Best Fuji Prime Lens- The Full Guide

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Camera lenses can be classified into two main types: prime and zoom lenses. We will try to explain what the differences are between them, and then we will list the best Fujifilm prime lenses that cover most of the photography genres.

What is a Prim lens?

A prime lens is a lens with a fixed focal length. This means that such a lens has an angle of view that can not be changed (unless you move), you can not make your image appear larger or smaller within the frame. To enlarge your subject and make it fill more of the frame, you have to physically get closer to it. Moreover, to fit more into the frame you have to step back.

An example of a prim lens is the Fujinon XF33mm F1.4 R LM WR

The benefits of using of prim lens

  • It tends to be smaller and lighter.
  • Many prime lenses are significantly cheaper than their zoom counterparts are.
  • A prim lens often has a brighter maximum aperture. Professional prime lenses can go as wide as f/0.95. therefore, they offer better light gathering abilities, and also a shallow depth of field, which can result in photographs with beautifully rendered background highlights known as “Bokeh“. In addition, a fast prime lens will allow you to shoot subjects in low-light environments due to its larger / wider aperture.
  • Generally, the faster the lens (wider aperture), the more expensive it will be.
  • Primes often have fewer optics inside, which means you can achieve very sharp results from edge to edge.
  • A prime lens often shows less distortion than an equivalent zoom, mainly as there are fewer optical problems to overcome

What is a Zoom lens?

A zoom lens, on the other hand, has a variable focal length. By turning the zoom ring, you move optical elements inside the lens to achieve a different angle of view. This means that you can make objects appear larger by turning the zoom ring in one direction or fit more objects into the frame by turning it in the opposite direction.

Zoom lenses have two focal lengths representing the zoom range, for example, a Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS, may act as an 18mm focal length lens, and 55mm focal length lens, and everything in between.

Best Fuji Prime Lens- The Full Guide

The benefits of using a Zoom lens

  • The most obvious reason for using zoom lenses is their versatility. With zoom lenses, you can go from wide-angle to telephoto in a quick turn of the zoom ring without the need to physically move.
  • A single zoom lens can replace two or three prime lenses. This also means that you only need to worry about moving around with a single attached lens. A single zoom lens might save you from carrying a large backpack.

How to choose a prime lens

Prime lenses come in many different focal lengths. Choosing one would depend on the types of photography you are interested in. These focal lengths mentioned below are only examples of which type of lens and focal length can be used for different genres.

Focal LengthLens type  
Up to 14mmFisheye
14mm - 35mmWide angle
35mm - 85mmStandard
85mm - 135mmShort Telephoto
135mm+Medium Telephoto
300mm+Super Telephoto
35mm - 200mmMacro
Lens typePhotography Genres      
FisheyeAbstract
Wide angleLandscapeArchitecture
StandardStreetTravel
Short TelephotoStreetportraits
Medium Telephoto Sports Wildlife
Super TelephotoSports Nature
MacroClose-up

Best Fuji Prime Lens

Fujifilm has two lens systems, one designed for its X-Mount series and the other designed for its GFX medium format series; I’ll be covering the X-Mount here. X-Mount lenses are designed for X-series bodies, including the X-H, X-Pro, X-T, X-E, and X-A models.

All X-series bodies employ APSC-sized sensors which in turn reduce the field-of-view by 1.5 times, so a 50mm lens becomes equivalent to 75mm on a full-frame body.

Best Fuji Prime Lens- The Full Guide

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Best Fuji Prime Lens- The Full Guide

The MK-6.5mm f/2 Circular Fisheye Lens from Mieke is a FUJIFILM X-mount lens providing a 9.75mm equivalent focal length. Its fisheye design realizes an impressive 190° angle of view along with a unique circular image shape and strong distortion for a surreal quality. Individual lens elements feature a multi-layer nano coating to control surface reflections, flare, and ghosting in order to realize a high degree of contrast and color accuracy, even when working in bright and backlit conditions.


Specification

Focal Length6.5mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 9.8mm)
Max Aperturef/2
Min Aperturef/22
Lens MountFUJIFILM X
Lens Format CoverageAPS-C
Angle of View190°
Min Focus DistanceNot Specified by Manufacturer
Optical Design6 Elements in 5 Groups
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter SizeNone
Dimensions (ø x L)2.4 x 2.03" / 61 x 51.5 mm
Weight10.58 oz / 300 g
ProsCons
Sharp and crisp resultsManual focus virtually impossible
Excellent flare resistance
Very low CA
Low price

Best Fuji Prime Lens- The Full Guide

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Best Fuji Prime Lens- The Full Guide

The XF 16mm f/2.8 R WR is well-suited to landscape, nature, and architectural shooting. Its f/2.8 maximum aperture balances size and speed and is suitable for working in available lighting conditions while also limiting the overall size and weight of the lens for everyday use. The optical design features two aspherical elements to reduce distortion and spherical aberrations in order to produce greater sharpness and accurate rendering.

