The Best Fuji Portrait Lenses in 2018
There's no denying that Fuji is a wonderful ecosystem for portraits. The small body size puts models at ease, the X-Trans sensor coupled with the proprietary film simulations render skin tones wonderfully, and there is a massive library of top-tier lenses suited for portraiture. So when considering the very best portrait lens for Fuji, it can get complicated.
While Fuji's APCS sensors don't conjure quite as much bokeh or depth of field as a full frame camera, the smaller sensor size creates far more reach and compression at similar focal lengths, making up for much of the lost bokeh and background separation. And while distortion is typically lost around 80mm on a full frame, you'll be hard pressed to find any distortion on a ~50mm Fuji lens.
So when we're looking for portrait lenses, we're looking for three things:
- Fast aperture for maximum bokeh and subject isolation
- Mid-to-high focal length for greater compression and distortion reduction
- Sharpness vs quality of bokeh
For most people, the best Fuji portrait lens comes down to three options:
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