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Today we are going to explore the best Fuji lenses, including lenses that are great for beginners using simplistic cameras like the X-A7, and those that are better for professionals using intense new technology like the X-T4. All these lenses are specially designed to work with cameras from Fujifilm. And while you can definitely use a third-party lens with your Fujifilm camera, nothing works quite like a dedicated piece of equipment.
Considering Fujifilm is responsible for some of the best mirrorless cameras in the industry, it only makes sense to pair one of their awesome X-Mount cameras with one of their reliable lenses. Fujifilm has been making quality lenses for over a decade, and they have all kinds of options for whatever you need. They have excellent zoom lenses, prime lenses, telephoto lenses, and wide-angle lenses.
Today we take a look at a wide variety of these Fuji lenses, each priced a little differently so that there is something inside of everyone’s budget.
Keep in mind that telephoto lenses are best for getting clear photos of things far off, while wide-angle lenses are ideal for landscape photography and mobile travel photographers. Standard zooms are great everyday additions to your camera, while a prime lens is for the person who wants a lightweight and portable lens that offers superior image quality rather than options for zooming. Lastly, a macro lens is great for portrait photography and getting up close to your target.
Best Fujifilm Lenses
1. Fujinon XF50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Telephoto Lens
The Fuji XF50-140mm telephoto lens is a seriously high-tech piece of equipment. This lens offers the most commonly used telephoto focal lengths with a maximum aperture of f/2.8. It uses the newest technology, it is completely resistant to dust, water, and cold temperatures, and it comes with a triple linear motor. It has cutting edge image stabilization technology, and it provides some of the best image quality out of any other lenses in its class.
Yes, this is a pretty luxurious lens. Its construction consists of 23 glass elements in 16 different grounds, 1 super ED lens element, and 5 quality ED lens elements. All these elements make for a drastic reduction in chromatic aberrations while delivering incredible power. The Nano-GI coating works to control ghosting and glare, gifting you with sharper images, and the image stabilization is top-notch.
Finally, the inner focusing system offers ultra-fast AF by reducing the overall weight of the lens. It also makes sure that the AF is much quieter, the shutter sound being nearly 100% silent so that you can take photos unnoticed in quiet situations. This is definitely the best telephoto lens that Fuji has to offer.
- Super Silent Shutter
- Effective Image Stabilization
- Resistant to Dust/Water/Cold
- The Sharpness is Unmatched
- Works Well w/ Tripod System
- Larger & Heavier than Expected
- A Little Pricey
2. Fujinon XF10-24mm F4 R OIS Wide-Angle Zoom Lens
This is one of the top wide-angle lenses on the market right now, from Fujifilm or anyone else. This is the perfect lens to equip your camera if you are looking to shoot dynamic landscapes with high impact images and superb detail into the farthest depth of the picture. With an impressive maximum aperture of F4 through the entire 2.4x zoom range, you get crystal clarity from corner to corner. Add the lens’s optical image stabilization system into the mix and you have one of the best advancements in wide-angle lenses in recent years.
The best part is the price. You get one of the best lenses available at a very reasonable price. This is definitely not a discount budget lens, but it isn’t going to make you shriek in horror when you see the price either.
The lens works well in low-light situations, it has very quick AF because of the inner focusing system, and it takes extremely quiet photos. With the stepping motor and the lightweight internal lens, this is one of the quieter wide-angle systems around. It has a minimum functioning distance of 28cm, allowing it to work as a macro lens, capturing the tiniest foreground details with ease. Basically, the lens is extremely versatile and great for everyday shooting.
- Highly Versatile + Best Adventure Lens
- Lightweight & Compact/Easy to Carry
- Amazingly Sharp
- Reasonable Price
- Superior Image Quality & Zoom Clarity
- Zoom is Tight
- Not Great for Portrait Photography
3. Fujinon XF16-55mm f/2,8 R LM WR Standard Lens
As a standard lens, the XF16-55mm is impressive. It has superior image quality with fast standard zoom and a constant aperture of exactly f/2.8. The lens is built using 17 elements in 12 groups, including three aspherical elements that control distortion and chromatic aberration. There are also three ED glass elements that reduce chromatic aberration to give you the best sharpness from one corner to another across the whole range of the zoom. Basically, your pictures are going to be sharp and clear at all times.
