The best Fujifilm lenses in 2024: the best zoom & prime lenses for X Series cameras

The best Fujifilm lenses are some of the finest lenses in all of photography. The X-mount glass has a reputation for being pin-sharp, highly reliable, and durably built. Whether you want to excel at photography, videography, or a little of both, the best Fujifilm lenses will help you get the most out of your Fujifilm camera. 

In this guide, we've included the best zooms and primes for Fujiflm X-series mirrorless cameras. It's worth noting that we're just focusing here on Fujifilm's APS-C range – if you're using GFX medium-format cameras, check out our guide to the best Fujifilm GF lenses instead.

But don't feel short-changed – the lenses for X-mount are just as capable as the medium format ones. We've recently seen excellent professional workhorse lenses like the Fujinon XF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 R LM OIS WR telephoto zoom, and super-sharp, super-fast primes like the Fujinon XF18mm f/1.4 R LM WR. Video shooters are also catered for, with Fujifilm releasing its XF18-120mm F4 LM PZ WR with Power Zoom that's specifically optimized for zooming in video. 

Fujifilm cameras are some of the best mirrorless cameras you can buy, and with more and more super-sharp lenses arriving, there's never been a better time to invest in the system. It has a decade of pedigree, and the future looks bright. 

As such, get ready for a long list of lenses! We've divided it into sections to make it more navigable, so whether you want a wide-angle zoom a standard prime or a powerful telephoto, you'll be able to find it. Scroll down and let's get started...

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Best Fujifilm standard zoom lens

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Best standard zoom

Specifications

Mount: Fujifilm X-mount
Elements/groups: 17/12
Diaphragm blades: 9
Autofocus: Twin linear motor
Stabilizer: No
Min focus distance: 0.6m
Max magnification: 0.16x
Filter thread: 77mm
Dimensions (WxL): 83x106mm
Weight: 655g

Reasons to buy

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Supreme build quality
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Constant f/2.8 aperture 

Reasons to avoid

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No image stabilizer 
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Relatively big and heavy 

This top-drawer ‘red badge’ lens is Fujifilm’s answer to pro-grade 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses for full-frame DSLRs. The Fujifilm XF16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR actually beats them for zoom range, with an ‘effective’ 24-84mm focal length, and has a similarly robust, weather-resistant construction. Performance is fabulous in all respects, with super-fast and highly accurate autofocus enabled by a twin linear motor, plus a feast of glassware that includes three aspherical elements and three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements. Sharpness and contrast are spectacular, bokeh is beautiful and there’s excellent resistance to ghosting and flare, thanks to dual conventional and nano-structure coatings. The only real minus points are that there’s no image stabilization, and the lens is relatively heavy for an X-mount standard zoom.

Read more: Fujifilm XF16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR review

Best Fujifilm standard prime lens

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Best standard prime

Specifications

Mount: Fujifilm X-mount
Elements/groups: 15/5
Diaphragm blades: 9
Stabilizer: No
Min focus distance: 0.3m
Max magnification: 0.15x
Filter thread: 58mm
Dimensions (WxL): 67x73.5mm
Weight: 360g

Reasons to buy

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50mm equivalent angle of view
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Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture
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Physical aperture ring
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Powerful linear AF motor

Reasons to avoid

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Not exactly small

The Fujinon XF33mmF1.4 R LM WR expands Fujinon’s sub-range of fast f/1.4 primes. Its 33mm focal length may seem a little unusual, but as Fujifilm's X-mount cameras have APS-C sensors, the XF33mm F1.4 actually has an effective focal length of 50mm, in full-frame terms. For an APS-C 50mm-equivalent lens, this one is comparatively large – but that's a small price to pay for fast linear motor autofocus, an f/1.4 maximum aperture, and superb optical performance. The Fujinon XF33mmF1.4 R LM WR also has a physical aperture ring, working perfectly with the external shutter speed dials on cameras like the X-T30 II, X-Pro3, and X-T4 to provide classic external exposure controls for more advanced photographers and those who just like to shoot the old way!

Read our full Fujinon XF33mm F1.4 R LM WR review 

Best Fujifilm lens for all occasions

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Best all-rounder

Specifications

Mount: Fujifilm X-mount
Elements/groups: 16/12
Diaphragm blades: 9
Autofocus: Stepping motor
Stabilizer: 6-stops
Min focus distance: 0.35m
Max magnification: 0.25x
Filter thread: 72mm
Dimensions (WxL): 78.3x88.9mm
Weight: 440g

Reasons to buy

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High-quality optical construction
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Close focusing prowess
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5x zoom range
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6-stop stabilization

Reasons to avoid

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Relatively expensive
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Biggish lens for smaller cameras

The Fujinon XF 16-80mmF4 R OIS WR is not the fastest X-mount lens in the Fujinon line-up – that's the XF 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR – but it's smaller, lighter, cheaper, has a 5x zoom range and optical stabilization, so losing one f-stop in maximum aperture seems a small price to pay. We found it a consistently good performer in outdoor shooting (not so much at close range in the lab), and its build quality and handling are as good as it gets... and ALL lenses should have an aperture ring like this one! The XF 16-55mm f/2.8 might look like the best 'pro' standard zoom, but we think this is a much smaller, cheaper, and more versatile all-rounder.

