–Updated February 2018–
If you’re looking to build a fully weather resistant Fuji XF kit, hopefully this page will help. Not all Fuji bodies or lenses are weather resistant; look for the WR label on lenses.
Sometimes the peace-of-mind brought by weather sealing can mean the difference between staying inside and going out to shoot. If it means you’ll take more photos, I’m all for it.
These are the only weather resistant cameras and lenses produced by Fujifilm available as of February 2018.
This hybrid cross between an X-T2 and a Fuji GFX was just announced by Fujifilm. With In Body Image Stabilization, improved shutter, better EVF, cinematic video modes, and more, the X-H1 is going to be a new favorite for many.
It’s using a new ‘more rugged’ magnesium alloy and supposedly should withstand harsher weather conditions.
All these new features come in a larger sized body. The grip may be a blessing for some, but the size may be a turn-off for others.
Fuji’s flagship stills camera has got their X-Trans III sensor, 4k video, speedy AF, and a tilty-flippy screen. If you like DSLR style bodies, shoot the occasional video, or don’t like optical viewfinders, get the X-T2.
Fuji’s rangefinder-esque flagship. 24MP sensor, beatiful hybrid viewfinder, joystick for AF point selection. If you like rangefinder style cameras this is the camera to get.
If you want to save some cash, check out Fuji’s slightly older flagship: the X-T1. It might not have all the megapixels but it’s still an amazing camera. Great choice if you like SLR styling or want a weather sealed camera without spending the big bucks.
You really can’t go wrong with any of these choices. Try them and get the one that handles better for your use.
With the release of the compact f2 ‘Fujicrons’, you’ve got more choices to make if you want a weather-sealed prime kit. Portrait lovers will want to check out the 90mm. For flower and bug photographers, Fuji just released an 80mm 1:1 Macro lens.
Zooms can be great in rainy or dusty situations where you don’t want to change lenses often. The two constant aperture zooms match the standard ‘pro zoom’ kit from the bigger camera companies but are much lighter in weight. The 18-135mm sacrifices some image quality and aperture for the larger zoom range, but in a situation where lens changes are impossible it does a great job.
Fuji’s newest weather resistant zoom is the XF100-400mm f4.5-5.6. This should fill a gap for those looking for even longer zooms, wildlife photographers especially.
Putting together a lens kit is a very personal thing. Think first about what you take photos of. The obvious choices are an all prime kit or the two f2.8 zooms, though you could mix and match. 16, 35, 50-140 would be a nice setup (I find zooms more useful on the telephoto end).
Photo by Jonas Rask
For a compact travel kit grab the Fujicrons: 23, 35, 50. all can be carried in a small bag or even a coat! If you don’t mind the bulk, 16, 35, 90 gives a larger spread of focal lengths, an extra stop on the wide end and more bokeh on the long end.
The Frugal Option
Buying a whole new set of lenses just for WR might not make sense for you. There are cheaper options. A small plastic bag with a hole cut out for the lens will keep water off. An umbrella can work if there’s no wind. Most Fuji cameras can handle light rain with no problems (of course, if your camera breaks I didn’t tell you that!).
A bag might help in the rain, but may not be as useful in dusty or sandy areas.
Use your head, don’t take your weather resistant camera swimming.
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