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Fujifilm user? These are the 7 lenses you should be using to shoot video

Fujifilm user? These are the lenses you should be using to shoot video
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The Fujifilm X system of cameras and their corresponding XF series of Fujinon lenses has garnered an incredibly strong following of professional photographers and videographers alike. 

The newest bodies in particular, such as the marvelous Fujifilm X-T4, have been snapped up due to their video shooting benefits. The compact size and fantastic quality of the system makes Fujifilm kit ideal for recording in studio and on location. 

• Read more: Best Fujifilm cameras

However, as many Fujifilm users will know all too well, not ever Fujinon lens is well suited to video, for reasons including autofocus motor noise, focus breathing and image stability. 

Such has been the uncertainty among customers, as to which lenses are appropriate for shooting video, that the manufacturer has officially recommended the best Fujifilm lenses for filming:

Zooms:
• Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4
• Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4
• Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8

Primes:
• Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4
• Fujifilm XF 35mm f/1.4
• Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2
• Fujifilm XF 80mm f/2.8 Macro

The XF18-55mmF2.8-4 is a great standard lens option for shooting video with a zoom lens (Image credit: Fujifilm)

For the multi-focal length lenses, Fujifilm's recommendations are largely based around the minimal AF motor noise that these models introduce to clips, which can reduce the professional feel to footage shot using the internal microphones on the camera to record audio.

(Of course, you can get around this and use any lens for filming – even those with noisy autofocus motors – by picking up one of the best microphones for vlogging and videography.)  

While this list may not be too helpful to those already experienced with professional video, who likely already know which lenses suit their needs, having Fujifilm's own word on the matter provides welcome clarity for those struggling to work out why their video isn't as good as expected.

If you've just picked up a camera and want to get started in filming and content creation, check out our guide on how to vlog.

Read more:

Fujifilm X-T4 review
The best camera for video: how to choose the best camera for filming
The best cameras for vlogging: for videography, vloggers & content creators

As the technique editor for  Digital Photographer magazine, Peter is a specialist in camera tutorials and creative projects to help you get the most out of your camera, lens, tripod, filters, gimbal, lighting and other imaging equipment.


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