I’ve been using Fujifilm X cameras for the last 5 years and it’s time to sum up whats the bear 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 (like smaller is better vs bigger with better specs). A lof of this gear is old now but hopefully I can still help people buying 2nd hand gear.
- 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 espcially when you start out as a photographer and is scared of peoples reactions. But you can’t change lenses, and when you get better as a photographer changing lenses is essential. So I wouldn’t recommend it even though I also love it.
If you do decide to buy: Not much differencen beteen 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. Wide angle is not me but after selling the camera I often look at the photos I took with the X70 and love the image quality. Very emotional argument: but the lens has some magic but not a combo for me.
- 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.
- 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. I own one and it’s a constant battle to glue it together.
- 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-M1 – the smallest Fujifilm X mount camera available, can be found even cheaper than the X-T10 used but lack a few things like a viewfinder. Because of it’s size I still think it’s a great 2nd or 3rd camera for when you wan’t to catch less attention.
- Fujifilm X-T20 – an upgraded X-T10. Somewhere in between the X-T10 and the newest Fujifilm cameras. Continuous auto focus now kind of works but still not at a professional level.
- Fujifilm X-T2 – This is where Fujifilm got to a level that could match the dslr cameras. An awesome camera. Fast. Solid. A great tool. Altso a great buy in 2019.
- 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). Really like this camera but not my main camera because of it’s bigger size.
- Fujifilm X-T3 – If you already own a X-T2 the X-T3 is not worth the upgrade in my opinion. Auto focus is slightly better but still not at the same level of the newest Sony’s and not something I noticed. Image quality is different: I don’t notice the extra megapixels, but I had a harder time editing the photos, espcially cityscape photos fell apart in the highlights and shadows. Only after installing Capture One I could get the quality I was expected. I also think there is something wrong with the colors, it’s like they have been changing slowly since the first 2 generations of x-trans sensors, and the X-T3 is another step away from that. The 10 bit video option is too heavy for most peoples computers, even trying to proxy render it gave me so many problems. All in all, I didn’t get much out of the X-T3 compared to the X-T2, and still think the X-H1 is king.
- 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 – Great lens, my favorite lens to use for events together with the 56mm. It’s a little sharper than the f2 version and the one stop of extra light makes it my favorite 23mm. Great focal length and good in low light.
- 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.
- 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 images looks a little flat and I prefer the 1.4 version.
- Fujifilm XF 50mm f2 WR – great little lens, cheap, very stealthy, I like it. Compared to the XF 56mm the rendtion 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.
- Fujifilm XF 90mm f2.0 R LM WR – It’s a great lens, like a longer version of my favorite 56mm f1.2 but sharper (the sharpest Fujifilm lens I tried). One of my favorite Fujifilm lenses. Great for shooting action.
- Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS – I’m not much a zoom guy, and only own this lens for my video work (because ability to zoom and image stabilization). 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 lensto pair with the X-H1 (with ibis) for shooting events, because of the missing stablization in the lens. Not something I would ever use for personal work, the lens has this clinical look to me.
- 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. Would recommend it.
- Samyang 12mm f2.0 NCS CS – A third party lens without auto focus. I’m not much of a wide angle lens guy, so I sold it. Lens colors are a bit different than native Fujifilm lenses and I do miss the auto focus.
- Fujifilm Tele Conversion Lens TCL-X100 Black – tele converter to converts 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-16 Macro Extension Tube – these auto focus macro rings never gets used much by most people. Not worth it for the price. I ended up selling it and buying a clone product for 10$ on ebay for the few times I need it.
My favorite lens to use with macro rings 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.