Guide to the Best Fuji Lenses to Buy in 2020

29/04/2020 6:39 am

Fuji has been in the Mirrorless game from the start and their reputation has only become stronger as Mirrorless has taken over the photography world. From beginner-friendly lightweight cameras that are perfect to travel photography, to full-featured offerings that have enticed pros to set aside their DSLR for a more portable solution, Fuji mirrorless cameras cover all bases.

This success would not be possible without a suitably compact and powerful selection of lenses. If you are feeling a little bit spoiled for choice and struggling to decide which lens is right for you and your Fuji, we have selected some of our favourites below and detailed what each is best used for.


Wide angle lenses

If you have developed a love for Landscape photography, it makes sense that you should start your search in the wide-angle lens aisle. Quite simply, these lenses provide a wider field of view, so you can fit more of what lies before you within your frame.

 

This ability for you to capture everything that you can see, without having to scramble back, makes wide-angle lenses a popular choice for architecture and also photographers working in the interior and real estate photography fields. It goes without saying, that wide Fuji lenses achieve this feat while retaining high-levels of sharpness and clarity.

 

If you think a Fuji wide-angle lens might be the best fit for you, scroll on to see our top pick.

Guide to the best Fuji lenses in 2020
Guide to the best Fuji lenses in 2020

Fujifilm XF 16mm f2.8 R WR

 

  • 24mm equivalent focal length
  • Weather-sealed construction
  • F2.8 maximum aperture
  • Quiet stepping AF motor

 

Fujifilm XF 8-16mm f2.8 R LM WR Zoom

 

  • Versatile wide zoom range
  • Bright f2.8 constant aperture
  • Linear AF motor
  • Weather-sealed construction
  • Exceptional optical design

 

Fujifilm 23mm f2 R WR

 

  • Fast and quiet AF system
  • Classic focal length (35mm equivalent)
  • Fast f2 maximum aperture
  • Premium optical design - includes Aspherical elements
  • Weather and dust resistant barrel

 

Telephoto lenses

Quite the opposite to wide angle lenses, telephoto lenses attain a closer more magnified view without you having to move forward. This quality makes them a perfect choice for wildlife and sports photography - basically any type of photography where you can never get as close as you would ideally like to.


While this magnifying ability is important, telephoto lenses are far from one-trick ponies. This narrow field of view, when combined with a wide aperture, is perfect for isolating your subject from the background of your image. Telephoto lenses, whether the zoom or prime variety, are known for incredible versatility and tack-sharp performance, which also makes them common amongst portrait and wedding photographers.

If you and telephoto lenses sound like a match made in heaven, take a look at our favourite Fuji options below.

Guide to the best Fuji lenses in 2020
Guide to the best Fuji lenses in 2020

 

 

Fujifilm XF 55-200mm R LM OIS

 

  • Long zoom range
  • Compact build - suitable for travel
  • Weighs just 580 grams
  • Fast AF system
  • Optical Image Stabilisation

 

Fujifilm XF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 R OIS WR

 

  • Optical Image Stabilisation
  • Fast and quiet AF system
  • Huge zoom range (equivalent 152-609mm)
  • Premium optical design
  • Weather-resistant build

 

Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f2.8 R OIS

 

  • Constant f2.8 aperture
  • Fast AF system
  • Weather-sealed construction
  • Premium optical design - suitable for pro users
  • Optical Image Stabilisation

 

Prime lenses

 

Prime lenses only provide you with one focal length to use, so if you need a tighter or looser crop you need to move around a little, or a lot! The upside is their simplified designs equate to a higher level of image sharpness and quality in a more affordable package. They are also home to faster maximum apertures, which makes them the kings of low-light photography.

 

Once the standard lens that came kitted with every camera, prime lenses inevitably fell out of popularity among the consumer markets, in favour of the more versatile zoom options. Quite recently however both enthusiasts and novices have tended to agree that having a prime lens or two in your collections is actually a necessity. They are always a popular choice for portrait and street photography, with the focal length of the lens being the key decider in what application it is most useful for.

Fuji has proven to be masters of the prime lens since they made their first Mirrorless camera, our favourite options from them can be found below.

Guide to the best Fuji lenses in 2020
Guide to the best Fuji lenses in 2020

 

 

 

Fujifilm XF 35mm f2 WR

 

  • Bright f2 max aperture
  • Portable and lightweight build
  • Fast internal focus system
  • Weather-resistant build
  • Excellent optical design

 

Fujifilm XF 50mm f2 R WR

 

  • Fast f2 max aperture
  • Lightweight build - just 200 grams
  • Weather-resistant
  • Speedy and quiet AF - internal focus & stepping motor
  • Anti-reflective Super EBC coating

 

Fujifilm XF 35mm f1.4 R

 

  • Ultra-bright f1.4 max aperture
  • Versatile focal length - 53mm equivalent
  • Lightweight - 187 grams
  • Portrait-friendly
  • Sublime optical construction

Standard zoom lenses

 

If you are still having a hard time deciding what type of lens is best for you, as you like to explore your options and capture a little bit of everything with your camera, a standard zoom lens is your obvious choice. Custom-made for versatility, standard zoom lenses are just as suitable for taking in the landscapes as you travel, as they are at candidly zooming in to capture portraits of your kids as they play.

 

The best standard zoom lens often combines this usability with a portable and lightweight build, which makes them the obvious choice for everyday and general-purpose photography.

 

If you think this one lens fits all solution may be the most sensible choice for you and your Fuji camera, take a look at what we think is the best option from their extensive lineup.

Guide to the best Fuji lenses in 2020
Guide to the best Fuji lenses in 2020

 

 

 

Fujifilm XF 18-135mm WR OIS

 

  • Everyday-friendly zoom range
  • Speedy AF system
  • Weather-resistant construction
  • Optical Image Stabilisation
  • Excellent optical design - sharp throughout the entire range

Improve your photography skills with the help of the right gear

If you still need a little bit of guidance before you take the plunge on your next digital camera lens purchase, take a look at our Digital Camera Lens Buying Guide.

 

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