The Three Best Fujifilm X Mount Lenses

What are your favorite three Fujifilm X Mount lenses? As a Fujifilm fanboy, this is a question I have often mulled over — with the answer changing as often as new lenses are released. 

Thanks to De La Soul, we all know that three is the magic number. For me, it represents the number of lenses I can usually take on a trip with me without weighing my backpack down too much.  

Hearing other photographers talk about the same dilemma is fascinating. This is exactly what's discussed in this Trifecta of Fujifilm X Mount Lenses video brought to you by Film is more fun. I really enjoyed hearing about the choices, with one in particular being a real surprise. 

Not surprisingly, the Film is more fun channel usually features fun and interesting videos about film photography, so it was unexpected to see this X Series-related video pop up. Why do so many film shooters prefer Fujifilm X Series gear when they shoot digital?

For the record, my three favorites are two zooms and one of the OG prime lenses: XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS, XF 50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR, and XF 35mm F1.4 R

What are your favorite three X mount lenses? Tell us in the comments below.  

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Matt Murray is a travel, portrait and stock photographer from Brisbane, Australia.

Matt is an avid film photographer and hosts an analogue photography podcast 'Matt Loves Cameras' featuring reviews of classic film and instant cameras.

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My favorite Fujifilm x mount lens is XF 55-200 mm lens. It's the must have lens for multiple purposes.

Very good lens, I prefer the 50-140 just for the extra stops of light though

The 16-55 is very good but big and heavy. Never could warm up to the 18-55. 50-230 is also fantastic as far as IQ goes, just very sloooooow

I've never used the 16-55 I must confess, always been happy with the 18-55

10-24, 16-55, 70-300... easy choice, I love a prime but those 3 cover 10-300 thereabouts (420 with the 1.4TC) and have the pro level zoom for standard focal ranges, which can account for the lack of primes. All 3 lenses are water resistant too.

27mm 2.8

It makes xe4 an unobtrusive gem

Great lens. Lives on my xpro 2

I've never warmed to the 27mm lens as I love the aperture rings

The new version of the 27mm pancake has an aperture ring

50 f1.0, 18 f1.4, & the 35 f2. considering upgrading the 35 to the 33. Just gotta test it out first.

Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 with the manual dials on Fuji cameras gets you the feel of a manual film camera with the convenience of digital.

If I stayed on a desert island with my Xpro2; my three favorite lenses would be the 23f2, 35f1.4, and the 60f2.4 macro. With that I would be happy and I don't know if I could eat, but entertain myself with the landscape, flora and fauna.

Nice, two of the three original X series lenses there!

I only have two so far: The 18-55 and the 23mm f2. I am really liking the 23mm especially for street shots.

Too many to choose from, and there's something for every use case. If I had to pick three...
1. 56mm f/1.2
2. 16mm f/1.4
3. 50-140mm f/2.8

Though, if I had to swap one out for a non-interchangeable, I love the 23mm f/2 on the X100V over the 16mm f/1.4.

56 and 16 are also favourites of mine, there are too many to choose from!

My best 3 are largely based on what I can afford rather than best Fuji lenses ever. In my bag all the time are the XF 18-55 and XC 50-230. And possibly my fav in my collection is the XF 50mm F2. I have the 50-230 instead of the 55-200 as it suits my needs my better. For landscapes at F8 I think it's IQ is the equal of 55-200 but without the bulk and weight.

Favourite is one thing and what one ends up with might be different. What I've at the moment is the new 27/2.8. I always loved it when I had XT3, so much so that i never bonded with the 35/1.4- shocking as it might sound.
The other lens I've is the new 18/1.4. It is simply amazing and there nothing similar in any apsc format. I use this 2 lens kit with xe4. The 18 is obviously a bit long compared with the camera size but is not heavy at all and works ok with the hand grip attached.
I love 56 but I won't be using as much so haven't bought it. I look forward to the new version Fuji might bring out this year.
What we need is sigma to release their new 18-50 f2.8 apsc zoom lens in Fuji mount.

My 3 would be a little out there but for landscape and flower portraits it works
1. XF 90mm f2
2. XF 33mm f1.4
3 XF10-24mm f4

23 1.4 & 56 1.2 are the only two XF lenses I have atm. Thinking about picking up a 10-24 f4 OIS for UWA & video but leaning toward EF 16-35 f4 IS. Not sure yet.

23's my fav Fuji, great lens. May replace it with the new WR version since I'm paranoid about taking it out in bad weather. All my longer FL lenses are Canon. Teams up nicely with the Fuji.

Matt Murray Hey thanks for the feature Matt.

No worries Chris! I enjoy your videos :)

My current lens kit: 18-55, 35mm 1.4 and 60mm 2.4. I know the 60mm gets knocked a lot, but it’s my favorite lens.

The 60 is a brilliant lens for traveling. Small and light, its a more than adequate macro, doubles as a short telephoto lens and is a great portrait lens. Granted it isn't the absolute best at anything but its good at everything that doesn't require fast focussing. Its a phenomenal tool and one of my top lenses.

I shot De La Soul 1990, with cross processed slide film in C-41. Crazy saturated exploading colours. My Darling was a Mamiya RZ 6x7... Loved that camera.
But I could easily have been a Fuji fanboy too.
Btw! The magic number IS three. :)