Pho­to: thephoblographer.com

It is believed that an expen­sive fast lens is nec­es­sar­i­ly bet­ter than a cheap­er and less fast one. Strict rule? Not at all nec­es­sary! At least with Fuji­film fix­es, every­thing is much more inter­est­ing: we will fig­ure it out togeth­er.

How lenses differ

In addi­tion to aper­ture, “glass­es” can be com­pared in terms of objec­tive image qual­i­ty (sharp­ness, pres­ence / absence of aber­ra­tions, that is, dis­tor­tions), and sub­jec­tive (spe­cial nature of the pic­ture, bokeh, etc.). Impor­tant cri­te­ria are size (espe­cial­ly con­sid­er­ing that many use primes as every­day lens­es) and pro­tec­tion from adverse weath­er con­di­tions. The speed and vol­ume of the aut­o­fo­cus also varies great­ly among mod­els with the same focal length.

We will talk about 18‑, 23- and 35mm Fuji­film primes, because for each “glass” the com­pa­ny has two ver­sions — f / 1.4 and f / 2.

Fujifilm lenses: 18mm

The 18mm f/2 wide-angle pan­cake is a great option for trav­el pho­tog­ra­phers. Pho­to: 5050travelog.com

Fuji­film XF 18mm f/2 R (costs about 45 thou­sand rubles*) is one of the old­est (out of the first three) lens­es of the sys­tem. This is a very com­pact wide-angle “pan­cake”, which is ide­al­ly com­bined with com­pact APS‑C cam­eras from a Japan­ese com­pa­ny.

But age takes its toll: the lens has a slow aut­o­fo­cus motor (slow aut­o­fo­cus) and it works nois­i­ly.

Although there are no com­plaints about the build qual­i­ty, the case is not pro­tect­ed from adverse weath­er.

The best image qual­i­ty on the Fuji­film XF 18mm f/2 R is obtained by stop­ping down the aper­ture.

  • Com­pact­ness: +++
  • Image qual­i­ty: +
  • Aut­o­fo­cus motor: +
  • Bad weath­er pro­tec­tion: no
Super optics is the main fea­ture of this wide-angle fix. Pho­to: 5050travelog.com

Fuji­film XF 18mm f/1.4 R LM WR (costs about 80 thou­sand rubles *), on the con­trary, is one of the com­pa­ny’s newest lens­es. It has a beau­ti­ful­ly weath­er-sealed, stur­dy body, very qui­et and fast aut­o­fo­cus, and opti­cal­ly it’s near flaw­less. Sharp­ness is excel­lent wide open, and you don’t even have to stop it to get the best qual­i­ty.

The Fuji­film XF 18mm f/1.4 is still quite a com­pact lens: 69 x 76mm, 370 grams.

  • Com­pact­ness: ++
  • Image qual­i­ty: +++
  • Aut­o­fo­cus motor: +++
  • Bad weath­er pro­tec­tion: yes

When it comes to choos­ing between two 18mm lens­es, the more expen­sive one and the larg­er one are with­out a doubt bet­ter. On the oth­er hand, the petite pan­cake design of the old f/2 makes it a very handy option for ultra-com­pact cam­eras like the X‑E4 when it’s impor­tant to keep the pock­et size of your kit. But, if an extra $40,000 and a larg­er size aren’t a prob­lem, then go for the XF 18mm f/1.4 with its much greater capa­bil­i­ties.

Fujifilm lenses: 23mm

Street pho­tog­ra­phy is the XF 23mm f/2’s native ele­ment. Pho­to: creativityinnovationsuccess.wordpress.com

Fuji­film has a series of cool com­pact primes: f/2 max­i­mum aper­ture, solid­ly built and weath­er­proof. Fuji­film XF 23mm f/2 R WR (costs about 32 thou­sand rubles*) is one of them. These fix­es focus very quick­ly, while the dri­ve works almost silent­ly. The only thing they can be crit­i­cized a lit­tle for: although they are very good wide open, the lens­es achieve the best results if they stop it a lit­tle (from about f / 4).

Due to its com­pact­ness and nice pic­ture, the XF 23mm f/2 is almost ide­al for street pho­tog­ra­phy.

  • Com­pact­ness: +++
  • Image qual­i­ty: ++
  • Aut­o­fo­cus motor: +++
  • Bad weath­er pro­tec­tion: yes
The man­u­al focus switch and depth of field scale are super styl­ish! Pho­to: 5050travelog.com

The Fuji­film XF 23mm f/1.4 R (Rs 60k*) is an old­er lens, but it has some inter­est­ing pros. For exam­ple, a con­ve­nient design for switch­ing to man­u­al focus mode has been added: you need to pull the focus ring towards the front ele­ment, this will reveal a hid­den depth of field scale. It’s also easy to switch the lens back to aut­o­fo­cus by flip­ping the ring back.

