The best lenses for Fujifilm X-T2

best lens for fuji xt2

What lens to get for your Fujifilm X-T2?

Released in September 2016, the Fuji X-T2 (see on Amazon.com) is a hybrid APS-C sensor camera that succeeds the X-T1 by providing many improvements such as improved ergonomics (presence of a joystick for focusing), a better autofocus and a new 24MP sensor. On the video side, the X-T2 can now shoot in 4K. It has a double memory card slot that is very useful if you take wedding photos, for example. You should also know that it is not stabilized and that stabilization will be done at the level of the lenses.

The hinged screen allows you to take pictures flush with the ground, which is quite practical. Overall, it is a really very good device with excellent manufacturing quality. It can be carried everywhere on the road because it is weatherproof (this does not mean that it is waterproof, be careful!). The range, on the other hand, is far from being optimal and it will be necessary either to invest in one or two additional batteries. Fuji has launched a whole bunch of updates since its launch that further improves the functionality of the device. In short, it is a superb device that will only wait for the ideal optics to make the most of it.

Here is a selection of the best lenses compatible with the Fuji X-T2 to help you make a good arsenal useful in all situations, whether it be for travel, portrait or landscape photography.

Please leave a comment if you have any suggestions or ideas to improve this list!

Note: Product links in this article lead to Amazon.com  


Summary

  1. Standard
  2. Street Photography
  3. Portraits
  4. Wide angle
  5. Prime Wide angle
  6. Zoom lenses
  7. Macro
  8. Comparative Table
  9. Some terms to know
  10. Useful accessories & links

STANDARD

Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR

best fuji x-t2 compatible lensesWeight: 655 g
Filter size: 77 mm

This 16-55mm was awarded the EISA 2015-2016 prize in the European Compact System Zoom Lens category. It will be of interest mainly to those who do not want to take several lenses with them on their travels. It gives the equivalent in full size of a 24-86mm, with a constant aperture of f/2.8.

Its positive points: images are obtained with an impressive sharpness and colour rendering, and it’s resistant to dust and water (indicated by the acronym WR). Its finish is all metal. It also has a mechanical diaphragm adjustment ring, and its autofocus is precise and silent.

Let’s talk about the negative points: it’s relatively expensive and impressive compared to other lenses of this selection. Filters with a fairly large diameter of 77mm should be used to protect the optics. It’s not stabilized either.

However, it offers some pretty amazing results and if you’re looking for an all-in-one zoom with a reactive autofocus, even if it means it’s a bit bulky, it’s a very good lens choice for the Fuji X-T2.

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OTHER OPTION

  • Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Usually sold with the Fuji X-T2, it’s a good option if you don’t have it yet and if you need a lens to do everything. Its performance is much better than most kit lenses sold by Canon, Nikon or Sony. And it costs much less than the 16-55mm.

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STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

Fujifilm Fujinon XF-35 mm f/1.4 R

fuji x-t2 compatible lensesWeight: 187 g
Filter size:  52 mm

A versatile fixed focal length lens equivalent to 50mm on a full format, which can be used for landscape, street or portrait photography. The f/1.4 aperture is suitable for low light conditions and provides a very soft background blur. Entirely made of metal, solid and well designed, with a weight of just under 200g and a small footprint that makes it easy to take on a trip.

A notable negative point however, the focus is not internal and it can capture dust (no tropicalization!). Autofocus is not the best of the best either.

That said, the quality of the images delivered is impressive and it deserves its place on your Fuji X-T2.

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OTHER OPTION

  • Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2 R WR  cheaper, the f/2 version is tropicalized and has a slightly faster autofocus (even if it sometimes fails). An alternative to consider if the difference in opening does not matter to you.

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PORTRAITS

Fujifilm Fujinon 56mm f/1.2 R

fujifilm x-t2 which lensWeight: 405 g
Filter size:  62 mm

An ideal lens for portrait photography with a focal length equivalent to 85mm, this 56mm f/1.2 offers high quality images. Its f/1.2 aperture allows you to have a beautiful bokeh and to photograph in low light conditions. With excellent sharpness, little vignetting and almost no distortion, optical quality is the best of the best. Its construction is meticulous and it offers a good grip.

A few drawbacks, however: without being heavy, it’s not a featherweight either, and it remains quite expensive (like most Fujifilm lenses). No integrated optical stabilization either!

Despite this overall it offers exceptional image quality, and if you are looking for the best portrait lens for Fuji X-T2, this 56mm f/1.2 is highly recommended. Namely that there is an APD version of this lens, which offers a bokeh a better coat, but at a much higher price.

