10 Affordable Lenses for Fujifilm Users | 2024

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If you’re looking to expand your Fujifilm kit but have a bit of a tight budget, don’t fret – we’re here to help with ten affordable lenses for Fujifilm users. While Fujifilm isn’t the cheapest camera system, there are plenty of cheaper lens options available, probably more than you’d think. Fujifilm actually has a whole line of lenses – the XC lenses – for those who want something a bit cheaper for X-mount.

Of course, we’re not just talking about X-mount, as Fujifilm also has its range of mirrorless medium format GF-mount cameras to think about. While we’ve devoted most of this guide to the APS-C X system, as we suspect that’s what most users will be looking for, we’ve included a couple of relatively affordable GF options in their own section, for those who want medium format options. You can see all our Fujifilm camera offerings here.

We’ve included Fujifilm-made lenses and some cracking options from third-party manufacturers. All our options for X-mount come in at less than £499 each, while our GF-mount recommendations are on the right side of £999. Let’s take a closer look…

Affordable Fujifilm X Lenses

When buying lenses for the Fujifilm X system, you may have noticed that most of the Fujifilm-made options are labelled ‘XF’, while some are labelled ‘XC’. The difference between XF and XC lenses is that XC denotes the budget options. These more affordable lenses have a mostly plastic construction, including the mount, while XF lenses are mostly metal. However, this isn’t to say that XF lenses are totally off-limits for the budget buyer, as there are a fair few reasonably priced XF options, as you’ll see on our list.

The Fujifilm X-mount also has a number of third-party manufacturers contributing affordable alternatives to the higher-end Fujifilm lenses. Don’t be afraid to look beyond the Fujifilm name if you’re hunting for great lenses at affordable prices.

One last thing – remember that Fujifilm X cameras use APS-C sensors, so a crop factor of roughly 1.5x applies to the stated focal length of every lens, i.e. a 50mm lens will behave like a 75mm lens, etc.

Fujifilm XF 50mm f2 R WR Lens - Black

£429.00 View

Pros:

  • Lightweight but durably built
  • Short telephoto focal length
  • Gorgeous optical quality

Cons:

  • Comparable lenses for other systems offer faster max. apertures

As mentioned above, this lens provides an effective focal length of 75mm, making it a solid all-purpose choice for travel and even portraits – that f/2 maximum aperture makes it possible to give backgrounds an attractive blur while still keeping your main subject sharp. Having the optical quality of a prime lens helps you really make the most of the superb X-Trans sensor in Fujifilm mirrorless cameras. 

This is the kind of prime lens you can simply strap on and use in a whole host of situations. It feels pleasingly premium in the hand, with an all-metal construction and weather resistance that means the lens can operate in temperatures as cold as -10°C. Even so, it only weighs about 200g, so it won’t add too much weight to your setup. 

 

Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens for Fujifilm X

£319.00 View

Pros:

  • Really pin-sharp
  • Lightweight build
  • f1.4 with great bokeh

Cons:

  • No aperture ring
  • No built-in stabilisation (though that’s normal at this price)

Running a little wider than Fujifilm’s own standard primes, the Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary delivers a 45mm equivalent focal length, which is great for street photography. Its f1.4 aperture gives you real versatility, both in terms of low light and shooting with a shallow depth of field (the bokeh quality is great too, thanks to the 9-blade aperture). Once again there’s no aperture ring, which may turn off a few Fujifilm users, but the lens’ weight of 275g means it balances well on Fuji bodies and lends itself to being carried around all day.

Sharpness is great – Sigma has done a fantastic job here. The lens produces terrific images in a range of conditions, and focuses quickly and near-silently thanks to its stepping motor. The minimum focusing distance is just 30cm, meaning you can get in close to your subjects.

