I have to be honest – 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.
Fujifilm Lenses – Best performers for infrared
Zeiss 12mm f2.8
Fujinon 14mm f2.8
Fujinon 23mm f1.4
Fujinon 35mm f1.4
Fujinon 55-220mm (perhaps a little bit soft in some circumstances)
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 16-55mm f2.8
Based in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in England’s North-East, Jason Friend is an award-winning professional photographer that specialises in commercial, stock and travel photography.
Jason’s photography career has spanned almost two decades with many incredible highlights including publishing a best-selling book, working for iconic brands such as Microsoft and National Geographic, exhibiting at the renowned Joe Cornish Gallery, and being personally invited to photograph a member of the royal family.