8 Best Fuji Lens for Travel | Fujifilm Lenses Reviewed

So, you have the new Fujifilm X-T4 camera, but the kit lens isn’t quite cutting it? You want to dive into the world of travel photography, but you know your current setup won’t be quite right for the job?

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Well, let me help you find the best Fujifilm lens for travel for you, as a Fuji enthusiast (aka Fuji fangirl). I’ve owned and shoot with the Fuji X-series system exclusively for the last 4 years for my travel blog and clients.

I’ve also dropped some major bank on Fuji lenses starting from the humble kit lens to the Bohek monster that is the Fuji 56mm f1.2 lens and knows that choosing the right lens for your travels can be a real nightmare.

The sheer number of options alone is overwhelming. And that’s without diving into the nitty-gritty specs and features of each one. 

But having the right lens can make a world of difference to your travel photography. So the process of choosing one is an adventure that all travel photographers must embark on at some point in their lives.

The good news is, I’ve created a detailed guide to the best Fujifilm X mount lenses on the market for travellers.

I’ve taken a variety of aspects into account and reviewed, in detail, the four best Fuji X lenses for travel photography. 

Best Fuji Lenses for Travel – Compared

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Here’s a quick comparison of my top picks, before I get into the full reviews. Bear in mind that all the lenses on this list are Fuji X lenses.

Meaning they’re intended for use with Fujifilm’s X Series cameras. As these are the cameras I’ve owned and lens I’ve used with this system.

Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 - Best for General use / Street photographyWide maximum apertureLightweight and compactVersatile focal lengthAll-metal barrelGreat for low light photography

Best for General use / Street photography

Wide maximum aperture

Lightweight and compact

Versatile focal length

All-metal barrel

Great for low light photography


Fujifilm 18-55mm f/2.8 - All-round useLightweight and compactOnboard image stabilisationZoom lens

All-round use

Lightweight and compact

Onboard image stabilisation

Zoom lens


Fujifilm 23mm f/2 WR - Best for Street photographyWeather-resistantOnboard image stabilisationLight and compactGreat for low light photography

Best for Street photography

Weather-resistant

Onboard image stabilisation

Light and compact

Great for low light photography


Fujifilm 56mm f/1.2 - Best for Portraits / shallow depth of fieldIncredibly wide apertureStunning image qualityShallow depth of fieldMostly metal constructionGreat for low light photography

Best for Portraits / shallow depth of field

Incredibly wide aperture

Stunning image quality

Shallow depth of field

Mostly metal construction

Great for low light photography


In the market for your first travel camera? Check out my guide to the best travel cameras for beginners

What to Look for in a Travel Lens

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Before we get into the recommendations and reviews, I’d like to offer a quick breakdown of what you should look for in the best Fuji travel lenses. The main, key elements are portability, versatility, quality, and price. 

While you won’t be able to find a lens that ticks all of these boxes, they’re all important considerations, and you’ll be able to decide which are most important for your purposes. So let’s get into it.

Portability

This one’s a bit of a no-brainer. When you’re on the move, you don’t want to be lugging around bulky gear cases or enormous telephoto lenses. Doing so will weigh you down and can distract you from your travel experiences. So, in my opinion, it’s best to pack light when it comes to camera travel gear.

Having one good versatile lens, or a couple more specialised lenses, is ideal. I take a less-is-more approach, and you’ll thank me later.

Versatility

Travel photography often means being thrown into a variety of situations and being able to capture moments on the fly as they arise. So you’ll want to opt for lenses that are versatile enough to perform well in this diverse range of situations.

Due to their variable focal length, zoom lenses are great for versatility. But a good prime lens can make the ultimate addition to your travel kit, particularly if you already have a zoom kit lens.

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Quality

Obviously, the quality of the images you take is going to be an important factor. And a lens is often one of the most important elements in dictating image quality. One of the key things to look out for is the aperture (this is what controls the amount of light passing through the lens). 

Aperture is signified by the ‘f’ number on a lens – the lower the number, the larger the maximum aperture. Larger aperture lenses allow more light in, meaning better low light performance. They also offer great flexibility and are capable of taking more professional looking images (with out-of-focus backgrounds and foregrounds, and stunning bokeh).

Of course, there are other elements that dictate quality, and I’ll get into each of them in the reviews.

Price

All I can say about the price is that you should spend what you’re comfortable spending, and focus on getting great value for money. The lenses I’ve reviewed here all offer a good bang for your buck.

