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Best Fujifilm X-Mount Lenses for Landscape Photography – 2017 Buyer’s Guide

best fujifilm x mount lenses landscape photography

Our top choices for Fujifilm X-Mount lenses are the Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS and the Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR. Read below to find out why we love these lenses, plus our other recommendations for Fuji.

Fujfilm is a leader in the mirrorless camera world, and their X-Mount system is a great choice looking for high quality in a relatively small package. Here we are listing our choices for the best Fuji X-mount lenses for landscape photography, from amateur to professional budgets.

Best Fujifilm Ultra-Wide Lenses for Landscape Photography

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

The Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS is currently the top ultra-wide lens available for Fuji X-mount. It’s an excellent performer, producing tack sharp images, especially when stopped down to f/5.6 or f/8. The build quality is supreme, and includes weather-sealing. On-board image stabilization is also included, making for extra leeway when shooting handheld. Overall, this is an outstanding lens, and could be the ultra-wide workhorse for any landscape photographer shooting on Fuji X-mount. If you need something a little faster, maybe for night photography, take a look at the two lenses listed directly below.

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Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R Lens

The Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R is an ultra-wide prime that offers a fast f/2.8 aperture. This is a solid lens for astro-landscapes that require a large field of view combined with the ability to let in a lot of light.  In terms of sharpness, it performs well at f/2.8, and becomes tack sharp as you stop down. Perhaps the only turn-off for this lens is its field of view. With a full-frame equivalent of 21mm, this lens isn’t as most ultra-wide lenses. If this lens had a wider of a field of view, I would definitely rate it higher. But if you are looking for outstanding sharpness combined with a fast aperture as top priorities, this is the one. For a reasonably sharp lens that is a bit wider and faster, have a look at the Rokinon 12mm f/2 NCS CS listed below.

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Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS Lens

The Rokinon 12mm f/2 NCS CS is a personal favorite of mine. It’s a quirky little lens, but if you know how to use it, this is a nice and affordably priced tool. First off, it’s manual-focus only, so need to either be comfortable manual focusing, or be willing to learn. However, I prefer to manual focus when shooting ultra-wide, so the lack of auto-focus is not a big deal to me. When it comes to sharpness, this lens is not flawless, but does perform quite well. The image center is tack sharp at nearly every aperture, but does have softer corners, especially when wide-open at f/2. Stopped down, the corners do sharpen up a bit too. Overall, I think this lens is a great value, and provides a nice alternative to the more expensive offerings above.

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Best Fujifilm Mid-Range and Telephoto Zoom Lenses for Landscape Photography

As Fuji seems to be focusing more on prime lenses, it seems that the mid-range zoom category doesn’t have a ton of options, but the offerings they do have are excellent.

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

The Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM VR is X-mount’s top-of-the-line mid-range zoom. This lens pulls out all the stops! Superior weather-sealed build quality, excellent sharpness, and a fast f/2.8 aperture makes this the best choice in the category. Its 16mm wide-end (24mm full equivalent) is wide enough for dramatic landscapes, and combined with the fast aperture, this can be a nice choice for night photography. On-board vibration reduction is a nice bonus for those that like to do a lot of handheld shots. While most landscape photographer don’t necessarily need the fast aperture, the excellent performance and tank-like weather-sealed body make this the Top Pick for mid-range lenses in the Fuji X-mount format.

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Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS

The Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS is a “kit” lens that ships out with some of the Fuji’s X-mount camera bodies. However, this is anything but your average kit lens! It is remarkably sharp, features above average build quality, and shoots at a fast f/2.8 max aperture at the 18mm focal length. Image stabilization is also included. Overall this is a great all-around lens, and is a nice value for the quality. Maximize your bang-for-your-buck and purchase it as a kit with a great camera like the Fujifilm X-T20.

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Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

The Fujifilm XF-18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR is Fuji’s “superzoom” offering for the X-mount format. As you might expect, this lens won’t be as sharp as many of the other offerings on this list, but the long focal range of this lens has to have a trade-off. The edges at the very wide and very long ends are the culprits, but this lens still maintains sharpness in the center throughout its focal range. As such, unless you’re a bona-fide pixel peeper, this lens is likely sharp enough for most landscape photographers. It also features image stabilization, which is especially nice when shooting handheld at longer focal lengths. The real icing on the cake is the included weather resistance matched with above-average build quality. While this lens certainly isn’t cheap, it is definitely a great value.

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

The Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS is, in my opinion, the only reasonable option for a true landscape telephoto lens in the X-mount world, and it does have it’s drawbacks.  Let’s start with the positives: it produces very sharp images, especially when stopped down to f/5.6 or f/8. It features the solid build quality we’ve come to expect from Fuji, and has on-board image stabilization to aid in handheld shooting. The main drawback is that it is a rather large lens to be lugging around, although it is smaller than the typically pro-grade dSLR lens. It also lacks weather-sealing and a fast aperture, although at its price, these aren’t features one would expect. One last consideration is that the only other real option is the 40-150mm f/2.8, which is even larger, has questionable corner sharpness, and is a bit disappointing considering it’s high price (and should only be considered if you really need weather-sealing on your tele). As such, the 55-200mm is the best true telephoto offering for X-mount, although it’s not quite good enough to be a Top Pick. Still, it’s a great lens that takes marvelous images.

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  • Steve says:

    Correction: the 10-24 f/4 is NOT weather-sealed. Only lenses that have the “WR” in their model number are weather resistant. It’s a fantastic lens, but it is not for shooting in the rain/snow.

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