Update: I have updated the article with more gear.
I’ve been using Fujifilm X cameras for the last 5 years and it’s time to sum up what’s the best gear I’ve used. This is a list of all the cameras, lenses and accessories based on my own unscientific experiences, so don’t kill me if you disagree. It’s highly based on personal preferences (smaller is better vs bigger with better specs etc. ). A lot of this gear is old now but hopefully I can still help people buying 2nd hand gear. I’ve marked my top favorite gear with a star ★ and other recommended gear with a white star ☆
- ★ Fujifilm X100S / X100T / X100F – I used these cameras for many years and took some of my best photos with them. The 35mm equivalent lens is the best all around lens in my opinion. The camera is small which is good especially when you start out as a photographer and is afraid of peoples reactions. The problem is that you can’t change lenses so you are gonna need another camera also, but this is a good camera to begin with.
If you do decide to buy: Not much differencen between the X100S and X100T. Auto focus speed is extremely slow, get the X100F if you are serious about it.
- Fujifilm X70 – A smaller version of the X100-series but without viewfinder and with a wider 18mm lens. The lens and camera has some kind of *magic*, photos from it looks really good. And this is the best X-Trans 2 camera you can get, has faster auto focus than the X-T1 and better video quality, because this was the last X-Trans 2 camera released. Sadly I’m not a 18mm guy, too wide for me. But if you like street and if you like wide angles, this camera is an absolute must.
- ★ Fujifilm X-T10 – my recommended camera to get if you are on a tight budget. Buy this with some of Fujifilm’s f2.0 lenses. It has slow auto focus for today’s standards and feels cheaper than the X-T-series cameras but it’s a great place to start. And then there is something about the colors of the old sensor, dare I say better than the newer sensors colors?
- Fujifilm X-T1 – It was a great camera, the first professional Fujifilm X camera, but I don’t recommend getting it in 2019. The camera was the first of it’s kind and after using it for a few years, problems start to pop up. The rubber port door expands after use and won’t close and the fake leather finish falls off. The X-T2 has huge advantage over X-T20 (faster max shutter speed, better video specs, better shutter), but the X-T1 doesn’t have any important advantage over X-T10 and I would prefer the smaller and cheaper X-T10.
- Fujifilm X-E2 – same as the X-T10, without flipscreen but with a rangefinder style viewfinder. The viewfinder is a plus but the missing flipscreen is a big minus. Get the X-T10 instead.
- Fujifilm X-T20 – an upgraded X-T10. Somewhere in between the X-T10 and the X-T2. Continuous auto focus now kind of works but still not at a professional level. It’s great value, the biggest problem for me is the slow shutter speed 1/4000 vs 1/8000 on pro cameras, and the cheap feeling and handling.
- ★ Fujifilm X-T2 – This is the camera that made Fujifilm usable for professional photographers. It got the great image quality from past cameras, but with better auto focus and great 4k flog video. The camera I always recommend to new friends that want to get into photography.
- ☆ Fujifilm X-H1 – A great camera, good as a 2nd camera body to match your X-T2/X-T3. The ibis is very useful for things like video, using longer primes with slower shutter speed (like the 90mm) or doing long exposure shots without a tripod (ibis + image stabilized lenses can shoot very slow shutter speeds). IBIS + the X-Trans 3 sensor (maybe the best sensor?) is a great combo. The only thing I dislike is the design of the camera, it’s big and ugly, the exposure dial is gone, replaced with a useless top screen.
- Fujifilm X-S10 – I had hoped this could replace my X-H1, a smaller Fujifilm camera with IBIS. But the selfie screen is almost unusable for photography, and the mode dials (known from DSLR’s) are also poor design. I like the big grip with the battery inside, and the overall small size, and I like the shutter sound, but that’s it. Still waiting for a X-T3 or X-T30 designed cameras with IBIS.
