Fuji’s latest cameras – the X-T3 and X-T30 are one of the best APS-C mirrorless cameras on the market right now. Both cameras sport a new 26MP sensor, offer 4K video recording (the X-T3 can do up to 60 fps, while the X-T30 is limited to 30 fps) and 1080p slow-motion video at up to 120 fps.
And while Fuji X-T2 is aimed mainly at photographers, the X-T3 is one of the best hybrid mirrorless cameras on the market today. It will please both photographers and filmmakers thanks to its 26MP sensor, 11fps burst shooting, 4K video recording at up to 60fps and 1080p video recording at up to 120fps. Fuji X-T3 also has several other advantages compared to the X-T30, including weather sealing, dual SD card slots, more advanced video codecs, better EVF, and more.
Owning a camera is only a part of the equation, as you also need a set of great lenses. We created this article to help you find the best lenses for Fuji X-T3 and Fuji X-T30. Of course, these lenses are also a great choice for Fuji X-H1, X-T2, X-T20 and other cameras from Fujifilm’s X lineup.
Best Zoom Lenses for Fuji X-T3/X-T30
Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR
Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR is the best zoom lens you can get for the Fuji X-T3 or Fuji X-T30, at the expense of size and weight (it weighs 23.1 oz or 655 grams, making it heavier than the X-T3). Since this lens is the full-frame equivalent of 24-84mm, you can use it in practically any occasion.
Autofocusing is fast, reliable and silent, and the lens offers a minimum focusing distance of 11.8 inches (30 cm). Thanks to the f/2.8 aperture and 9 rounded aperture blades, it creates pretty good looking bokeh. The lens features a nice and ‘clicky’ aperture ring, along with a smooth focusing ring. We should also mention that this lens is aimed at professionals and is weather sealed, which means you can use it on your X-T3 or X-T30 in almost any condition.
Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS
This lens covers similar focal range to the previous lens we mentioned, although it can’t go as wide (it is the full-frame equivalent of 27-84mm to be exact), and it’s a stop slower on the telephoto end. It also lacks weather sealing. However, this lens actually has a few advantages over the XF 16-35mm f/2.8. For example, it weighs only 10.93 oz or 310 grams, which means it weighs less than half as much.
The lens also features OIS (optical image stabilization), which means you can take sharper photos at slower shutter speeds. That’s great for a camera like the X-T3 since the camera itself lacks in-body image stabilization.
While this lens may be sold as a kit lens with the X-T3 and X-T30, but its quality and sharpness are better than that of any kit lens out there. In fact, at some focal lengths, it is almost as sharp as some primes! Any Fuji photographer should have one of these lenses in his camera bag.
Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR
If you prefer to shoot in the telephoto range, then this 75-210mm full-frame equivalent zoom lens is the one for you. It is on the heavy side, weighing in at about 35.1 oz or 995 grams. Just like its name suggests, this lens has optical image stabilization (its OIS is excellent by the way), which is very useful to have at these focal lengths. Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 is also weather sealed.
Not only is this lens great for sports and action shooters, but we also love this focal length for landscapes as it gives you a more unique view (most people shoot landscapes only with wide angle lenses). It is also a great choice for wedding photographers.
There are many reasons to get the Fuji XF 50-140mm f/2.8 if you don’t mind the price and the fact that this lens is on the heavier side.
Best Wide Angle Lenses for Fuji X-T3
Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR
The Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR is widely considered one of the best (if not the best) prime lens in the Fujifilm lineup. It is weather-sealed and perfectly sharp in the center, and very sharp in the corners. The field of view is equivalent to 24mm on a full frame camera. This, along with the f/1.4 aperture, makes it a very versatile lens.
You can use it for landscape photography, astrophotography, street photography, and environmental portraits. Did we also mention that the minimum focusing distance is only 6 inches (about 15 cm)? This means you can get really close to your subject and take some unique, almost macro-like, shots.
The autofocus on this lens is speedy and there’s a manual focus clutch that allows you to make fine adjustments manually. The lens weighs 13.23 oz (375 grams) and we truly believe it is a great option for travel, landscape and street photography.
Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS
For people who really need to go super wide or simply prefer the convenience of a zoom lens at the expense of speed – this is a perfect choice. The Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS is the full-frame equivalent of 15-36mm, making it a very versatile lens. Yes, the aperture of f/4 is not that impressive, but this shouldn’t be a problem for most landscape photographers and other people who use ultra wide angle lenses… Unless you’re into astrophotography, of course.
The lens is really sharp and has optical image stabilization, which means it’ll be easier to take photos at slower shutter speeds. This also means you’ll get smoother footage when shooting video, which is great since both the X-T3 and the X-T30 lack in-body image stabilization.
In conclusion, if you want a versatile wide angle lens and don’t mind the slower f/4 aperture, this may be the lens for you.
Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R
If you want to go even wider and spend a little less money on a lens, the Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R is the right choice for you. The field of view is equivalent to 21mm on a full frame camera, but unlike the XF 16mm f/1.4, this lens doesn’t have weather resistance and is 2 stops slower.
With that said, the XF 14mm f/2.8 R is pretty compact and lightweight at 8.29 oz (235 grams) and features a manual focus clutch just like the 16mm. If you need a really compact and relatively fast wide angle lens for your Fuji X-T3/X-T30, this might be it.
Best Normal and Telephoto Lenses for Fuji X-T3/X-T30
Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 R WR
If you need an affordable, fast and sharp lens with the full frame equivalent field of view of 35mm, then look no further than the Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 R WR. This lens is also weather resistant and weighs just 6.35 oz (180 grams), making it a perfect companion for travel and street photography.
Fuji also has a 23mm f/1.4 lens but it isn’t weather sealed and it’s one of the oldest lenses in their lineup. If you don’t need that extra stop of light, we highly suggest the newer and cheaper 23mm f/2.
Fujifilm XF 35mm f/1.4 R
This is one of the oldest lenses in Fuji’s lineup and we’ll tell you right away that this lens may not be for everyone. The autofocus is very slow for today’s standards, but there’s something magical about this lens. It’s very hard to describe, but anyone who’s ever shot with one will tell you that it renders photos uniquely. This is the true strength of this lens. The lens is quite compact and lightweight considering the f/1.4 aperture.
Since the autofocus is slow, we wouldn’t suggest this lens to videographers. If autofocus is your main concern, you’re better off with newer Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2.
Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R
If you’re serious about portrait photography than this lens is basically a must-have. Thanks to the f/1.2 aperture, it lets in a ton of light and beautifully separates the subject from the background. Bokeh is also beautiful. Unfortunately, just like on the XF 35mm, the autofocus isn’t really fast, although it has improved thanks to new autofocus algorithms of the X-T3 and X-T30. This is why we, once more, can’t suggest this lens for video work.
There aren’t many things to dislike about this lens, except for the lack of weather sealing and the fact that it has a minimum focusing distance of 2.3 feet or 70 cm.
Fuji 50mm f/2 R WR
If you’re not a professional portrait photographer, Fuji XF 50mm f/2 may be a better choice than the 56mm. This 75mm full-frame equivalent lens is almost two times lighter and the autofocus is actually much faster and completely silent. Essentially, unless you really need that f/1.2 aperture, you won’t regret getting this lens.
It is weather resistant as well and to top it all off – it has a minimum focusing distance of just 1.28 feet or 39 cm, compared to 70 cm on the XF 56mm f1/2!
Fuji 90mm f/2 LM WR
Fuji 90mm f/2 is a medium telephoto portrait lens with a 135mm full-frame equivalent field of view. This makes it great for headshots. It has a minimum focusing distance of 1.97 feet or 60 cm, which means that it can focus closer than the XF 56mm f/1.2. Just like the XF 16mm f/1.4, it has the reputation of being one of the sharpest Fuji lenses.
Autofocus is fast and silent, bokeh is creamy and the lens is weather sealed. The only things that we wish this lens had is optical image stabilization, especially since most Fuji bodies lack in-body image stabilization. The f/2 aperture definitely helps, but OIS would surely be helpful at this focal length. If this isn’t an issue for you, we have nothing but praise and recommendations for the XF 90mm f/2.
Of course, Fujifilm has quite a few other lenses in their lineup, but some of them serve a very specific purpose that may not be of interest to 99 percent of the photographers or videographers out there. This is why we wanted to include some of Fuji’s best and most useful lenses, and hopefully, this guide helped you pick your next lens for your Fuji X-T3/X-T30.