Best Fujifilm lenses for Infrared Photography

Best Fujifilm lenses for Infrared Photography

Best Fujifilm lenses for Infrared Photography 1024 512 Jason Friend Photography

As many of you will know, I am something of an infrared photography geek! Ever since I started photography I have had a keen interest in infrared landscape photography and I have used numerous analogue and digital cameras over the years. Of course this has all culminated in my work on The Legacy Project.

Whilst shooting on infrared film may have been a tedious task (loading films in complete darkness, shooting with filters on that you can’t compose through etc), modern infrared converted digital cameras have made it as easy as shooting a regular image. Mirrorless cameras have also made it even more convenient as you can actually see how your infrared photos are going to look whilst composing through the viewfinder. Fujifilm X cameras happen to make great cameras which are suitable for converting to infrared. Unfortunately a number of the lenses however are not suitable for infrared with them being prone to infrared hotspots.

I have tried a number of the different Fujifilm lenses on my infrared converted X-T2 and X-E1 and I thought it might be useful if I posted a list of the best performers to help out anyone thinking of using a Fujifilm camera for infrared photography.

Spoiler alert! In my opinion the best all-round Fujifilm lens for infrared photography is the 18-135 zoom lens. Whilst it is not the greatest lens for standard photography, it is absolutely awesome for infrared!

Fujifilm Lenses – Best performers for infrared

Zeiss 12mm f2.8

Fujinon 14mm f2.8

Fujinon 23mm f1.4

Fujinon 35mm f1.4

Fujinon 18-135mm

Fujinon 55-220mm (perhaps a little bit soft in some circumstances)

Fujinon 50-140mm 

As you can see, the list is quite short and it is something to keep in mind if you are planning to use a Fujifilm camera for infrared. The following lenses are ones which I have tried and are in my opinion are unsuitable.

Fujifilm Lenses unsuitable for infrared

Fujinon 18mm f2

Fujinon 56mm f1.2

Fujinon 60mm f2.4

Fujinon 10-24mm

Fujinon 16-55mm f2.8

Fujinon 18-55mm

 

3 comments
  • Andy Peet March 14, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Hello Jason-fab website

    Just purchased Fuji X-A2 converted to 830nm infrared. Alas, the only lenses I have are my 10-24 & 18-55mm lenses for my X-T2! looking @ options for now:

    7artisans 25mm
    Fuji-Nikon lenses adapter (use my old Nikon manual lenses)

    Do you know of any other (?older) Fuji fit wide-angle lenses, as budgets limited & I am unable to buy another lense (for now) but I’m gagging to go!

    Regards andy p

    PS-can you advise what camera settings to use, please? unsure as its not a straightforward process i imagine; thanks again

    • Jason Friend Photography March 21, 2019 at 12:00 pm

      Hi Andy,

      It is a dilemma… The Fuji cameras are great for infrared but the lenses do suffer from hotspots.

      I did use the Fuji XC 16-50 in the past (plenty for £100 on eBay)… it wasn’t perfect but it was far better than the 18-55.

      I believe that the XC 15-45 zoom is perfectly infrared safe (plenty of second hand one around for about £125)… I haven’t used it myself however.

      As for camera settings… if you are using a tripod (which I always do for infrared)… I would just set the iso to 200 and use an aperture around f14… You may well find that you are permanently using about 2/3 stop of exposure compensation.

      I hope that helps?

      Jason

      • Andy April 13, 2019 at 1:55 pm

        Hello Jason & apologies for the delay.

        Thank you-will heed your advice. The zeiss 12mm & fuji 14mm are a bit out of my league as they cost 2 & 3 times as much as IR converted body: £250 & can’t justify buying them with having my 2 other lenses. Just looked @ new 15-45 for £129 which is better! I’ll try recommended settings & get back to you-huge thanks, regards Andy p

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