Aperture
Max Aperture: F/1.4
Focal Length
Focal Length: 16mm (24mm eq.)
Weight
Weight: 376g
$849.00
Customer Rating

Let’s this list of the best Fuji lenses with this little wide-angle baby. With a focal length of 16mm on the X-Mount, You get a full-frame equivalent of 24mm. The Fujinon 16mm f/1.4 is regarded by many as the best Fuji wide-angle lens that does exist to this day.

With a 24mm full-frame equivalent focal length, You are able to shoot landscapes, indoors, or even portraits. You think that 35mm for portraits is already very short? Then try this Fuji lens and You will realize, that You can even use a focal length that is much shorter.

Where other lenses are demonstrating a huge distortion and the pictures will look very unnatural, the Fujinon 16mm does a very great job in keeping the natural proportions together. A big reason for this may not the lens alone, but also the camera correction, but the results speak for itself.

This means the lens is one of the best for portrait photos if You want to experiment a bit and try out a wide-angle lens for portraits.

Another great field for this lens is the night photography. Do You want to photograph star trails or the city skyline? Then this wide-angle lens is very much the best equipment that You can get. With a max aperture of f/1.4, You can shoot wide open during the night, which lets You choose a lower ISO and reduces the noise. This will bring You the best image quality that You can get for this kind of photography.

For the quality that this lens brings, the weight is also rather conservative and isn’t too much for most tripods, or cameras. This makes this lens also a great choice for traveling.

So if You want to get the best wide-angle lens from Fuji, then 16mm f/1.4 is Your choice.

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Fujinon 23mm f/2 WR

Fujinon XF23mmF2 R WR - Black
Max Aperture
Max Aperture: F/2
Focal Length
Focal Length: 23mm (35mm eq.)
Weight
Weight: 180g
$399.00
Customer Rating
Fujinon XF23mmF2 R WR - Black
Max Aperture
Max Aperture: F/2
Focal Length
Focal Length: 23mm (35mm eq.)
Weight
Weight: 180g
$399.00
Customer Rating

As a Street or Documentary Photographer, the 35mm focal length has been the favorite for many Photographers. It does come very close to our natural perception and as a photographer, You don’t have to adapt very much to this focal length. Photographing with 35mm feels very natural and while You have to move a lot, it does help in getting closer.

With the Fujinon 23mm f/2, Fuji has created a lens for their X-Mount system that lets You experience this ideal focal first hand. The lens is not only great because of their focal length, but also because it is very affordable. Therefore it is one of the best Fuji lenses that You can get if You want to get into Street Photography.

If You ware wondering what the WR stands for it means that the Fuji lens is weather resistant. You will see the “WR” on some of the Fuji lenses mentioned in this guide for Fuji lenses, but unfortunately, not every Fuji lens is weather resistant.

In case You are shooting during rain, or other difficult weather conditions rather often, You should go for the weather resistant options. The 23mm f/2 is the only one in the 35mm range that is weather resistant.

Keep in mind though, that You should also have a weather resistant camera, like the X-T2. Otherwise, the lens may hold well in rain or dusty environments, but the camera will break down more quickly. Although I haven’t had any problems with my Fuji X100F yet and have used it in one of the most hostile environments on earth in the volcano crater in Indonesia, it is up to You if You want to risk it.

The image quality of the Fujinon 23mm f/2 is also excellent. I know that there is also the f/1.4 version available, which has a slight edge in raw quality, but the great thing about the f/2 version is that it works very well when shot wide open.

Often times, lenses get very soft and the image quality suffers when shot at the max aperture, but the 23mm f/2 holds up very well.

If You don’t really need the additional f-stops that the Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 offers, You will be very happy with the f/2 option.

Another plus is, that the lens is rather light with a weight of only 180g, which makes it the ideal lens for traveling or Street Photography.

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Fuji 23mm f/1.4

Fujinon XF 23mm F1.4 R
Max Aperture
Max Aperture: F/1.4
Focal Length
Focal Length: 23mm (35mm eq.)
Weight
Weight: 550g
$799.00
Customer Rating
Fujinon XF 23mm F1.4 R
Max Aperture
Max Aperture: F/1.4
Focal Length
Focal Length: 23mm (35mm eq.)
Weight
Weight: 550g
$799.00
Customer Rating

The 35mm focal length is not only great for Street or Documentary Photographers. Are You more interested in doing portraits, landscape, or other genres? With 35mm You are as versatile as it can be and even though the Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 is a prime lens, You can still photograph most subjects.

