- About the Fujifilm X-T1 and X-T10
- Best All in one Lenses (Standard Zoom)
- Best Telephoto Lenses
- Best Wide-Angle Lenses
- Best Portrait Lenses (Fast Primes)
- Best Macro Lens
About the Fujifilm X-T1 and X-T10
The Fujifilm X-T10 was recently introduced as a mid-range mirrorless camera, aimed at enthusiasts who want the quality and flexibility of the X-system, but in a smaller, lighter and more affordable package than the flagship X-T1.
As expected, the X-T10 shares the same 16 Megapixel X-Trans sensor of the X-T1 (and other recent models) and the mount which allows it to accommodate any of the growing range of X-mount lenses. The X-T10 is fitted with Fujifilm’s X-Mount which, with the APS-C sensor behind it, applies a 1.5x field reduction factor to lenses – so the XC 16-50mm and XF 18-55mm zoom kit delivers an equivalent field of view of 24-75mm and 27-83mm respectively and stand out as the best lenses for X-T1 and X-T10.
The X-T10 is typically supplied in a choice of two lens kits, with either the budget XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 or the higher-end XF 18-55mm F2.8-4. However, besides these kit lenses, there is a lot more too chose from when it comes to lenses. Below you can find an overview of the best lenses for Fuji X-T1 and X-T10 cameras.
Best Lenses for Fuji X-T1 and X-T10 | Overview
Best All in one Lenses (Standard Zoom)
- Weather resistant, dust-resistant and -10°C low-temperature operation
- Optical Image Stabilization
- Fuji’s EBC coatings for reduced flare and ghosting
- No manual aperture Ring
If you are looking for a fast, versatile lens you should consider the XF 16-55mm F3.5-5.6. The lens has 3 aspherical elements that are user friendly and consists of a coating that reduces flare. The resulting images are pin-point sharp at a wide open aperture of 16mm, and only softens out slightly as you zoom in. The best aperture to use on this lens is from F4 – F11. You will find that it softens slightly outside of that range.
Autofocus on this lens exceeds expectations. Focusing in less than a second and it therefore can be used for photography both indoor and outdoor. Although this lens is not compatible with macro photography it will exceed all your expectations out in the field. You can use it for wide-angle shots or medium-telephoto portraits with outstanding results all around.
- Optical Image Stabilization
- Weather resistant lens
- Not very versatile in terms of focal length
The XF 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 is the first lens in the X-mount system that one might consider to be an “all-in-one” style lens. This lens provides an effective field of view of around 28-200mm. It is weather-sealed and has an outstanding image stabilization system, which ensures that the image is sharp even in low light.
Standard Zoom lenses, though a bit bulkier than some primes, are much more popular since they actually lighten your load as your camera bag will contain fewer lenses. Not having to swap lenses in the heat of the moment means that you’re more likely to grab that winning shot. Camera shake is minimal and prevents ruined images. With this lens, you are able to shoot reasonably sharp images at shutter speeds as low as ¼ of a second.
- Electrical Autofocus System
- There are three rings for this Lens: a zoom ring, a focusing ring and an aperture ring
- Only mounts to Fujifilm compact system cameras with sub-frame (APS-C) sensors
The XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS is Fujifilm’s first zoom lens for the X-mount and also Fujifilm’s first optically-stabilized lens. While 18-55mm is a common range for APS-C kit lenses, the variable aperture of F2.8-4 is somewhat uncommon. It is superbly portable thanks to its compact size. The fast linear motor-driven autofocus combined with the built-in functionality of four stops of image stabilization ensures comfortable, confident shooting even in challenging situations.
The XF 18-55mm lens is surprisingly sharp, and seems to be calibrated for its best performance in its wider apertures. Distortion results are surprisingly good for a kit zoom lens, suggesting that there is some correction going on under the hood.
Best Telephoto Lenses
- Dust, water and low temperature resistance
- Triple linear motor with top Image Stabilization
- De-centering at F2.8 the image softens at 70mm at the top. At 140mm the bottom softens out at 8
Optical design for a tele-photo zoom image quality. The XF 50-140mm F2.8 offers a focal length equivalent to 76mm to 214mm. With a maximum aperture of F2.8, this lens is the largest in the Fujinon range. Although quite heavy it produces very sharp images, especially stopping down to F4 – F11. At F22 you will find a slight softness around the edges but only if you choose to look for it.
This great lens comes with an electrical autofocus system, allowing it to focus from infinity to close-up in less than a second without a sound. The minimum close-focusing distance is approximately 1 meter and this lens is therefore not ideal for macro photography.
- Large maximum aperture with optical design
- Image Stabilization that allows shutter speeds 4.5 stops lower
- Not a constant lens. In that as you increase the focal length, the maximum aperture size decreases
The XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS is a telephoto zoom lens designed for the X-mount system. This lens will only mount to the Fujifilm compact system cameras and has an effective focal length of 83-300mm. Impressively, the lens provides tack-sharp results when used at the widest-angle and widest-aperture settings. At 135mm a slight softness will start to form around the edges..
