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How to choose a Fujifilm lens recommended by the author who owns eight lenses.

Many people are worried about the interchangeable lens type camera, “Which lens should I use or should I buy?”
I have 8 lenses, including lenses from other companies. I select lenses by subject and scene.
In this article, I will introduce the recommended Fujifilm lenses for each subject and scene.

About the characteristics of the lens

Lenses have various characteristics.
MFT characteristic curve, number of lenses, F value, weight, caliber, focal length, dust-proof, cold resistance, coating, etc.
Many people are wondering what to choose based on.

The two most important characteristics are the F-value and the focal length.
This is because the F value and focal length determine the subject that the lens is good at.

Therefore, the following steps should be taken when selecting a lens.
(1)First of all, decide which subject you want to take and the shooting scene.
(2)Next, let’s decide the lens by looking at the F value and focal length.

Before moving on to the lens introduction, let’s take a look at the F value and focal length.
If you already know about the F value and focal length, please skip the following and move on to section 2 of this article.

What is focal length?

The longer the focal length, the more close-up the subject can be captured.
On the other hand, the shorter the focal length, the stronger the landscape (you can capture the entire landscape in a single photo).

The standard focal length is 50 mm.
Lenses with a focal length of around 50 mm are called standard lenses, shorter lenses are called wide-angle lenses, and longer lenses are called telephoto lenses.

A wide-angle lens with a short focal length is suitable for landscape photography.
The standard lens with a focal length of around 50mm is suitable for portraits.
The telephoto lens with a long focal length is suitable for shooting distant or small subjects.

The following is some examples taken at each focal length.

I photographed Mt. Tateyama of autumn leaves with a focal length of 15 mm (wide angle).


I took a picture of a climber resting in a hut with a focal length of 53mm (standard).


A ptarmigan nestling on a rock is photographed at a focal length of 300mm (telephoto).


How to identify the focal length of the lens.

How to identify the focal length of a lens?

The focal length is written in lens name.
For example, for Fujifilm’s XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens, the focal length can be changed from 18mm to 135mm.
A lens that can change the focal length is called zoom lens.




On the other hand, for lenses called XF16mmF1.4 R WR, the focal length is fixed at 16 mm.
A lens that cannot change the focal length is called a single focal lens.
In the case of a single focal lens, instead of being able to change the focal length, there are often advantages such as light weight, strong in dark places, and easy to blur the background.




Please note that the focal length written on the lens cannot be used as a general value.
In the case of FUJIFILM, the general focal length is about 1.5 times the focal length shown on the lens brand name.
This is called the 35mm conversion focal length.
(I’ll leave out the details in this article.)

For example, for XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR, the conversion focal length is 27-206 mm.

For more information about focal lengths, see the following articles:

https://mountainviewjapan.com/camera-focal-length/

What is the F value?

The F value shows the brightness of the lens. The smaller the F value, the more light the lens can capture.
As the value decreases by 1.4 times, it is easier to capture light twice.

Lenses with a low F value have three advantages.

The first is to be strong in shooting in the dark.The second is to be able to blur the background if needed.

The third is to stop moving subjects and make it easier to shoot.
The third meaning is explained below. If the subject is moving, you need to increase the shutter speed. Since increasing the shutter speed makes it difficult to capture the spectrum, it is necessary to lower the F value to compensate for this missing light.

How to identify the F value of the lens

What can you see the F value?

The value is written in the product name of the lens.
For example, in the case of a lens called “XF16mmF1.4 R WR” made by FUJIFILM, it indicates that the F value can be lowered to 1.4.
(On the other hand, the upper limit is not listed, but you don’t have to worry too much about this.)

In addition, for lenses called “XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR”, it is indicated that the F value can be lowered to 3.5 at focal length 18 mm and F5.6 at a focal length of 135 mm.

For more information on focal lengths, see the following article.

https://mountainviewjapan.com/camera-aperture-fvalue/

Recommended lenses by scene

I will introduce Fujifilm’s recommended lenses for each subject and shooting scene.

Application: You want to take a wide picture of the landscape.

In order to take a wide picture of the landscape, a lens with a short focal length is good.
The focal length of 24 to 27 mm is the standard for landscape photography, and less is desirable.

The lenses that meet this requirement are the (17)XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR and (18)XF10-24mmF4 R OIS.
These lens is ultra wide angle zoom lens.
(17) cover 12-24mm and (18) covers 15-36mm in conversion.

at (18)XF10-24mmF4 R OIS, I took a picture of the mountain trail of Mt. Kisokoma.
Focal length is 15mm in conversion.