In comparison to the previously described 23mm f/2 version, the Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 is an upgrade to most of the crucial points of a lens. The focus is as quick as it can be and very accurate.

Due to the higher max aperture, the bokeh is even more concise, making the lens a great choice for portrait photography.

As a lens, that You may use all the time, the weight of around 550g may be a bit heavy and of course, the price is considerably higher compared to the f/2 version, but You will only rarely find a lens, that is superior in the overall quality.

The Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 is one of the sharpest lenses that Fuji has to offer and is equally good, if not even better, than the sharpest Nikon lenses.

If You value quality over a little compactness, then the Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 is Your choice for pretty much any kind of photography.

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Fujinon 27mm f/2.8

Fujinon XF27mmF2.8 - Black
Max Aperture
Max Aperture: F/2.8
Focal Length
Focal Length: 27mm (41mm eq.)
Weight
Weight: 77g
$399.00
Customer Rating
Fujinon XF27mmF2.8 - Black
Max Aperture
Max Aperture: F/2.8
Focal Length
Focal Length: 27mm (41mm eq.)
Weight
Weight: 77g
$399.00
Customer Rating

A pancake is not only a very tasty meal but can also be put in front of Your camera. With that, I don’t mean the food, but the Fujinon XF 27mm f/2.8 which comes in the typical flat pancake design. With that design, this Fuji lens is one of the best pieces of glass that You can use while traveling and put on Your mirrorless camera.

Mirrorless cameras already have the advantage, that they are very compact and the weight is reduced. Adding very heavy, or bulky lenses kind of negates these advantages. But with the Fujinon XF 27mm f/2.8, You are able to keep the benefits of the mirrorless camera.

With only weighing 77g, the lens goes almost unnoticeable, when carrying in Your bag, or on Your camera for the whole time of Your travel. Whether it lays in Your backpack or stays on Your camera, it doesn’t really make a difference and doesn’t put on a lot of weight.

Therefore, it should be an addition to every travel equipment and You won’t have any problems to stay within the weight limit of Your luggage.

The 41mm sound a bit strange at first, because it is a kind of unusual focal length, sitting somewhere between the 35mm and the 50mm. Being closer to the 35mm, the lens is a very good representation of the natural human perspective and view perception. Although You might have never used a 41mm lens before, You won’t have any problem getting used to this perspective.

The aperture of f/2.8 isn’t really the best, when You want to shoot with a lot of bokeh, or during the night. But there are still a lot of places, where the lens does fit very well.

It is great for travel or Street Photography, where You can keep the lens on the camera forever and You won’t get exhausted from the weight, that some lenses might add.

While photographing wide open, the corners get a little softer and the lens works best when using a few stops below the max. aperture. Then the quality of the lens is really tremendous.

Given the weight and size, this lens is a great choice for travel and Street Photography. If You work with multiple cameras, I would suggest keeping this lens on one of Your cameras, as it doesn’t really add weight to it.

Have fun with this unusual piece of pancake.

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Fuji 35mm f/1.4

Fujinon XF35mmF1.4 R
Max Aperture
Max Aperture: F/1.4
Focal Length
Focal Length: 35mm (52mm eq.)
Weight
Weight: 187g
$549.00
Customer Rating
Fujinon XF35mmF1.4 R
Max Aperture
Max Aperture: F/1.4
Focal Length
Focal Length: 35mm (52mm eq.)
Weight
Weight: 187g
$549.00
Customer Rating

If You are not looking for the typical 35mm focal length and want to a have a closer look, then the Fujinon 35mm f/1.4 with an equivalent of 52mm focal length is a really good alternative for You.

For good reasons, the Fujinon 35mm f/1.4 is probably the most popular Fuji lens, that is available today. Reviews give this lens remarkable ratings, with a nearly perfect score and although the lens has already been released in 2012, there haven’t been glasses, that are superior yet.

It has been named as the best combination with the X-Pro and newly X-Pro 2 and if You want to have a little bit more bokeh, the maximum aperture of f/1.4 is great for that.

With a focal length of around 50mm, You still get that close look but are able to also use a more narrow depth of field, giving You more opportunity to play around with the bokeh of this lens.

The lens is a great choice if You want to shoot portraits and need a little bit more separation between the subject and the background.