 

Fujifilm XF 16mm f2.8 R WR Lens - Black

Available in black and silver

£339.00 View

Pros:

  • Useful wide-angle focal length
  • Weather-resistant metal build – with aperture ring
  • Excellent sharpness, especially in the centre

Cons:

  • No stabilisation
  • Some corner softness when used wide open (as you’d expect)

As this is an XF lens, you get that glorious all-metal build, as well as an aperture ring, meaning you can use your Fujifilm setup as it was meant to be used. The Fujifilm XF 16mm f2.8 R WR is a stunning performer – while it’s recommended for architecture and other typical applications of a wide-angle, the 24mm equivalent focal length is often favoured by photojournalists and documentary shooters for its ability to capture a wide scene without distorting too much. Try the lens out and see what works for you.

There’s very little to criticise about this lovely lens. It’s not stabilised – but you’d expect that at this price. Sharpness is consistently excellent, especially in the centre of images. You have to open it up all the way to f2.8 before you start to see a little corner softness, and again, that’s completely in line with what we’d expect from a lens like this. As one of the cheapest XF lenses, this should definitely be on the list for any Fujifilm mirrorless user.

 

Fujifilm XC 50-230mm f4.5-6.7 OIS II Lens - Black

£349.00 View

Pros:

  • Generous telephoto zoom range
  • Built-in optical stabilisation
  • Speedy stepping motor autofocus

Cons:

  • Max aperture drops sharply at tele end
  • Not weather-sealed

An equivalent focal range of 76-350mm makes this far-reaching lens a great one of those who want serious telephoto reach on a budget. It’s an XC lens once again, so you have to make your peace with a plastic build and lack of weather sealing, but that’s pretty much the only way you’re going to get this kind of range at this price. 

Plus, the Fujifilm XC 50-230mm f4.5-6.7 OIS II does manage to fit in some features that other XC lenses lack – most notably, optical image stabilisation. Providing up to 3.5 stops of effective compensation, this makes the telephoto end of the lens much more useable than it otherwise would be, making it easier to get sharp images handheld. Though bear in mind that you’ll be working with a maximum aperture of f6.7 at that setting, which could make things difficult when light levels get low.

 

Fujifilm XF 35mm f1.4 R Lens

£549.00 View

Pros:

  • Excellent for low light
  • Beautiful bokeh quality
  • Focuses nice and quickly

Cons:

  • Not weather sealed

With a maximum aperture of f/1.4, this lens is well-equipped for low-light shooting and shallow depth of field alike. Its equivalent focal length is a hair over 50mm (52.5mm), so you could definitely get away with portrait shooting, but it also provides a pleasingly naturalistic “human-eye” perspective that’s ideal for street shooting and documentary work.

While it isn’t weather-sealed, the XF 35mm f1.4 R impresses in lots of other ways. It produces images of stellar quality at all apertures, even when wide open – so you can make the most of having f1.4 at your disposal. We particularly love the bokeh – while this isn’t exactly an uncommon thing with Fujifilm lenses, here it really is buttery-smooth. Nice and light, it’s an ideal all-purpose lens for travel with an X-series mirrorless camera. 

 

Sigma 16mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens for Fujifilm X

£389.00 View

Pros:

  • Large aperture is great for low light
  • Lightweight construction
  • Produces crisp, sharp images full of contrast

Cons:

  • No aperture ring
  • No optical stabilisation

A high-performing wide-angle, this Sigma lens is a great alternative to the XF 16mm f2.8 R WR if you have a little more room in your budget – and all things considered, it’s still very reasonably priced. Even though it’s one of Sigma’s “Contemporary” lenses, it performs well enough optically to be compared to a lens in the high-end “Art” series. 

Three FLD glass elements, two SLD glass elements and two moulded glass aspherical elements ensure pin-sharp images virtually free from distortion and aberration, while the Super Multi-Layer coatings do an excellent job of controlling flare and ghosting. The end result is a lens that consistently produces punchy and vibrant images, the perfect partner for Fujifilm X cameras and their exemplary colour science. The Sigma 16mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary is also reasonably lightweight, even with an f1.4 aperture.

