Best Fujifilm X-mount lenses in 2023

The best Fujifilm X-mount lenses show off all the virtues of APS-C. Angela Nicholson and the AP team select the best ones we’ve tested.

The best Fujifilm X-mount lenses, and the X series in general are one of the best arguments for the virtues of APS-C. Lightweight and fully-featured, these clever optics deliver the perfect complement for a retro-styled X-series camera like the flashy Fujifilm X-T5. And since the range has been building for more than a decade, there are absolutely loads to choose from. It’s just a matter of finding them.

We’ve put together this guide to narrow things down a little and make it a bit easier to find the right Fujifilm X-mount lens for you. The range includes, wide-angles, telephotos, primes, zooms, macros and more, and which one you go for will depend entirely on what you plan to shoot. We’ve split this guide up into three sections: first we select the standard lenses with a mid-range focal length, great for walk-around, general-purpose photography. Next, we choose the best wide-angles for when you want a wider perspective – particular good for architecture, cityscapes and other expansive types of shoot. Lastly, we’ve picked out our favourite Fujifilm telephoto lenses, which excel at sports and action photography.

Don’t miss our guide to the best Fujifilm cameras if you’re building your setup from the ground up. Before we get into the full list, we’ve put together a quick jargon-busting guide in case you’re new to Fujifilm X-mount lenses…

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 LM WR

    Fujifilm Fujinon 16-55mm zoom lens

    At a glance:

  • 17 elements in 10 groups
  • 9 aperture blades
  • 30-40cm minimum focus distance
  • Price: $1,199 / £979
  • Many beginner Fujifilm cameras come bundled with the XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS. This is a great first lens, covering an effective focal length range of 27-82.5mm, but when it comes time to upgrade, we’d recommend jumping to the XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR, 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. It has no stabilisation functionality, which is something of a shame, but this does help keep the cost and weight of the lens down.


  • Solidly built
  • Constant f/2.8 aperture
  • Useful walk-about focal range
  • Accepts 77mm filters
  • Cons:

  • No optical stabilisation
  • Somewhat costly
  • 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

    At a glance:

  • 16 elements in 12 groups
  • 9 aperture blades
  • 35cm minimum focus distance
  • Price: $893 / £699
  • 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. We noted a little softness in the corners at wide angle and large aperture settings when reviewing our sample images, but not enough to seriously dent this well-judged, well-priced lens.


  • Excellent value for money
  • Broad zoom range
  • Very effective stabilisation
  • Cons:

  • Some corner softness wide-open
  • Not the lightest of lenses at 440g
  • 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.

    At a glance:

  • 15 elements in 10 groups
  • 9 aperture blades
  • 19cm minimum focus distance
  • Price: $1,046 / £819
  • 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 Fujifilm 35mm lens, it’s outstanding and would make a fabulous addition to your kitbag.


  • Useful all-purpose focal length
  • Excellent image quality throughout range
  • Close focuses really well
  • Cons:

  • Pricier than predecessor, but fairly minor upgrade
  • Aperture ring can’t be ‘de-clicked’
  • Best macro prime for X-mount: Fujinon XF 30mm F2.8 R LM WR

    Fujifilm 30mm F2.8 on the Fujifilm X-H2

    Fujifilm 30mm F2.8 mounted on the Fujifilm X-H2. Photo credit: Amy Davies.

    At a glance:

  • 11 elements in 9 groups
  • 9 aperture blades
  • 10cm minimum focus distance
  • Price: $765 / £599
  • There are a few macro lenses in the Fujifilm stable, but we particularly like this recent effort, the Fujinon XF 30mm F2.8 R LM WR. Unless you’re a dedicated macro shooter, it’s useful for a macro lens to be able to double up in another category, and the Fujinon XF 30mm F2.8 does so ably. It pitches in as a credible walk-around lens (its equivalent focal length is about 46mm) while also delivering the 1:1 magnification ratio required to be considered a “true” macro lens.

    The focal length is on the short side, meaning you need to get pretty close to your subject. This makes it excellent for still-life and flat lays; less so for capturing insects and other small wildlife. If the latter is your passion, you might be better off with the Fujifilm XF 60mm f2.4 R Macro or the newer Fujifilm XF 80mm f2.8 LM OIS WR Macro (though the latter will set you back a four-figure sum).


