Under $700: Outstanding But Not Costly Lenses for Fujifilm X Mount

You can build a solid lens collection for your Fujifilm camera with these affordable, yet high performing Fujifilm X Mount lenses.

Fujifilm make some truly wonderful cameras, and to go along with them there are some Fujifilm X Mount lenses that are just as stunning. The best part is that many of these lenses are incredibly affordable. Fujifilm’s weather sealed f2 prime lenses are some of the best deals on the market. Photographers buying into the Fujifilm system who need to stick to a budget should fear not; you will be able to build a solid collection of primes and zooms on the cheap without sacrificing quality. The Fujifilm X Mount lenses we will be looking at in this round-up are all incredibly sharp, produce great colors, solidly built, most are weather sealed, and they’re all under $700 (with many of them being significantly under that price). These super affordable Fujifilm X Mount lenses make owning a Fujifilm camera a little easier on the wallet, and the lenses won’t leave you wanting for more.

 

Rokinon 12mm F2 (Fujifilm X Mount)

 

Fujifilm X Mount

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 ($249): Amazon

 

Fujifilm 16mm F2.8 R WR

 

Pros

  • Small
  • Lightweight
  • Weather sealed
  • Fun to use
  • Affordable
  • Good for documentary work and travel
  • Incredibly fast autofocus

Cons

  • Not sure why there isn’t an effective manual focus distance scale for hyperfocal length shooting
  • It’s a wide angle lens with a relatively slow aperture for an APS-C camera system
  • You can get the 16mm f1.4 on eBay or used for good prices. And you also get two stops more of light and weather sealing in addition to snappy autofocus

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Buy now ($399): Amazon

 

Fujifilm XF 18mm F2 R

 

Pros

  • Extremely compact and lightweight
  • Very quick AF (for the X-System)
  • Solid and usable image quality

Cons

  • Pretty noticeable Chromatic Aberration in certain situations
  • Corner sharpness isn’t all that great until you get to f5.6 or greater

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Buy now ($595): Amazon

 

 

Pro Tip: Fujifilm cameras (as great as they are) don’t have the best battery life. You can usually squeeze 350 shots out of a battery, but this can vary greatly depending on what you are doing. Plan ahead and make sure you have plenty of spares. The great thing is that you don’t have to spend a fortune for quality replacement batteries. These aftermarket batteries are affordable, and they hold up just as well as the OEM batteries.

 

Fujifilm 23mm F2 R WR (Fujifilm X Mount)

 

fujifilm x mount

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 27mm F2.8

 

Pros

  • Compact size
  • Sharp image quality
  • Low profile look
  • Fast to focus

Cons

  • An aperture ring would have been preferred
  • Macro focusing doesn’t really work out so well

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Buy now  ($449): Amazon

 

Fujifilm 35mm F2 R WR (Fujifilm X Mount)

 

fujifilm x mount

Pros

  • Great sharpness
  • Nine aperture blades make the bokeh as good as it can be
  • Small size
  • Weather resistance
  • The fastest focusing lens that Fujifilm has offered as of the publication of this review.

Cons

  • Just f2…a refresh to the 35mm f1.4 actually would have been more appreciated and pushed the system ahead overall

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Buy now ($399): Amazon

 

 

 

Pro Tip: Lenses and cameras will both get dirty with use. It’s incredibly important that you take care of both as often as possible. Dirt, dust, grease, and just every day grime can accumulate over time, and if you don’t clean your gear you will run into problems down the line. Keep a basic camera and lens cleaning kit in your camera bag and take care of any dirt as soon as you see it. Your gear will thank you by working for many years to come.

 

Fujifilm 50mm F2 R WR (Fujifilm X Mount)

 

Pros

  • 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 XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS

 

Pros

  • Aperture ring
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Sharp images
  • Smooth bokeh

Cons

  • No depth of field scale
  • Aperture ring is unmarked

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Buy now ($359.82): Amazon

 

Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS (Fujifilm X Mount)

 

fujifilm x mount

Pros

  • Excellent image quality
  • Large rubberized zoom ring makes for smooth operation
  • Gorgeous bokeh
  • Affordable at $699 considering what this lens is
  • Faster aperture than its equivalent zooms across companies which usually come in at f4.5-5.6

Cons

  • It is massive for any X-series camera
  • It would’ve been great to see with this with a constant aperture, though that would jack up the price considerably

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Buy now ($699): Amazon