 

Sigma 56mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens for Fujifilm X

£419.00 View

Pros:

  • Ideal focal length for portraits
  • Weighs just 280g
  • Top-notch image quality

Cons:

  • No stabilisation
  • No aperture ring

If you’ve always loved the idea of Fujifilm’s 56mm f1.2 lens but can’t quite make it work for your budget, the Sigma 56mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary is a fantastic, low-cost alternative. In full-frame terms, 56mm on a Fujifilm X camera works out to an equivalent focal length of 84mm, making this an ideal lens for shooting portraits. The f1.4 aperture is great for throwing out the background of an image, and the sophisticated optical design of this lens produces punchy images virtually free from distortion, aberration or flare.

It’s got all the characteristic foibles of the Contemporary lenses for X-mount – no aperture ring, no stabilisation, fairly limited weather sealing. If none of those are deal-breakers, it’s a fantastic way to save money on a lens that’s capable of capturing truly stunning portraits. Plus, at 280g it’s the lightest of the f1.4 Contemporary primes, so won’t weigh down your kit bag.

 

Samyang AF 12mm f2 Lens for Fujifilm X

£302.00 View

Pros:

  • Ultra-wide field of view
  • Close focuses at 20cm
  • Weather-resistant

Cons:

  • Soft corners at large apertures
  • No aperture ring

Samyang used to be known for its manual focus lenses, but in recent years has come out with a range of AF lenses for different systems. The Samyang AF 12mm f2 is the first autofocusing lens Samyang has made specifically for Fuji X-mount, and it provides an extreme wide-angle 18mm view that’s great for expansive vistas and architectural images. 

It’s at its best when stopped down – when used wide open, the lens does produce some softness in the corners of images, though this is something of a fact of life with wider angles. Keep your subject to the centre of frame when shooting wide-open and you shouldn’t have any significant problems. Overall, it’s great to see such an affordable AF wide-angle available for X-mount, especially one that is weather-sealed and so lightweight to carry. A worthy addition to any Fujifilm X shooter’s kit bag. 

 

Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens

£679.00 View

Pros:

  • Super-fast focusing
  • Silent operation
  • Wide-to-tele equivalent focal range

Cons:

  • Aperture not constant (drops when you move in)

It may look like a kit lens at first glance, but this lens actually provides an equivalent focal length of 27-84mm, making it close to a 24-70mm and well-suited for all sorts of work. Fujifilm has done a thorough job of beefing it up as well, equipping it with high-speed autofocus that can acquire its target in as little as 0.1sec. You get a great deal of latitude for experimentation with this lens, and it’s an ideal way to cover all the bases of shooting with your X-series camera, without breaking the bank.

The silent operation means it’s also quite a suitable lens for video work – its optical stabilisation makes it more useable for handheld and run-and-gun shots. If you’ve avoided 18-55mm lenses in the past because of negative perceptions of “kit” lenses, definitely give this one a go – it’ll blow you away with its quality.

If you have a bit more room in your budget, you may also want to consider the XF 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR. Weather-resistant and sturdily built, this lens carries an internal optical construction of 17 elements in 12 groups, with which it is able to produce images of superb edge-to-edge sharpness. A linear motor ensures quick and quiet autofocus, while its maximum aperture of f/2.8 is constant right the way through the zoom range.

 

Fujifilm XF 23mm f2 R WR Lens - Black

£415.00 View

Pros:

  • Street-friendly focal length
  • Weather-resistant build
  • Terrific image quality with smooth bokeh

Cons:

  • No optical stabilisation

If you, like many photographers, have always loved the idea of the Fujifilm X100VI compact but perhaps you already own an x-mount camera body, and can't justify another camera (like me), this may be the lens for you.

A 23mm optic, working out to a 35mm equivalent on an APS-C sensor, is the lens used on the X100V, and is one of the reasons that camera is so beloved by street photographers – it’s an ideal focal length for street snapping. 

While this isn’t the exact same lens as featured on the X100VI – it’s not optically stabilised, for one – it does still deliver fantastic image quality with beautiful bokeh in the defocused areas of images. Also, it’s an XF lens, meaning you get a lovely metal build with an aperture ring for intuitive control. The Fujifilm XF 23mm f2 R WR is weather-sealed, too.

