The 5 Best Cheap Lenses for Fujifilm X Series Cameras

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 27mm f2.8 first impressions (14 of 18)ISO 8001-60 sec at f - 2.8

Fujifilm lenses tend to be a bit pricier than most others–but at the same time they’re arguably better than their closest competitors in any situation. Each lens of theirs features a working aperture ring, a super close focusing mode that can be activated through the camera, and excellent build quality with many of the lenses being made of metal instead of plastic. Then there are the optics–which are typically solid. But if Fujifilm has any big strength in the photo industry, it’s that they have the best APS-C sensors in their cameras.

Over the years, we’ve been working on reviewing various lenses and we’ve had time to try lots of what Fujifilm and third parties offer. So despite this list not featuring lenses that are anywhere as cheap as other camera systems, here are the most bang for your buck Fujifilm lenses.

Also be sure to check out our entire guide to their system.

Fujifilm 60mm f2.4 Macro

Fujifilm 60mm f2.4 macro

In our review, we state:

“When it comes to bokeh, the 60mm f2.4 has some of the best for the entire X-series system–but it doesn’t beat out their 56mm f1.2 (obviously) or Zeiss’s 50mm f2.8 Touit. Those two lenses are beautiful and aren’t as long a focal length as 60mm is. With this lens attached, you’ll get the equivalent field of view of a 90mm f4.5 lens on a full frame camera when shooting wide open. Most folks wouldn’t even bother to stop it down in that case; but you only really start to see how sharp the lens can be when you add a flash to the scene.”

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Rokinon 14mm f2.8

Rokinon 14mm f2.8

In our review, we state:

“Rokinon has created an excellent lens with their 14mm f2.8. It is sharp, delivers some excellent colors, and is ergonomically pleasing. The only major issues are the lack of a chipped focusing mechanism to work with Canon’s cameras and the fact that I can’t put a filter on the front of the lens unless I hack a matte box onto it.”

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Fujifilm 27mm f2.8

Fujifilm 27mm f2.8

In our review, we state:

“The 27mm f2.8 is a lens that has some excellent image quality–in terms of stances we feel that it isn’t as sharp as the 35mm f1.4 but it is sharper than the 18mm f2, 14mm f2.8, and the 60mm f2.5 lenses. At its heart, we would probably place this lens as the second sharpest in the bunch. Going even further, we believe that this is the lens that street photographers will truly reach for. Not only does the low profile look of it not attract attention but you’ll almost never need to stop it down. Due to the f2.8 maximum aperture, you’ll really never really find any really creamy bokeh and stopping it down beyond f5.6 is useless in many situations. Because of this, it might appeal most to the “F8 and be there” crowd–who number amongst some of the truest and rawest street photographers. The lens also doesn’t even focus very closely in Macro Mode and when we shot the photo above we were still not as close as we’d like to be.”

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Fujifilm 18mm f2

Fujifilm 18mm f:2.0 XF R Lens

In our review, we state:

“With the 18mm on my X-Pro 1, I feel like the camera is so much more svelte and nimble in my hands over using the (admittedly not very large) 35mm f1.4 that I also own. I appreciate the solid clicks of the aperture ring, and even though it is easy to manipulate, it does not feel loose or sloppy in any way. The supplied lens hood locks tightly into place with a clockwise twist (if the front element is facing you) and it does not come loose, ever. I do think that the rubber lens caps Fuji supplies (though a welcome gesture) are a bit weak, because they have a tendency to fall off and disappear into your camera bag if you look at them the wrong way, and the included pinch-caps for covering the lens without the hood on seem to eject just as easily. But the reality is, it’s a lens-cap, so it doesn’t affect the performance of the lens in any way, shape or form. I haven’t beaten this lens up yet (well, my camera did unfortunately take a tumble onto the concrete with the lens attached, but you’d never know it by looking at it), but if it’s built anywhere as well as the 35mm f1.4 (which got pretty beat up during my trip to Europe, those tourists can sure be pushy-folk) then I feel pretty confident that this is a lens that could be utilized in a professional capacity. (Within reason of course)”

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Fujifilm 35mm f1.4

Fujifilm 35mm f:1.4 XF R Lens

In our review, we state:

“When I made the purchase of the X Pro 1, I was torn between the 18mm f2 and this lens. I think I made the right decision due to the faster aperture despite the fact that I like shooting wider. Either way, this lens is a wonderful piece of glass that every photographer going into a mirrorless system should consider. Granted, it does have its contenders. Panasonic’s 25mm f1.4 and Voigtlander 25mm f0.95 may keep Micro Four thirds users locked in at the time of this publishing. Sony doesn’t have anything in the equivalent area to step into the arena, though some can argue that the 30mm f3.5 may be a suitable fit.

For me though: I’m actually extremely content with the X Pro 1 and the lens. And every time I pick it up, I get a certain nostalgia come back to me that reminds me of my days shooting with a Leica CL.”

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Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.