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What Fuijinon XF Lens Should I Buy? 2nd Edition

Posted by Leigh Diprose

 

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Fujinon lenses are famous for their high quality build and their ability to produce clean, sharp images. Used in various industries, including broadcast, satellite and mobile technologies, these award-winning lenses lead the way for the highest of image quality.

When it comes to choosing a Fujinon lens for your FUJIFILM X-Series camera what one should you buy, and more importantly what photographic scenario is each lens best suited for?

 

 

The below guide is a real world explanation on what lens you would use for taking a particular type of photograph.

Before going into the lenses lets explore what a focal length and aperture are.

 

What's a focal length?

A focal length is the calculated distance from the camera’s sensor to the center of the lens. You can see what focal length a lens is by the measurement displayed in millimeters on the actual lens (normally located on the front of the lens).

When talking about Fujinon lenses on a Fujifilm APS-C sensor a wider angled view consists of a smaller number like 18mm (27mm equivalent on a full frame sensor), whereas a larger number like 200mm (300mm equivalent on a full frame sensor) represents a more zoomed in view commonly referred to as telephoto.

 

What's an f-stop or aperture?

Have you ever seen those strange looking numbers on the front of your lens and wondered what they represent?

The numbers are actually fractions of light.

An f-stop simply put represents the opening size of the lens (aperture). 

 

A few other facts about f-stops:

- Typically a lens, which has a larger f-stop (for example F1.2) will be more expensive due to the amount of glass the lens contains.

- Using a larger f-stop like F/1.2 or F/2.8 will produce a greater depth of field, meaning you will have the subject in focus and the background will become more out of focus.

 

Did you know?

-       XF lenses feature a metal rear mount.

-       Most XF lenses will contain a manual aperture ring.

-       Nearly all of the FUJIFILM XF lenses are made in Japan. Here's a quick video showing their production.

 

 

 

XF Prime Lenses

Firstly what is a prime lens?

- A prime lens is a fixed focal length, meaning you will be unable to zoom in and out.
 

Based on my own photography experience, here's a quick table view of the current line up of Fujinon XF lenses showing what type of photography is best suited for each lens. Don't get me wrong, you can certainly use any of the XF lenses to photograph anything, however this is just my opinion. (To view the table at a larger size simply zoom in on your browser).

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Listed below is a more detailed description of each lens.

 

Fujinon XF14mm F2.8 R

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Best used for photographing:

-       Landscapes

-       Interior Spaces

-       Architectural Images

-       Street Photography

-       Group photos

-       Star Trails

-       Low Light Photography

 

Designed to capture images rich in perspective, this ultra wide-angle lens with its extreme angle of view is the ideal choice for the landscape, street, wedding or architectural photographer. With minimized distortion, and high resolution from the center to the periphery of the image frame, this lens has the versatility to capture not only powerful landscape and architectural photos, but also amazing image quality when shooting indoors in confined spaces. Using the focusing distance and depth of field scales on the focus ring, photographers can take intriguing snapshots that accentuate depth of field.

 

Fujinon XF18mm F2.8 R

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Best used for photographing:

-       Landscapes

-       Group Photos

-       Architectural Images

-       Star Trails

-       Low Light Photography

 

The 18mm has been constructed with size and quality in mind. Made in Japan, this lens is compact and lightweight due to it’s ‘pancake’ design’.  Featuring glass-moulded aspheric lenses at the 5th and 7th elements, this lens is effective in increasing the maximum aperture (5th element) and reducing the overall thickness of the lens (7th element). The final element of the lens is positioned as close to the camera’s sensor as possible, making the incidence angle of light reaching the sensor smaller. This in turn reduces vignetting and colour shading, while helping to keep the lens’s overall size small.

 

 

Fujinon XF23mm F1.4 R

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Best used for photographing:

-       Portraits

-       Landscapes

-       Product Photography

-       Street Photography

-       Low Light Photography

 

This premium wide-angle lens has been designed to maximize the performance of the Fujifilm X-Trans CMOS sensor to achieve the highest image quality. With a focal length equivalent to 35mm (135 equivalent), this lens is suitable for a wide range of applications including portraits and landscapes as well as more general photography.