Nine aperture blades work together to give you smooth bokeh, while the Nano-GI coating reduces flare and ghosting. The lens uses a twin linear motor to allow the quietest AF possible, with quick AF speeds of up to 0.06 seconds. The sharpness is amazing, the focus works at the blink of an eye, the construction is rugged and weatherproof, and the zooming action is very smooth. This lens is competent, it is extremely well-built and great for using outdoors in harsh weather, and it handles extremely well.
For a reasonably priced standard lens, this is undoubtedly the best Fuji has to offer.
- Weather Resistant & Built Strong
- Focus/Zoom Action Smooth
- Dependable w/ Excellent Sharpness
- Very Quiet Shutter
- Focal Length is Great
- Long & Heavy
- Large Front Element
4. Fujinon XF35mm f/1.4 R Prime Lens
This is one of the cheapest lenses on the list, and it is also one of the best prime lenses offered by Fuji. While it lacks image stabilization and weather sealing, it is still a good little unit to enhance your photography. It has a maximum aperture of f/1.4 and performs flawlessly when shooting wide open, giving you the best definition in your photos. All your images are going to have the best clarity. This lens shifts all its groups together when focusing so that the aberration is always minimized, whether you are working with a close-up target or focusing at infinity.
The design is actually pretty unique. The lens itself weighs almost nothing, it is easy to get the hang of, it gives you incredibly smooth bokeh, and it works flawlessly with every X-Series camera from Fuji. It can give a real sense of natural depth with any aperture setting and with any subject, especially with its angle of view being similar to what the human eye experiences. It is just as fast as other more expensive lenses, it offers great versatility, and the AF is not noisy at all.
- Super Quiet AF
- Outstanding Build Quality
- Beautiful Bokeh
- Works Best w/ X-Series Fuji Cameras
- Superior Performance w/ Low Light
- Lacking Image Stabilization
- No Weather Sealing
5. Fujinon XF80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro Lens
Last on the list for today is the best macro lens from Fuji. This is a full macro lens and it delivers 1.0x magnification whenever you are shooting at the lens’s closest focus distance, which is 0.25m. This lens has the amazing ability to reproduce small objects as life-sized images on the image sensor of your camera. In fact, this is probably one of the best macro lenses for turning small objects large with immense detail. The lens also comes equipped with some very innovative features.
You get a highly advanced new autofocus system that uses ceramic balls and a guide rail to give you the best possible accuracy throughout the entire image frame. The lens also comes with a 5-stop stabilizer that works to fix any horizontal or vertical shift, while also fixing any vibration or wobble of your camera.
In simple terms, this macro lens is highly effective. If all you are doing is macro photography, this is the perfect lens. It may be a bit expensive, but it is undoubtedly the best. As a side note, you may want to invest in a good tripod to get the perfect macro shots.
- Incredible Magnification
- Stabilization System is Highly Advanced
- Weather Resistant/Cold Resistant
- Powerful New AF System
- Superior Construction
- Surprisingly Heavy
- Outrageously Expensive
Each Fuji lens brings something different to the table. Obviously, you would never try to use a macro lens as a telephoto lens, it just would not make sense. However, if you are looking for a versatile lens that can work well in a variety of situations, you probably want a standard zoom or a prime lens. These are best for amateur photographers who are not quite sure what kind of specialty they wish to have yet.
As always, dedicated lenses are generally better than third-party lenses. Each lens on today’s list is designed to work flawlessly with the X-Series of cameras from Fuji. Other lenses will work, but these are dedicated to the platform. Each lens we discussed is the best in its category. However, which one is best for you comes down to what kind of shooting you’re planning to do.
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