A Super EBC coating is also used to control flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color fidelity when working in bright and backlit conditions.

Complementing the optics is a stepping motor, along with an internal focusing design, which provides quick and especially quiet focusing performance. Additionally, the lens is weather-sealed to suit working in inclement conditions.


Specification

PROSCONS
Compact.Loss of clarity at edges of frame.
Sharp images.Not stabilized.
All-weather build.Omits fluorine coat.
Even illumination.
Aperture ring.
Minimal distortion.
PROSCONS
Compact.Loss of clarity at edges of frame.
Sharp images.Not stabilized.
All-weather build.Omits fluorine coat.
Even illumination.
Aperture ring.
Minimal distortion.

Best Fuji Prime Lens- The Full Guide

The XF 18mm f/1.4 R WR Lens is well-suited to documentary, travel, landscape, nature, architectural photography, and even astrophotography. Its fast f/1.4 maximum aperture suits working in available light conditions while maintaining a compact form factor.

It offers greater control over the depth of field and provides a soft bokeh effect at wider apertures while also limiting the overall size and weight of the lens for everyday use.

Optical elements feature Super EBC coating to reduce lens flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color fidelity.

The lens has a linear autofocus motor that provides fast and responsive, near-silent AF down to a minimum object distance of just 7.9″ / 20cm in as little as 0.04 seconds. It also features an internal focusing design, and smooth manual focusing control.


Specification

Focal Length18mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 27mm)
Max Aperturef/1.4
Min Aperturef/16
Lens MountFUJIFILM X
Lens Format APS-C
Angle of View76.5°
Min Focus Distance7.9" / 20 cm
Max Magnification0.15x
Optical Design15 Elements in 9 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size62 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.7 x 3" / 68.8 x 75.6 mm
Weight13.1 oz / 370 g
Pros:Cons:   
Solid lens that is well made.There is a slight “clunk” noise inside the lens when it’s not powered.
Compact, light, and generally easy to handle: great ergonomics.It’s not cheap.
Weather and dust sealed.
Blazingly fast autofocus.
Superb image quality.
Fast f1.4 aperture.
Great bokeh.

 

Best Fuji Prime Lens- The Full Guide

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Best Fuji Prime Lens- The Full Guide

The XF 35mm f/1.4 R is a 53mm-equivalent lens characterized by its bright f/1.4 maximum aperture. This design benefits working in difficult lighting conditions and also affords greater control over depth of field for isolating subject matter and using selective focus techniques.

The optical design employs one aspherical element, which reduces distortion and spherical aberrations in order to achieve higher sharpness and accurate rendering.

The rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing Bokeh quality.

A Super EBC coating is also featured, which reduces flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color fidelity.


Specification

Focal Length35mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 53mm)
Max Aperturef/1.4
Min Aperturef/16
Lens MountFUJIFILM X
Lens Format APS-C
Angle of View44.2°
Min Focus Distance11.02" / 28 cm
Max Magnification0.17x
Optical Design8 Elements in 6 Groups
Diaphragm Blades7, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size52 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.56 x 2.16" / 65 x 54.9 mm
Weight6.6 oz / 187 g
ProsCons  
Stunning image quality and bokehIt can be slow to focus / hunt for focus, especially in low light
Fast wide f1.4 apertureThe focus motor is not super quiet l
Robustness and build qualityIt is a bit heavier
It’s not weather-sealed

Best Fuji Prime Lens- The Full Guide

The XF 50mm f/2 R WR offers a 76mm equivalent focal length to suit a variety of applications, including portraiture and still lifes. The lightweight design and bright f/2 maximum aperture benefit working in low-light conditions and also afford a high degree of control over the depth of field for selective focus techniques.

The optical design features one aspherical ED element, which controls distortion and color fringing for sharper, clearer results throughout the aperture range.

A Super EBC coating is also used to control flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color fidelity when working in bright and backlit conditions.

Complementing the optics is a stepping motor, along with an internal focusing design, which provides quick and especially quiet focusing performance.

Additionally, the lens is weather-sealed to suit working in inclement conditions.


