I was originally going to show 100% crops of out of focus areas throughout a range, but after a short while, it became apparent that the two lenses are remarkably similar in that department, at least in this test. To show an idea of out of focus rendering, see the reduced areas of blur from the two lenses at 90mm, with the focus point about 8 feet from the camera.
As you can see above, the bokeh is quite similar between the two lenses. Neither is a cream machine, but both are respectable in this department. Overall, it’s clear to me that the 50-140mm f/2.8 is the superior lens from an optical standpoint. Is the difference and speed worth the added bulk and the much higher price tag? Only you can decide that.
Some additional first impressions on the 50-140mm f/2.8
I’ve been shooting with the 50-140mm for the past two days, and I’m quickly becoming very impressed with the lens. It is very sharp at any focal length and aperture, has excellent color and contrast, fairly decent bokeh in most situations (though there are some caveats there), and most surprisingly: it seems to be essentially apochromatic. I’ve got a lot more shooting to do with the lens before making final judgments, but my first impressions are very positive. I will have my full in-depth review of the Fuji 50-140mm f/2.8 coming later next week! Edit: Check out my full review of the 50-140mm here!
In the meantime, here are a few quick image samples (Click to enlarge):