Eight Lenses and Accessories That Make the Most of Your Fujifilm X-H1

The Fujifilm X-H1 can produce stunning images with the right lenses.

The Fujifilm X-H1 is a fantastic camera for many reasons. Powered by a 24.3MP X-Trans sensor, the Fujifilm X-H1 is perfect for genres ranging from portraiture to landscapes, street photography to photojournalism, and documentary photography to wildlife photography. The Fujifilm X-H1 has 5 axis in-body image stabilization which makes it easy to use in low light situations, and makes it perfect for videography too. When you throw in Fujifilm’s color science and awesome film simulation profiles, excellent image quality, and solid build you can understand why the Fujifilm X-H1 has such a strong following. A camera is nothing without lenses though, so let’s take a look at some lenses and a couple of accessories that will allow you to get the most out of the Fujifilm X-H1.

Fujifilm X-H1 users are spoiled for choice when it comes to well built, fast primes, and the zoom lenses on offer aren’t too shabby either. There are lenses for every genre within the Fujifilm system. Below we take a look at the essential lenses that will allow you to participate perfectly in the above mentioned genres of photography. These lenses make the most of the excellent X-Tans sensor in the Fujifilm X-H1 ($1,299). If you have a Fujifilm X-H1, or are thinking about picking one up, this round-up is for you.

 

Fujifilm 8-16mm F2.8

 

Pros

  • Solid image quality
  • Fast autofocus, which is expected
  • Lets you hand hold it to very low shutter speeds due to the reciprocal rule of shutter speeds
  • Weather sealed

Cons

  • This lens is pretty darned expensive at just under $2,000. I’m not quite sure I’m able to justify the price.

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Buy now ($1,499): Amazon

 

Fujifilm 23mm F2

 

Pros

  • Good image quality
  • Seriously and surprisingly fast focus. This lens is officially Fujifilm’s fastest.
  • Fast focus on the X Pro 2, X-T2, and even the X Pro 1. The latter completely shocked me.
  • Nice colors
  • Compact size
  • Weather sealing
  • Turning the aperture ring feels nice and smooth until the clicks come in. It’s a tactile experience that’s just lovely.
  • Sharp images
  • Fairly nice bokeh
  • Affordable price point

Cons

  • Something about this lens just simply doesn’t have the magic that the 23mm f1.4 R does.

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Buy now ($449): Amazon

 

Fujifilm 50mm F2

 

  • It’s $449
  • Weather sealing
  • Fast autofocus performance on the newer cameras (sorry X Pro 1 users)
  • Sharp optics and image quality
  • Nice bokeh
  • Only gets sharper when you use a flash
  • Pretty compact
  • Nice build quality

Cons

  • Not much, honestly.

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Buy now ($449): Amazon

 

Fujifilm 56mm F1.2 R

 

Pros

  • Super sharp wide open. In fact, this is the sharpest lens for Mirrorless cameras that we’ve tested.
  • Excellent resolution and sharpness when studio lighting is used with it
  • Dreamy bokeh
  • Great feel in the hand
  • In good to fair lighting, its focusing abilities are about as fast as the company’s 35mm f1.4 offering.
  • Almost no reason to stop it down, and you’ll be encouraged to shoot wide open

Cons

  • Even though it is an f1.2 lens, we wish that the aperture were faster
  • Misfocusing happens a bit more than we’d like it to in low light situations
  • Fairly expensive
  • Color rendition from the 35mm f1.4 is a tad better

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Buy now ($749): Amazon

 

Fujifilm 90mm F2 R WR

 

Pros

  • Superb image quality
  • Weather sealing
  • Great bokeh
  • Very sharp image quality
  • Makes great use of Fujifilm’s Classic Chrome and Astia film renderings
  • Well balanced with both the X Pro 1 and the X-T1
  • Lightweight lens
  • The focusing ring feels really big and beefy.
  • Surprisingly fast and accurate focusing
  • Pretty much no distortion
  • Perhaps the single best portrait lens that Fujifilm has made for the X series camera system–even better than the 56mm f1.2.

Cons

  • Fujifilm’s largest prime lens to date of publishing this review
  • No image stabilization

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Buy now ($699): Amazon

 

Fujifilm 100-400mm F4.5-5.6

 

Fujifilm X-H1

Pros

  • Not as heavy as you’d think
  • Weather sealing
  • Feels great in the hand
  • Sharp output
  • Beautiful bokeh
  • Aperture doesn’t change all that much, but even so you’d probably want to shoot at a higher ISO setting during the daytime
  • Fast autofocus performance on both the X Pro 2 and the X Pro 1

Cons

  • Though I completely understand why, some folks may be miffed at the fact that the OVF isn’t practical with a lens like this.
  • Holding it vertically is tough.
  • Zooming in and out moves the scene that you’re viewing due to the motion involved with tuning the zoom ring. A push/pull design would have been nicer.

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Buy now ($1,399): Amazon

 

Godox XPLOR 400 Pro TTL Monolight

 

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Built in TTL
  • Can be used with Fujifilm, Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus and Panasonic with the correct radio transmitter
  • Excellent build quality
  • Great battery life
  • Ultra fast recycle times
  • Quality, consistent lighting
  • Big, bright, easy to read LCD display
  • Can work with multiple modifier types

Cons

  • When the Bowens adapter is attached, the fastener for the light stand mount almost doesn’t have enough clearance to loosen and tighten the mount
  • The included reflector comes pre-installed with a Godox mount adapter and it takes tremendous force to remove it
  • Replacement Flash tubes are pricey

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Buy now ($649): Amazon

Buy now Fujifilm trigger ($69): Amazon

 

Tenba DNA 15 Backpack

 

Pros

  • Solid build quality
  • Weather sealing
  • Roll top design lets you accommodate a lot of clothing, gear, etc.
  • Can become very compact
  • Straps that go around your chest and waist
  • Survives the snow
  • Stores away well in an airplane’s travel compartments overhead

Cons

  • Sometimes the zippers can be finicky.

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Buy now ($198): Amazon