While this lens may not be the overall sharpest lens, and there may be lenses out there now, that is optical more “perfect”, the Fujinon 35mm f/1.4 has its own character. The look is really unique and at a max aperture of f1.4 the edges get a little bit soft and a slight vignetting is noticeable, but this just adds to the look of the image, rather than reducing the image quality.

Given that the lens is also very affordable, it should be Your first choice, if You want to take a closer look at portrait photos and need a fast lens. In addition to that, the auto-focus is very silent and the weight of 187g isn’t really much, especially taking into consideration that You are able to operate at an aperture of f/1.4.

So get the Fujinon 35mm f/1.4 while it is still available and secure this classic piece of glass for Your Fuji camera.

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Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 WR

Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR - Black
Max Aperture
Max Aperture: F/2
Focal Length
Focal Length: 35mm (52mm eq.)
Weight
Weight: 170g
$349.00
Customer Rating
Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR - Black
Max Aperture
Max Aperture: F/2
Focal Length
Focal Length: 35mm (52mm eq.)
Weight
Weight: 170g
$349.00
Customer Rating

Previously, I presented the Fujinon 35mm with a max aperture of f/1.4. Why is there a need for the Fujinon 35mm with an aperture of f/2 You might ask Yourself?

The answer is simple. If You don’t need the max aperture of f/1.4, for example, if You aren’t shooting at night, or don’t need such an extremely narrow depth of field, that the aperture of f/1.4 offers, then the f/2 is a great choice for many reasons.

Being launched in October 2015, the 35mm f/2 is the newer lens of both 35mm choices and does have the advantage of three additional years of development and technology going into this lens.

The auto-focus of the newer lens is considerably faster and more accurate. Though, to be honest in reality that won’t make much of a difference for most genres. But if You are shooting sports, or other genres were the auto-focus does have a very big impact, then the newer lens does have a clear advantage.

When it comes to the aesthetics of the image, the newer model also does have two additional blades built into it. The blades and arrangements are making the blurred out area outside of the depth of field look a little bit more smoothly.

In addition to that improvements, the newer Fujinon 35mm f/2 has also an improved body that is weather resistant. That makes it a great choice for traveling and shooting under rougher conditions.

Compared to the previous model, the total sharpness at their respective max aperture, the 35mm f/1.4 does perform a little better. Under real conditions though, that doesn’t really make a difference.

Keep in mind that the 35mm f/2 is also around $200 cheaper and does provide around the same quality as the f/1.4. In addition, it also is weather resistant, has a faster auto-focus and is a little bit more compact. So if You can dispense the extra aperture, the newer Fujinon 35mm f/2 is the better and more affordable choice in my opinion.

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Fuji 56mm f/1.2

Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R
Max Aperture
Max Aperture: F/1.4
Focal Length
Focal Length: 56mm (85mm eq.)
Weight
Weight: 403g
$899.00
Customer Rating
Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R
Max Aperture
Max Aperture: F/1.4
Focal Length
Focal Length: 56mm (85mm eq.)
Weight
Weight: 403g
$899.00
Customer Rating

Now we are getting into the longer focal lengths, and the Fujinon 56mm f/1.2 is the longest prime lens that I am presenting in this buying guide for Fuji lenses.

I have presented already some classic lenses in this guide and the 56mm f/1.2 doesn’t come short in any of it. It is just as much a legendary lens, as the 23mm f/1.4 is, just for another focal length. Especially for portrait photography, it is one of the best lenses and focal length that You can get.

The most obvious strength of this lens is its outstanding maximum aperture coming in at f/1.2. In combination with the longer focal length, which is a full-frame equivalent of 85mm, it produces the most narrow depth of field that You can get. This makes it easy for You to blur out any unwanted background, or hiding away any distracting objects.

Of course, there are lenses by other manufacturers, that have the same specifications and the same goal as the Fujinon 56mm f/1.2. But most of them suffer from a very stern lack of sharpness when shot wide open. Here is where the Fuji lens really excels. Even shot wide at their maximum aperture, the sharpness is still excellent.

The sweet spot where the sharpness is the best is around f/4 to f/5.6, but the difference isn’t really much and if You have a lens that You allows You to shoot at f/1.2, this is probably what You are going to use most of the time anyway. So the good news is that the 56mm f/1.2 delivers a great performance when used at its limits.

Furthermore, the auto-focus is still very fast and the design makes it relatively light, weighing not more than 403g, which is great for a lens with these specifications.

I wouldn’t really use that lens for my standard Street Photography, as I don’t need that kind of maximum aperture, as well as for travel photography.

