Fans of oth­er brands can argue all they want, but Fuji­film has by far the best line of lens­es for APS‑C mir­ror­less cam­eras. Com­pact, styl­ish, with a beau­ti­ful pic­ture — these lens­es are per­fect for the com­pa­ny’s neo-retro style cam­eras.

Pho­to cred­it: fujilove.com

Features of Fujifilm lenses

The first thing to remem­ber before choos­ing glass­es from Fuji­film is that they are spe­cial­ly designed for APS‑C crop cam­eras (except medi­um for­mat GF lens­es), and the focal lengths in the mod­el names are indi­cat­ed for such cam­eras. Accord­ing­ly, the equiv­a­lent focal lengths (which are indi­cat­ed for full-frame lens­es) will be slight­ly longer. So, the Fuji­film XC 35mm lens will have an equiv­a­lent focal length of 53.55mm. And with a Fuji­film XF 16–55mm lens, the range will cor­re­spond to 24–84mm at full frame.

Fuji­film has two main groups of lens­es: XC and XF. Every­thing is sim­ple here: XC is sim­pler and more bud­getary, XF is bet­ter and more expen­sive.

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Fujifilm XF 18–55mm f/2.8–4.0 R OIS LM

Fuji­film XF 18–55mm f/2.8–4.0 at 18 and 55mm. Pho­to: 5050travelog.com

As a stan­dard zoom, we offer the Fuji­film XF 18–55mm f/2.8–4.0 R OIS LM. Its equiv­a­lent focal length is approx­i­mate­ly 28–84mm. Of course, it is not entire­ly cor­rect to call this mod­el a “whale replace­ment”, because it also comes with some cam­eras, how­ev­er, it is much bet­ter than the basic 15–45mm f / 3.5–5.6 whale lens.

The glass has sharp optics with min­i­mal dis­tor­tion and vignetting. Despite its com­pact size, the mod­el reach­es the ini­tial tele­pho­to dis­tance, mak­ing it a ver­sa­tile option for por­traits, trav­el and every­day shoot­ing. And this lens is equipped with an opti­cal sta­bi­liza­tion sys­tem, mak­ing it pop­u­lar among video­g­ra­phers.

Of the minus­es — the body lacks pro­tec­tion from bad weath­er, and 18mm (EGF 28mm) at the wide-angle end is some­times not enough for real­ly wide-angle shots, for exam­ple, to cap­ture a vast land­scape.

Over­all, this is per­haps the best option for first-time Fuji­film cam­era users. If you want some­thing more advanced, the Fuji­film 16–55mm f/2.8 offers equiv­a­lent focal lengths start­ing at 24mm and a con­stant f/2.8 aper­ture through­out the zoom range.

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Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4R

XF 23mm f/1.4 R on a Fuji­film X‑Pro2. Pho­to: 5050travelog.com

The Fuji­film XF 23mm f/1.4 R is a ver­sa­tile wide-angle prime with 35mm EGF, mak­ing it a great option for a vari­ety of sit­u­a­tions — street pho­tog­ra­phy, out­door por­traits, trav­el and more. A pow­er­ful aper­ture of f/1.4 allows you to work in dif­fi­cult light­ing con­di­tions, as well as effec­tive­ly sep­a­rate the object from the back­ground, cre­at­ing pow­er­ful bokeh. The lens has excel­lent col­or repro­duc­tion, and thanks to the anti-reflec­tive coat­ing, excel­lent con­trast can be obtained even when shoot­ing in the day­time in the sun.

And, of course, it is very com­pact (espe­cial­ly for such aper­ture), so it looks bal­anced even on the small­est Fuji­film car­cass­es.

For a more bud­get-friend­ly alter­na­tive, con­sid­er the Fuji­non XC 35mm f/2. Its 50mm equiv­a­lent focal length pro­vides a “nor­mal” field of view (sim­i­lar to the human eye), mak­ing it suit­able for a wide range of appli­ca­tions as well. The XC 35mm f/2 is a bud­get ver­sion of a more advanced prime with the same focal length as the XF 35mm f/2, but with­out the met­al body, weath­er pro­tec­tion, and aper­ture ring. At the same time, it has the same opti­cal design, and due to plas­tic ele­ments, it is lighter. And the state employ­ee costs only 16 thou­sand against 31 thou­sand for the XF ver­sion.

The best Fujifilm fix for portraits

Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD

The XF 56mm f/1.2 R is avail­able in two ver­sions: with and with­out an APD ele­ment. The APD ver­sion promis­es even more beau­ti­ful bokeh. Pho­to: www.fujivsfuji.com

The equiv­a­lent focal length of this lens on a full frame cam­era is 85mm, ide­al for por­traits. A pow­er­ful aper­ture allows you to blur the back­ground as much as you want, beau­ti­ful­ly sep­a­rat­ing your mod­el from it.