Read our full Fujinon XF16-80mm F4 R OIS WR review

Best Fujifilm telephoto zoom lens

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Best telephoto zoom

Specifications

Mount: Fujifilm X-mount
Elements/groups: 23/16
Diaphragm blades: 7
Autofocus: Triple linear motors
Stabilizer: 5-stops
Min focus distance: 1.0m
Max magnification: 0.12x
Filter thread: 72mm
Dimensions (WxL): 83x176mm
Weight: 995g

Reasons to buy

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Constant f/2.8 aperture
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Super-fast triple autofocus 

Reasons to avoid

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 Fairly heavy
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 Expensive 

Most professional and enthusiast photographers who use full-frame cameras grab a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens for telephoto shooting. The Fujifilm XF50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR is the equivalent X-mount lens with an effective 105-210mm zoom range and the same fast, constant f/2.8 aperture. It also happens to be full of ‘red badge’ finery. Like its sibling 16-55mm optic, this one has fully pro-grade build quality and high-grade glass including five ED elements and one Super ED element, plus dual conventional and nano-structure coatings. Super-fast autofocus is driven by a triple linear motor and, this time, you also get optical stabilization with class-leading 5-stop performance. The focal length range and wide aperture result in a relatively heavy build but the lens is nevertheless only two-thirds of the weight of most 70-200mm f/2.8 full-frame zooms.

See our full Fujifilm XF50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR review

Best Fujifilm lens for street photography

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Best for street

Specifications

Mount: Fujifilm X-mount
Elements/groups: 15/10
Diaphragm blades: 9
Stabilizer: No
Min focus distance: 0.19m
Max magnification: 0.2x
Filter thread: 58mm
Dimensions (WxL): 67x77.8mm
Weight: 375g

Reasons to buy

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Sublime image quality
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Snappy autofocus
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Images look fantastic wide open

Reasons to avoid

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A bit heavy
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No focus distance scale

Fujifilm really does do premium prime lenses very well indeed. The Fujinon XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR is a gorgeous lens, delivering exceptional image quality and lightning-fast autofocus – basically, everything you could want from this kind of standard, street-friendly prime (its equivalent focal length works out to a naturalistic-feeling 35mm). It has a lovely aperture ring for that manual, immersive feel, and its design is weatherproof and dustproof. It is heavier than the average 35mm equivalent prime though, and we do have to take umbrage with the decision to remove the focus distance scale and depth of field index markers that were on the previous version of the lens. What gives, Fujifilm?!

Read more: Fujifilm Fujinon XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR review

Best Fujifilm lens for travel

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Best for travel

Specifications

Mount: Fujifilm X-mount
Elements/groups: 16/12
Diaphragm blades: 7
Autofocus: Linear motor
Stabilizer: 5-stops
Min focus distance: 0.6m
Max magnification: 0.27x
Filter thread: 67mm
Dimensions (WxL): 76x98mm
Weight: 490g

Reasons to buy

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Large zoom range
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Impressively consistent quality

Reasons to avoid

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Middling max aperture

Even though most Fujifilm X-mount lenses are comparatively compact and lightweight, it can still be a chore if you need to carry multiple lenses around with you. Ideal for travel and walkabout photography, this ‘superzoom’ XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR takes you all the way from wide-angle coverage to serious telephoto reach, equivalent to 27-206mm on a full-frame camera. Naturally, if you like to travel light, you won’t want to be lugging a tripod around either, so the 5-stop optical stabilizer is another bonus. Not just versatile in terms of zoom range, the lens is great for everything from landscape and architectural shots to action sports and wildlife, thanks to a very fast linear motor autofocus system. You needn’t let rain stop play either, as the lens has comprehensive weather-seals applied to no fewer than 20 areas.