The Fujinon 56mm f/1.2 is a lens that is clearly designed towards portrait photography, but if You have any other applications, where You need that kind of aperture, for example when shooting in very dark conditions, then this lens will be a great choice for You.

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Fuji 10-24mm f/4

Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Max Aperture
Max Aperture: F/4
Focal Length
Focal Length: 10-24mm (15-36mm eq.)
Weight
Weight: 408g
$849.00
Customer Rating
Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Max Aperture
Max Aperture: F/4
Focal Length
Focal Length: 10-24mm (15-36mm eq.)
Weight
Weight: 408g
$849.00
Customer Rating

Not every time a prime lens will do it. Maybe You need to be a little more versatile and want to have a zoom lens, that covers the wide-angle range at 15mm as well as the popular documentary photography focal length at 35mm as well?

Then Fuji has built the Fujinon 10-24mm f/4 for you, which is a zoom lens, that covers the shorter end of the focal ranges very well. Especially when You are shooting on a tripod a lot, for example when You are doing landscapes or architecture work, the zoom range does come in very handy.

One great feature about the 10-24mm is the fixed aperture at a value of f/4. It doesn’t look like it doesn’t provide the most bokeh or depth of field, but that the aperture is fixed makes things a lot easier and lets You set the exposure more precisely. Keep in mind, that other zoom lenses often use a variable aperture, which changes upon the focal length that You are using.

Most of the time, the 10-24mm will be sitting on a tripod for Your landscape shots, but even when used handheld, it does quite a good job even in lower light. The reason for that is the optical stabilization. Fuji isn’t quite fond of adding optical stabilization to the lenses, but for the Fujinon 10-24mm f/4, it is a great little support that helps You overcome the limited max aperture very well.

So if You thought that this lens is not usable handheld during worse light conditions, You might think about that again.

The image quality is superb and the auto-focus is silent while being fast. If You need a zoom lens that covers the wide-angle area, the Fujinon 10-24mm f/4 is a great lens.

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Fujinon 16-55mm f/2.8

Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
Max Aperture
Max Aperture: F/2.8
Focal Length
Focal Length: 16-55mm (24-84mm eq.)
Weight
Weight: 653g
$999.00
Customer Rating
Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
Max Aperture
Max Aperture: F/2.8
Focal Length
Focal Length: 16-55mm (24-84mm eq.)
Weight
Weight: 653g
$999.00
Customer Rating

Are You searching for a travel lens that is flexible and has one of the highest quality optics? The Fuji 16-55mm could be Your best travel buddy.

With a range of 24 to 84mm, You can cover every range that is needed for Street or Travel Photography. Beginning from the more common wide angle range, that lets You take images inside buildings or crowds, to a shorter tele range with the 84mm end of the range.

The lens is not only great for the said Street and Travel Photography, You can also use it as an excellent portrait lens. Thanks to the max aperture of 2.8, You are able to create a nice bokeh through most of the focal range.

Speaking from the raw image quality, the lens is one of the finest optics that You can get from Fuji. The lens is sharp edge to edge and doesn’t have any vignetting for the complete focal range.

That Fuji focused on a high-quality lens shows also their decision to make the body weather resistant and instead of using cheaper plastic, it is made out of metal. This makes this lens all around more robust and a great travel lens, if You are more the adventurer type of traveler.

The 16-55mm zoom lens is not really the most light-weight lens and can be a bit heavy to carry around all the time. But if You are more ambitious and want to capture Your memories from the trip in the best possible way, this lens is definitely aimed at photographers who value perfect image quality very highly.

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Fujinon XF 8-16mm f2.8

Fujinon XF8-16mmF2.8R LM WR Lens
Max Aperture
Max Aperture: F/2.8
Focal Length
Focal Length: 8-16mm (12-24mm eq.)
Weight
Weight: 805g
$1,999.95
Customer Rating
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Fujinon XF8-16mmF2.8R LM WR Lens
Max Aperture
Max Aperture: F/2.8
Focal Length
Focal Length: 8-16mm (12-24mm eq.)
Weight
Weight: 805g
$1,999.95
Customer Rating
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Do You need a zoom lens which covers a very wide angle for Your landscape shots, or because You want to experiment a little bit in Street Photography?

The Fujinon 8-16mm f/2.8 is the lens with the best quality images for this focal range, so if You are interested in some extraordinary perspective in Your photography, then You should take a closer look at this lens.