Now I’ll briefly discuss the different types of lenses and why each of them may be suitable for your travel needs. The main two categories are prime lenses and zoom lenses. Here’s a detailed breakdown of each one.

Best Fuji Prime Lenses | Fujifilm X Mount Lenses Review

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Prime lenses are lenses with a single, fixed focal length. Meaning they don’t have the ability to zoom in or out. But they’ve been the firm favourite of professional photographers since the beginning.

The main draw of prime lenses is the quality. While zoom lenses have been improving in recent years, prime lenses are considered for their high quality and ability to produce images of a professional standard.

Another attractive feature of prime lenses is their relatively affordable price. It sounds counter-intuitive, I know. But prime lenses have fewer mechanical structures and moving parts, so the cost can be kept relatively low. They also tend to be lighter and smaller than most zoom lenses for the same reason.

However, seeing as they are not versatile in terms of focal length, most photographers will have multiple prime lenses. Each with a different focal length and serving a different function. This can mean carrying around a case full of prime lenses, rather than a single zoom lens. And it means a higher cost and more weight for comparable versatility.

The last advantage of prime lenses is that they’re able to offer much wider apertures than most zoom lenses. 

So are prime lenses right for travel? It’s a tough question. But at the end of the day, it depends on the type of photography you’ll be doing and how light you want to pack. If you’re sticking to one style of photography, such as portraiture or street photography, you may only need one focal length to play with. In which case, one quality prime lens could do the job well. 

But if you want to dabble in a diverse range of photography styles, carrying a case of prime lenses might be a little inconvenient and bulky. You’re likely better off opting for a single, high-quality zoom lens that can be used for a range of styles.

If you don’t mind carrying multiple lenses and you have the budget for it, having a couple of prime lenses will serve you well.

Fujifilm’s best prime lenses for travel are the:

I review each of these in more depth in the following section.

Best Fuji Zoom Lenses | Best Fuji Zoom Lens For Travel 


Zoom lenses have a variable focal length which, as the name suggests, allows you to zoom. A zoom ring on the lens is used to adjust the focal length, which changes the field of view. So you can switch between wide-angle and tighter shots. 

All this basically means that zoom lenses are more versatile than their prime cousins. They can be used for a wider range of purposes and capture subjects at a variety of distances from the camera. 

Professionals tend to favour prime lenses over zoom lenses, but that’s not to say that zoom lenses are necessarily of inferior quality. In fact, there are some incredibly impressive zoom lenses on the market that rival even the finest prime lenses. They’ve been gaining popularity as their quality standards improve over time and their convenience continues to impress.

So is a zoom lens the right choice for your travel photography? Well, if you like to pack light and you want versatility in your photography, then a zoom lens will treat you well. And if you’re not a professional photographer, the quality is very unlikely to be an issue, even with a relatively affordable zoom lens.

Zoom lenses tend to be the more practical option for most travellers. Their diverse functionality, convenience, and ever-improving quality make them ideal for most purposes. But prime lenses certainly deserve consideration for their exceptional quality. I’ll let you decide for yourself.

The following are the best zoom lenses Fujifilm has to offer:

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Full Fuji Lens Reviews

Now for a full breakdown and review of each of my top four picks.

Fujifilm 18-55mm f/2.8 – 4 – Best All-round Travel Lens

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My all-round top pick for the best Fujifilm travel lens is the Fujifilm 18-55 f/2.8. It’s a kit lens (but this is not your average kit lens), that’s compact and versatile, with a much brighter aperture than you’d usually find on a kit lens. 

  • Type: Zoom lens

  • Best for: All-round use

  • Focal length: 18 – 55mm

  • Aperture: f/2.8 – f/22

  • Image stabilisation: Yes

  • Built-in autofocus: Yes

  • Weather sealing: No

Weighing in at 308g, this lens is reasonably lightweight for a zoom lens. It’s compact, with an impressive build quality that feels robust. The zoom and focus rings are wonderfully smooth and heavy.

While it’s expensive for a kit lens, this thing is really affordable for the performance it offers, at around £499. It’s constructed with 14 elements in 10 groups. This includes 1 extra-low dispersion element and 3 aspherical elements

The lack of weather sealing won’t be a big issue for most casual photographers, but it’s worth considering. Not being able to shoot in strong winds and rain can limit opportunities.

