The 5 Best Cheap Lenses for Fujifilm X Series Cameras

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 27mm f2.8 first impressions (14 of 18)ISO 8001-60 sec at f - 2.8

Fujifilm lenses tend to be a bit pricier than most others–but at the same time they’re arguably better than their closest competitors in any situation. Each lens of theirs features a working aperture ring, a super close focusing mode that can be activated through the camera, and excellent build quality with many of the lenses being made of metal instead of plastic. Then there are the optics–which are typically solid. But if Fujifilm has any big strength in the photo industry, it’s that they have the best APS-C sensors in their cameras.

Over the years, we’ve been working on reviewing various lenses and we’ve had time to try lots of what Fujifilm and third parties offer. So despite this list not featuring lenses that are anywhere as cheap as other camera systems, here are the most bang for your buck Fujifilm lenses.

Also be sure to check out our entire guide to their system.

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Review: Fujifilm 60mm f2.4 Macro (X series)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 60mm f2.4 review product photos (5 of 8)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 4.0

The Fujifilm 60mm f2.4 lens was one of the first that Fujifilm released when the X series system was announced. As one of the oldest in the system, it is also in the hands of many users. Marketed as a macro lens, its 90mm field of view also does a great job for portraits when needed.

Sporting a wide open aperture for f2.4 and 10 elements in 8 groups, the lens is further made better with nine aperture blades.

Sadly though, it’s very easy to deem this lens the jack of all trades and master of none.

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Schneider-Kreuznach Micro Four Thirds Lenses May Finally Arrive for Photokina 2014

One-and-a-half years ago, when we visited photokina 2012 in Cologne, Germany, we came across a couple of prototype Micro Four Thirds lenses at the Scnhneider-Kreuznach booth. At the time, the lenses were still under development, and upon inquiry later that year Schneider quoted us a late 2013 release date. Unfortunately, it appears they had some issues with the lenses, as they were then postponed again for an unspecified 2014 release.

Now 43rumors has got word that the lenses might indeed arrive in their final form for photokina 2014, two years after they were first showcased. As a reminder, Schneider-Kreuznach has been working on a 14mm f2 Super-Angulon, a 30mm f1.4 Xenon and a 60mm f2.4 Makro-Symmar lens. The main reason for the delay, according to the 43rumors report, was that Schneider has only limited production capabilities and wanted to focus on their cine lenses first.

When their Micro Four Thirds lenses arrive, they’ll all feature autofocus just like the lenses from Panasonic, Olympus and Sigma, and unlike the Voigtländer offerings. However, with Schneider having a long history as a manufacturer of high-quality lenses for professional demands, we can assume their Micro Four Thirds lenses to be of superior optical and build quality. Whether or not there were some changes to the original designs, as 43rumors suggests, will be seen when (if) they arrive at photokina.

We’ll be covering the show in Cologne this year (again), and should the lenses truly be exhibited in their final production form, we’ll make sure to get some hands-on time with them.