Fujifilm’s Fujinon prime lenses are legendary, but they aren’t the only game on the block
Ask almost anyone about their reasoning for choosing Fujifilm as their camera system and much of the time one of the top reasons for that decision has something to do with the quality of their lenses. But it goes beyond lens quality because every system has some good lenses. In Fujifilm’s case, not only are these lenses quality, but they are very affordable, especially when compared to similar lenses in other systems.
In this roundup we will be taking a look at the array of prime lenses currently available in the Fuji X-Series ecosystem, both brand and third-party options. If you have been on the lookout for some help in deciding where to invest your dollars in Fujifilm compatible prime lenses then you have come to the right place. In order to keep things simple we have broken this list down by lens type (ultra-wide, wide, normal wide, normal, telephoto). Feel free to skip to the section that is of most interest to you and be sure to add this page to your favorites for future reference.
Ultra Wide (14mm & Under)
As is the case with many mirrorless systems, as well as crop sensor systems, shooting on the really wide end of the spectrum can be a pain. That said, there are some good options out there for Fujifilm shooters who are looking to shoot wide and these are the best options in our opinion.
Top Fujifilm Ultra Wide Lens Option: Fujifilm XF 14mm f2.8 R
“As the first Ultra-Wide Prime lens from Fujifilm, the 14mm f2.8 also incorporates some interesting design elements that surely says that the company is looking at what others are doing. This is evident in the manual focus ring that needs to be pulled back in order to activate the manual focusing ability. Additionally, it reveals a working depth of field scale–something that tells consumers that this lens was designed not only to take on Leica and Zeiss, but also for the street photography crowd.” – Read Our Full Fujifilm 14mm F2.8 Review (Buy One)
Top Third-Party Ultra Wide Lens Option: Rokinon 12mm f2 NCS CS
“The Rokinon 12mm f2 is a nice lens. It has good sharpness when stopped down and balances that with a characteristic film softness when shot wide open. Then there’s the small size, effective depth of field scale, and the overall nice feeling in the hand. The build quality could be better, and there are better lenses; but they’re more than twice the price point.” – Read Our Full Rokinon 12mm Review (Buy One)
Other Ultra Wide Lens Options To Consider
- Rokinon 10mm f2.8 (Buy One)
- Meike 12mm f2.8 (Buy One)
- Rokinon 14mm f2.8 (Buy One)
- Zeiss 12mm f2.8 Touit (Buy One)
- 7artisans 12mm f2.8 (Buy One)
- Rokinon 8mm f2.8 (Buy One)
- 7artisans 7.5mm f2.8 (Buy One)
Wide lenses are very popular in the Fujifilm system thanks to the crop factor, and their overall versatility for portraiture and a wide range of other photographic niches. These are our picks for the wide primes you should be considering for your Fujifilm kit.
Top Fujifilm Wide Lens Option: Fujifilm 16mm f1.4
“This lens has weather sealing, sharp image quality, the best bokeh they could possibly give it, and a metal exterior that makes it tough. But it also will give users more fringing issues than we’d like, fairly slow focusing performance, and will most of all set you back $1,000. There is very little around that can even come close to what it offers, so in many ways that can help you justify the price.” – Read Our Full 16mm F1.4 Review (Buy One)
Other Wide Lens Options To Consider
Normal lenses, which on Fujifilm falls into roughly the 20mm to 40mm range, are the most versatile and popular prime lens focal lengths out there, on any system. This is also, unsurprisingly, where Fujifilm has invested a significant amount of R&D budget developing some excellent prime lens options, as you can see below.
Top Fujifilm Normal Lens Option: Fujifilm 35mm f2 R WR
“Let’s start these conclusions with the absolute truths about this lens. It is the fastest to focus Fujifilm lens to date and finally makes candid street photography with a Fujifilm camera really viable when it comes to using autofocus. For this reason alone, many photographers will greatly, greatly appreciate this lens and just how quickly it can perform.” – Read Our Full Fujifilm 35mm F2 Review (Buy One)
Top Third-Party Normal Lens Option: Mitakon 35mm f.95
“In the world of portraiture and photography these days it seems that two lens characteristics reign supreme above all else, bokeh and sharpness. As well, Fujifilm has two really solid 35mm lens offerings currently with their F1.4 and F2 options – so one might wonder why a lens like the Mitakon 35mm F0.95 VII is even a consideration. But after using the lens, it is pretty safe to say that it very much should be a consideration for all Fujifilm photographers.” – Read Our Mitakon 35mm F0.95 Review (Buy One)
Other Normal Lens Options To Consider
- Fujifilm XF 23mm f2 (Buy One)
- Fujifilm XF 23mm f1.4 (Buy One)
- Fujifilm XF 35mm f1.4 (Buy One)
- Fujifilm XF 27mm f2.8 (Buy One)
- Meike 28mm f2 (Buy One)
- Lensbaby Trio 28 (Buy One)
- Lensbaby Burnside 35mm (Buy One)
- 7artisans 35mm f2 (Buy One)
- Zeiss 32mm f1.8 Touit (Buy One)
- Rokinon 35mm f1.2 (Buy One)
If you shoot sports, action, wildlife, or portraits then you are going to want some telephoto glass in your kit. Fujifilm has some great options in this range of prime lenses for those in need of some extra reach.
Top Fujifilm Telephoto Lens Option: Fujifilm 50mm f2
“What’s there to say about the Fujifilm 50mm f2 R WR: well, it’s an interesting choice for sure. I personally would have liked a 56mm option to be a proper portrait lens, but the 50mm option gives a bit more versatility. It’s a great lens for street photography for sure if you’re looking to give a bit more distance to you and your subject. For that reason, I really recommend it for street photographers and street portraiture. Studio shooters have a whole number of other options. The weather sealing and autofocus performance make it well suited to the streets–which is where most Fuji shooters will be going. ” – Read our Full Fujifilm 50mm F2 Review (Buy One)
Top Third-Party Telephoto Lens Option: Samyang 50mm f1.2
“This lens is razor sharp, has a decent build quality, a very smooth focusing ring, gorgeous bokeh and has a fantastic price attached to it. If you’re an APS-C camera user, then you’ll be hard pressed to find something better for portraits; but get ready to scale back a bit on post-production.” – Read our Full Samyang 50mm F1.2 Review (Buy One)
Other Telephoto Lens Options To Consider
- Fujifilm XF 60mm f2.4 (Buy One)
- Fujifilm 56mm f1.2 (Buy One)
- Fujifilm XF 90mm f2 R LM WR (Buy One)
- Zeiss Touit 50mm f2.8 (Buy One)
- Lensbaby Composer Pro II w/ Sweet 50 (Buy One)
- Lensbaby Velvet 56mm (Buy One)
- Lensbaby Velvet 85mm (Buy One)
- Samyang 85mm f1.4 (Buy One)
- Rokinon 100mm f2.8 (Buy One)
- Rokinon 135mm f2 (Buy One)
So there you have it, The Phoblographer’s Ultimate List of Prime Lenses for the Fujifilm X-Series. Do you have any to add? Thoughts about those we have on the list? Drop a comment or email us, we love to hear from you.