Image Quality

This lens offers impressive sharpness for a relatively affordable zoom lens. Though sharpness can be lost a little around the edges in certain situations. The relatively wide aperture allows for more out of focus backgrounds than most kit lenses. And the bokeh is pretty smooth.

As a fairly standard zoom lens, it can handle a variety of photography styles, from landscape shots to portraits. All in all, it’s a great all-rounder, that offers impressive versatility and excellent performance for the price tag.

This lens is also great if you want to dabble in video has its optical image stabilisation and covers a focal length range from 27mm*1 wide angle to 84mm*1 telephoto (equivalent focal length on full-frame).

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Pros

  • Solid build quality

  • Brighter aperture than most kit lenses

  • Sharp images

  • Compact and lightweight

  • Image Stabilisation 

Cons

  • Not weather sealed

  • No number markings on the aperture ring


Fujifilm 23mm f/2 WR – Wide angle lens

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Fujifilm’s 23mm f/2 WR is a high quality, relatively affordable lens that offers great value for money. It’s a Fuji wide-angle lens that’s best suited to street and travel photography. This is one of the best fuji prime lens for travel.

  • Type: Prime lens

  • Best for: Street photography

  • Focal length: 23mm

  • Aperture: f/2 – f/16

  • Image stabilisation: No

  • Built-in autofocus: Yes

  • Weather sealing: Yes

At just 181g, this lens is relatively small and light when compared to other Fujinon lenses, which is ideal for on the go travel photography. 

Considering this small stature, the 23mm f/2 is particularly comfortable with smaller cameras. With a build that is simple, sturdy, and fuss-free. The included lens hood and cap are plastic rather than metal, but that’s hardly a deal-breaker. 

It’s also weather and dust resistant, unlike the other lenses on this list. So you can get good use out of it even when the sun stops shining or you head out on a more rugged adventure. 

The autofocus is fast and silent, both of which are big wins in travel photography. A downfall here though is that there’s no switch on the lens for manual focus, so you have to change to manual docs on your camera if you wish to do so.

This lens is available for a relatively affordable price. Which, paired with its high quality, makes it a great value buy. Costing around £429, it’s more affordable than many other Fuji lenses. Just bear in mind that it doesn’t have onboard image stabilisation.

The lens configuration includes 10 elements in 6 groups, with 2 aspherical elements. You can read my in-depth review of the Fujifilm 23mm 2f lens.

Image Quality

The image sharpness is brilliant in the centre, but it fades slightly toward the corners. This may be a slight issue for some serious photographers, but it’s unlikely to affect most travellers. If you play around with the f-stop, (shooting between f5 – f8) you’ll find good sharpness. And the lens offers simple, good looking bokeh.

Considering its short focal length, this lens is best for landscape, travel and street photography. It’s good at capturing wide scenes rather than close up subjects and full-body person shots. So, I wouldn’t recommend it if you enjoy taking portraits as the wide angle tends to distort facial features.

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Pros

Fairly large maximum aperture

Good value

Compact and lightweight

Quick, silent autofocus

Weather and dust resistant

Cons

No image stabilisation

Not ideal for close up shots

Bokeh could be better

Image sharpness fades at the corners

Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4

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Fujifilm’s 35mm f/1.4 offers outstanding image and build quality in a compact package. And all for a very reasonable price. It’s a perfect everyday lens, ideal for a range of photography styles. In my opinion, it’s one of the best travel lenses on the market.

  • Type: Prime lens

  • Best for: General use / Street photography

  • Focal length: 35mm

  • Aperture: f/1.4 – f/16

  • Image stabilisation: No

  • Built-in autofocus: Yes

  • Weather sealing: No

The Fuji 35mm f/1.4 is an all-metal barrel with an exceptionally high build quality. The mount and hood are both metal as well. And the lens is light and compact, weighing in at just 187g. 

You’ll find a focus ring and an aperture ring on the barrel, both of which are pretty smooth and precise. Although the aperture ring can sometimes feel like it doesn’t have quite enough resistance. 

The autofocus is quick and highly accurate. Though it does make a bit of a ‘chattering’ sound if you listen closely.

It’s constructed with 8 elements in 6 groups, including 1 aspherical element. You can read my in-depth review of the Fujifilm 35mm f1.4 lens.

At £499, it’s a little pricier than the previous option. But the wide aperture, brilliant image quality, and greater versatility make it worth spending on.


