I added the Fujifilm 50-140 f/2.8 lens to my X-T1 arsenal. Let’s be correct for those that are completely anal: I bought the Fujifilm Fujinon XF 50-140 mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR. It’s a big lens, but not as heavy as you would expect (although Louis Pang thinks differently). At 3.26 x 6.93″ and 2.19 pounds it dwarfs the lithe body of the Fuji X-T1. I’m not an overly techy guy.
From Fuji’s press release back in September 2014 the Fuji 50-140 is touted as:
- FUJIFILM X-Mount is compatible with all FUJIFILM interchangeable system cameras
- Weather-resistant design with more than 20 sealing points
- Triple Linear Motor for high-speed, quiet AF and nearly silent operation
- Comprised of 23 glass elements in 16 groups with five ED lens elements and one Super ED lens
- Seven rounded aperture blades for smooth, circular bokeh
- Uses new Nano-GI (Gradient Index) coating technology, that alters the refractive index between glass and air to reduce ghosting and flare
- Powerful optical image stabilization minimizes shake and blur in low light
I won’t talk about chromatic aberration, pin cushion distortion or vignetting. I will talk about how this lens has worked for me in the first two weeks I have used it.
Does it work?
Yes, the Fujifilm 50-140 works quite well. It’s crisp, even wide open and has pleasant bokeh. It does as advertised. Colors are vivid and well saturated.
Why do I like it?
I’m not an “in your face” street photographer. I’m more of a sniper – one shot, one kill – before I move silently along. Or as we said back at summer camp – take nothing but photos and leave nothing but footprints. What do I like: I can observe and shoot without being observed shooting. The Fujifilm 50-140 lens is weather-sealed – which in Hong Kong’s unpredictable climes is extremely useful. I really like the Fujifilm XF 35mm f/1.4R – but a 50mm equivalent only gets you so close. Until they release the XF 16-55 f/2.8R this giant Fujifilm 50-140 will do.
What I don’t like:
The AF speed, a thorn in Fujifilm’s side. While the lens AF is good it is not the fastest rabbit in the hutch. On more than a few occasions I’ve had to recompose and refocus the lens seems to hunt. That said, some of my beloved Canon EF lenses (I’m talking to you 85mm f/1.2L) have focus issues. This is more of a Fuji system problem I believe than something with the Fujifilm 50-140 lens hardware. Would this prevent me from buying the lens? Not at all. The incorporate tripod mount is a tad strange. I like the Canon clamping designs much more. Removing the Fuji version involves undoing two screws, removing the mount and replacing the screws. Not ideal.
Great lens. Happy to have it. Congrats Fuji on a neat piece of glass. My friend Digital Trekker, an official X Shooter in Malaysia, has a more in-depth review on his site. If you haven’t check our dedpxl for Zack’s overview of Fuji X bodies and lenses.