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Apr 02

Review: Fujifilm Fujinon XF 50mm f/2 R WR

Conclusion

Pros

  • Very solidly constructed and compact lens
  • Wonderful haptics on the aperture and focus rings
  • Reasonably fast and very accurate autofocus
  • Quite sharp at any aperture, even into the image corners
  • Very pleasing bokeh
  • Good control of lateral chromatic aberration, flare and vignetting
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Longitudinal CA can cause a magenta or green fringe in front of or behind the focus point
  • A touch of pincushion distortion

The XF 50mm f/2 R WR is another solid effort from Fujifilm.  The lens fits in wonderfully with the other recent f/2 prime lenses, providing very good optical quality in a very compact, yet robustly constructed body.  While I feel that the more expensive 56mm f/1.2 is still going to be the lens that most will want when looking for a fast short telephoto, the 50mm f/2 is a great option for those looking to save quite a bit of money, or for those looking for an extremely small kit.

The 50mm f/2 provides great value and high-end imaging in a small package, and continues Fuji’s excellent reputation for creating quality optics.

Image Samples

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Windows in the Sky - Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon XF 50mm f/2 R WR @ f/5.6

Windows in the Sky – Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon XF 50mm f/2 R WR @ f/8

Portrait - Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon XF 50mm f/2 R WR @ f/2

Portrait – Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon XF 50mm f/2 R WR @ f/2

Sundial - Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon XF 50mm f/2 @ f/2,

Sundial – Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon XF 50mm f/2 @ f/2

Fire Escape - Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon XF 50mm f/2 R WR @

Fire Escape – Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon XF 50mm f/2 R WR @ f/3.6

Concern - Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon XF 50mm f/2 R WR @ f/2

Concern – Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon XF 50mm f/2 R WR @ f/2

Door - Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon XF 50mm f/2 R WR @ f/2

Door – Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon XF 50mm f/2 R WR @ f/2

Soldier Statue - Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon XF 50mm f/2 R WR @ f/2

Soldier Statue – Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon XF 50mm f/2 R WR @ f/2

Walking in the Rain - Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon XF 50mm f/2 R WR @ f/2

Walking in the Rain – Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon XF 50mm f/2 R WR @ f/2

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Jordan Steele

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Admiring Light; Photographer; Electrical Engineer and Dad

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  1. Shawn

    My Fuji 50mm f2 has a tshshsht sound when it focuses. Sound not heard with 23 or 35mm f2. Is this normal?

    1. Brian

      @Shawn: that’s normal, mine does it too. You’re hearing the aperture blades and they’ve got more ground to cover because of the larger front element.

    2. Guido

      Same with mine. I like the lens but I’m still thinking about keeping it.
      I have the 23 and 35 f2 But ill try to replace the 23 with the x100f.

  2. Pepou81

    One day, I will be interesting to know your gear, as you tested a lot. ^^.
    Which one are in your lense’s top 3.

  3. TOM BELL

    Hi Guido …interested in that I have the X100 original …. lovely if infuriating BUT the lens is rather soft in the corners. I may up grade but only if they improve the lens

  4. Pepou81

    I would know the fastest lenses about focusing of every system.

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