Image Quality

The sharpness of this lens is hard to fault. Images are sharp at the centre, with just a bit of sharpness loss in the corners at larger apertures. But it’s a particularly sharp lens on the whole.

Bokeh is smooth and gorgeous with slightly duller light sources. But I find it isn’t quite as pleasing if the light source is too bright.

With a 35mm focal length (which translates to about 53mm on Fuji’s APS-C sensors), this lens is a great all-rounder. It’s a jack of all trades, and a master of some, including street photography and portraits.

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Pros

Very wide maximum aperture

Brilliant image quality

Top-notch build quality

Light and compact

Cons

Not weather resistant

No image stabilisation

Aperture ring can feel a little loose


Fujifilm 56mm f/1.2

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The Fuji XF 56mm f/1.2 is a top-quality portrait and shallow depth of field lens. With its extremely wide aperture (f/1.2), this thing can capture stunning images with creamy, out of focus backgrounds. 

  • Type: Prime lens

  • Best for: Portraits / shallow depth of field (I also use this for travel)

  • Focal length: 56mm

  • Aperture: f/1.2 – f/16

  • Image stabilisation: No

  • Built-in autofocus: Yes

  • Weather sealing: No

At 405g, this lens is a bit heavier and bulkier than the other lenses on this list. But it’s still by no means excessive in size, and will be a comfortable travel companion.

It boasts a top-quality, almost entirely metal constriction and feels solid in the hand. There is a focus ring and an aperture ring with tactile clicks on the barrel. The aperture ring could do with a bit more resistance, in my opinion. But the focus ring is very comfortable to use. 

Just like the 35mm lens above, this model’s autofocus motor makes a bit of whirring noise when in use. But it isn’t too loud. The lens is constructed with 11 elements in 8 groups – 1 aspherical and 2 extra-low dispersion. 

It is the priciest of the bunch discussed in this post, at around £849. But you’re paying for some seriously high-quality glass.

Image Quality

The sharpness is exceptional in the centre and around the edges and corners. It’s even sharp when wide open. And with its ultra-fast aperture, the bokeh is breathtakingly creamy. 

The autofocus system works pretty quickly and accurately, even in low light conditions. There is a nice focus ring on the barrel, some say the lens isn’t terribly responsive in manual focus mode. But I find this not the case for me, this lens does request a lot more knowledge of photography, but I find it a beauty to show with.

With its extremely wide maximum aperture and 56mm focal length (About 85mm full-frame equivalent), this lens is ideal for portrait photography. But it works brilliantly for any shots where you want the subject to stand out against the background.

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Pros

Outstanding image quality

Sturdy build

Very wide maximum aperture

Stunning bokeh

Creamy out of focus backgrounds

Cons

Quite expensive

No onboard stabilisation

Not weather sealed

Focus ring could have more tension


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Fujifilm as a Brand

Now for a quick rundown of Fujifilm as a brand and why their cameras are great for travel. Seeing as you’re reading this post, it’s likely that you already have a Fuji camera. But for those still considering buying one, this section may come in handy.

Fujifilm has been around since 1934, but have upped their game in recent years with an influx of high-end, high quality mirrorless cameras taking on the lager full-frame cameras. While they were initially less performance-focused and more concerned with design, Fujifilm cameras and lenses now rival the likes of Nikon, Sony and Canon. They offer impressively high quality and are often on the front lines of innovation.

Fujifilm is also one of the strongest brands for mirrorless cameras. In fact, they’ve dropped their SLR range entirely in favour of focusing all their attention on the highest quality mirrorless options and fangirls world wide like me rejoice.

Mirrorless cameras do away with the bulky mirror mechanisms used in DSLRs, without forgoing image quality. This means that they’re lighter and more compact than DSLR cameras, and therefore better for travelling.

Best Fujifilm Lens for Travel Wrapping Up

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So, there you have it – Fujifilm’s best lenses for travel. I made sure to review a range of options here that will cover most travel photographer’s needs. I’m sure that one (or more) of these amazing lenses will be right for you.

I have all 4 lens in this list (as I said I’m a Fuji fangirl) and I’ve even reviewed them on my Youtube channel.

These lenses are all an incredible step up from most standard kit lenses, and they’re sure to help you push your photography to the next level. So, grab your new Fuji lens, get out there, and go take some incredible pictures!

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