The Essential Landscape + Astrophotography Lenses for Fujifilm Cameras

There are some truly stunning fast, wide angle lenses for Fujifilm cameras, and they’re perfect for landscapes and astro work.

Fujifilm cameras are fantastic to use for landscapes, cityscapes, and astrophotography. Their small size means you can take them just about anywhere without having to worry about weight, the sensors are capable of capturing tremendous details, the colors they produce are gorgeous, and the fast, wide angle lenses that you can pair with the camera bodies are simply outstanding. Lets take a quick look at some lenses for Fujifilm cameras what will help you capture the beauty of the world both under your feet, and above your head.

The weather is finally starting to play nice, spring is in the air, flowers are starting to bloom, and astrophotography season is upon us. It’s the perfect time to either grab your current fast wide angle lenses, or upgrade to some new glass. All of the lenses listed below are perfectly suited to all things landscape, cityscape, and astrophotography, and when paired with Fujifilm’s X-Tans sensors they can create magic. Here’s a look at the essential lenses for landscape and astrophotography work.

 

Rokinon 12mm f2 (Fujifilm X Mount)

 

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Pros

  • Great colors
  • Small build
  • Lightweight
  • Nice aperture clicks
  • Sharp

Cons

  • There are lenses with better bokeh for sure

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Buy now ($299): Amazon

 

Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 R WR (X Mount)

 

Pros

  • Very sharp wide open
  • Very sharp overall
  • Excellent metal build quality
  • Focusing ring allows for zone focusing
  • Pretty decent bokeh for a lens of this type, despite having 9 aperture blades
  • Fast focusing performance
  • Weather sealed construction
  • Keeps distortion down pretty well

Cons

  • Depth of Field scale could have given us more focusing markers
  • More purple fringing than a modern lens should have despite it easily being removed in post-production
  • There are so many other things that you can do for just under $1,000
  • Autofocus is just a hair too slow for street photography

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Buy now ($999): Amazon

 

 

Pro Tip: It doesn’t matter if you use Fujifilm cameras, Sony cameras, or any other brand of camera, if you plan on shooting landscape and astrophotography you’re going to need a tripod to ensure that you can get the sharpest shots possible. A light tripod that can fold up small is perfect as it will not add a ton of weight on you which is vital if you plan on hiking to get to a shoot location. This one can support a ton of gear, is sturdy, and is easy to use; it won’t break the bank either.

 

Rokinon 21mm F1.4 (Fujifilm X Mount)

 

Pros

  • Fast f1.4 Aperture
  • Good weight for small/light Fujifilm bodies
  • Balances well on the camera
  • Smooth focusing ring

Cons

  • No AF
  • No Electronic contact with the camera
  • Build quality is just ‘OK’

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Buy now ($379): Amazon

 

Fujifilm 23mm f1.4 (X series)

 

Pros

  • Superb image quality
  • Beautiful bokeh
  • Lots of great sharpness with even a bit of what seems like micro-contrast
  • Well built
  • Snap back focusing ring

Cons

  • Expensive

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Buy now ($899): Amazon

 

 

Pro Tip: If you plan on shooting astrophotography this year with these lenses and your Fujfilm cameras, you should seriously consider adding a light pollution filter to your camera bag. This light pollution filter from Irix will block out the yellow glow and haze from sodium lamps that line the streets of our cities. With this filter on the front of your lens you will be able to see the stars and the Milky Way much more clearly, and colors will be much more accurate. They’re available in many thread sizes, and they’re affordable.

 

Fujifilm 8-16mm f2.8 R LM WR (Fujifilm X Mount)

 

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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 ($1,199): Amazon

 

Fujifilm 16-55mm f2.8 LM WR (Fujifilm X Mount)

 

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Pros

  • Solid image quality
  • Nice bokeh, sharpness, and color rendition
  • Weather sealed
  • Fujifilm’s best general zoom lens yet
  • Fujifilm gave this an actual aperture ring instead of what they did with their previous kit lens zooms and gave the user a switch

Cons

  • Feels weird in the hand even with the XT1
  • An internal zooming mechanism would have made this feel better in the hand
  • A steep price

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Buy now ($699): Amazon