The maximum aperture of F/1.4 allows you to shoot hand-held in low light conditions. Lens distortion has been reduced to the absolute minimum using only optical rather than digital correction, thereby delivering the highest possible picture quality. The rounded seven-blade diaphragm ensures smooth bokeh even when shooting portraits or product shots.

 

 

Fujinon XF27mm F2.8

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Best used for photographing:

-       Portraits

-       Street Photography

-       Landscapes

-       Low Light Photography

 

Clear, high fidelity descriptive performance in a compact, lightweight form makes this lens a perfect partner for the majority of X-Series cameras. With a focal length of 41mm (135 equivalent) this lens is not only a superb everyday choice, but also performs well in a variety of scenes ranging from portraits, landscapes and all the way through to architectural shots.

 

 

Fujinon XF35mm F1.4 R

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Best used for photographing:

-       Portraits

-       Weddings

-       Street Photography

-       Landscape Photography (Stitching images together)

-       Low Light Photography

 

Using a glass-moulded aspheric lens at the 5th element minimizes spherical aberration in this lens. Overall as a photographer you should achieve beautiful bokeh in out-of-focus areas as well as excellent in-focus reproduction due to the lens design and construction. The 35mm (135 equivalent: 53mm) lens has a standard focal length with the angle of view similar to that of the human eye. With the bright maximum aperture of f/1.4, this lens is ideal for everyday photos.

 

Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R

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Best used for photographing:

-       Portraits

-       Weddings

-       Product Photography

-       Fashion Photography

-       Low Light Photography

 

The XF56mm is a fast F1.2 lens with a focal length that's equivalent to 85mm (135 equivalent). The lens delivers beautiful background bokeh so it’s ideal for portraiture. The lens’ incredible resolving power is thanks to a new optical design featuring 11 elements in 8 groups. Two ED (extra-low dispersion) elements and one double-sided aspherical element are used to control spherical and chromatic aberrations, while a further four of the elements feature convex surfaces to ensure excellent light coverage, even when shooting wide open.

Like other X lenses, the XF56mm F1.2 R lens is designed to be comfortable in use and has a premium quality look and feel.

 

 

Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R

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Best used for photographing:

-       Portraits

-       Weddings

-       Product Photography

-       Fashion Photography

-       Low Light Photography

 

The XF56mm F1.2 R APD  is similar to the XF56mm F1.2. The main difference is the special apodisation filter found at the rear of the lens. This special filter will produce a creamy bokeh while still maintaining a 56mm focal length (135 equivalent: 85mm). The advantage is you'll be able to stand at a good distance when photographing someone's portrait. The lens’ incredible resolving power is thanks to a new optical design featuring 11 elements in 8 groups. Two ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) elements and one aspherical element are used to control spherical and chromatic aberrations.

Like other X lenses, the XF56mm F1.2 R APD lens is designed to be comfortable in use and has a premium quality look and feel.

 

 

Fujinon XF60mm F2.4 R Macro

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Best used for photographing:

-       Macro (close up) Photography

-       Portraits

 

This is a mid telephoto lens with the bright aperture of F/2.4 despite its compact size. It uses a glass molded aspheric lens at the 7th element to prevent field curvature, and places an ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) glass lens at the 6th element to contain chromatic aberration.  At the minimum working distance of 26.7cm, the lens delivers the maximum magnification of 0.5x (of life size) for macro photography.

 

 

XF Zoom Lenses

 

XF10-24mm F4 R OIS

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Best used for photographing:

-       Landscapes

-       Architectural

-       Interior Photographs

-       Weddings

-       Star Trails

-       Street Photography

 

Its ultra wide to standard focal length capabilities make this lens the perfect choice for shooting dynamic, high impact landscape images with excellent detail from the foreground to the far distant.

The maximum F4.0 aperture is available throughout the 2.4x zoom range.  With 3.0 step (CIPA standards) Optical Image Stabilization, the ability to work hand held when shooting in low light is boosted. The lens offers high-speed AF thanks to an enhanced inner focusing system. Also the use of a  stepping motor combined with lightweight internal lenses has ensured the XF10-24mm is very quiet to use. The minimum focus distance of 24cm means when it comes to macro photography you can simply capture both the small foreground detail and the wider surroundings to give your subject great context.