Crop lens­es have less depth of field than their full-frame coun­ter­parts, so Fuji­film added a spe­cial APD fil­ter to one of the por­trait lens ver­sions. This ele­ment smooths out the out­lines of fig­ures in out-of-focus areas, mak­ing the bokeh even soft­er and more “creamy”. Although here you still need to think about whether it is worth tak­ing the APD ver­sion, because it is sig­nif­i­cant­ly more expen­sive than the usu­al Fuji­film XF 56mm f / 1.2 R (85 against 70 thou­sand rubles).

If you are look­ing for a cheap­er por­trait lens, then you can choose the native Fuji­film XF 50mm f / 2 R WR or a third-par­ty option (with aut­o­fo­cus sup­port) — Vil­trox AF 56mm f / 1.4 XF

Fujifilm Wide Angle Zoom

Fujifilm XF 10–24mm F4 R OIS

The body has all the nec­es­sary con­trol dials — zoom, aper­ture, man­u­al focus. Pho­to: camerajabber.com

The wide-angle zoom is the best option for shoot­ing land­scapes, archi­tec­ture and inte­ri­ors. A suit­able focal length is pro­vid­ed by the Fuji­film XF 10–24mm F4 R OIS — the equiv­a­lent of 15–37mm at full frame. At the same time, the far end is quite suit­able for street pho­tos and por­traits in the envi­ron­ment, so the glass turned out to be uni­ver­sal, despite the wide-angle spe­cial­iza­tion. And 15mm at the near end, in fact, can “wres­tle” with a fish.

Fuji­film has equipped the mod­el with high-qual­i­ty opti­cal sta­bi­liza­tion, which is use­ful when shoot­ing hand­held in imper­fect light­ing. Oth­er advan­tages include fast and qui­et aut­o­fo­cus, as well as a small min­i­mum focus­ing dis­tance of 24 cm for such glass.

But if sud­den­ly you need an even wider view, then Fuji­non has the Fuji­non XF 8–16mm F2.8 R LM WR. The dimen­sions and price of this mod­el are much high­er than the aver­age, but you get a super-sharp pic­ture and pow­er­ful aper­ture — glass for pro­fes­sion­al work. How­ev­er, unlike the pre­vi­ous ver­sion, with­out opti­cal sta­bi­liza­tion.

Telezoom Fujifilm

Fujifilm XF 50–140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR

A sol­id lens — a sol­id lens hood. Pho­to: 5050travelog.com

At the oth­er end of the focal length spec­trum are tele­zooms. Glass­es for reach­ing real­ly far objects in the wild and at sport­ing events. Tele­zooms are also good for close-up por­traits (“head­shots”).

The Fuji­film XF 50–140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR deliv­ers equiv­a­lent focal lengths of 76–213mm while main­tain­ing a con­stant f/2.8 aper­ture. This is anoth­er pro­fes­sion­al glass in our rat­ing — long and expen­sive (97 thou­sand). At the same time with excel­lent opti­cal sta­bi­liza­tion and effec­tive aut­o­fo­cus. The aut­o­fo­cus motor, by the way, works almost silent­ly, so the lens is suit­able not only for pho­tos, but also for video shoot­ing.

Nat­u­ral­ly, giv­en the sit­u­a­tions in which you may need a tele­zoom, the case received pro­tec­tion from adverse weath­er con­di­tions.

But if 140mm is not enough for you, the XF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 R LM OIS WR will give you even more zoom. For its “range” it is quite com­pact and does not com­pro­mise in terms of image sharp­ness, despite the more bud­getary price tag. The aper­ture, of course, is low­er than the pro­fes­sion­al f / 2.8, but some­thing had to be sac­ri­ficed.

Fujifilm macro lens

Fujifilm XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro

This macro lens will cost 80+ thou­sand rubles. Pho­to cred­it: trustedreviews.com

The Fuji­film XF 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro pro­vides true macro mag­ni­fi­ca­tion of 1:1 (the object on the sen­sor will cor­re­spond to its real size), and a min­i­mum focal length of 25 cm allows you to work with “rest­less” objects such as insects. As befits a qual­i­ty macro lens, the XF 80mm f/2.8 cap­tures fine detail across the entire width of the frame. Nat­u­ral­ly, there is also high-qual­i­ty opti­cal sta­bi­liza­tion.

A more bud­get option can be found at Venus Optics: Laowa 65mm F2.8 2x Macro will cost half the price of the native mod­el. The glass has a mag­ni­fi­ca­tion of 2:1, which is con­ve­nient for shoot­ing very tiny objects, and a min­i­mum dis­tance of 17 cm.


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