Read more: Fujinon XF18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR review

Best Fujifilm wide angle zoom

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Best wide zoom

Specifications

Mount: Fujifilm X-mount
Elements/groups: 14/10
Diaphragm blades: 7
Autofocus: Stepping motor
Stabilizer: 3-stops
Min focus distance: 0.5m
Max magnification: 0.16x
Filter thread: 72mm
Dimensions (WxL): 78x87mm
Weight: 385g

Reasons to buy

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Wide maximum viewing angle 
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Constant f/4 aperture 
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Weather resistant

Reasons to avoid

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Edge softness at 24mm
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Fairly expensive

This is a new and improved version of Fujifilm's long-running ultra-wide zoom with a sleeker profile, weatherproofing, and improved stabilization, but with the same optical formulation. The Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS WR is certainly a nice lens to use. The build quality, finish, and handling are absolutely top-drawer, the constant f/4 maximum aperture is handy for photographers and videographers who like to work with fixed apertures regardless of zoom setting, and the aperture ring is wonderful to have. If only the optical performance hit the same standard. It's great at 10mm, but the softer edges at 24mm are a disappointment, and take the edge off (literally) what could have been a 5-star lens.

Read more: Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS WR review

Best Fujifilm lens for sports and wildlife

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Best for sports and wildlife

Specifications

Mount: Fujifilm X-mount
Elements/groups: 21/14
Diaphragm blades: 9
Autofocus: Twin linear motors
Stabilizer: 5-stops
Min focus distance: 1.75m
Max magnification: 0.19x
Filter thread: 77mm
Dimensions (WxL): 95x211mm
Weight: 1,375g

Reasons to buy

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 Massive effective focal length 
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 Excellent 5-stop stabilizer 

Reasons to avoid

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Heavy (as you'd expect)
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Expensive

The Fujifilm XF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR has all the usual pro-grade attractions and weather-sealed build quality. It’s typically heavy for a super-telephoto zoom, although many on the market are substantially heavier, weighing up to twice as much. Highlights include twin linear motors for super-fast and virtually silent autofocus, a class-leading 5-stop image stabilizer, and top-quality optics that include five ED elements and one Super ED element. The lens comes complete with a tripod mounting ring and an Arca-Swiss compatible tripod plate is also available as an optional extra. And if 600mm of ‘effective’ telephoto reach isn’t enough for you, the lens is also compatible with Fujifilm’s 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters, which boost the maximum focal length to 853mm and 1,219mm in full-frame terms.

Read more: Fujifilm Fujinon XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR review

Best Fujifilm macro lens

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Best macro lens

Specifications

Mount: Fujifilm X-mount
Elements/groups: 16/12
Diaphragm blades: 9
Autofocus: Linear motor
Stabilizer: 5-stops, hybrid
Min focus distance: 0.25m
Max magnification: 1.0x
Filter thread: 62mm
Dimensions (WxL): 80x130mm
Weight: 750g

Reasons to buy

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 Full 1.0x magnification 
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 5-stop ‘hybrid’ optical stabilizer 

Reasons to avoid

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 Relatively heavy 
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 Expensive

This ‘full macro’ lens delivers 1.0x magnification when shooting at its closest focus distance of 0.25m. It, therefore, reproduces small objects at full life size on the camera’s image sensor, and gives even greater ‘effective’ magnification than when using a similar lens on a full-frame camera, thanks to the APS-C format crop factor. The ability to massively enlarge tiny objects and very fine detail is immense. Innovative features include a newly developed autofocus system that utilizes ceramic balls on a guide rail to ensure the greatest possible accuracy and fidelity across the entire image frame. There’s also a ‘hybrid’ 5-stop stabilizer that corrects for horizontal and vertical shift as well as the usual camera vibration or ‘wobble’. This makes it much more effective during close-up shooting, although you’ll want to ensure you're using a good tripod at or near the shortest focus distance. 

Read more: Fujifilm XF80mmF2.8 Macro lens review

Best affordable Fujifilm lens for portraits

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Best affordable portrait lens

Specifications

Mount: Fujifilm X-mount
Elements/groups: 9/7
Diaphragm blades: 9
Autofocus: Stepping motor
Stabilizer: No
Min focus distance: 0.39m
Max magnification: 0.15x
Filter thread: 46mm
Dimensions (WxL): 60x59.4mm
Weight: 200g

Reasons to buy

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Nice bokeh
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Affordable

Reasons to avoid

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f/2 isn't the widest
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No stabilisation

This lens won’t give you such a tight depth of field as either edition of Fujifilm’s 56mm f/1.2 lens, but it’s a relatively inexpensive lens and is the next best thing for portraiture. If budget is your major issue, you'll find this lens to be more than capable for your portrait needs; f/2 isn't the widest aperture, but will still produce great bokeh for memorable images. The all-metal design helps the lens feel premium (arguably more premium than it actually is) and the full-frame equivalent focal length is about 76mm. The lack of optical image stabilization is a shame, and this combined with the slightly narrower aperture may mean you're using higher ISOs to get the shots you want.

