Many wedding photographers are abandoning heavy and bulky DSLR systems in favor of lighter and more compact mirrorless camera systems from Fujifilm, Sony, Olympus, and Panasonic.
With the launch of the Fujifilm GFX medium format system, some photographers are discovering that they can shoot medium format photographs in a pro-DSLR-sized form factor.
When it comes to DSLRs, however, there are a few lenses that appear to be in the camera bags of every wedding photographer.
Let’s have a look at some lens recommendations for Fujifilm wedding photographers.
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Best Fuji Lens For Wedding Photography
Fujinon GF110mmF2 R LM WR Lens
The GF 110mm is a classic, well-designed lens that feels strong in the hand. The aperture ring on the barrel is smooth and well-placed.
The lens has internal focusing, is weather-resistant, WR, has fast and silent autofocus, LM, and a 9-blade rounded diaphragm that promises beautiful bokeh. The lens hood is a simple plastic construction.
It’s quite massive and makes the lens appear much larger than it is. I hadn’t held a lens weighing more than 1 kg in a long time, and it felt enormous in comparison to the XF lenses I now use on my X-Pro2.
The weight, on the other hand, is fairly similar to that of my previous EF 85mm f/1.2L II. The GF 110mm f/2 weighs 1010g, whereas the EF 85mm 1.2L II weighs 1025g. It’s worth mentioning that Canon’s new RF 85mm 1.2L lens weights 1195g.
Fujinon GF32-64mmF4 R LM WR Lens
The Fujinon GF 32-64mm f/4 R LM WR zoom lens was one of three lenses released alongside the Fujifilm GFX 50S camera at launch.
Even though Fujifilm has subsequently added two more lenses to the GF lens lineup and its sixth lens is set to arrive before the end of 2017, the GF 32-64mm remains the lone zoom lens in the portfolio.
The GFX expects a lot from the glass you attach to the camera, thanks to its exceptionally high-resolution 50-megapixel medium format sensor.
When compared to prime lenses, zoom lenses have traditionally fallen short optically. It’s just the way optics work. Having said that, zoom lenses provide adaptability and use that a fixed focal length lens cannot.
The GF 32-64mm f/4, like the other GF lenses, features a semi-matte black coating and tough construction.
The 32-64mm f/4 lens has a brass mount and is weather, dust, and freeze resistant. Because of the sturdy build and weather sealing, the lens is very weighty, which is to be expected for a medium format zoom optic.
The GF 32-64mm lens weighs 30.9 ounces (875 grams), which is comparable to the weight of the non-VR Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G lens.
When you zoom out, the lens does extend slightly more than an inch (about 2.5 centimeters) when you go from 32mm to 64mm. Importantly, the lens has a similar feel at both ends of the focal length range and works well with the GFX 50S body.
The GF 32-64mm comes with a high-quality locking lens hood and a comfortable pouch. It may appear to be a minor detail, but I truly like how well the lens hood with its locking mechanism works on this lens.
The lens pouch, which is a simple drawstring case with a semi-rigid base, is less appealing to me.
I keep my stuff in a decent backpack anyway, so it doesn’t matter, but with a $2,300 lens, I anticipate a better lens case.
Fujinon XF8-16mmF2.8R LM WR Lens
Fujifilm announced the XF 10-24mm f/4 wide-angle zoom lens in January 2014, with a 15-36mm equivalent focal length.
While this is a fantastic lens, the maximum aperture of f/4 can be restrictive at times, and f/2.8 ultra-wide zooms have proven to be quite popular among competing camera systems.
Fujifilm now has its f/2.8 ultra-wide zoom with the new XF 8-16mm f/2.8 R LM WR lens, a professional-grade ultra-wide zoom with a constant f/2.8 aperture.
The XF 8-16mm f/2.8 R LM WR lens combines high-end performance with durable construction, offering a remarkable lens well-suited to many forms of photography. It has a sophisticated optical formula and Fujifilm’s latest innovations and features.
The style and the overall form of the Fujinon XF 8-16mm f/2.8 lens is similar to that of other high-end XF lenses.
This implies it features an aperture adjustment ring with a ridged metal surface, followed by the zoom ring and then the focus ring at the front of the lens.
The zoom ring is marked at 8mm, 10mm, 12mm, and 16mm and rotates over its whole range in a relatively brief revolution.
There is a considerable degree of resistance; it does not feel loose and is difficult to rotate accidentally.
The focus ring, on the other hand, has a sloppy appearance. Fortunately, you can make fine adjustments if you rotate it carefully.
The amount of focus throw is determined by the speed with which you rotate the ring, as well as the distance, traveled, so it works well for both minor and large adjustments.
It has focus-by-wire, like other XF lenses, which can make manual focus a little difficult at times, but in my experience, the lens functioned well with manual focus overall.
Fujifilm XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR
The Fujifilm XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens features a strong build quality that Fuji shooters have come to expect.
The lens barrel is composed of high-grade plastic (presumably to decrease weight), whereas the mounting ring and tripod collar are made of metal.
While I understand the need to keep the lens as light as possible, for the price, I would prefer full metal construction, similar to their 50-140mm f/2.8 lens.
The lens is extremely weather-resistant. According to Fuji, the lens boasts 13 water and dust-resistant seals in 12 places.
I can personally vouch for the effectiveness of these seals! The lens continued to perform flawlessly even after being stuck in a deluge for more than 30 minutes. Here’s a photo of a black skimmer I took while it was raining:
The mount was securely fastened to my camera, with no play. Rubberized knurled grips cover the zoom and focus rings.