Specification

Focal Length50mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 76mm)
Max Aperturef/2
Min Aperturef/16
Lens MountFUJIFILM X
Lens Format APS-C
Angle of View31.7°
Min Focus Distance1.28' / 39 cm
Max Magnification0.15x
Optical Design9 Elements in 7 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size46 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.36 x 2.34" / 60 x 59.4 mm
Weight7.05 oz / 200 g
PROSCONS
Very compact.Omits optical stabilization.
Super sharp.Limited close focus.
Strong illumination.
No distortion.

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On a crop sensor, the 56mm f1.2 lens is equivalent to an 85mm lens on a full-frame camera. This is perhaps one of the classic focal lengths for portrait photography.

Perfect for portraiture, the XF 56mm f/1.2 R from FUJIFILM is an 85mm-equivalent prime distinguished by its exceedingly fast f/1.2 maximum aperture for isolating subjects and working in low-light conditions.

The optical design employs both aspherical and extra-low dispersion elements, which help to reduce a variety of aberrations, color fringing, and distortion in order to achieve high sharpness and clarity.

A Super EBC coating is used, too, to reduce flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color accuracy in bright and backlit conditions.

Additionally, this lens also features an internal focusing mechanism for quick focusing performance along with a rounded seven-blade diaphragm to produce a pleasing bokeh quality.


Specification

Focal Length56mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 85mm)
Maximum Aperturef/1.2
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountFUJIFILM X
Lens Format CoverageAPS-C
Angle of View28.5°
Min Focus Distance2.3' / 70 cm
Max Magnification0.09x
Optical Design11 Elements in 8 Groups
Diaphragm Blades7, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size62 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.88 x 2.74" / 73.2 x 69.7 mm
Weight14.29 oz / 405 g

Pros:Cons:   
The best Fujifilm sharpnessThe AF motor is not the fastest
A fast aperture of 1.2Fly by wire focus ring lacks precision
Pleasant bokeh
Easy to find second hand

Best Fuji Prime Lens- The Full Guide

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Best Fuji Prime Lens- The Full Guide

The XF 90mm f/2 R LM WR is a 137mm-equivalent lens featuring a bright f/2 maximum aperture for low-light performance and extensive control over focus placement.

The optical design incorporates three extra-low dispersion elements to minimize chromatic aberrations and color fringing and a Super EBC coating has been applied to control flare and ghosting for increased contrast and color fidelity.

Complementing the optical assets, this lens also features a weather-sealed design for working in harsh environments and has a Quad Linear Motor for quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance.


Specification

Focal Length90mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 137mm)
Max Aperturef/2
Min Aperturef/16
Lens MountFUJIFILM X
Lens Format APS-C
Angle of View17.9°
Min Focus Distance1.97' / 60 cm
Max Magnification0.2x
Optical Design11 Elements in 8 Groups
Diaphragm Blades7, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size62 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.95 x 4.13" / 75 x 105 mm
PROSCONS   
Sharp from edge to edge.Manual focus by wire.
No distortion.Omits image stabilization.
Even illumination across the frame.
Fast focus.
Wide aperture.
Weather-resistant design.

Best Fuji Prime Lens- The Full Guide

The FUJIFILM XF 200mm f/2 R LM OIS WR is a 305mm-equivalent lens further characterized by its sophisticated optical layout, fast performance, and apt image stabilization.

Well-suited for sports, events, and wildlife photography, the impressive f/2 maximum aperture suits working in a variety of lighting conditions and also promotes working with shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques.

The optical design features three extra-low dispersion elements, including one Super ED element, which help to achieve greater clarity and color accuracy by controlling fringing and chromatic aberrations.

A Super EBC coating is also used to suppress flare for improved contrast and color rendering. Complementing the optics is a linear motor-based autofocus system, which offers fast, near-silent performance for both stills and video use.

Additionally, a five-stop-effective optical image stabilization system minimizes the appearance of camera shake for sharper results. Suiting the lens’s use in inclement conditions, it is also weather-sealed to resist and dust and moisture and a fluorine coating have been applied to the front element.


Specification

Focal Length200mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 305mm)
Max Aperturef/2
Min Aperturef/22
Lens MountFUJIFILM X
Lens Format APS-C
Angle of View8.1°
Min Focus Distance5.91' / 1.8 m
Max Magnification0.12x
Optical Design19 Elements in 14 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Tripod CollarFixed and Rotating
Filter Size105 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)4.8 x 8.09" / 122 x 205.5 mm
Weight4.98 lb / 2265 g
PROSCONS
Bright aperture.Expensive.
Strong image stabilization.Heavy.
Very sharp.Large front element requires pricey 105mm filters.
No distortion.
Minimal vignette.
Useful physical controls.
Dust and splash protection.

Best Fuji Prime Lens- The Full Guide

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