Read more: Fujifilm XF50mm F2.0 R WR

Best Fujifilm nifty-fifty equivalent

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Best nifty-fifty equivalent

Specifications

Mount: Fujifilm X-mount
Elements/groups: 10/6
Diaphragm blades: 9
Stabilizer: No
Min focus distance: 0.22m
Max magnification: 0.13x
Filter thread: 43mm
Dimensions (WxL): 60x52mm
Weight: 180g

Reasons to buy

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Great quality for the price
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Very lightweight
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Weather sealed

Reasons to avoid

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No optical stabilizer
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f/2 won't be enough for some

Fujifilm's other great street lens, the XF 35mm f/2 R WR is much more affordable than its f/1.4 cousin, not to mention lighter. If you can deal with being restricted to f/2, and not having that low-light and bokeh-licious flexibility, this is a great lens. As is common with Fujifilm lenses, the image quality you get for your money really is impressive here. Autofocus too is very fast, in both video and stills, thanks to the stepping motor. For carrying around town, this lightweight and weather-sealed lens is an excellent choice. It feels great to use, too, with a metallic build and tactile aperture ring. 

Read more: Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2 R WR review

Best Fujifilm pancake lens

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Best pancake

Specifications

Mount: Fujifilm X
Elements/groups: 7/5
Diaphragm blades: 7
Stabilizer: No
Min focus distance: 0.34m
Max magnification: 0.1x
Filter thread: 39mm
Dimensions: 62x23mm
Weight: 84g

Reasons to buy

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Ultra-slim dimensions
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Edge to edge image quality
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Weather sealing
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Physical aperture ring

Reasons to avoid

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Unrefined autofocus

We’re big fans of the original Fujinon XF27mm lens, which was extremely slim and yet delivered extremely good edge-to-edge sharpness. This new one meets the same high standards but adds weatherproofing and, even better, a physical aperture ring. It’s a great lens in its own right and even better as a kit lens for the X-E4. Fujifilm’s promise of a fast and silent AF motor didn’t seem borne out by our lens, though, which was quick enough but noisy by modern standards. Never mind that, though, because if you're looking for a lens that's small enough to go in your pocket and sharp enough to blow you away, then this is it!

Read our full Fujinon XF27mmF2.8 R WR review for more details.

How to choose the best Fujifilm lens

Firstly, ask yourself what you want to shoot. If you are interested in wildlife or sports then a big telephoto lens is the right choice, but if you want to shoot out on the street and slip your camera into a jacket pocket, then a tiny pancake lens should be top of your list.

You also need to decide if you prefer primes or zoom lenses. Prime lenses limit you to one focal length but usually have the benefit of wider apertures for better low-light photography and more creamy background blur, primes also usually have sharper optics. Zooms on the other hand offer convenience, but at the price of narrower apertures, and larger lenses.

There are usually a few different varieties of lenses that will suit your purpose, so work out what fits best for your budget. Fujifilm makes 18-55mm, 16-80mm, and 16-55mm lenses which all serve roughly the same purpose, but with very different price tags and features.

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What do the letters mean on Fujifilm lenses?

Firstly Fujifilm brands its lenses as Fujinon, but these lenses are still first-party lenses designed and manufactured by Fujifilm. There are two main classifications of Fujinon lenses: XC and XF. Both of these are designed for the APS-C Fujifilm X-mount (check out our separate guide to the best Fujifilm GF lenses for Fujifilm's selection of medium format glass). 

If you're on a budget, then you'll likely be looking at the XC range of lenses. Designed to be compact and portable, XC glass is generally more affordable than XF options. If you have an entry-level Fujifilm camera, such as the Fujifilm X-A7 and Fujifilm X-T200, then XC lenses should be perfect for you. 

Meanwhile, XF lenses are designed to deliver fantastic image quality and top performance. Featuring a more robust construction (usually with metal barrels and mounting plates), XF lenses are typically a little more expensive than their XC counterparts. 

For those photographers looking for the very best in optical quality, there are three 'Red Badge' XF zoom lenses. These are designed to represent the best Fujifilm lenses in the X-mount line-up. 

You may have also noticed that most Fujifilm lenses feature a string of letters after their name. If the lens has the letter 'R', then this means that it has a manual aperture ring, giving the user quick aperture control in manual and aperture-priority shooting modes. Meanwhile, other lettering can include 'WR' (Weather-Resistant), 'OIS' (Optical Image Stabilization), and 'LM' (Linear Motor), which means faster and smoother autofocus.

How we test Fujifilm lenses

We test Fujifilm lenses using both real-world sample images and lab tests. Our lab tests are carried out scientifically in controlled conditions using the Imatest testing suite, which consists of custom charts and analysis software that measures resolution in line widths/picture height, a measurement widely used in lens and camera testing. We find the combination of lab and real-world testing works best, as each reveals different qualities and characteristics. See more on how we test and review at Digital Camera World

Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.

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