After dozens of hours of research on almost 30 lenses, we’ve discovered the perfect set of starter lenses for Fujifilm’s X-mount. No matter whether you have just bought your first Fuji camera or if you are just investigating what’s out there to see if you want to shoot Fujifilm in the first place, these front-facing lenses can meet just about any need.
If you are a new Fuji shooter, then you’ve bought into a lens and camera system that offers outstanding image quality in a package which will not weigh you down nearly as much as a DSLR. But you’re probably asking yourself what to buy for your next lens.
Quick prime lenses are fantastic for beginner photographers because their field of view closely mimics that of the human eye. The XF 35mm F2 R WR includes a f/2.0 aperture which allows for sharp night photography and the capacity to play with depth of field to blur backgrounds or foregrounds. This lens can be weather-sealed, and it is a wonderful perk.
Pro-level optical quality does not come cheap–and Fuji is unquestionably aiming at the higher end of the market. The lenses we discuss here are going to be more expensive than those we’ve recommended in additional lens guides. Some can even be more expensive than your own camera, but you get what you pay for. High functionality and rock-solid build quality make our decisions worthwhile: These lenses can provide outstanding results over several years. Fuji also has a great history for releasing firmware updates for its own lenses which improve both functionality and camera compatibility, ensuring continued value within the life of possession.
To take your photography to the next level, you’ll want to begin constructing your arsenal of lenses. We recommend the Fujinon XF 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR as your telephoto, the Fujinon XF 14-mm F2.8 R to get a wide-angle choice, the Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2 R for portraits as well as the Fujinon XF 27mm F2.8 pancake lens. If macro is your thing, start with this Fujinon XF 60mm F2.4 R Macro.
If you don’t take Fujifilm, but still wish to purchase some fantastic starter lenses, take a look at our manuals on Nikon, Canon, Sony E-Mount, and Micro Four Thirds.