9 Lenses Perfect For Documentary Photography With The Fujifilm X Pro 3

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The Fujifilm X-Pro 3 may just be the perfect camera for Documentarians to tote around, and these lenses will help you get the most out of it.

The just-announced Fujifilm X Pro 3 has warmed the hearts of many photographers due to its beautiful retro styling, it’s innovative rear E-Ink screen, and of course, its tried and true X-Trans Sensor. Previous iterations of this camera have been incredibly popular with street photographers, documentarians and photojournalists. There’s no doubt the Fujifilm X Pro 3 will be as well. Fujifilm has a vast collection of both primes and zooms that will help make this camera a fantastic tool for those who love documentary photography. Here we will take a quick look at the lenses that we would use for this genre of photography.

The Fujifilm X Pro 3 hasn’t hit the streets just yet, but shortly you’ll be able to get your hands on one of these incredible cameras (you can pre-order now for $1,799.95). Check out our first impressions post and take a look at the gorgeous Rangefinder styling and some of the sample images we were able to capture with it. The lenses we have listed below will pair up with the Fujifilm X Pro 3 perfectly. Their focal lengths are ideal for documentary photography, and their excellent build qualities and impressive image rendering abilities make them perfect for this line of work. Check out our choices below.

 

Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 R WR

 

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Very sharp wide open
  • Very sharp overall
  • The excellent metal build quality
  • The focusing ring allows for zone focusing
  • Pretty decent bokeh for a lens of this type
  • 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

Buy now ($899): Adorama

 

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

 

Pro Tip: Documentary photography is incredibly exciting. Telling a story through pictures may sound like an easy thing to do, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. If documentary photography is a field that interests you, but you aren’t quite sure how to go about starting a career in it, you need to check out this guide. This tutorial will help you understand your role, it will show you how to approach your subjects creatively, and will guide you through the storytelling process. The best part is that this guide won’t break the bank.

 

Fujifilm 23mm f1.4

 

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

  • Expensive

Buy now ($799): Adorama

 

Fujifilm 35mm f2 R WR

 

lenses for the 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

 

lenses for the 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

 

Pro Tip: All of these lenses from Fujifilm have outstanding build qualities, and most of them feature their legendary weather sealing; that won’t stop them from getting dirty, though. No matter what lenses you use, if you want to get the best out of them, you must take care of them. Give them a quick clean before every use, and then give them a deep clean bi-weekly. You spend a lot of money on quality glass, so make sure they last as long as possible. Keep a quality lens cleaning kit in your camera bag at all times so that you can make sure they are always ready to work.

 

Fujifilm 8-16mm f2.8 R LM WR

 

lenses for the Fujifilm X-Pro 3

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Solid image quality
  • Fast autofocus, which is expected
  • Lets you handhold 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

Buy now ($1,799): Adorama

 

Fujifilm 10-24mm f4 R OIS

 

lenses for the Fujifilm X-Pro 3

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Solid metal construction with a large rubberized zoom ring
  • Built-in image stabilization and a smooth aperture ring
  • Sharp images and vibrant colors

Cons

  • Fairly heavy
  • Expensive

Buy now ($899): Adorama

 

Fujifilm 16-55mm f2.8 LM WR

 

lenses for the Fujifilm X-Pro 3

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

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

Cons

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

Buy now ($999): Adorama