Almost no distortion is found whether you’re shooting at 55mm or even 200mm. This lens uses an electrical autofocus that produces a very fast result. This lens doesn’t perform very well in the macro section since it only produces 0.18x magnification at 1.1 meters.
Best Wide-Angle Lenses
- There is no distortion at all
- Sharpness at F2.8 is very good and excellent at F4 or smaller
- This lens offers only 0.12x magnification with a minimum close-focusing distance of just over seven inches
Wide-Angle with an equal field view of 21mm. The XF 14mm F2.8 R produces very sharp images, when used at its widest aperture of F2.8. You can find slightly soft corners but stopping down reduces this effect drastically. As shot on the X-mount cameras, this lens has superior optical performance.
Chromatic aberration is excellent with almost no color shift. The lens focuses from infinity to close-up in less than a second and locks onto its target immediately. The front element does not rotate making life a little bit easier for polarizer users. There are two rings for this lens: a focusing ring, and an aperture ring, which is something of a rarity in modern digital cameras.
- Inner focusing system
- True ultra-wide 110 degree edge
- Lens not zoomable
This Ultra Wide Angle lens by Rokinon boasts a nano crystal coating system (NCS) that increases light transmission and reduces internal reflection. With an F2.0 maximum aperture, it is particularly effective in low light capture and can control shallow depth of field for precise subject focus with pleasing out-of-focus backgrounds.
Fast F2.8 aperture and close-focusing to 9.5 inches gives you maximum versatility in all shooting conditions. It is available in Canon EF-M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Sony E and Micro Four-Thirds mounts. Its 35mm focal length equivalency for MFT cameras is 24mm.
- The results for chromatic aberration tolerance are very good
- Corner shading around 1/4 EV darker than the center
The XF10-24mm F4 R OIS offers excellent results for sharpness across all its range of focal lengths, with a slight bias towards the wider angles. The ultra-wide zoom lens offers an equivalent 15-36mm field of view, optical image stabilization, and a constant maximum aperture of F4. Wide open the lens offers a generous central region of almost tack-sharp performance, with a very small area of corner softness. Stop down to F5.6 and the lens is almost tack-sharp across the entire frame.
Autofocus results are very quick, and near-silent. Additionally the attached 72mm filters will not rotate. The lens features optical image stabilization, which is activated or deactivated with a dedicated ”OIS” switch.
Best Portrait Lenses (Fast Primes)
- Quick autofocus
- APS-C sensor with a 1.5x crop factor
- No distance scales or depth-of-field information on the lens
One of three prime lenses released for the X-Pro 1 series is the XF 35mm F1.4 R, which is a great walk around lens to carry in your camera bag. This lens is an equivalent field view of 52mm. It has sharp images from corner to corner when stopped down to F5.6. You may find that at F1.4 – 2 a softness forms around the edges, but it has sharp focus when moving closer into the center.
You are able to focus from infinity to close up in a few seconds with a fast lock on your focus point. A lens with great performance, wide open and even better stopped down, the only slight downside is that the magnification rating is only 0.17x. This is not ideal for really close-up macro photography.
- Light weight and comfortable in your Hand
- Zero distortion
- Outstanding optical quality
- Low chromatic aberration
Optically, the XF-56-mm F1.2R is an exceptional lens. The focal length is equivalent to 85mm with a very wide aperture. This lens is fantastic for portraits and equally great for shooting still life. The image at F1.2 is pin-point sharp, with a very soft blurred background. Although it only offers an average focus speed and doesn’t have great image stabilization, with a fast shutter speed and a wide aperture you can overcome that.
This lens has been branded as “one of the best” fast prime portrait lenses on the market. The long focal length is great for portraits. This gives Giving you a comfortable distance from your subject with no difference in quality or visible distortions.
- Weather and dust resistant
- Distance scale found on the viewfinder
- Slightly heavier than other lenses in the same category
The XF 90mm F2 R LM WR is one of the sharpest lenses on the market. The lens is spectacularly tack-sharp, at all apertures – even wide open at F2. Only at F16 is a hint of image degradation due to diffraction is noted. There is a tiny bit of pincushion distortion in the corners (-0.1%) that you are not likely to even notice.
The lens focuses from infinity to close-focus in less than a second: it’s fast, and locks on to your target easily.
Best Macro Lens
- Small and fairly light
- Autofocus could be faster
A Macro Lens that delivers sharp detail all around, the XF 60mm F2.4 R Macro is an excellent choice for shooting your subject at a close range, as well as filling your frame with a sharp image. Maximum image sharpness is obtained at F5.6, but even wide open at F2.4 the image stays sharp at your focus point. If you take a tentative look up close you will notice a slight softness around the edges, but so slight that without doing it deliberately you wouldn’t notice it.
The focus distance is 10.5 inches, a minimum distance that is far enough to elude casting shadows on your subject. As far as macro lenses go the XF 60mm F2.4 is a top class macro lens, simply because you can use it as a portrait lens if the need arises.