Let’s talk Fujifilm lenses!
I get at least 5 emails a week asking which Fujifilm XF lenses I use most and which I think are best. Below I have listed the lenses I use most, in order, top to bottom.
- 18-135 f 3.5-5.6
- 10-24 f 4
- 35mm f 2
- 60mm Macro f 2.4
- 100-400 f 4.5-5.6
- 90mm f 2
- 56mm f 1.2
- 16mm f 1.4
- 23mm f 2
- 16-55 f 2. 8 – 50-140 f 2.8 (tie)
Next which are the best? This is a little more complicated, the truth is all of them are great, but I tend to rate lenses in four catagores actualy four.; Legendary, Exceptional, Pro Quality and Average. Lenses are judged on sharpness, lack of distortion, lack of chromatic aboration, contrast, micro contrast, color quality and construction.
Legendary lenses are as good as it gets in all these parameters. I consider the following XF Fujifilm lenses to fall into that catagory:
14mm f 2.8
60mm Macro f 2.4
56mm f 1.2
90mm f 2
50-140 f 2.8
16mm f 1.4
35mm f 2
Exceptional lenses are also great in all these areas, but just a a little short of the magical qualities of the legenday lenses.
Al the other XF lenses would fall into his catagory except for the 18mm f 2 which I stil consider to be a Pro Quality lens, just not quiet Exceptional.
I have no Average lenses, when I buy one and test it, it goes back to the dealer!
No Fujifilm XF lens has ever been judged, by me, to be Average.
I am shooting some of the best stuff of my career, and I consider the Fujifilm XF lenses a big contributor to that!! Here are some of my favorties that show the quality of the Fujifilm glass!
So the real joy of lenses is what you can do with them!! Merry Chrismtas!
P.S. Actually the green tree frog was shot with the Fujifilm X-T2 and the old Nikkor 200mm Macro f 4 manual focus lens, since Fujifilm decided not to make a 120mm Macro, I picked this one up for situations where I needed more working distance in macro work. I’m looking forward to testing the new 80mm f 2.8 Macro coming later this year from Fujifilm.
This entry was posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 at 4:52 pm
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