After some specs leaked, it comes as no surprise: the Fujifilm XF 30mm f/2.8 R LM WR macro lens has now been officially announced. Okay, we did know some facts about the lens, but the leaked specs didn’t tell us everything. So, let’s see more details about the lens and what it has to offer.
Following my recent controversial dilemma on the future of my Fujifilm 56mm f/1.2, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to test out both the 50mm f/2 and the 90mm f/2 thanks to the lovely people over at Fujifilm. For those that haven’t read the post about the 56mm f/1.2 (it’s here if you want a read), I was genuinely tempted to trade it in for something that was a little more travel friendly eg the 50mm f/2. I was also tempted by the 90mm f/2 to replace the excellent portrait abilities.
For this post however we’ll concentrate on the 50mm f/2 and my short two weeks with it. Unfortunately, we got off on the back foot as I’d just had two weddings booked in this year and I absolutely love the 56mm f/1.2 for weddings; that was nearly my decision made already but let’s give the little lens a chance.
Along with the camera, Fujifilm has announced two new APS-C zoom lenses: XF 18-120mm f/4 R LM PZ WR and XF 150-600mm f/5.6-8 R LM OIS WR. The first can cover all of your shooting needs, especially if you’re a beginner or a hobbyist, and the second one lets you get really close to your subject and it’s ideal for wildlife and sports. Let’s see what Fuji has to offer with these two new lenses.
I got some heat on my last article about choosing a Fujifilm camera for not listing every Fujifilm camera and every photography genre. That wasn’t my intention! My intention was to help you through the practical thought process to make your own decisions based on the factors that are important. And that’s what I’m going to do here with the second part of this series, choosing a Fujifilm lens.
I’m not going to compare the image quality and technical specifications of the 35mm f/1.4 and 35mm f/2, for example. There are plenty of articles out there that do this. Because how do you even know you need a 35mm prime lens in the first place? That’s what we’ll look at here.
If you’re thinking of buying the new Fuji GFX 50S II camera, you’re going to need a lens for it too, right? Well, Fuji thought about it and introduced yet another lens during its recent gear announcing spree. The GF 35-70mm f/4.5-5.6 WR is a wide-angle zoom lens made for the GFX medium format system. It’s small, lightweight, and at $999, relatively affordable for a medium format lens.
Other than the previously rumored GFX 50S II announced yesterday, Fuji has some more surprises up its sleeve. The company has also announced two new fast primes for its APS-C camera line: the XF 23mm f/1.4 and the XF 33mm f/1.4. If you’re up for standard prime lenses, one of these is what you’re looking for.
Until recently, if you were a Fujifilm X-Series camera owner, your options for fast prime lenses (f/1.4 or wider) were limited to (relatively) expensive options from Fujinon, or less expensive third-party manual focus lenses. Fujifilm has recently opened its autofocus protocols, and we can expect more third-party autofocus fast prime lenses soon. Until then, Viltrox has filled the gap of autofocus fast primes with their reverse-engineered 23, 56, and 85mm f/1.4 lenses. Let’s take a look at the Viltrox AF 23mm f/1.4 lens to see what you get for lots less money.
Fujifilm has released some amazing lenses. In fact, there is not really a lens that is not capable, or not sharp enough to please even the toughest critics. However, because Fujifilm have an XF range and an XC range, targeting quality build and higher price over lower price and not so good build quality (compared to the XF premium lenses), some Fujifilm users dismiss the XC series of lenses outright. But among them all, there’s a hidden gem that every Fujifilm user should use.
We already knew that Fuji was about to announce three new lenses thanks to recently leaked photos. And now it’s official: Fuji has announced the GF80mm f/1.7, XF27mm f/2.8, and XF70-300mm f/4-5.6 R lenses. Of course, we now have more than just photos, so let’s dive in and see what you can expect.
Now that the new Fujifilm XF 50mm f/1 R WR is finally released, aren’t you curious to see how it performs? What’s the autofocus like? How does the lens perform when the aperture’s wide open? What does the bokeh look like? What about video capabilities? Well, we have brought together a few great hands-on videos that should answer all of your questions.