The qual­i­ty of the optics is also at a high lev­el: a very “sharp” pic­ture is already at f / 1.4, and at f / 2 it is even bet­ter than at 23mm f / 2. On the oth­er hand, this is an old lens — the focus motor is a lit­tle slow­er and much nois­i­er.

The XF 23mm f/1.4 has no weath­er pro­tec­tion — a bit annoy­ing for a more expen­sive and larg­er lens (and it real­ly is much larg­er and heav­ier than its “broth­er”).

  • Com­pact­ness: +
  • Image qual­i­ty: +++
  • Aut­o­fo­cus motor: +
  • Bad weath­er pro­tec­tion: no

Although the Fuji­film XF 23mm f/1.4 R is bet­ter in terms of optics and has a very con­ve­nient switch to man­u­al focus mode (for video, for exam­ple), oth­er things being equal (espe­cial­ly for street and every­day pho­tog­ra­phy), the Fuji­film XF 23mm f/2 R WR will be more the pre­ferred option. It’s dust and water resis­tant, com­pact and qui­et (if you’re using aut­o­fo­cus for video, that’s a plus too). And in terms of optics, this lens is still quite good — maybe not as good as f / 1.4, but quite up to par for every­day shoot­ing.

Fujifilm lenses: 35mm

The XF 35mm f/2 WR is one of Fuji­film’s best and most ver­sa­tile lens­es, but… Pho­to: lens-rumors.com

Every­thing that was said about com­pact WR primes above applies to the Fuji­film XF 35mm f / 2 WR lens (it costs about 32 thou­sand rubles *). It’s weath­er­proof, com­pact, stur­dy, has a fast focus motor and nice bokeh.

Opti­cal­ly, the XF 35mm f/2 WR is good even when shoot­ing wide open.

  • Com­pact­ness: +++
  • Image qual­i­ty: +++
  • Aut­o­fo­cus motor: +++
  • Bad weath­er pro­tec­tion: yes
…if you want a more vin­tage look, the XF 35mm f/1.4 R is for you. Pho­to cred­it: fujilove.com

Like the 23mm f/1.4, the Fuji­film XF 35mm f/1.4 R (costs about 45,000 rubles*) is an old mod­el com­pared to many. There­fore, it has a less advanced focus dri­ve: slow and rather noisy. The lens also lacks weath­er pro­tec­tion, although over­all build qual­i­ty is excel­lent.

In terms of sharp­ness, the f/2 ver­sion also wins. At wide open, f/1.4 is fine, but not per­fect. And even if you cov­er it up a lit­tle, the cor­ners of the objects in the frame will still be a lit­tle “soft”.

The XF 35mm f/1.4 R def­i­nite­ly has its own char­ac­ter, with nice bokeh and an inter­est­ing pic­ture.

  • Com­pact­ness: ++
  • Image qual­i­ty: ++(+)
  • Aut­o­fo­cus motor: +
  • Bad weath­er pro­tec­tion: no

On paper, the XF 35mm f/2 WR cer­tain­ly wins: the mod­el has all the mod­ern fea­tures. But the bokeh char­ac­ter of the old­er 35mm f/1.4 looks bet­ter, which may be one of the rea­sons why you want to buy this par­tic­u­lar lens. It has the same vin­tage char­ac­ter of the pic­ture, and in gen­er­al, despite its advanced age, this “glass” looks quite decent.

What are the best Fujifilm lenses?

A more expen­sive lens is not nec­es­sar­i­ly a bet­ter one. But even cheap­er does not auto­mat­i­cal­ly become a bet­ter option.

  • The XF 18mm f/1.4 R LM WR has a more mod­ern design and real­ly great opti­cal per­for­mance — this is the more expen­sive option (unless you want the flat pan­cake design of the 18mm f/2, of course).
  • The choice among 23mm mod­els is dif­fi­cult: a faster lens has bet­ter optics, but it los­es to its younger “broth­er” in oth­er char­ac­ter­is­tics.
  • Of Fuji­film’s 35mm lens­es, you may pre­fer f/1.4 (because of the inter­est­ing nature of the pic­ture), but for most users, the XF 35mm f/2 WR will still be a bet­ter fit.

* The price is cur­rent at the time of pub­li­ca­tion of the arti­cle
** In prepar­ing the arti­cle, mate­ri­als from the resource dpreview.com were used


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