Fuji X-Mount Lenses for Infrared

Fujinon 23mm f/2 R WR
Fujinon 23mm f/2 R WR

In this video, I’ll take a look at which X-mount lenses which work well with infrared photography. Most lenses are designed and tested to work in visible light. In some cases, these will work fine for Infrared. However, some lenses can display a hot spot of light in the center of the image, particularly at higher numbered apertures. Lenses with visible hot spots at all apertures are not recommended for IR photography.

Infrared photography utilizes camera lenses designed for visible light, not infrared light, combined with various filters types from various manufacturers. While the lenses on this list have been reported to work well with infrared photography from a variety of sources, this is not a guarantee. Links may be affiliate links.

  Lens Filter Size
Fujinon XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR ⌀67mm
Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR ⌀72mm
Fujinon XF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 R LM OIS WR ⌀67mm
Fujinon XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR ⌀77mm
Venus Optics Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye n/a1
Lensbaby 5.8mm f/3.5 Circular Fisheye n/a1
Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D ⌀49mm2
Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R ⌀58mm
7artisans 18mm f/6.3 cap lens n/a1
Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 R ⌀62mm
Fujinon XF 23mm f/2 R WR ⌀43mm
Viltrox AF 33mm f/1.4 ⌀52mm
Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R ⌀52mm
Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 R WR ⌀43mm
Lensbaby Burnside 35mm f/2.8 ⌀62mm
Lensbaby Sol 45 45mm f/3.5 ⌀46mm
Fujinon XF 50mm f/2 R WR ⌀46mm
Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Silver or Black ⌀62mm
Venus Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO ⌀52mm
Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 ⌀67mm

Complete List

Wide Zooms

  Lens Filter Size Notes
Fujinon XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ ⌀52mm mixed results
Fujinon XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II ⌀58mm f/8 and lower
Fujinon XF 8-16mm f/2.8 R LM WR n/a1 f/2.8 only
Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS ⌀72mm  
Fujinon XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR ⌀77mm f/6.4 and lower
Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS ⌀58mm  
Fujinon XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR ⌀72mm faint hot spots
Fujinon XF 18-120mm f/4 R LM PZ WR ⌀72mm  
Fujinon XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR ⌀67mm  

Telephoto Zooms

  Lens Filter Size Notes
Fujinon XC 50-230mm f/4-6.7 OIS II ⌀58mm mixed results
Fujinon XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS ⌀62mm f/8 and lower
Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR ⌀72mm  
Fujinon XF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 R LM OIS WR ⌀67mm  
Fujinon XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR ⌀77mm  
Fujinon XF 150-600mm f/5.6-8 R LM OIS WR ⌀62mm  

Fisheye / Super-wide Primes

  Lens Filter Size Notes
Venus Optics Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye n/a1  
Lensbaby 5.8mm f/3.5 Circular Fisheye n/a1  
Samyang/Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 Fisheye n/a1 f/5.6 and lower
Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D ⌀49mm2  
Samyang/Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS ⌀67mm f/5.6 and lower
Samyang 12mm f/2.0 AF ⌀62mm  

Wide Primes

  Lens Filter Size Notes
Viltrox AF 13mm f/1.4 XF ⌀67mm f/5.6 and lower
Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R ⌀58mm  
Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR ⌀67mm f/5.6 and lower
Fujinon XF 16mm f/2.8 R WR ⌀49mm f/5.6 and lower
Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary ⌀67mm Sony version has hot spots.
Fujifilm XF 18mm f/1.4 R LM WR ⌀62mm no reports
Fujinon XF 18mm f/2 R ⌀52mm  
7artisans 18mm f/6.3 cap lens n/a1  
Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 R ⌀62mm  
Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 R LM WR ⌀58mm no reports
Fujinon XF 23mm f/2 R WR ⌀43mm  
Viltrox AF 23mm f/1.4 XF ⌀52mm  

