My 3 favourite lenses for the Fuji X-series

From left to right: XF56mm, XF35mm, and XF14mm

From left to right: XF56mm, XF35mm, and XF14mm

A question I get asked very often is "what is your favourite Fuji lens?" or "what lenses would you recommend?", and I've found myself struggling to come up with an answer. That's not to say I don't recommend Fuji lenses, quite the contrary, all the Fuji lenses I own can get the job done and produce stellar images, that's why it can be rather difficult to choose a favourite among them. After being a X-series user for almost 4 years, I feel like I can finally come up with a list of 3 favourite lenses. Let me start off by saying there will be no zoom lens on this list as I am strictly a prime shooter. The 3 lenses that are in heavy rotation are XF35mm f/2, XF56mm f/1.2, and XF14mm f/2.8. 

Let me start with the quintessential lens in my humble opinion- the XF 35mm f/2. This is quite possibly my favourite lens to use with my X-Pro2, and here's why:

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Weather resistant
  • Fast Auto-Focus
  • Designed specifically with the X-Pro series optical viewfinder in mind
  • Relatively affordable
  • Great image quality and sharpness
  • Classic 50mm equivalent focal length

For the above reasons, I give this lens the edge over XF 35mm f/1.4, which is a magical lens in its own right and the one that made me fall in love with Fuji. Despite being one stop slower, the XF 35mm f/2 is more versatile and a better all-around choice for street and documentary photography. 

Here are some of the images taken with the XF 35mm f/2...

The next lens I'm going to discuss is the XF56mm f/1.2. It is arguably the sharpest lens currently offered by Fuji. It has the 85mm classic portrait equivalent, which is great for head and shoulder shots. It is a bit of a beast in terms of size and weight, especially with that lens hood on, but once you see the razor sharp images and the silky smooth bokeh it is capable of producing, you will look past all that. When shooting wide open at f/1.2, there is a lot of isolation power even with the subject being some distance away, and for this reason, I like to use this lens for street photography sometimes, especially for street portraits.

The below images were produced by the XF56mm f/1.2...

Last but not least, my favourite wide angle lens is the XF14mm f/2.8. It faces some steep competition internally from the excellent XF16mm f/1.4, but in the end, the 14mm gets my vote. It's true that the 16mm offers a few things that the 14mm does not, such as weather resistance, larger aperture, and a closer minimum focus distance, but 14mm is wider, smaller and much lighter, and it feels more balanced on a X-series body. While the 16mm could be the better wide angle lens for street photography, the 14mm is the better choice for architecture. The 35mm equivalent of 21mm can produce more dramatic architectural images, especially in a tight indoor space where wider is better. 

Here are some examples:

Now that I've made my picks, what are your favourite X series lenses? Let me know by leaving me a comment. Thanks for stopping by!