Best Lenses of 2019 by The Art of Photography

Ted Forbs seems to really enjoy Fujinon wide lenses because he often brings up the excellent Fujinon XF16mm f/1.4. So it should come as no surprise that its little brother the XF16mm f/2.8 made his best of 2019 lens list, but more lenses might have been included if Fujifilm did more outreach.

I’m surprised no GFX glass made Ted’s list, but he probably didn’t have many opportunities to use a GFX100 in 2019 with glass released this year. Ted based his picks on Optics, Feature, Price, and Size. All of which Fujifilm excels at, but few are aware of due to limited outreach.

I hope Fujifilm steps up their outreach in 2020 because a lot of there glass belongs on these kinds of lists. Especially with cameras like the X-T3 continuing to drive a large amount of interest.

Best Ultrawide
Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art – very sharp, but no filter threading
Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S – extremely sharp and hs filter threads

Best Wide
Fujinon XF16mm f/2.8 R WR – Very compact and you will get 90% of what you will get from the 16mm f/1.4 which is one of his favorites
Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM – Very practical and well priced for amazing optics

Best Normal
Panasonic Lumix S PRO 50mm f/1.4 – expensive but incredible reference lens

Best Short Telephoto
Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM – Incredible lens that lens rentals calls the sharpest lens they have ever tested

Best Long Telephoto
Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS – No lens compares including the Sony 400mm f/2.8

Best Lens of 2019
Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 – complete sleeper with great bokeh

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