- ★ Fujifilm X-T3 – If you already own a X-T2 the X-T3 is not worth the upgrade for most people. The auto focus has been improved (especially after firmware upgrades it’s to the level of the X-T4), and if you want the newest auto focus this is the best camera you can get in my opinion (X-T4 also has fast auto focus but it also has that stupid flip out screen). The new 26 megapixels X-Trans 4 sensor is harder to work with, in Lightroom/Camera Raw you often get some strange results, and I would recommend Capture One or using the new Super Resolution feature in Camera Raw to get good results. When all that is said, if you need fast auto focus for photography and if you know how to deal with X-Trans 4 raw files, then this is an awesome camera, currently my favorite.
- Fujifilm X-T4 – I only used it shortly but for me the flip out screen is a deal breaker. I use the flip screen a lot for stealthy shooting, and this design ruins it for me because it flips out to the side. Fujifilm listened too much to Youtube celeberties like Tony Northrup on this one and not to their own users. I also don’t like that it’s bigger than the X-T3. Yes it’s nice with a bigger battery, but for me the battery was never an issue.
- Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f4 R OIS – I’m not much of a wide angle lens guy, but this is a great all around wide angle lens, the only wide angle lens I decided to keep. It’s not anything special but it’s very useful.
- Fujifilm XF 14mm f2.8 R – I’m not a wide angle guy, so I don’t have much to say about this one. Lens rendition is a bit different from other Fujifilm lenses, the colors seems more red/blue, hard to explain but it has a certain look I’m not a big fan of.
- Fujifilm XF 18mm f2 R – this lens don’t have good reviews and the reviews are right. It’s unsharp, it flares, it has some strange image rendition. Sure it’s not terrible and it is usable but it is probably Fujifilms worst lens.
- Fujifilm XF 23mm f2 WR – Great little lens. 23mm is a good all around focal length. Good for putting on your camera and having it in your bag every day.
- Fujifilm XF 23mm f1.4 – A good lens for events, I mostly use this lens with the XF 56mm f1.2 to shoot events with (a classic setup many photographers uses). The extra stop of light is very useful for shooting moving subjects in low light.
On the other hand, this lens lack some of that magic, it’s just a workhorse nothing else. My favorite 23mm on Fujifilm system is the one in the X100-series, it has more “pop” to the images, probably because of the low element count.
- Fujifilm XF 27mm f2.8 – The smallest Fujifilm lens. The 27mm is a bit strange focal length to me (not wide but not long) and image rendition is a little boring. Build is very cheap feeling.
- Fujifilm XF 27mm f2.8 R WR – It’s the same as the above version but now improved with weather resistance, an aperture ring and looks cooler. I’m still not fan of this focal length but I much prefer this one compared to the old one because it looks so cool on my X-T3 camera and I love the aperture ring.
- Fujifilm XF 35mm f1.4 R – A great little street lens. Auto focus is not as fast, it’s a little noisy, but it’s tiny, it’s f1.4 and images looks very good. Something I would always put on my camera before I go for an evening walk.
- Fujifilm XF 35mm f2 R WR – the smallest lens after the 27mm f2.8 lens, but not a big fan of the image quality (flat rendition, and a lot of distortion correction applied in post processing).
- Fujifilm XF 50mm f2 WR – great little lens, cheap, very stealthy, I like it. Compared to the XF 56mm the rendition has a bit clinical generic look, therefore I sold it and kept the XF 56mm f1.2.
- ★ Fujifilm XF 56mm f1.2 R – my favorite lens. Sure it’s big and heavy compared to the XF 50mm but it’s worth it. Rendition of the images with this lens is so great. Has this soft but still sharp look, colors are great, every Fujifilm shooter should own it! Check out the comparison I wrote of the 56mm vs 50mm here.
Update: This lens preform very bad with the object focus on newer Fujifilm cameras, I suspect that Fujifilm will release an updated version soon.
