Fujifilm Lenses for Wedding Photographers

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Many wedding photographers are eschewing heavy and large DSLR systems for the lighter and more compact mirrorless camera systems from manufacturers like Fujifilm, Sony, Olympus, and Panasonic. And, with the introduction of the Fujifilm GFX medium format system, some photographers are realizing they can shoot medium format images in a pro-DSLR-sized form factor. But, when it comes to the DSLR, there are some lenses that seem to be found in the camera bags of every wedding photographer. Let’s look at some lens recommendations for the Fujifilm-equipped wedding photographer.

The Zooms

The combination of the venerable 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom lenses has been around for years, and the pair’s reputation for versatility and quality is well deserved. Fujifilm shooters can achieve the same field of view and flexibility of these two lenses with the Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR and the XF 50-140 f/2.8 R LM OIS WR lenses. Both feature constant f/2.8 apertures, weather sealing, and Fujinon’s latest coatings.

Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR Lens

As good as those two zoom lenses are, if you are interested in saving weight, you can shoot the XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens that gives up one stop of light to the larger 16-55mm at the tele region of its zoom range, and the Fujifilm XF 55-200 f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS that extends to the 35mm focal length equivalence of 305mm. Neither of these two lenses has the weather sealing, but both are compact and very sharp. Another intriguing option, especially if you want to maximize versatility and not be caught changing lenses as the day unfolds, is the Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens.

Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR Lens

Prime Time

Again, looking at the full-frame DSLR world, wedding shooters gravitate toward the combination of the 35mm lens for general shooting and the 85mm lens for intimate portraits. Fujifilm has its wedding shooters more than covered.

First up is the beautiful XF 23mm f/1.4 R lens, with its wide aperture—making it ideal for low-light venues for both ceremonies and receptions. And, for ultra-bokeh shallow-depth-of-field portraits, the XF 56mm f/1.2 R lens rocks a double-sided aspherical element with its exotically wide maximum aperture. For those looking for even more bokeh, the 56mm comes in the special APD version—incorporating an apodization filter for greater control of the out-of-focus highlights.

Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R Lens

Wide Views

Wedding photographers know how important it is to be able to shoot super wide-angle images and there are two favorites in the Fujifilm stable. The first is the new Fujifilm XF 8-16mm f/2.8 R LM WR lens with a 12-24mm equivalent field of view and the the Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS, with its 35mm equivalent field of view of 15-36mm. Somewhat rare for such a wide-angle lens, the 10-24mm features optical image stabilization to assist with steady images under challenging lighting conditions.

Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS Lens

On the prime side, the XF 14mm f/2.8 R and the weather-sealed XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR lens are both sharp and fast, with the 16mm having a one-stop edge in light-gathering over the older 14mm. If neither the 14mm or 16mm XF lenses is wide enough for you, some wedding shooters carry either the manual focus Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 NCD CS lens or the Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 to get a 35mm equivalent view of 18mm.

Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R Ultra Wide-Angle Lens

Macro

Wedding memories are often found in the details and, to capture those details, you are best served with a macro lens. The latest macro offering from Fujifilm, the XF80mm f/2.8 LM OIS WR Macro lens, gives photographers a 1:1 reproduction ratio.

Another option for close-up work would be to add the Fujifilm extension tubes (11mm and 16mm) to one of your existing Fujifilm lenses. Two other manufacturers, Vello and FotodioX, produce kits with 10mm and 16mm tubes for the Fujifilm X system.

Fujifilm MCEX-11 11mm Extension Tube for Fujifilm X-Mount

Backups

When shooting a wedding, gear failure may be the single most unwanted event for any photographer. Carrying a small, unobtrusive prime lens in your bag might be just what you need to save the day if you drop one of your workhorse lenses, or someone else knocks it out of your hand on the reception dance floor. The Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2 R WR and XF 23mm f/2 R WR lenses are super sharp, as well as being small and light. While they don’t let in as much light as their f/1.4 counterparts, they are weather sealed and might become your go-to lens for more than one reason.

The Fujifilm system, especially when compared to a DSLR system, is small and light, if you want to go smaller and lighter for, say, the reception dance floor photos, the 18mm f/2.0 XF R pancake lens will allow you to mix it up with the revelers and keep the beat.

Fujifilm 18mm f/2.0 XF R Lens

GFX system

With a pair of compact medium format cameras, the Fujifilm GFX 50S and the Fujifilm GFX 50R, which rival pro DSLRs in size and weight while packing over 50MP onto a giant MF sensor, wedding photographers can now give their clients that “medium format look” while staying light and portable.

The Fujifilm GF 63mm f/2.8 R WR lens has a 50mm equivalent field of view and is very small and compact and the GF 32-64mm f/4 R LM WR lens is a wide-to-normal zoom for various wedding tasks. For portraiture, look no further than the GF 110mm f/2 R LM WR lens, with its 87mm 35mm-equivalent field of view.

As the GFX line grows, it will undoubtedly grow in popularity with many wedding and portrait shooters.

FUJIFILM GF 110mm f/2 R LM WR Lens

Filmmaker’s Fujinon MK Pair

Fujinon has been making premium cine lenses for videographers for years. Available in the Fujifilm X-Mount and Sony E-Mount is the MK pair of zoom cine lenses. The Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9 and Fujinon MK50-135mm T2.9 lenses are identically sized and designed for Super 35 Format filmmaking. These lenses are lightweight when compared to similar cine lenses and even feature an adjustment to tweak the flange distance for use on different types of film cameras. For more information on these cine lenses, check out this First Look video.

FUJIFILM MKX50-135mm T2.9 Lens

What do you shoot?

Are you a wedding photographer shooting with Fujifilm gear? What camera and lenses are you using? Or, are you a wedding photographer thinking about switching to Fujifilm? Post your answers or questions in the Comments section, below!

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Part time wedding shooter here. I shoot with the X-T1 with 18-55mm and the X-Pro1 with 23mm f2. I also have 8 legacy Canon FD primes (28mm to 400mm) that I use with a lens speed booster. For macros I have a beautiful Tokina 90mm f2.5.

Hey James! Thanks for sharing your gear with us. Happy shooting and Happy 4th of July!

An excellent summary of the awesome Fujinon lenses, Todd! Though I'm not a wedding photographer, I can certainly agree with your assessment of several XF lenses, especially the superb 16-55 f/2.8. I also think the 90 and 23 f/2 are among the sharpest lenses I've ever used in my 35+ years' photographic experience. Thanks again!

Fujifilm wedding shooter on X-T2 and X-T1 with 35mmF2, 56mm 1.2, 10-24mm F4 plus 18-55mm 2.8. The 90mm is another lens I am considering for getting details from a distance, I also use the 11mm extension tube on the 56mm 1.2 for macro shots 

That is a pretty capable collection, Finn!

Thanks for sharing! Get the 90mm...you'll love it!

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