 

 

XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R

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Best used for photographing:

-       Landscapes

-       Portraits

-       Low Light Photography

-       Architectural

-       Interior Photographs

-       Weddings

-       Street Photography

-       Macro Photography

-       Product Photography

 

The short zoom lens covers a range of frequently-used focal lengths from 18mm wide-angle to 55mm telephoto. The lens structure consists of 14 elements in 10 groups, including 3 aspheric and 1 extra low dispersion elements, and a seven-blade rounded diaphragm.

The linear motor-driven system delivers high-speed autofocus performance of 0.1 seconds to capture those perfect photo opportunities. Silent operation also makes the lens suitable for video recording.

Advanced optical and mechanical designs have been used to keep the lens compact, despite offering a fast aperture of F2.8 – 4.0. This lens is a fast and highly mobile piece of equimptment that delivers premium picture quality in a variety of scenes. 

The XF18-55mm features an Optical Image Stabilizer equivalent to 4 stops, which will control the effect of camera shake and prevent blurry photos. The lens is equipped with an aperture ring so that users can easily adjust the aperture while holding the camera up to their eye.

 

 

XF55-200mm F3.5-4.8

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Best used for photographing:

-       Sports Photography

-       Portraits

-       Weddings

-       Street Photography

-       Product Photography

This lens is built with an optical design that offers a large maximum aperture and a linear motor that delivers high-speed AF performance. It also boasts an image stabilization function that allows the use of slower shutter speeds.

This is a lens you can trust even in the toughest of shooting conditions. It uses high-performance glass lenses throughout and contains two ED lens elements, including one Super ED lens element that boasts performance equivalent to that of fluorite lens, to control chromatic aberration, which typically occurs in long focal lengths. The resulting photo will be sharp and crisp with incredbile image detail across its entire zoom range.

 

 

XF “WR” Weather Resistant Zoom Lenses 

 

XF18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R OIS WR

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Best used for photographing:

-       Landscapes

-       Portraits

-       Architectural

-       Interior Photographs

-       Weddings

-       Street Photography

-       Product Photography

 

Featuring the world's first 5.0 stop image stabilizer, this award winner is the perfect all-rounder for almost any situation. It's also weather resistant so when you're out in the elements you won't have to worry about damaging your lens in wet or dusty environments. 

Featuring a focal length which ranges from 27mm - 206mm (35mm equivalent), this lens will become your perfect travel companion. The extensive focal range means it will cover the majority of photographic scenarios, meaning you won't have to be changing lenses all the time.

I would highly recommend this lens as the perfect all-rounder.

 

 

XF16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR

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Best used for photographing:

-       Landscapes

-       Portraits

-       Low Light Photography

-       Architectural

-       Interior Photographs

-       Weddings

-       Street Photography

-       Macro Photography

-       Product Photography

 

The weather-resistant zoom lens XF16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR is a flagship XF standard zoom lens with a focal length equivalent to 24mm to 84mm (135mm equivalent), and a constant F2.8 aperture throughout the range.

The advanced optical design controls various forms of aberration to achieve edge-to-edge sharpness across the entire zoom range. This lens will certainly be one of the most popular lenses upon release due to it's technology and features. Being Weather Resistant makes this lens capable of handling some of the toughest environments, making it the perfect choice for the outdoor or travel photographer.

 

 

XF50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR

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Best used for photographing:

-       Landscapes

-       Portraits

-       Architectural

-       Interior Photographs

-       Weddings

-       Street Photography

-       Sports Photography

-       Product Photography

 

Featuring some of the latest of Fujinon's technology this lens is a popular choice for many photographers. Dust / water and low temperature resistance make this lens a great match for the weather sealed Fujifilm X-T1. The XF50-140mm lens is also the second lens in Fujifilm's line up to feature a triple linear motor allowing for an quick almost silent autofocus. On top of this the lens features the worlds top image stabilization technology in its class. 

Its zoom range makes this lens ideal for capturing portraits due to the distance you can stand away from your subject. The end result will be a sharp foreground with a beautifully blurred background. The lens has also been coated with Fujifilm's unique High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating (HT-EBC) to control any ghosting and flaring that may occur in different lighting situations. What you should expect from all this technology is a clear, sharp image. This would be the perfect lens for any wedding photographer.

 

 

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