- ☆ Fujifilm XF 90mm f2.0 R LM WR – It’s a great lens, it’s a very sharp and clean looking lens. It competing against the 56mm as the best lens, the 56mm has more character, this is more sharp. It’s not as versatile (because of the focal length), and for most people they won’t use it much. I use it for action photography, shooting bicycles in Copenhagen.
- ☆ Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS – I’m not much a zoom guy, but this is a good small all around lens and my favorite lens for video. Together with the X-H1 camera the ibis and image stabilization (with the lastest firmware) this can give you silky smooth video footage or handhold photos down to 1 sec. without a tripod, great combo.
- Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR – Good lens to pair with the X-H1 (with ibis) for shooting events, because of the missing stabilization in the lens. Not something I would ever use for personal work, yes the images are sharp but the lens has this clinical look to me and images looks very flat (probably because of the very high lens element count).
- Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f3.5–5.6 R LM OIS WR – Never liked super zoom lenses and this one also disappointed me, images quality is not that good i.e. compared to the XF 18-55.
- Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f3.5-4.8 R LM OIS – this might seem like an average tele zoom lens but it has some magic. Image rendition is very good for a zoom lens of it’s class and price. Recommend it.
- Fujifilm XF100-400mm f4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR – It’s probably a great lens but very hard to find use for it. It’s big, heavy and expensive, and only usable for very few things like bird photography. Images lack that pop and looks a bit flat (probably normal for such a zoom). I own one but almost never used it.
- Samyang 12mm f2.0 NCS CS – A third party lens without auto focus with fast f2.0 aperture. It’s the only manual focus lens I tried that performs as good as a native Fujifilm lens. It’s sharp, small, colors are almost the same as Fujifilm lenses (only with a slight magenta tint). I’m not much of a manual focus guy, but there are no other alternatives for ultra wide fast primes for Fujifilm X. I would love if Samyang made a auto focus version of this lens.
- Zeiss Touit 32mm f1.8 – Another third party lens for Fujifilm X mount and this one has auto focus. It’s a hidden gem, one of the few auto focus lenses out there that also has a lot of lens characters. The image rendition is great, interesting bokeh, and some of that Zeiss 3D pop. Auto focus is not as good as native Fujifilm lenses but with the newest Firmware update it’s not that bad.
- Fujifilm Tele Conversion Lens TCL-X100 Black – tele converter to make the X100-serie camera from 23mm to 35mm. The old X100S/X100T the camera has a hard time focusing unless you use it in daylight. You have to enable and disable it in the menus every time. And it makes the camera very bulk. Wouldn’t recommend it.
- Fujifilm MCEX-11 + MCEX-16 Macro Extension Tube – pretty expensive for a macro ring, and I’m not sure if it’s worth it for most people. On the other hand it’s the cheapest way to auto focus with macro photography on your Fujifilm camera. The MCEX-11 is more useful, the MCEX-16 focuses too close to be useful.
On Ebay you can buy cheap copies of these adapters (also with auto focus) but they are very cheap feeling and mine broke after a few times of using them.
My favorite lens to use with the MCEX-11 is the the XF 18-55mm f2.8-f4 lens, it can always focus pretty close and the zoom and stabilization makes it easy to use.
- Fujifilm VPB-XT2 Grip for the X-T2 + Fujifilm VPB-XH1 Grip for the X-H1: Booster grips for the two cameras. I only used them for their increased video recording limits and additional audio inputs. Don’t get it unless you really miss big cameras or need the extra video features.
- Finger Smart Adapter for Canon EF lenses – Auto focus adapter for Canon lenses on Fujifilm X mount. Check out my review here. It’s not that great, stick to native Fujifilm lenses.
- Fotodiox Rhinocam – A medium format lens adapter that let you shoot high megapixel panoramas with you Fujifilm X camera. Check out my my review here. If you are a Fujifilm fan that has tried very lens or accessory, this is a fun adapter to try.