The best Fujifilm X-mount lenses demonstrate why full-frame isn’t everything. Angela Nicholson and the AP team reveal the best lenses for the retro-style APS-C Fujifilm X system. 

We’ve now had more than ten years go by since Fujifilm kicked off its mirrorless X-series with the announcement of the Fujifilm X-Pro1. It’s hard to believe it was all the way back in January 2012. Since then, the manufacturer has quietly gone about the business of establishing the best collection of APS-C lenses. The high optical standards that Fujifilm maintains mean that even when you buy a relatively cheap and basic X_mount lens, like the Fujifilm’s XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS, you know it’s going to deliver.

The Fujifilm lens roadmap gives us an exciting look at the future, and we’ve also seen some incredible new releases at the Fujifilm X-Summit in New York, including the arrival of the X-H2. There’s no doubt that the future is bright for Fujifilm fans.

Fujifilm’s APS-C format lenses span an impressive focal length range, from 8mm with the XF 8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR to 600mm with the XF 150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR, and plenty in between. Also, with the 1.5x focal length magnification factor of the APS-C sensor taken into account, that translates into a full-frame equivalent focal length range of 12 to 900mm. Therefore, whether you’re capturing wide-angle interiors, landscapes, portraits, sport or wildlife images, there’s an X-series lens for you. Also, don’t miss our guide to the best Fujifilm cameras if you’re building your setup from the ground up.

How to choose a Fujifilm X-Mount lens – lens terminology

XF and XC

The majority of Fujifilm’s X-mount lenses are badged ‘XF’, but there are four ‘XC’ lenses, the XC 35mm F2, XC 15-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ, XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS II and the XC 50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS II.

The XC lenses are more affordable than comparable XF optics and have a plastic barrel and mount, but if you pick one up, you’ll realise that they still have high-quality optics inside.

Fujifilm’s XF lenses have an aluminium barrel, external elements and mount, while their rings are machined from a solid block of metal, all of which makes them durable.

What do the letters mean?

Like most lens manufacturers, Fujifilm use letters to denote the technology or special features within an optic. Understanding what they mean is key to ensuring you make the right lens selection, so here’s a short guide:

  • APD: This is only used on the XF 56mm F1.2 R APD and indicates that the lens has an apodization filter within its barrel. This filter softens the edges of out of focus areas to give more attractive bokeh.
  • LM: Lenses with LM in their name use a linear motor for focusing, which is fast and quiet.
  • OIS: This stands for Optical Image Stabilisation. Fujifilm OIS lenses have optical elements that move to compensate for accidental camera movement.
  • PZ: On the XC 15-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ, ‘PZ’ denotes than the lens has a power zoom. This means that rather than extending or retracting the lens manually by rotating a zoom ring, there’s a motor that drives it.
  • R: Most, but not all of Fujifilm’s X-mount lenses have an R to indicate the presence of an aperture ring.
  • WR: This indicates that the lens has seals to make it weather resistant.

What are the best Fujifilm X-Mount lenses?

Most photographers start out with one or two lenses and gradually build up a collection that meets all their requirements. Here we look at the best Fujifilm X-Mount lenses, starting with the standard zoom lens, or kit lens.

Best standard zoom for X-Mount: Fujinon XF 16-55mm F2.8 R OIS WR

Fujifilm Fujinon 16-55mm zoom lens

The XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS, for example, makes a great first lens, covering an effective focal length range of 27-82.5mm, but the XF 16-55mm F2.8 R OIS WR is an excellent upgrade or alternative, offering a wider focal length range (effectively 24-82.5mm) and a constant maximum aperture of f/2.8, which means the exposure doesn’t change as you zoom.

In addition, the 16-55mm lens is weatherproof, making it a better choice for photographers who don’t mind a bit of rain.


Best longer standard zoom lens: Fujinon XF 16-80mm F4 R OIS WR

Fujinon XF16-80mm F4 R OIS WR

The Fujinon XF16-80mm F4 R OIS WR provides a very practical zoom range. Photo credit: Michael Topham

The XF 16-80mm F4 R OIS WR is another appealing alternative zoom lens as it gives greater telephoto reach, with a 24-120mm equivalent, albeit at the expense of a stop off the maximum aperture. It’s a nice halfway house between the two lenses mentioned in the previous entry – the excellent but expensive XF 16-55mm, and the cheap but limited XF 18-55mm. In our review, we praised the excellent build quality and effective optical stabilisation.


Best standard/all-purpose prime lens: Fujinon XF 23mm F1.4 R LM WR

Best Fujifilm X lenses: Fujinon XF 23mm F1.4 R LM WR

With improved resolution and a friendly price tag, the Fujinon XF 23mm F1.4 R LM WR is a tempting choice for street photographers. Photo credit: Angela Nicholson.