  • Great versaility
  • 1:1 “true” macro magnification
  • Affordable
  • Cons

  • A little short for some macro subjects
  • Best Fujifilm wide-angle lenses:

    If you want to capture wide vistas, or stunning landscapes and architecture, or need to shoot in cramped interiors, then a wide-angle lens will help greatly. Here we highlight some of the best options you can find for the Fujifilm X-mount system..

    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.

    At a glance:

  • 14 elements in 10 groups
  • 7 aperture blades
  • 24cm minimum focus distance
  • Price: $1,212 / £949
  • 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. And we should stress that weather resistance doesn’t just mean it can handle a light rain – the Fujinon XF 10-24mm can be used in temperatures as low as -10°C. Weighing just 385g, it feels well-balanced on most Fujifilm X cameras.

    When we reviewed the lens, we were especially impressed with its improved stabilisation, which is reliable and effective at dealing with blur caused by camera shake.


  • Hardy and weatherproof
  • Accepts 75mm filters
  • Aperture ring has f-stop scale and auto-position lock
  • Cons:

  • Low-frequency clicking in diaphragm blades
  • Big price jump from previous XF 10-24mm.
  • 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.

    At a glance:

  • 15 elements in 9 groups
  • 9 aperture blades
  • 20cm minimum focus distance
  • Price: $1,123 / £879
  • 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, and the circular bokeh you can create is divine.

    We said, quite simply, ‘In terms of the optics and autofocus… there is absolutely nothing to complain about with the 18mm f/1.4.’


  • Excellent sharpness
  • Focuses fast and close
  • Beautiful round bokeh
  • Cons:

  • Inevitably quite expensive
  • 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.

    At a glance:

  •  10 elements in 8 groups
  •  9 aperture blades
  • 17cm minimum focus distance
  • Price: $433 / £339
  • 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.

    In our review we concluded by saying ‘if you add this lens and the excellent XF50mm F2 R WR to your shopping basket you’ll find you spend less than if you were to buy the XF16mm F1.4 R WR on its own.’


  • Excellent build quality
  • Petite size
  • Very good value for money
  • Cons:

  • Corner sharpness lags some way behind that of centre sharpness
  • 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)

    At a glance:

  • 12 elements in 9 groups
  • 9 aperture blades
  • 70cm minimum focus distance
  • Price: $1,851 / £1,449
  • 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 it’s a big boy too – look at it standing next to a 56mm f/1.2 up there.

    For these reasons many photographers are likely to prefer the smaller and more affordable XF 56mm F1.2 R or XF 56mm F1.2 R APD. Nevertheless, if you can afford the asking price the Fujinon XF 50mm F1.0 WR delivers silky bokeh like no other lens.


  • Dazzling, bokeh-licious images
  • Weather-resistant
  • Synergises well with face/eye-detection AF
  • Cons:

  • Expensive
  • A big, bulky lad
  • Best Fujifilm telephoto lenses:

    For getting up close and personal with distant subjects like wildlife, nothing beats a good telephoto lens. Fujifilm X-mount has some X-cellent (sorry) examples of the genre – and remember that the APS-C crop factor of Fujifilm X cameras means you can multiply the focal length on the box by 1.5x. This means you get even more reach for your money.

    Best telephoto zoom 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.

    At a glance:

  • 24 elements in 17 groups
  • 9 aperture blades
  • 240cm minimum focus distance
  • Price: $2,426 / £1,899
  • A relatively recent lens 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 loved 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.

    Anything to criticise? Well, the maximum aperture drops sharply to a rather restrictive f/8 at the tele end of the focal range, and (somewhat inevitably) it’s quite a heavy lens. That’s pretty much it!


  • Powerful tele zoom range
  • Focusing and zoom actions are internal
  • Comprehensive weatherproofing
  • Cons:

  • Max aperture drops to f/8 at 600mm
  • Hefty to hand-hold for too long
  • Best 100-400mm lens 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.

    At a glance:

  • 21 elements in 14 groups
  • 9 aperture blades
  • 175cm minimum focusing distance
  • Price: $2,171 / £1,699
  • 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. Granted it doesn’t feel as robust, but the weatherproofing is still present and correct (just don’t drop it).

    Image quality is also excellent, as we discovered when we tested the lens under the demanding conditions of a motorsport event in extremely wet weather.


  • Significant weight saving
  • Reliably impressive sharpness
  • Effective 5-stop stabilisation
  • Cons:

  • Plastic build feels less robust than metal-bodied peers
  • Even the switches are plastic
  • Text by Angela Nicholson, with contributions from Jon Stapley and Michael Topham

    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 18-120mm F.4 LM PZ 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

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