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☛ OTHER OPTIONS

  • Fujifilm Fujinon XF 50 mm f/2 R WR: an alternative with great advantages: twice as light, tropicalized, compact and less expensive than the 56mm f/1.2 even if it offers a prettier bokeh and overall a better image rendering. A very good choice if your budget does not allow you the 56mm.
  • Fujifilm XF 90mm f/2 R LM WR Tropicalized but not stabilized, with a useful focal length to leave distance with the subject. Really exceptional image quality, but quite expensive and impressive.

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 23mm f/2 R WR

what lens should I get for my fuji x-t2Weight: 180 g
Filter size:  43 mm

This 23mm fixed focal length (35mm equivalent on full format) received a Tipa 2017 award for the best fixed focal length for hybrid. A little less practical to make the portrait than the 35mm mentioned above, it will be more interesting for those who want to make landscape photography or reporting.

It offers excellent overall image quality, with little vignetting and super sharpness. Its focus is silent and very fast. Without being a pancake, it remains light and compact, with a template perfectly adapted to Fujifilm cases; its construction quality is also very good.

In short, it offers a good balance between image quality, compactness and solidity (it’s tropicalized) all at a fair price.

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OTHER OPTION

  • Fujifilm XF 23 mm F1.4 R: its direct competitor, twice as expensive and almost twice as heavy. It offers better optical performance, including a slightly more pleasant bokeh, but it’s much more bulky and not tropicalized. The 23mm f/2 is much more affordable and more pleasant to use.

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WIDE ANGLE

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 10-24 mm f/4 R OIS

what lens for fuji x-t2Weight: 410 g
Filter size: 72 mm

An ultra wide angle zoom that offers a field equivalent to 15-36mm in 24×36 format, ideal for architectural or landscape photography. The constant aperture of f/4 provides good brightness. It’s stabilized, which is very convenient for taking pictures by hand. The OIS focusing system is fast and silent. Given its high price, it’s regrettable that it’s not protected against bad weather or dust, even if the metal construction remains top of the range (it’s a XF lens). This is its main flaw, especially if you plan to take it with you on a trip.

In terms of image quality, it’s enough to see some examples of photos obtained with this 10-24 to see that it allows quite fabulous results if you are an amateur of this type of focal length.

In short, if you are looking for the best wide-angle zoom lens for the Fuji X-T2, it’s a very good choice unless you are looking for a wide-angle fixed focal length.

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PRIME WIDE ANGLE

Fujifilm XF 14 mm f/2.8 R

the best lenses for fuji x-t2Weight: 235 g
Filter size: 58 mm

For lovers of landscape or architectural photography, this 14mm equivalent to a 21mm in 24×36 format is simply excellent. The aperture of f/2.8 allows you to take pictures in low light conditions, the dive is simply superb and the color rendering superb. It’s a pity that it’s not tropicalized because it’s useful if you have to take it on a trip in difficult conditions (humidity, dust…), even if the quality of construction is very careful. Its weight, above all, makes it pleasant to use and easy to transport.

Apart from that, it’s a must if you know how to use this type of focal length and have the budget because it’s rather expensive.

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☛ OTHER OPTIONS

  • Fujifilm XF 16 mm f/1.4 R WR Difficult to choose between this one and the 14mm…. The 16mm f/1.4 has a larger opening, is tropicalized and has a very short minimum focus distance. On the other hand it’s heavier and more voluminous than the 14mm and costs a little more. If you want to favour weight and size, choose 14mm. If larger opening and bokeh are important criteria for you, choose 16mm. In both cases, the image quality is excellent.
  • Rokinon 12mm f/2 NCS CS  Half as expensive as the two lenses mentioned above, but the focus is manual. It offers the widest angle of view of the three.

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ZOOM LENSES

Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS

best lens fuji x-t2Weight: 580 g
Filter size: 62 mm

Very good zoom that can complete the 18-55 or 16-55mm, equivalent to an 85-300mm on a full format. The construction is meticulous and the stitching is excellent over the entire focal range. It’s not tropicalized but has a very pleasant finish.

Optical stabilization is very effective, even at 200mm. Without being a lightweight, it remains easily transportable. Auto focus can sometimes be difficult but it does the job (this will cause problems in sports photography perhaps).

Overall it does the job perfectly and offers excellent image performance despite its limited openness, for a reasonable footprint.

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☛ OTHER OPTION

  • Fujifilm XF 50-140 mm f/2.8R-OIS WR  Twice as heavy and more expensive than the 55-200! The constant aperture of f/2.8 is however a plus to shoot in low light and have a nice bokeh, and the dive is remarkable. It’s tropicalized (fortunately, given its price!).

