7 Primes That Will Make The Fujifilm X Pro 3 a Street Photography Gem

The Fujifilm X Pro 3 is just begging to be used out on the streets, and these prime lenses will make it sing.

The Fujifilm X Pro series of cameras have become firm fan favorites of street photographers over the years. The classic Rangefinder styling, solid build quality, and impressive image output make X Pro cameras a fantastic choice. A camera needs great lenses, though, and there are a ton of them available to Fujifilm users. If you plan on using the Fujifilm X-Pro 3 ($1,799.95 at Adorama) for street photography when you get your hands on one, these are the lenses we recommend that you pair up with it.

The Fujifilm X-Pro 3 (read our first impressions) sports the same 26.1 Megapixel APS-C sensor that can be found in the X-T3, and the X-T30. This sensor is capable of producing detail-rich images, with colors that can genuinely wow you. To get the most out of it, you’ll need lenses that are equally as fantastic as the camera. Fujifilm’s prime lenses are some of the best around thanks to their build quality, incredible levels of sharpness, and their ability to focus fast. You’ll also love that they too have some retro flair thanks to the aperture rings that can be found on most of them. Below, we have listed several lenses that will pair with the Fujifilm X-Pro 3 really well for street photography. These are definitely the lenses we would reach for first.

 

Fujifilm 16mm F2.8 R WR

 

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

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

Buy now ($399): Adorama

 

Fujifilm 23mm f2 R WR

 

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

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

Buy now ($449): Adorama

 

Fujifilm 23mm f1.4

 

23mm f1.4 for Fujifilm X-Pro 3

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

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

Cons

  • It’s a little pricey

Buy now ($799): Adorama

 

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Fujifilm 27mm f2.8

 

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Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

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

Buy now ($449): Adorama

 

Fujifilm 35mm f2 R WR

 

35mm f2 for Fujifilm X-Pro 3

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

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

Buy now ($399): Adorama

 

Fujifilm 35mm f1.4

 

35mm f1.4 for Fujifilm X-Pro 3

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Exceptional image quality
  • Jaw-dropping sharpness
  • Focusing speed has improved with further firmware updates, but still isn’t top-notch
  • The excellent metal build quality
  • The finish will make it look like an old lens over time

Cons

  • Still a bit too slow to focus in some situations, but when you have this kind of image quality, you really can’t complain all-day

Buy now ($599): Adorama

 

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Fujifilm 50mm f2 R WR

 

50mm f2 for Fujifilm X-Pro 3

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

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

Buy now ($449): Adorama