In this article, we will be taking a look at what we feel are the best lenses for Fuji xt20 cameras on the market right now. We will be covering a number of different lens types and brands that are used for various different types of photography.
We feel like this will offer something to meet all of our readers needs rather than focusing on only zoom lenses for example. You can use the table of contents below to quickly go to the lens type that you require. Additionally, where possible we will also mention a budget and professional level lens for each category.
The Best Zoom Lens For Fujifilm XT20 Cameras
Coming from the Fuji XF zoom lens range there is no surprise of the quality the lens offers. It has an excellent build quality and due to the lens being made of a mixture of durable and light metals and high-quality plastic it offers a nice mixture of robustness at a relatively lightweight.
Depending on your country, you may be able to pick up the Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR as a kit lens helping to save you money if you are yet to purchase your camera but there are plenty of used Fuji 18-135mm lenses on the market (Click here to check for product prices and availability) to help lower the cost if you don’t want to pick it up brand new.
Unlike some zoom based lenses at this price point, the Fuji 18-135mm does not degrade your image quality as you go up and increase its zoom range. Even at high levels of zoom, it still offers you nice, clear, and crisp images.
One of the main criticisms that the Fuji 18-135mm has received from the community is the length of the lens when at its max zoom settings as shown in the image below. Although it is true that the Fuji 18-135mm does get pretty long when being used at its maximum zoom setting, you have to remember that this is considered to be a low to mid-range price point lens. We feel that the extended length of the lens when at max zoom is a fair trade-off considering the price point and image quality it provides.
One of the main things that we found people reported about using the lens when researching this article is that the more you use the Fuji 18-135mm, the more it grows on you. As this comment is also often made about Rokinon lenses, we feel that this is just due to people being so used to sticking to other lens brands and taking a little time to get used to the Fuji setup.
The image to the left shows the optical image stabilization, aperture, and automatic focus switches on the lens. We feel that each of them are easy to reach and adjust as and when required, unlike some other competing lenses.
Additionally, the optical image stabilization on the Fuji 18-135mm is very effective at a range of zoom levels.
The manual control rings for the lenses zoom, aperture control, and focus are all smooth, easy to reach, and easy to use. They also have just enough resistance to allow you to manually tweak the settings on the fly without overshooting your desired setting and ruining your photograph.
The Fujifilm XF 18-135mm has a lens filter thread size of 67 millimeters to allow you to further customize the abilities of the lens with various filters. If you are wanting to pick up some Cpl, ND, UV or other filters then we would recommend that you check out the various Gobe 67mm filters (Click here to check for product prices and availability). In our opinion, they offer excellent quality while also being very budget friendly.
- Our Recommended Budget Zoom Lens For Your Fuji XT20 – Click To Read Reviews
- Our Recommended High-Level Zoom Lens For Your Fuji XT20 – Click To Read Reviews
The Best Prime Lens For Fujifilm XT20 Cameras
The build quality on the lens is outstanding for its price point. It has a nice metallic finish to give it a nice feel during use with it coming in at 11.2 ounces with dimensions of 4.3 x 5.4 x 5 inches making it a pretty light lens for its capabilities and size.
The lens has a very nice, smooth, easy to use and easy to reach manual aperture ring that allows you to tweak the performance of the lens on the go with minimal effort.
Additionally, the manual focus ring also offers very smooth functionality allowing you to tweak the focus of your lens at a moments notice with ease.
With the Fujifilm XT20 being a prime lens, it offers no zoom functionality at all but this is to be expected so there is no manual zoom ring on the lens body.
The autofocus on the lens is very responsive with it being able to quickly and effortlessly autofocus on anything you aim your Fujifilm XT20 at. When auto-focusing the Fujifilm XF 23mm is almost silent, unlike some competing prime lenses that can produce an annoying amount of noise. In our opinion, the autofocus on this lens can make it the ideal run and gun lens for your depending on the type of photography you do.
The Fujifilm XF 23mm offers you excellent sharpness in the center of the image or at the main focal point while also being able to get a great out of focus area with a beautiful bokeh effect as shown in the image above. With bokeh performance being a key requirement for many photographers out there you can rest assured that the Fujifilm XF 23mm should be able to meet all of your requirements.
The Fujifilm XF 23mm takes a 43mm filter and again, we would recommend that you check out the available Gobe 43mm filters (Click here to check for product prices and availability) for all of your Cpl, UV, and ND needs.
- Our Recommended Budget Prime Lens For Your Fuji XT20 – Click To Read Reviews
- Our Recommended High-Level Prime Lens For Your Fuji XT20 – Click To Read Reviews
The Best Portrait Lens For Fujifilm XT20 Cameras
Considering the very low price point of the Fujifilm 50mm it has a surprisingly high build quality with a nice finish while also offering some excellent functionality and performance. Again, depending on your country, you may actually be able to pick the Fuji 50mm up as a part of a kit lens pack but from what we could see this was only a limited time offer.
The image to the left shows the manual aperture and focus rings on the Fuji 50mm. Both of the rings are very smooth with a slight resistance to help prevent you overturning.
The rings are also easy to locate during your photography session while also being able to use while recording if needed. The Fuji 50mm offers an aperture range of f2 to f16 with a minimum focus distance of 39mm.
In addition, the lens has various weatherproofing systems that is rare on lenses at such low price points. This can help to protect your lens from the elements but also stop dust, sand, dirt and other annoying particles from getting into the lens and ruining your photographs.
For the price point of the Fuji 50mm, we feel that really is a steal and possibly slightly underpriced. It offers food image performance, especially on the Fuji XT20 due to its sensor. Additionally, there are very few problems with flare, color, contrast or chromatic aberration when using the Fuji XT20.
The Fuji 50mm takes a 46mm filter that can be a little awkward to fit as some filter brands do not include the 46mm size in their ranges. Thankfully, Gobe offers a number of different lens filters in the 46mm range (Click here to check for product prices and availability) that offer a good mix of affordability and performance for your photography needs.
Although common on many of the higher price point lenses on the market right now, the Fuji 50mm also includes a decent quality plastic lens hood and lens cap as standard rather than the obvious low-quality ones that come with some competing lenses.
The Best Wide Angle Lens For Fuji XT20 Cameras
One thing that we would like to mention if you choose to pick up the Rokinon 12mm from a source other than the link above is to ensure it has the correct attachment for your Fuji XT20. Due to the lens also being available with attachments for Canon, Nikon, and Sony cameras you may accidentally be sold a lens that will not fit your Fuji. We have taken care to ensure that the lens in the link above will fit your XT20 though.
The lens offers you sharp images with excellent color for a very low price. Additionally,the Rokinon 12mm’s low light performance is very good managing to beat that of some wide angle lenses that are almost double its cost.
The Rokinon 12mm is able to offer you some unique focal lengths allowing you to take some unique photographs with a slightly distorted look as shown in the image above.
One of the main drawbacks of this lens is its lack of autofocus making it a little bit of a pain to use it as a run and gun lens. That said though, if you are planning on mainly using your lens for landscape photography where you have time to manually focus between each photograph then this really could be the lens for you!
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