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. But you can’t change lenses so you are gonna need another camera also.
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. 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. It’s not something. I have proof of, but this little have some kind of magic in the images.
- 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-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. 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 where Fujifilm got to a level that could match the dslr cameras. An awesome camera. Fast. Solid. A great tool. Also 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, especially 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. For video the X-T3 is a big step up for the X-T2, but it lacks IBIS so I would rather pick the cheaper X-H1 or the new X-T4.
- 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 – 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 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.
- Fujifilm XF 90mm f2.0 R LM WR – It’s a great lens, it’s a very sharp and clean looking lens. It’s almost too sharp, gives you the same look that a lot of Sony lenses gives you. Personally I prefer the look the more imperfect XF 56mm f1.2 gives you.
- ☆ 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, the lens has this clinical look to me.
- 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.
- Samyang 12mm f2.0 NCS CS – A third party lens without auto focus with fast f2.0 aperture. It has good value but personally I miss auto focus and also the lens gives images a red color tint.
- 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-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.