- 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
- 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.
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