Normal Primes

  Lens Filter Size Notes
Fujinon XF 27mm f/2.8 R WR ⌀39mm  
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary ⌀52mm  
Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 ⌀52mm  
Fujinon XF 33mm f/1.4 R LM WR ⌀58mm f/2 and lower
Viltrox AF 33mm f/1.4 ⌀52mm  
Fujifilm XC 35mm f/2 ⌀43mm no reports
Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R ⌀52mm  
Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 R WR ⌀43mm  
Lensbaby Burnside 35mm f/2.8 ⌀62mm swirling bokeh & vignette
Lensbaby Sol 45 45mm f/3.5 ⌀46mm  

Telephoto Primes

  Lens Filter Size Notes
Fujinon XF 50mm f/2 R WR ⌀46mm  
Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8M Macro ⌀52mm f/8 and lower
Fujinon XF 50mm f/1.0 R WR ⌀77mm no reports
Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R ⌀62mm  
Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Silver or Black ⌀62mm glow
Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary ⌀55mm  
Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro ⌀39mm  
Venus Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO ⌀52mm  
Fujinon XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro ⌀62mm  
Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 ⌀67mm glow
Viltrox AF 85mm f/1.8 XF II ⌀72mm  
Fujinon XF 90mm f/2 R LM WR ⌀62mm  
Fujinon XF 200mm f/2 R LM OIS WR ⌀105mm f/4 and lower

Teleconverters

  Teleconverter
Fujinon XF 1.4x TC WR
Fujinon XF 2x TC WR

Compact Cameras with Prime Lenses

Fujifilm X100
Fujifilm X100S
Fujifilm X100T
Fujifilm X100F
Fujifilm X100V
Fujifilm X30
Fujifilm X70
Fujifilm XF10

Sources

More Lenses for Infrared Photography

Updates

  • 2022-04-17 - Added report for Viltrox AF 13mm f/1.4 XF.
  • 2022-04-15 - Added report for Samyang 12mm f/2.0 AF.
  • 2022-02-21 - Added report for Viltrox AF 33mm f/1.4.
  • 2022-02-15 - Added report for Fujifilm X100 series.
  • 2022-01-30 - Added report on Fujinon XF 33mm f/1.4 R LM WR.
  • 2022-01-28 - Added filter sizes for all lenses.
  • 2022-01-13 - Added Venus Optics Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye. Added threaded filter size to all recommended lenses.
  • 2021-12-21 - Added Fujinon XF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 R LM OIS WR.
  • 2021-11-08 - Added Fujinon XF 8-16mm f/2.8 R LM WR.
  • 2021-05-31 - Added Lensbaby Sol 45 45mm f/3.5.
  • 2021-05-04 - Added Viltrox AF 23mm f/1.4 XF.
  • 2021-04-06 - Added caution about using step-up rings with Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D.
  • 2021-03-20 - Added report on Fujinon XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro.
  • 2020-11-30 - Added report on 7artisans 18mm f/6.3 cap lens.
  • 2020-09-21 - Added report on Fujinon XF 200mm f/2.
  • 2020-08-31 - Since YouTube is not the best medium for maintaining a changing list, I’ve added a complete list below of all of the lenses addressed in the video and will update based on feedback and comments. This adds the Venus Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO.
  • 2020-08-29 - Based on images that I’ve seen, I’m removing the XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR from my recommended list and calling it Mixed. In some conditions, the lens produces a broad and dim hot spot, similar to the XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR. Based on feedback from viewers who have had great results, I’m upgrading both the XC 15-45 f.3.5-5.6 OIS PZ and XC 50-230mm f/4-6.7 OIS II from No to Mixed. They may work perfectly with some IR filters and poorly with others.

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  1. This lens does not support front lens threaded filters.  2 3 4 5 6 7 8

  2. The Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D supports filters with a 49mm filter thread. When using a larger-sized filter with step-up rings, the rings may be visible due to the extreme wide angle of the lens. Recommend using only 49mm filters with this lens.  2

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