We see a number of people asking for advice on the best food lens for Fuji xt3 cameras so we have chosen to write this article to help our readers who are in this same situation. From what we can see, the people reaching out for help come from a fairly broad mix of backgrounds from professional photographers to food bloggers to food-based social media influencers.
Due to this, we have decided to feature a great little general purpose lens that is suitable in a large number of food photography situations that we feel will help meet the needs of the majority of our readers. The lens has an excellent reputation within the community and definitely deserves the reputation that it has managed to build for itself.
Throughout the article, we will also be sharing a number of food photographs captured in a number of different food photography situations using our recommended lens too. We feel that this will do a better job of showing why we recommend it as you get a clear look at the image quality the lens is able to provide you.
The Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS
The variable focal length on the lens of 18-55mm makes it perfect for food photography and helps make it a very versatile lens no matter what style of photographs you want. The image quality of the lens is solid, its performance is great, its functionality is amazing, and its build quality is second to none. In fact, the only downside is its price tag but as we mentioned above, you are able to get it second hand and sometimes save almost fifty percent!
All of this has lead to it becoming one of the more popular Fuji lenses on the market and we feel it will serve both you and your Fujifilm x-t3 well. Its popularity has resulted in the lens earning a large number of reviews (click here to read some of them) online that offer a great external insight into how it performs for other photographers who use it as their go-to lens.
The image below offers a great example of exactly what the lens is able to provide for you when used for table photography. Although this style can help keep your paying clients happy if you are a paid photographer, it can do exceptionally well if you are a food blogger or food social media influencer.
Both the manual zoom and manual focus rings are easy to use allowing you to quickly and easily adjust your image as you see fit before you choose to capture your photograph. This allows you to manipulate the image before capturing it to get an excellent canvas to work on in post-production or to apply Instagram filters too.
The photograph below shows a great example of the type of photograph that the Fujinon XF 18-55mm can provide for you that is sure to make you client happy if you are a professional photographer. If you are a food blogger or run a food-based Instagram account then this style of image can also prove popular on there too.
Now one thing that many food lenses are poor at is allowing you to quickly and easily capture photographs of large tables of food at once. Some restaurants serve their food in a way where the meal can end up taking a large amount of space on the table. Thankfully, with the Fujinon XF 18-55mm, all you have to do is turn its zoom down towards the 18mm range and then you are able to crack on and capture the food in all of its glory.
The photograph below was captured using the lens and does a great show of showcasing its ability to perform with excellent results in situations like these.
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As you can see, the lens performs perfectly and allows you to capture the whole meal even when spread out over a large area of the table in all its glory with a high image quality too. If you were using a prime lens based around the 35mm or 50mm focal length then this type of photograph would be a total nightmare to get!
If you are wanting to knock the ball out of the park when it comes to food photography with your Fuji xt3 then we would highly recommend that you seriously consider picking up the Fujinon XF 18-55mm! As we mentioned earlier, we know that is may be out of budget or on the high end of some of our reader’s budgets so check the prices on used versions of the lens as they tend to be much cheaper!
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.