 

Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Lens

£579.00 View

Pros:

  • Broad 84-305mm equivalent focal range
  • Optical stabilisation
  • Reliable, accurate focusing

Cons:

  • Not weather sealed

This is a solid choice for photographing wildlife and distant subjects with your X-mount camera, but it’s got real general versatility, as it provides an equivalent focal range of 84-305mm. Weighing in at 580g it’s lighter than an equivalent telephoto zoom would be for a DSLR, not to mention more affordable, so you can definitely consider it as a travel option. The quiet operation makes it good for video too, and the autofocus is a high-speed system that compliments the speedier members of the X family especially well.

Built-in optical stabilisation makes the lens much easier to handle, particularly when working at the telephoto end of its zoom range. Just watch out for the dropping maximum aperture – when fully zoomed in, you’ll have a maximum of f4.8 to work with. 

Affordable Fujifilm GF Lenses

The Fujifilm GFX system boasts some absolutely optically stunning lenses – as is necessary for shooting with the large, ultra-detailed sensors carried by the GFX cameras. As such, the lenses are naturally more expensive than those for the X system. However, there are a few affordable options for those who are looking to kit out a Fujifilm medium format system without spending a fortune. Here are our recommendations.

Fujifilm GF 35-70mm f4.5-5.6 WR Lens

£849.00 View

Pros:

  • Versatile standard focal range
  • Weather resistant and light
  • Gorgeous colour rendering

Cons:

  • Not the fastest maximum aperture
  • No aperture ring

Offering outstanding value for money in the GFX system, the GF 35-70mm f4.5-5.6 WR still delivers the kind of stunning quality that Fujifilm medium format shooters have come to expect from the series. It covers a wide-to-standard focal range of 28-55mm, and uses a stepping motor to ensure fast focusing action – as little as 0.17sec when used with a GFX100 camera. When combined with the Face/Eye detection modes, this can be brought down to as little as 0.13sec, which is frankly incredible for a medium format system. 

The lens is also weather-resistant, so you can take it outside without fear. It produces dazzling images with edge-to-edge sharpness and clarity, and can focus in as close as 25cm. It’s a great lens for a huge range of applications, and the fact that it’s the cheapest in the GFX system certainly doesn't hurt.

 

Fujifilm GF 50mm f3.5 R LM WR Lens

£949.00 View

Pros:

  • Light and durably built
  • Very, very sharp, all the way to the corners
  • Capable, speedy autofocusing

Cons:

  • Quite bulky for a 50mm prime
  • Minimum focus distance of 55cm

With a 40mm equivalent field of view, the Fujifilm GF 50mm f3.5 R LM WR is a standard prime that will no doubt find favour with GFX shooters who want to give street photography a go. And, thanks to the impressively capable and snappy autofocus system on this lens, they’ll likely find themselves having more success than they might have expected (assuming technique is up to scratch, of course).

While it’s on the bulky side for a prime of its type, this lens delivers absolutely unreal sharpness, right the way to the corners of images – there’s no distortion, aberration or fringing to speak of. Having an f3.5 maximum aperture is handy too, and we appreciate that the lens is weather-sealed, but not too heavy. It squeaks under our sub-£999 limit, and we reckon if offers fantastic value for money.

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FAQs

What is the difference between prime and zoom Fujifilm lenses?

Prime lenses have a fixed focal length, offering superior image quality and wider apertures, while zoom lenses have variable focal lengths and are versatile for various shooting scenarios.

Are Fujifilm lenses compatible with other camera brands?

Fujifilm lenses are not compatible with other camera brands due to the proprietary X-mount system. They are designed specifically for Fujifilm X-series cameras.

What is the weather resistance rating of Fujifilm WR lenses?

Fujifilm WR (Weather-resistant) lenses are designed to withstand moisture and dust, making them suitable for outdoor photography. However, the level of weather resistance can vary between models.

What is the difference between OIS and non-OIS Fujifilm lenses?

OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) lenses have built-in stabilisation to reduce camera shake, especially in low-light conditions. Non-OIS lenses lack this feature and may require a tripod for stable shots.

Can I use Fujifilm X lenses on Fujifilm GFX cameras?

No, X-mount lenses are not compatible with GFX cameras. X-mount lenses are physically smaller and designed exclusively for Fujifilm X-mount cameras.

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