Lenses

FUJINON lens roadmap

as of February 2017

A detailed overview and description of all available lenses can be found here.

Having used most of the FUJINON lenses myself for various projects, I would like to comment on a few of them in more detail:

The XF-Zoom lenses:

When it comes to Landscape and Architecture Photography the best all-round lens is the FUJINON XF 10-24/4.0 R OIS. This Wide-angle zoom lens covers a great range of focal length and surprises with outstanding edge-to-edge sharpness and practically distortion free coverage.

The FUJINON XF 18-135/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR is not the fastest lens out there but compensates that with an impressive image stabilzer (5 F-stops), a very nicely extended range of focal lengths above 80mm (35mm equivalent, compared to the XF 18-55). Especially the range around 100 to 150 mm comes in very handy during people / portrait sessions when a close-up, full face portrait is asked for. The lens is bigger and heavier but being very nicely balanced on the X-T2, it became my travel ‘zoom lens’ when carrying several lenses or changing lenses on the spot is not an option.

The FUJINON XF 18-55/2.8-4 R comes as the “kit lens” with many X-series cameras. For me the world kit lens always caused choking feeling (back in the DSLR times). This one is just a fantastic all-rounder and very often my standard lens if there’s no time to change lenses during the shoot. It’s reasonably fast, sharp, shows only very little distortion on the wide side (and this is corrected with one single click in PostProduction) and is equipped with a very efficient image-stabilizer.

The XF 55-200/3.5-4.8 does not look to spectacular on paper. In reality it’s totally the opposite. It is very nicely balanced on the X-Pro1 or X-E1/2 and has the most remarkable image-stabilizer, I ever worked with on any camera. Shooting 1/30sec hand-held still results in razor-sharp images. (German speaking readers are invited to read my article about the FUJI X-cameras & lenses in use during the Berlin Fashion Week).

Together with the XF 18-55 one can cover the full spectrum of focal lengths from full frame equivalent of 27 to 305mm with just those two lenses!

For many DSLR shooters a 24-70/2.8 and a 70-200/2.8 lens are the preferred choice in order to cover almost all possible shooting scenarios. With the FUJINON XF 16-55/2.8 WR and the FUJINON XF 50-140/2.8 WR we do have exactly those two lenses now in our kit. Both are weather resistant, fast and super sharp over the full focal range. Especially the 50-140 comes with the best image stabilizer I ever used on any camera. Hand-held shots at shutter speeds as low as 1/30 of a second are still tack sharp. The size and weight is a bit on the larger side, but with a X-T1 as a body, the combo is very well balanced. A nice add-on for the tele-zoom lens is the XF 1.4X TC WR converter resulting in a stunning 210 mm (315 mm equiv.) focal length without loosing any of the top performance of the lens.

With the new FUJINON XF 100-400/4.5-5.6 WR super-zoom lens Fuji-shooters can now do sports and wildlife/nature e.g. This lens comes again with an amazing image stabilizer. Shooting 400mm at a shutter speed as slow as 1/30 of a second is not a problem. The lens is mechanically very solid, with around 1400 gr. light weight (for this focal length range) and delivers razor-sharp images. Feel free to have a look here for some more insight and sample images. For special jobs like Full moon shoots or wild life action the XF 2.0X TC WR teleconverter transforms this Super-Telephoto lens into a stunning 200-800mm lens (300 to 1200mm 35mm equivalent).

The XF Prime lenses:

The FUJINON XF 14/2.8 R is my ‘really wide’ standard lens. It’s very fast in focusing, rock-solid built and comes with the same focus-ring as the XF 23/1.4 R. If I would have a wish free – all lenses should ‘feel’ like this one

The FUJINON XF 23/1.4 R is my ‘little wider’ standard lens. It shows no visible distortion and switching to manual focus is just a real pleasure. Together with the XF 14/2.8 R it is the lens with probably most classic Leica-like feel and touch.

The FUJINON XF 35/1.4 R is the 53mm full frame DSLR equivalent and is one of my most often used lenses for people and portrait work. Very sharp, nice bokeh – What else can I say?

The FUJINON XF 35/2.0 WR is simply charming because of it’s more Leica Summicron-ish look, namely the more compact built, the much faster AF and the fact that it can get really wet when shooting. All in all one of a sexy lens.

The FUJINON XF56/1.2R is probably the ‘most hyped’ lens on the menu. And for a good reason ! The Bokeh and sharpness when used wide open at f=1.2 is simply stunning. Ask people who used or own a Canon 85/1.2 e.g. It is the perfect portrait lens. 

The FUJINON XF 60/2.4 R is sold as a Macro lens. Allowing only a magnification factor of 0,5 it is much less of a real macro lens to me than a great portrait lens (90mm full frame equivalent) with a nice bokeh and a very solid built quality (and a massive cannon like lens hood). It is important to stress here, that always all firmware updates should be aplied in order to be rewarded with maximum performance. This is especially true for this lens – after the firmware upgrade it became usable for portrait photography in terms of decent AF-speed. I usually use it in manual focus mode.

I can not finish without mentioning the ZEISS Touit 12/2.8. With a full frame equivalent focal length of 18mm it is a super-wide-super-nice prime lens for Landscape and Architecture Photography. The amazing feature is its sharpness up into the last corner. Let images speak here: My longtime project documenting the construction of the EPFL Rolex Learning Center in Lausanne, Switzerland came to a glorious finish with this lens.

Finishing my short summary, the above mentioned lenses are used by me on a regular basis and provide superb image quality and outstanding mechanical qualities – important for all gear that is used day by day under various, sometimes not to ‘friendly conditions’.

I will provide more sample images shortly. Knowing that they are not very meaningful in terms of ‘test images’. I always recommend to rent the lens one is interested in and shoot under personal real life conditions.

As mentioned in the beginning, the complete overview can be found on this dedicated FUJIFILM lens webpage.

last update: 14.04.2017

3 thoughts on “Lenses

  1. I would like to see a post on your X lenses, which ones are great, which ones are so so, etc. Currently I own a X100 LTD and was thinking of entering into the X interchangeable lens system, a X Pro-1 or XE2. If I do, I have a list of lenses I may like to purchase, 23, 34 56. I would like perhaps also buy a zoom lenses but I have not found too much web info from people that have tried x zooms out over time.

    DJJC

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