One thing that is already special is that the lens hood is permanently on the lens. So instead of having the option of using the filter system as usual, You can not simply attach filters like You are used to. On the other hand, this means that the lens hood fits this optics perfectly.

The dimensions of the lens aren’t really small. If You really want to shoot in crowded places and want to use this lens, You need a little more space, than with other alternatives. With this characteristics, the lens is perfect for concerts or other events, where You want to shoot the whole venue from very close and at the same time have some room for this lens.

Just like the 16-55mm the wider 8-16mm zoom lens belongs to Fuji’s “premium” products. The lenses are only of the highest quality and the image quality does show it quite well.

Compared to the 10-24mm zoom lens, it doesn’t feature any image stabilization, but this more for the reason to have a more “pure” image without any stabilization having an influence on the image quality. With an aperture of f/2.8, You are also more independent from slow shutter speeds and can shoot a little bit faster, when using the max aperture.

Normally, lenses that are in the wide angle range do suffer from distortion very heavily. The 8-16mm though has additional optical elements built into it, that keeps the lens safe from any distortion, even at the shorter end at 8mm.

If You are looking for that premium quality and aren’t afraid to invest a little more, the 8-16mm lens will be the best choice You can ever get at this short focal range. It is ideal for event photography as well as landscapes, but You can also experiment with it for Street Photography. The lens may not be cheap, but it is worth the money.

Keep a note though that this lens will be released in November this year, just in time for Christmas.

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Rokinon 12mm F2.0

Rokinon 12mm F2.0 NCS CS Ultra Wide...
Max Aperture
Max Aperture: F/2
Focal Length
Focal Length: 12mm (18mm eq.)
Weight
Weight: 272g
$345.95
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Rokinon 12mm F2.0 NCS CS Ultra Wide...
Max Aperture
Max Aperture: F/2
Focal Length
Focal Length: 12mm (18mm eq.)
Weight
Weight: 272g
$345.95
Customer Rating

Not only Fuji is in the race of manufacturing great lenses for their own cameras. There are third-party manufacturers, that have accomplished some outstanding lenses for Fuji’s X-Mount System as well.

Rokinon is known for their great quality lenses and although they are not focusing entirely on Fuji, but also have lenses for micro-four third systems, their 12mm wide angle lens is one of the best You can get for the Fuji X-Mount.

Usually, when purchasing a high-quality wide-angle lens, You have a very heavy and bulky lens, that is also very expensive. Rokinon is totally different though. The price is very affordable coming in just short of $300 normally while providing a very high quality, that doesn’t only show in the high max aperture of 2.0, but in the overall image quality as well.

This lens is different though. To achieve a very light build, that is also affordable, Rokinon forgoes too much technology and focuses on the image quality. Instead of having an auto-focus, like most lenses, have now, the Rikonon 12mm f/2.0 is a manual focus lens. But this isn’t a real limitation since the lens is perfect for landscape photography and usually, You will have enough time to focus manually.

Not only the auto-focus is missing, but also the exposure information. So the camera doesn’t have any information about the exposure, which forces You to shoot manually. In my opinion, those two points, of not having an auto-focus, or auto exposure modes, aren’t a real disadvantage. In architecture or landscape photography, You are shooting in manual most of the time anyway. So instead of heaving costly and heavy technology, that You aren’t using, Rokino reduces the lens to its basic function, which is shooting great photos.

The lens is a little bit softer than most Fuji lenses, which can give You a great film, or cinematic look when You combine it with the right color profile. With a short lens like this, the fact that You can also create some bokeh is another advantage of this fast lens. The distortion is also very minimal and there is no chromatic aberration visible.

The Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 is not only a great choice for travelers, who value a light and affordable lens, but is designed pretty much for everyone who loves a picture that has its own characteristics and this lens can give it.

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Fujinon XF 60mm F2.4 R Macro

Fujinon XF60mmF2.4 R Macro
Max Aperture
Max Aperture: F/2.4
Focal Length
Focal Length: 60mm (90mm eq.)
Weight
Weight: 215g
$599.00
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Fujinon XF60mmF2.4 R Macro
Max Aperture
Max Aperture: F/2.4
Focal Length
Focal Length: 60mm (90mm eq.)
Weight
Weight: 215g
$599.00
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When Fuji introduced their new X-Mount system for all their cameras, there was one lens, that stood out and since then has been a staple for its kind of photography. This is the Fujinon 60mm f/2.4, which is great for macro photography and since then doesn’t really needed a successor.