The ridge line of Tateyama is photographed at XF10-24mmF4 R OIS.
Focal length is 15mm in conversion.

https://mountainviewjapan.com/xf10-24mmf4rois/

In addition, (19) XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR (converted 24-84mm) and (20) XF16-80mmF4 R OIS WR (24-122mm) and (22) XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR (27-206mm) are also recommended.
In addition to the super wide angle, these lenses also cover the mid-to-tele range. Therefore, it can be used not only for landscape photography but also for the “shooting of a part of landscape” described later.

at (22) XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR, photographed the Ura-Ginza longitudinal track.
Focal length is 27mm in conversion.

https://mountainviewjapan.com/xf18-135mmf35-56rlmois/

Application: You want to cut out a part of the landscape and take a picture

In order to cut out a part of the landscape, a conversion focal length of 40 to 90 mm is required.
There are 13 corresponding lenses.
Whichever you choose, there won’t be much difference.

Application: Portrait (in bright places).

The conversion focal length of 50 to 90 mm is ideal for cutting out a person’s upper body and face. In addition, the F value is less than 2 to blur the background is good.

The best three lenses that meet these requirements are:

(8) XF35mmF1.4 R (conversion 53mm)
(11) XF56mmF1.2 R (85mm)
(12) XF56mmF1.2 R APD (85mm)

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The above three lenses have high performance, high price, big and heavy.
If you can not tolerate these disadvantages, the following three are the best.

(9) XF35mmF2 R WR (same 53mm)
(10) XF50mmF2 R WR (same 76mm)
(13) XF60mmF2.4 R Macro (91mm)

If you want to be close to 1meter of the subject , (8) or (9), if it is 2-3meters away from the subject (10) to (13) let’s choose.

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Using (9) XF35mmF2 R WR, the upper body of the climber is photographed from a distance of 1m.
Focal length is 53mm in conversion, and F=2.0.


The APD described in the product name of (12) is an apodization filter, which has the effect of softening the blur. Just because it has an APD doesn’t mean it’s good, so it’s best to choose either lens (11) or (12) depending on your preference.

In the case of zoom lenses, (19) XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR (converted 24-84mm) and (23) XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR (76-213mm) are also recommended.
With these lenses, the F-number is larger than with a single-focus lens, so the amount of blurring is smaller. On the other hand, you can freely change the focal length, which increases the degree of freedom in composition.

Application: Portrait (night)

For portrait photography in dark places, I recommend a lens with a focal length of 50 to 85 mm, and an F value of 2.0 or less to collect light.

The following 3 lenses have the best performance among the lenses that satisfy these requirements.
(8) XF35mmF1.4 R (conversion 53mm) and, (11) XF56mmF1.2 R (85mm), (12) XF56mmF1.2 R APD (85mm)

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If the weight, size and price of the above three lenses are unacceptable.
(9) XF35mmF2 R WR (same 53mm)
(10) XF50mmF2 R WR (same 76mm)

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When the F-number becomes 2.0 or less, you can shoot a fairly bright portrait even in the slightest city light.

(9) Portrait at night with XF35mmF2 R WR.
Even if it is dark, you can take pictures without any problem.

F2.0, ss1/125, ISO6400

Application: Animal photography

A focal length of 300mm or more is preferable for taking pictures of animals up close.
(Although you can shoot with 200mm, you often need to trim it. However, surprisingly few people notice deterioration in image quality even if trimming about 1/4).

For large animals such as gorillas and crocodiles, and small animals with a low alertness (such as ptarmigan and flamingos), 300 mm is sufficient.
On the other hand, 500 mm or more is required when it is small and cannot be brought close to it, such as a stork or a small bird.
(Similarly, you can shoot with 300mm, but trimming is often necessary. However, surprisingly few people notice deterioration of image quality even if trimming about 1/4).

The smaller the F value, the better.
This is because the shutter speed can be reduced to shoot moving animals without blurring.

The most suitable lens for this purpose is (16)XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR or (25)XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR.

(16) boasts a F2.0 brightness in addition to a super telephoto equivalent to 305mm.
For (25), the F value is as large as 4.5-5.6, but the focal length is an ultra-telephoto lens covering up to 152-609 mm.

However, the above two lenses are monsters in terms of price, size and weight.
It costs a lot of money to buy.

I recommend (24) XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS and (28) XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS II in terms of low cost.

It is not so bright, and the focal length is inferior to (25), but it can cover moThese lenses aren’t as bright, but they work well in bright places.

