The best Fuji lenses for wedding photography

Fujifilm lenses that will deliver stunning wedding photos

 

In compiling the list of the best fuji lenses for wedding photography, I  looked back at my wedding photography contracts and my experience with Fuji lenses. Although many of the lens recommendations are personal, I think that you will enjoy the explanations as to why I think that these lenses deserve mention. 

 

Also, the Fuji lenses I have included as the best wedding photography lenses are all Fuji X mount lenses, but not necessarily Fujifilm branded. I have grown an admiration for Viltrox auto-focus lenses these days as well. Here is the list of my Fuji wedding photography recommendations

Fujinon’s best wedding photography lenses

Viltrox 85mm f/1.85 and the Fujinon 90mm f/2.0

Fujinon 56mm f/1.2 and the Viltrox 56mm f/1.4

Fujinon 16mm f/1.4

Fujinon 50-140mm f/2.8

Fujinon lens honorable mentions

 

Fujinon 35mm f/2.0

Fujinon 85mm f/2.8 macro

A couple dancing at a wedding reception
Never forget that there are two shoots every wedding photographer must think about - The wedding ceremony and reception and the more staged pre-shoot.

The lens that equals the goal

 

Each photography type has a goal in mind. Landscape photography aims at getting the impression of expansiveness, and street photography wants the urban grit. Wedding photography is all about the magic of the ceremony and the happiness of the day. For this reason, we have to look at what type of Fujifilm mirrorless camera lenses are effective at getting a dreamy, happy feel.

3 Criteria in picking my lenses

 

So three key elements come into play when choosing a Fujinon lens

Bokeh

Framing

Image quality

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Bokeh is key in wedding photography.

 

The quickest way to communicate magic in a shot is through bokeh. Bokeh is essential everywhere in wedding photographs. By keeping a subject as sharp as possible while smoothly blurring a background, one almost gives the impression that a wedding couple is in a painting. Respect the bokeh!

Wedding  Photography framing

 

As important as bokeh is subject framing is right up there. The best way to look at framing for a wedding shoot is like this;

When a couple wants to show their wedding photos, they would like to be able to tell a story. From the behind the scenes preparation to the actual ceremony, framing is the key to getting the wedding story told. Therefore, in my choices, I had to make sure that, given the hastiness of a wedding event, I would prioritize Fujifilm lenses that could get the framing quickly.

wedding couple's hands and xt3 menu

Image quality (Which Fuji lens give the best)

 

It might seem obvious but lens resolution comes into play quite a bit due to the fact that many wedding shots are either projected or printed to large surfaces. So I had to look at lenses that had sufficient resolution to get the quality needed to blow up or print images to print sizes larger than 11X16.

Fujinon 56mm f/1.2 for the pre-ceremony photoshoot

 

Without a doubt, the Fujinon 56mm f/1.2  has always been excellent for its dreamy look and feel for bokeh. Unfortunately, what it has in image quality and bokeh lacks in focussing speed and build quality. Use it a stunning lens to use, but you might not want to bring it to a high-stress wedding ceremony situation.

Fujinon 56mm f/1.2 sideview

To learn more about my troubles with the Fujinon 56mm f/1.2, watch this video

Viltrox 56mm f/1.4 for pre-ceremony and the ceremony

 

Although the Viltrox 56mm f/1.4 is not the Fujinon 56mm f/1.2, it comes damned close. It’s image quality only suffers from a bit less micro-contrast and a bit more CAs than the Fuji. What it lacks in image quality it greatly counters in focus speed, portability, and build quality. This lens has been my Coup de Coeur for 2020. I would strongly recommend it to anyone needing bokeh and speed. You will not be disappointed.

Side view of the Viltrox 56mm f/1.4 STM with lens cap
Viltrox 56mm f/1.4 STM with lens cap.

Fujinon 16mm f/1.4 for pre-ceremony and the ceremony

 

This has got to be one of the funniest lenses to add to a wedding photography recommendation, but this lens excels at everything. Its image quality is Leica class exceptional, its performance is top-notch, and its versatility is somewhat unexpected.

 

By having a wide-angle like this lens, you ensure extremely high-quality images with a framing that normally is associated with some pretty bad quality optics. The optics, by the way, are nothing less than stellar on this lens. It is just a dream to work with, as well.

 

This lens also has the ability to come up extremely close to the subject. It gives a somewhat macro feeling to your photos. So, the Fujinon 16mm f/1.4 not only can give you high-quality wide-angle shots of the bride and groom, groups, and ceremony tables, it also lets you get fantastic establishing images of wedding reception elements.

Fujinon 16mm f/1.4 sideview
The Fujinon 16mm f/1.4 is perfect for wide angle context and closeup madness.
The key is to get context and not always be close up.
back of wedding couple facing a mountain range and lake
To get this style of context you need a wide angle lens like the Fujinon 16mm f/1.4 or f/2.8

Fujinon 90mm f/2.0 for pre-ceremony

 

There is not much to say about this lens except that it is THE best APS-C lens I have ever reviewed. It gives great bokeh and only has the inconvenience of forcing one to be quite far away from the subject. It is a pre-ceremony lens- nothing more.

Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 for pre-ceremony (The cheaper 90mm alternative)

 

I have truly fallen in love with this Viltrox. It does all that the Fujinon 90mm f/2.0 can do but at a way lower price. It is a force to be reckoned with. Image quality is very good with the Viltrox but what really stands out is its bokeh. If you need that creamy background and you do not want to fork out a ton of money, this Viltrox might be the answer to your prayers.

Fujinon 90mm f/2.0 side view
The Fujinon 90mm f/2 is really the cherry on top. It is THE lens that will make your photography stand out.
Viltrox 85mm front lens element

Fujinon 50-140mm f/2.8 for pre-shoot and shoot

 

Sometimes you need to use a zoom lens. I have always steered away from zooms because, compared to their fixed focal length equivalents, image quality has always lacked. But the focal range on the 50-140mm is so perfect for weddings it isn’t even funny. With this lens, you can rest assured that you can have many framing options with very good image quality.

Framing of the 50-140 is perfect for the wedding event. The f/2.8 also allows you to shoot in low light without getting too much ISO graininess. You can also use this lens for the pre-shoot if you have a wedding couple willing to improvise a bit.

Fujinon 50-140mm f/2.8 lens sideview
The Fujinon 50-140mm F/2.8 is the most versatile lens of all the recommendations on this post. For a zoom, it is ultra sharp. It also has the perferct zoom range for event photography, and is good for a pre event shoot when you want to improvise.

Conclusion

 

Although I shared my thoughts on what Fujifilm lenses I would use for wedding photography, it is important to know that everyone has their own personal preferences. I have assumed in this article that you all work with two camera bodies, but, for many, this will not be the case. I also prioritized a minimalist kit. Had I not done that, my lens recommendations might have been a lot different.

 

The bottom line for everyone is getting out there and shooting with what you have and never underestimating your ability to get great moving and touching photos with whatever you own.

Jacques Gaines looking in a camera pointing upward

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