Calling this lens a macro lens is not really specific enough. Other than normal macro lenses, the maximum magnification is 1:2 and taking the crop factor into account, it is more around 1:1.5, and not the usual 1:1.

For a macro lens, the focusing is always crucial since the depth of field is very narrow. The Fujinon 60mm f/2.4 has a built-in auto-focus and pairing it with any modern Fuji camera proves, that is very accurate. There is no back-focus and the accuracy is really high, although the lens may be already a little bit older. Keep in mind though, that You have to switch on the macro mode in Your camera.

The image quality is great and the pictures remain sharp from edge to edge. There is a little vignetting, but it is barely visible and just adds to the character of this lens. With its additional lens elements, the bokeh does really shine and You are able to create some sweet blurriness in the background.

Another important factor is the distortion. The advantage of the Fujinon 60mm f/2.4 is, that it doesn’t really work like any other macro lens. Therefore, the typical distortion is not existing.

Thus, the Fujinon 60mm f/2.4 is not only a great lens for macro photography but can be used for portrait photography as well. Although has a few years on the hump, it is still one of the best Fuji lenses that You can buy. Especially for macro photography, this lens is a great lightweight choice.

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Fujinon 60mm F/2.4 R Macro Sample Images

The Best Fuji Lens for Street Photography

If You are a Street Photography fan like me, You will be confronted by the hard choice of finding the best Fuji Lens now. But the choice isn’t really that difficult and especially if You are shooting Street Photography, it is more about Your preference, rather than the lens.

You can shoot Street Photography pretty much with any lens that I have presented here aside from the manual Rokinon and the macro lens.

Now it is up to You, which focal length You prefer and if You want to have a prime lens or a zoom lens. Therefore, the following tip for the best Fuji Street Photography lens is more anecdotal since I use the FujiX100F.

First of all, I am super happy with the lens of the FujiX100F. Therefore I would look for a similar lens, that You can use for Your interchangeable Fuji camera.

My choice would be the Fujinon 23mm f/2 as the best Street Photography lens. It has the 35mm full frame focal range, that we all love and is very popular in Street Photography and it is also very affordable.

But wait, why not go for the Fujinon 23mm f/1.4?

The answer is simple, the additional f-stops won’t be of any use for me and I prefer to travel and shoot rather light. Comparing the weight of 180g of the Fujinon 23mm f/2.0 with the Fujinon 23mm f/1.4, which weighs 550g, the difference is very noticeable.

If You are doing either Street or Travel Photography, You probably are shooting all day. You are arriving in a new city and want to intake the new environment as intense as possible. At the end of the day, the lighter weight is a big advantage for the Fujinon 23mm f/2.0 and for me it is not only the best Street lens but also perfect for Travel Photography.

In case You are looking for a little longer focal range, then I would recommend the Fujinon 35mm f/2.0. It has pretty much the same characteristics as the Fujinon 23mm, but at the full frame equivalent of 50mm. Plus, the lens is weather resistant which is needed if You travel to different regions that are having a more dangerous climate for Your travel camera.

Should You prefer the flexibility of a zoom lens, then Fujinon 10-24mm would be my lens to go. It is relatively light and at the longest end, You are reaching the much preferred 35mm full-frame focal length.

A Fuji Prime Lens, or a Zoom lens?

In general, there are two different lens systems that You can choose from. Zoom lenses are very popular and are often given in addition to a new camera as a “kit-lens”. But You shouldn’t forget that prime lenses have many advantages that make them very viable as well. Still unsure what the differences are? Here are the advantages of prime lenses and Zoom lenses in comparison.

Advantages of Fuji Prime Lenses

  • Better Image Quality
  • Less Weight
  • Higher Max Aperture
  • Inconspicuous
  • Less Bulky

Advantages of Zoom Lenses

  • More Flexibility
  • No need to change lenses

As You can see, prime lenses have a lot of advantages when it comes to photography itself. Zoom lenses are more comfortable and You are a little bit more flexible, which is great when You are traveling and the subjects are changing fast.

But if You value image quality and are a little bit more ambitious, then I would always recommend buying a Fuji Prime lens.

With a little bit of experience, You will realize that the prime lens is not a limitation at all, but does give You more freedom because it is smaller and lighter. The limitation of the focal length may be a little challenging at times, but that could also be positive for Your creativity.

So if You want to be more serious and value image quality then the prime lenses by Fuji are my tip for You.

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