A ptarmigan nestling on a rock is photographed at a focal length of 300mm (telephoto).
(Lens manufactured by another company)

ss1/500, ISO250, F5.6


Use: Watching baseball games

In order to take a photo of baseball game, a focal length of 600 mm or more is required.

The lens that satisfies this is only (25) XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR.

From the infield seat, the batter is photographed with an ultra-telephoto lens with a conversion focal length of 700 mm.
(Lens manufactured by another company)

ss1/500, ISO4000, F5.9


From the infield seat, shooting the outfielder with a super telephoto lens with a conversion focal length of 800 mm.
(Lens manufactured by another company)
ss1/500, F6.3, ISO6400


https://mountainviewjapan.com/xf100-400mm/

Use: Starry sky

In starry sky photography, “the F value is small to collect the light of a weak star” and “a small focal length” is required.
I think the former is easy to understand, but the latter will be difficult to understand.
The reason is that the shorter the focal length, the harder the stars will flow even if the shutter speed is increased.

The lenses that satisfy these are (2) XF16mmF1.4 R WR and (17) XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR.

(2) is a super bright F1.4 lens. (20) has a brightness of F2.8 and a focal length of 12mm. Since the focal length is 12 mm, it is difficult for stars to flow even if the shutter speed is increased.

Using (2) XF16mm F1.4R WR, I took a picture of Mt. Kashima-Yari and the starry sky.
F1.4, ss20, ISO800


Using (2), take a picture of Mt. Hiuchi and the starry sky.
F1.4, SS30, ISO500


https://mountainviewjapan.com/xf16mmf14rwr-starrysky/

Use: Hand-held night view

A handheld night view is required to have a small F value to collect light and a short focal length to prevent camera shake. (The shorter the focal length, the harder it becomes to shake)

The lens that satisfies these is (2) XF16mmF1.4 R WR. The conversion focal length is as short as 24 mm, and it is an ultra-bright lens of F1.4.

In illumination and blue hour photography, even if you take a hand-held photo, there is a 50% more chance to take a photo that has not been shaken.

Using (2) 0XF16mmF1.4 R WR, I took a hand-held photo of the magic hour before dawn.

f:1.4, ss:1/30, iso:800

In addition, (20) XF16-80mmF4 R OIS WR is also recommended.
Although this lens is a dark lens with F4, it has 6 steps of super strong image stabilization. On the wide-angle side, an ordinary person can take a handheld image for 1 second, and a expert person can take a handheld image for 2 seconds. Since many of its spectra can be collected, it becomes strong in the dark.

https://mountainviewjapan.com/magichour/

Summary

Below is a list of the lenses introduced so far.

No.Lens typeLens namefocus
Distance
(in 35mm)
landscape
(wideview)
landscape
(a part)
AnimalPortrait
(Daytime)
Portrait
(Night)
baseball
game
Starry
sky
Hand-held
night view
(1)Single focusXF14mmF2.8 R21mm
(2)Single focusXF16mmF1.4 R WR24mm
(3)Single focusXF16mmF2.8 R WR24mm
(4)Single focusXF18mmF2 R27mm
(5)Single focusXF23mmF1.4 R35mm
(6)Single focusXF23mmF2 R WR35mm
(7)Single focusXF27mmF2.841mm
(8)Single focusXF35mmF1.4 R53mm
(9)Single focusXF35mmF2 R WR53mm
(10)Single focusXF50mmF2 R WR76mm
(11)Single focusXF56mmF1.2 R85mm
(12)Single focusXF56mmF1.2 R APD85mm
(13)Single focusXF60mmF2.4 R Macro91mm
(14)Single focusXF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro122mm
(15)Single focusXF90mmF2 R LM WR137mm
(16)Single focusXF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR305mm
(17)ZoomXF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR12-24mm
(18)ZoomXF10-24mmF4 R OIS15-36mm
(19)ZoomXF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR24-84mm
(20)ZoomXF16-80mmF4 R OIS WR24-122mm
(21)ZoomXF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS27-84mm
(22)ZoomXF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR27-206mm
(23)ZoomXF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR76-213mm
(24)ZoomXF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS84-305mm
(25)ZoomXF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR152-609mm
(26)ZoomXC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ23-69mm
(27)ZoomXC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OIS II24-76mm
(28)ZoomXC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS II76-350mm

◎… Best
○… Suitable
△ … Somewhat suitable
Blank… Not suitable


This article does not introduce lenses for weddings and sports photography.
This is because I’m not very familiar with this area.

This article is over.

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