To date, Fujifilm has twenty lenses in the line up with one coming out this year, and two arriving on the scene sometime next. Now, that number may be small change compared to the list of Canon or Nikon lenses in production, but they are no slouches. Fuji has been diligently trying to included more lenses in their line-up, and even with a smaller variety, Fuji’s native lenses still cover a range from 10mm to 400mm (15mm – 600m equiv).
The current lineup includes a handful of both primes and zoom lenses, and the construction is typically composed of a metal barrel and lens mount, with a variety features like weather resistance (WR), aperture ring ( R) image stabilization (OIS) and linear motor (LM) autofocus. If you are considering switching to the Fuji system or already have and are shopping for lenses, take a look at our list of 5 must have lenses for the Fuji system.
Nifty Fifty – Fujifilm Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 R WR
Now, this list is in no particular order, but a good place to start would the 50mm equivalent on the list. Some photographers have based their entire careers on the 50mm; it is a versatile focal length that can be used from portraits to landscapes. The XF 35mm f/2 is the second one provided for the X-series of cameras, the first of which is the XF 35mm f/1.4 R.
The lens may not be as fast as its older counterpart but, it is smaller, lighter and has weather sealing. Contrast and center sharpness are impressive wide open at f/2 with very little vignetting. It takes an aperture or f/5.6 to have similar sharpness in the corners, but autofocus is faster that the f/1.4 as there less glass to move.
The Portrait Lens – Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R
I have been shooting this lens almost exclusively on my X-T1 for close to a year now, and it is no slouch. It’s Fuji’s fastest portrait lens, has an 85mm equivalent focal length, though also lacks image stabilization and weather resisting. Many would argue that the newer XF 90mm f/2 is better optically and has weather resisting to boot but, the XF 56mm has reached legendary status among Fuji shooters.
The lens manages high image-quality across the frame, edge to edge sharpness, with only the center being slightly sharper. If you are buying an f/1.2 lens you would want to shoot it wide open, this lens practically begs you to shoot it wide open all the time. Next to the XF 56mm f/1.2 APD the bokeh is arguably the best in the entire Fuji lineup but, you would be sacrificing phase detect autofocus and less light at larger apertures.
Walk Around Zoom – Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16-55mm f/2.8 LM WR
The solution to the popular 24-70mm f/2.8, Fuji created a very capable 24-84mm equivalent if you avoid the wide end. There is slight color fringing at the 16mm end of the barrel, nothing that can’t be controlled though.
The lens is great for portraits and groups, has excellent sharpness across the frame and it is weather sealed, could you ask for more? I could. It is the only zoom in the lineup without stabilization which can be a deal breaker for some, but it’s hard to argue with the versatility.
Wide Angle Zoom – Fujifilm Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS
Fuji offers some great wide angle primes like the XF 14mm f/2.8 R and the XF 16mm f/1.4 R, but, they can be overshadowed (and over reached) by the XF 10-24mm. Currently Fuji’s widest lens, the XF 10-24mm is a different beast. Offering an equivalent 16-35mm, it rivals the XF 56mm in terms of sharpness and color rendering.
Recently I brought this lens to a second-shooting job, and looking at the EXIF data after the event most of my favorite shots were taken with it. I am not the biggest fan of zooms, but this lens has one a special place in my bag, and that of many.
The Telephoto Zoom – Fujifilm Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR
Besides offering the entire alphabet in its name, the XF 50-140mm is Fuji’s offering for the 70-200mm crowd. Combined with the XF 16-55m you have the dynamic duo that most wedding photographers rock in their kit.
Thanks to the linear motor, the focus is quick and snappy. The focus and zoom also take place internally, so there will be no anatomy jokes cast your way. Image quality is almost as crisp on the edges as it is at the center of the frame, stopping down to f/4 will make the quality even-out across the board.
Distortion is on par with an equivalent lens from other top brands; it is negligible to say the least. It is a weather sealed metal clad monster that will appease any telephoto junkies out there.
Picking the top five lenses out of Fuji’s lineup can be difficult as the lens quality of fujinon lenses can rival those offering from Zeiss. Here are three runners-up that did not make the list.
This body cap of a lens can be labeled as the normal lens of the lineup. There is no surprise how much I love 28mm lenses on crop sensors as it creates a very cinematic look that only the likes of celluloid can match.
Why wasn’t it on the list? – It is a mediocre lens compared to the others in the lineup, offering great images with no distortion, but there is noting special about this normal lens and gets overshadowed.
This kit lens is shockingly good and can satisfy street and portrait photographers alike, and can be a viable option instead of the XF 16-55mm. It is robust and sharp (epically for a kit lens).
Why wasn’t it on the list? – The cost and variable aperture. At around $600 a better investment can be made in the XF 35mm f/2. I believe a zoom lens is only as good as its widest aperture, as constant results are important the XF 35mm is $200 less and a stop faster.
Why wasn’t it on the list? – The only macro in the lineup offering a 0.5x magnification. It is the slowest focusing of the lineup. It was Fuji’s first portrait lens that has been since overshadowed by the XF 56mm f/1.2.
What do you think of the list? If I have missed any of your favorites make sure you leave a comment below
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