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Fujinon XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS

what lenses for fujifilm x-t2Weight: 1375 g
Filter size: 77 mm

The lens with the largest focal range of this selection, but also the most expensive and heaviest! Equivalent to a 150-600mm on full format, it’s primarily intended for pro and semi-professionals who want to take animal or sports photos.

Tropicalized and stabilized, it delivers superb images over the entire focal range even if it’s far from perfect at 400m and f/5.6. Don’t expect a crazy bokeh, its opening is quite limited. Apart from that, the optical quality is top notch.

Its weight and size will take some time to adapt, but if you want to take a picture from (very) far away, this is the best lens for the Fuji X-T2 in its class (and the only one!).

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MACRO

Fujifilm XF 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro

which lens for fuji x-t2Weight: 750 g
Filter size: 62 mm

The ideal lens for the XT2 if you want to do macro (to make close-ups of insects, flowers…) or even portrait. The opening of f/2.8 allows you to have a nice bokeh effect (don’t expect an incredible background blur, it’s good without being exceptional). It’s stabilized, resistant to humidity and dust and has an LM autofocus system that allows fast but not necessarily silent focusing!

The most important thing to remember is that the rendering of the images obtained with this 80mm f/2.8 is simply excellent. Well, there are inevitably disadvantages to this lens, starting with the weight and size more than consequent, and its price that reserves it for pros or amateurs who can really enjoy themselves. Anyway, if you have the means it’s the best macro lens available for the XT2.

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☛ OTHER OPTION

  • Fujifilm XF 60mm f/2.4 R  Half as expensive and especially three times lighter than the 80mm but not tropicalized or stabilized. Very good image quality however, even if the most common negative point is the autofocus, which tends to slip. A good alternative to try to get into the macro and that you don’t have the budget to buy the 80mm.

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COMPARATIVE TABLE

All of the Fuji X-T2 compatible lenses mentioned above are included in this comparison chart to help you choose the right equipment. You will be able to compare them according to their price, the weight and the utility of each one to choose which will suit your budget and your style of photo.

Lens Price Weight Aperture Filter size Utility
Rokinon 12mm f/2 NCS CS $$$$$ 245g  f/2  67mm wide angle / prime lens
Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2 R WR $$$$$ 170g  f/2 43mm standard lens
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 23mm f/2 R WR $$$$$ 180g  f/2 43mm wide angle / prime lens
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 50 mm f/2 R WR $$$$$ 200g  f/2 46mm portrait
Fujifilm Fujinon XF-35 mm f/1.4 R $$$$$ 187g  f/1.4 52mm standard lens
Fujifilm XF 60mm F2.4 R $$$$$ 215g  f/2.4 39mm macro
Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS $$$$$ 580g  f/3.5-4.8 62mm zoom
Fujifilm XF-14 mm f/2.8 R $$$$$ 235g  f/2.8 58mm wide angle / prime lens
Fujifilm Fujinon 56mm f/1.2 R $$$$$ 405g  f/1.2 62mm portrait
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 10-24 mm f/4 R OIS $$$$$ 410g  f/4 72mm wide angle (architecture, landscape)
Fujifilm XF 16 mm f/1.4 R WR $$$$$ 375g  f/1.4 67mm wide angle / prime lens
Fujifilm XF 23 mm f/1.4 R $$$$$ 300g  f/1.4 62mm standard focale fixe
Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR $$$$$ 655g  f/2.8 77mm all-in-one
Fujifilm XF 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro $$$$$ 750g  f/2.8 62mm macro
Fujifilm XF 50-140 mm f/2.8R-OIS WR $$$$$ 995g  f/2.8 72mm zoom
Fujinon XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS $$$$$ 1375g  f/4.5-5.6 77mm super-zoom

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ABBREVIATIONS TO KNOW

Here are some abbreviations and terms to know before choosing a new lens for your Fuji X-T2:

XF: This is the range of expert optics from Fujifilm, with a metal finish and top-of-the-range optical characteristics.

LM (Linear Motor): means that the lens has an autofocus system with a non-contact linear motor, which allows fast, smooth and silent focusing.

OIS (Optical Image Stabilization): indicates that the lens incorporates an optical stabilization system to reduce motion blur.

R (Ring): indicates that the lens has an aperture ring to adjust the diaphragm.

WR (Weather resistant): means that the lens is tropicalized and resistant to dust, moisture and cold.

which fuji xt2 lens to choose

Barcelona | Fujifilm X-T2 + XF16mmF1.4 R WR | Photo © Sam Amil

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USEFUL ACCESSORIES & LINKS

A small selection of useful accessories to have in addition to your lenses and your Fuji X-T2:

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