Just Got Your First Fujifilm Camera? Check Out These X Mount Lenses

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Congrats on getting your first Fujifilm camera, you’re going to love it. But, if you want to get more out of it, check out these affordable X mount lenses.

There are a ton of great Fujifilm cameras on the market, and if you just got your hands on any one of them over the holidays, you will no doubt love using it. As with any camera system, the lenses you use will play a more significant role in how good your images will be, and thankfully there are dozens of excellent X mount lenses available. The X mount lenses we listed in this roundup are perfect for photographers looking to expand their lens library without breaking the bank. Don’t let the low prices fool you, though. These X mount lenses punch well above their price point. After the break, check out the first X mount lenses you should try.

Whether you got an X-T3, an X-T30, the X-A7, the X-Pro 3, or any of the excellent X mount Fujifilm cameras, the X mount lenses listed below will serve you well. All of these lenses are incredibly affordable, which makes them easier to reach for if you have a limited budget, or are just starting out. One thing we can guarantee: all of these lenses perform at levels that you would expect out of much more expensive glass. This roundup shares just a few that should be considered, so be sure to check out our X mount lens buyers guide too to see all of the reviews we have done for lenses on this platform. 

Rokinon 12mm F2

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The Rokinon 12mm f2 is small, well made, has sharp optics, and offers a great ultra-wide 18mm equivalent focal length. It is a manual focus lens, but capable of producing gorgeous images. It’s a must-have for landscape photographers. Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

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

Cons

  • There are lenses with better bokeh for sure

Buy now: $249

Fujifilm 16mm F2.8 R WR

Fujifilm X mount lenses 16mm f2.8

This wonderful prime lens from Fujifilm offers a 24mm equivalent focal length, and it’s weather-sealed, fast to focus, incredibly light, and has fantastic optics. This lens is perfect for street photography, landscapes, cityscapes, documentary work, and travel photography. It’s super affordable too. 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
  • You can get the 16mm f1.4 used for good prices. You also get two stops more of light and weather sealing in addition to snappy autofocus.

Buy now: $399

Fujifilm 23mm F2 R WR

Fujifilm X mount lenses 23mm f2

The f2 lineup of lenses from Fujifilm is strong, and the 23mm (35mm equivalent) is another gem. It’s small, lightweight, focuses ridiculously fast, produces gorgeous colors, and it’s weather-sealed. Perfect for street photography, wedding photography, documentary, journalism, environmental portraits, and more. This is one lens all Fujifilm camera owners should own. 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 doesn’t have the magic the 23mm f1.4 R does

Buy now: $449

Pro Tip: We highly recommend that you spend a good deal of time with your camera to learn all the ins and outs about it. If you want to get the most out of it, you have two options. You can read the manual (super boring), or you can grab an easy to follow, super informative user guide that will get you up and running in no time. There are guides available for the X-T3, the X-H1, the X -Pro 2, and many more. The best part is that they are all super affordable. 

Fujifilm 35mm F2 R WR

Whether you’re new to photography or you have been around for a while, you should always have a nifty fifty at your disposal. This 35mm f2 is a 50mm equivalent, and it just sings. It has all the weather sealing you could need, and performance that punches well above it’s asking price. Great for portraits, events, street photography, and everything else in-between. 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…a refresh to the 35mm f1.4 would have been more appreciated

Buy now: $399

Fujifilm 50mm F2 R WR

fujifilm X mount lenses 50mm f2

If you’re a budding portrait photographer and want to start making great portraits with your new Fujifilm cameras, the 50mm f2 (75mm equivalent) is a great place to start. Yes, there are faster portrait lenses out there, but pair this lens with your camera, and you’ll be treated to sharp images, beautiful colors, smooth bokeh, and of course, weather sealing. 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

Fujifilm XF 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

Fujifilm X mount lenses - XF18-135mm

If you like the idea of having one lens to cover all of the most popular focal lengths, the Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 (27-202.5mm equivalent) could be the lens for you. If you want to travel with one lens, this is it. If you want to go on a photo walk with as little gear as possible, this lens will have you covered. It’s weather-sealed, built like a tank, produces sharp images, and offers image stabilization. It’s a great jack-of-all-trades lens. Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Absolutely no lens creep whatsoever
  • Solid build quality
  • Decent bokeh
  • Weather sealed
  • Great colors and relatively sharp
  • Optical image stabilization

Cons

  • As big as a DSLR lens
  • Fringes with hints of chromatic aberration

Buy now: $799

X Mount Lenses - Rokinon 12mm f2
The Airforce academy cathedral in Colorado Springs, CO. Captured with the Fujifilm X-T3 and the Rokinon 12mm f2

Pro Tip: As with all lenses (and all gear for that matter), to get the most out of them, you absolutely must take care of them by cleaning them regularly. Giving them a quick wipe down before and during use will stop dust spots from ruining your shots, and deep cleaning them bi-weekly will ensure that they work well over their life span. You don’t need a fancy cleaning kit that costs a fortune either. This one will do the job just fine.

Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f3.5-4.8 R LM OIS

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The Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f3.5-4.8 R LM OIS is a fantastic lens for any photographer who wants to try their hand at sports, wildlife, and nature photography. The equivalent focal range of 82.5-300mm will let you get close to the action. There are faster aperture zooms out there, but they come with a hefty price tag. Fujifilm cameras are great at higher ISO’s, so bump it up, focus on your subject, and capture the magic. This lens is a winner. Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Excellent image quality
  • Large rubberized zoom ring makes for smooth operation
  • Gorgeous bokeh
  • Affordable 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

Buy now: $699