Four wallet-friendly X-mount lenses that make Fujifilm portraits pop


If you want to create Fujifilm portraits but don’t want to break the bank, these four excellent, but often overlooked lenses shouldn’t be ignored.

There are a multitude of lenses available to photographers when it comes to shooting Fujifilm portraits. First, you have Fujifilm’s classic and fast prime options themselves and, of course, their excellent fast zooms as well.

However, now that third-party manufacturers have started producing lenses for Fujifilm’s X-mount, the options for those who want to shoot Fujifilm portraits have expanded. The good news is that these excellent third-party lenses are all wallet-friendly as well as being the best performers. If you’re looking for lenses from someone other than Fujifilm to help you create jaw-dropping portraits, check out four of our favorite affordable Fujifilm portrait lenses below.

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN — For full-length Fujifilm portraits

Small, light and as sharp as a knife. The Sigma 30mm f/1.4 will give you a 45mm equivalent focal length. This fast lens will provide better compression than a 35mm lens for portraits while not being as tight as a 50mm. The colors it renders are divine and the bokeh – especially at f/1.4 – will make your heart race. This focal length is perfect for full body and 3/4 shots. In our review we said:

“I especially like the bokeh it renders on mid-distance subjects when wide open. This lens has a bit of character, and I like that. Up close, the backgrounds blend in nicely with smooth oblivion. Between the character of the bokeh and that signature ‘Sigma’ contrast, the look this lens delivers is one that I really enjoy.”

John Bradford

Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 CF APO — You’ve Never Seen APS-C Bokeh Like This

This manual focus lens from Laowa is a lens that all Fujifilm portrait photographers should take a closer look at. As you can imagine, at f/0.95 this lens delivers the dreamiest bokeh. In addition, the focus of the nails and the sharpness of the optics will amaze you. With a 49.5mm equivalent focal length, this classic portrait lens will allow you to easily capture 3/4 shots and even portraits. In our review we said:

“Laowa really hit the mark with the 33mm Argus. The build is nice, the images are beautiful and full of character, and the price is right for what you get.

John Bradford

Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN — An essential portrait lens Fujifilm

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Think of Fujifilm’s 85mm-equivalent portrait lenses, and Fuji’s own 56mm f/1.2 probably comes to mind. However, it has a challenger as the go-to portrait lens in the Sigma 56mm f/1.4. This first fast lens is like the 30mm f/1.4 listed above in that it’s razor sharp, small and lightweight. The classic 85mm equivalent focal length (OK, that’s 84mm) for portraits that this lens gives you, however, is its knockout punch. The compression will create flattering facial features and the bokeh will melt your heart. In our review we said:

“This lens is considered a great portrait lens for APS-C and Micro Four Thirds cameras, and for good reason. The combination of the 56mm focal length, f/1.4 maximum aperture and good design from Sigma will give you a great bokeh producing lens for your Fujifilm camera.

John Bradford

Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8 — For environmental portraits and portraits and everything in between

If you’re a photographer who likes to keep things simple, the Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8 might be the Fujifilm portrait lens for you. This lens, which offers a 25.5-105mm equivalent focal length range, is the perfect lens for all types of portraits, from environmental portraits to full-length portraits, 3/4 portraits and portraits. It’s crisp, lightweight, weatherproof, and delivers fantastic color and bokeh. It is also a quick focus. In our review we said:

“That’s honestly where I was most surprised. Most zoom lenses aren’t known for their bokeh, but the Tamron 17-70mm is an exception to that rule. The bokeh balls are beautiful and round and produce a nice background drop.For anyone shooting portraits on Fujifilm, this will be a great option.

Editor-in-Chief — Bryan Esler


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