The Fujinon XF 23mm F1.4 R LM WR may sound wide for a standard prime, but remember that 1.5x crop factor on APS-C sensors. It behaves as a 35mm lens on a Fujifilm X camera, which makes it a great all-purpose choice for street and documentary photography. As we said in our review, the image quality is top-notch throughout the aperture range, and the close-focusing capabilities are first-rate. If you’ve already got the old XF 23mm F1.4 R, it’s probably not quite worth the upgrade, but if you’re shopping for your first Fuji 35m lens, it’s outstanding.


Best Fujifilm wide-angle lenses:

If you want to capture wide vistas, and stunning landscapes, architecture, or need to shoot in cramp interiors, and get as much as possible in your shot, then a wide-angle lens will help greatly. Here we highlight some of the best options.

Best wide-angle zoom for X-Mount: Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 OIS WR

Best Fujifilm X lenses: Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS WR

The Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS WR is heavily weatherproofed, and can be used in freezing temperatures. Photo credit: Michael Topham.

Covering an effective focal length of 15-36mm, the XF 10-24mm F4 OIS WR is a great choice for landscape photography, plus it has a constant aperture of f/4 and is weather-resistant. It also weighs just 385g and feels great on an X-T4 or X-S10.


Best wide-angle prime lens for X-Mount: XF 18mm f/1.4 R LM WR

Best Fujifilm X lenses: Fujinon XF 18mm f/1.4 R LM WR

The Fujinon XF 18mm f/1.4 R LM WR mounted to a Fujinon XF 18mm f/1.4 R LM WR. Photo credit: Richard Sibley.

A seriously good lens that costs a serious chunk of change, the Fujinon XF 18mm f/1.4 R LM WR is a premium wide-angle prime that perfectly complements high-end Fujifilm X cameras. In our review, we were seriously impressed with this lens. Every one of its aperture settings delivers superior sharpness and imaging performance. We said, quite simply, ‘In terms of the optics and autofocus… there is absolutely nothing to complain about with the 18mm f/1.4.’


Best value wide-angle prime lens for X-Mount: XF 16mm F2.8 R

Fujinon XF16mm F2.8 R WR

A compact and affordable alterative to the large-aperture primes. Photo credit: Michael Topham.

Another wide-angle option, and something a bit more affordable is the XF 16mm F2.8 R WR. It has an effective focal length of 24mm, weighs 155g and retails for around £339. In our review, we praised this lens as providing excellent value for money, with solid performance and excellent build quality.


Best portrait lens for X-Mount: Fujinon XF 50mm F1.0 WR

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 50mm F1.0 R WR next to 56mm 1.2 (left)

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 50mm F1.0 R WR next to 56mm F1.2 (left)

Fujifilm offers several lenses to suit portrait photographers. The cream of the crop is the Fujinon XF 50mm F1.0 WR, a fabulous lens with an equivalent focal length of 75mm and the ability to deliver wonderfully blurred backgrounds so your subject stands out. However, it retails for almost £1,500 and many photographers are likely to prefer the smaller and more affordable XF 56mm F1.2 R (£849) or XF 56mm F1.2 R APD (£1,099).


Best telephoto zoom lenses for X-mount: XF 150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR

Best Fujifilm lenses: XF 150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR

The XF 150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR is destined for a place in wildlife photographers’ kit bags. Photo credit: Angela Nicholson.

One of the newest lenses for X-mount, the XF 150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR passed through our testing bench at the end of August 2022. Spoiler for our review: we love it. This lens demonstrates just how well Fujifilm understands the needs and wants of APS-C users. Delivering an equivalent focal range of 225-900mm, it’s great for bringing distant subjects into sharp focus. Optical quality is excellent, and the price ain’t bad either.


Best telephoto zoom lenses for X-mount: XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS

Fujifilm XF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 R LM OIS

The Fujifilm XF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 R LM OIS is a beast for action photography.

The Fujifilm XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS is another lens that plays cleverly into the virtues of APS-C systems. For one, it uses a plastic build rather than metal, which some users may consider to be sacrilege, but it makes the lens much lighter. This means you’re much more agile than you would be lugging about a full-frame system with a metal lens. Image quality is also excellent, as we discovered when we tested the lens under the demanding conditions of a motorsport shoot in wet weather.


Best telephoto zoom lenses for X-mount: XF 50-140mm F2.8 R OIS

Fujifilm XF 50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR

The Fujinon XF 50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR, having an effective focal length range of 75-210mm and a constant aperture of f/2.8, makes a solid choice for sport photography, and optical image stabilisation helps keep shots steady.


Read more of our Fujifilm Fujinon Lens Reviews:

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16mm f/2.8 R WR Review
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18mm f/1.4 R LM WR Review
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR Review
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 23mm f/2.8 R WR Review
Fujifilm Fujinon XC 35mm f/2 Review
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 R WR Review
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 50mm f/2.0 R WR Review
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R Review
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 90mm f/2 R LM WR Review
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS Review


If you’re looking for more guides, have a look at our buying guides, and our latest lens reviews.


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