They rotated smoothly and did not feel sloppy. The zoom ring is large and broad, making it easy to use even with gloves on.
From 100mm to fully extended at 400mm, it takes roughly a quarter turn. When held vertically, I noticed that the lens suffered from lens creep.
Fortunately, you can prevent this by locking the lens at 100mm.
The lens internally focuses, and the front element does not spin. This makes it easier to employ polarizers and ND grad filters.
When mounted on my X-T2, the lens felt front-heavy. When zoomed from 100mm to 400mm, the lens stretches another 6cm, adding to the imbalanced sense.
The balance improved when the Fujifilm VPB-XT2 Vertical Power Booster Grip was added to the camera.
After shooting with the lens for the greater part of a day, I was familiar with how it felt in my hands and how to support the lens barrel optimally.
Fujinon GF45mmF2.8 R WR Lens
The basic design of the GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR lens is the same as that of the rest of the GF lens family.
This means it has a dedicated aperture ring, a ridged, rubber focus ring, dust, moisture, and freeze resistance, and a semi-gloss black finish.
By GFX lens standards, the GF 45mm f/2.8 is a tiny and lightweight lens. It weighs 17.3 ounces (490 grams), has a length of 3.5 inches (88 millimeters), and has a diameter of 3.3 inches (84 millimeters).
The lens works well with the GFX, and if you don’t want to use the grip or the detachable EVF, it makes for a quite compact combination (relatively speaking, of course).
There is no dead space on the lens barrel of the GF 45mm f/2.8. The aperture ring is approximately three-quarters of an inch (just over 20 millimeters) broad, and the focus ring, which rotates extremely smoothly, is around 1.5 inches (nearly 40 millimeters) wide.
It comes with a 62mm filter thread and a petal-shaped lens hood that works well despite not having the same good button-locking mechanism as some other GF lens hoods.
Overall, the GF 45mm f/2.8 looks, feels, and balances well with the GFX 50S camera. It’s a premium product, and it feels like one when you use it.
Because the GFX lacks in-body image stabilization, image stabilization would have been a wonderful feature, but that’s a minor issue for a quick wide prime lens.
When it comes to optical design, the GF 45mm f/2.8 lens is fairly straightforward. The lens is made up of 11 components divided into 8 groups and a single aspherical element.
There are also two ED elements and Fujifilm’s Nano GI coating in the mix. The lens has a 9-blade rounded aperture diaphragm for attractive out-of-focus areas.
This simple optical formula yields consistently great image quality. As we’ll see in the following section, the GF 45mm f/2.8 is highly sharp and performs well in terms of aberrations and vignetting.
Fujifilm XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR
This lens, as many others have stated, is superb. I discovered Fuji about a year ago when I purchased the XT10 for a trip. It came with an 18-55mm zoom lens. I use a Pentax K1 with a variety of primes and zooms, including the Tamron 70-200 2.8.
I was so taken by the Fuji that I couldn’t bring myself to sell it after my trip. Later on, I bought the xt2, and then this lens. In the interim, I purchased the 35mm F2 and the 27mm 2.8.
I needed a piece of compact equipment for travel, street, and casual photography. So purchasing this lens was not something I had intended on doing because it is large and heavy.
However, I reasoned that if I tried it and it worked well, I’d be able to get rid of my FF setup. To be honest, I can’t picture going back to a cropping system. This lens persuaded me that I could!! It’s a little heavy, but it sits nicely on the xt2.
I’ve taken hundreds of photographs with this lens with the xt2 and compared them to shots with my FF and the Tamron. What is my conclusion? I don’t lose much if anything when I photograph with the Fuji. This lens is sharper wide open and focuses more precisely.
Because I don’t have much time to do a lot of post-processing (except when I shoot a friend’s wedding for fun), the jpegs from the Fuji with this lens are quite pleasant. I was considering the 56mm for portraits, but with this lens, I don’t think I’ll be purchasing it very soon.
So, with this lens, I’m ready to say goodbye to my FF. The Fuji mirrorless tiny body is ideal for casual, street, and travel photography, thanks to the superb small primes and 18-55mm lens.
This lens enables me to do more serious things. This lens helped me make a decision, and my FF system will be up and running shortly!! It is that good.
Fujifilm XF16mmF1.4 R WR
This is an ultra-fast wide lens designed for usage in low-light situations. It has no visible distortion, is super-sharp, has no lateral color fringes, and has no noticeable light falloff, even when photographed at f/1.4 with Fuji X-mount cameras. It’s also entirely metal!
There is no mechanical manual focus, like with all Fujinon XF lenses. It’s all digital.
As with all Fujinon lenses, there is no instant manual focus override; instead, you must slide the focus ring forward or back to convert between auto and manual focus.
If you update the firmware on many Fujifilm cameras, there is an AF+MF option deep in the menus (look in the fifth Camera menu in the X-E2, for example) that will give instant manual override only if you turn this menu item ON and then just for as long as your finger is halfway down on the shutter.
For many decades, Fuji, like Canon and Nikon, has also produced significantly more advanced optics, such as binoculars for military and space usage, as well as lenses for film and television with six-figure price tags at a discount.
Unlike smaller brands like Sigma and Tamron (or even LEICA), Fujinon has extensive experience supplying optics that cost more than some people’s homes, and it incorporates that knowledge into these lenses.