Fujifilm Fujinon XF50mm f1.0 R WR first look Review

Fujifilm X-series photographers may want to check their bank balance

Review
Website: Fujifilm

Price when reviewed

£1499

$1499 / €1599

Our Verdict

So far I've only used a pre-production sample of the Fujifilm XF50mm f1.0 R WR and there's likely to be a firmware update to X-series camera to accompany its arrival in camera stores, but I think this is a lens that photographers could fall in love with. It feels great, seems at home on a camera like the X-T4 and its bokeh is beautiful.

For

  • Huge maximum aperture
  • Realistic price
  • Great build quality

Against

  • Large for a 50mm lens (but it has large aperture)
What is the Fujifilm Fujinon XF50mm f1.0 R WR?

Fujifilm already has a 50mm f/2.0 lens and two 56mm lenses for its X-series cameras so you might wonder why it has introduced the Fujifilm XF50mm f1.0 R WR. Well, it’s all about the aperture. At f/1.0 the Fujifilm XF50mm f1.0 R WR’s aperture lets in a huge amount of light and enables greater control over depth of field.

As the Fujifilm X Series cameras like the X-T4 and X-T30 have APS-C format sensors, when mounted, the XF50mm f1.0 R WR has an effective focal length of 76mm. That’s ideal for portraiture and wedding photography.

Fujifilm Fujinon XF50mm F1.0 WR Price and Release Date

The Fujifilm Fujinon XF50mm F1.0 WR price tag will be £1,499 / $1,499 / €1,599 and it is set to go on sale this month (September 2020).

Fujifilm Fujinon XF50mm f1.0 R WR review

Specification

  • Product type: Lens
  • Announced: 3rd September 2020
  • Mount: Fujifilm XF
  • Focal length: 50mm
  • Effective focal length: 76mm
  • Angle of view : 31.7 degrees
  • Maximum aperture: f/1.0
  • Minimum aperture: f/16
  • Construction: 12 elements in 9 groups, includes 1 aspherical element and 2 ED elements
  • Diaphragm blades: 9
  • Minimum focus distance (from focal plane): 0.7m
  • Maximum magnification: 0.08x
  • Filter size: 77mm
  • Dimensions (diameter x length): 87 x 103.5mm
  • Weight: 845g
Fujifilm Fujinon XF50mm f1.0 R WR review
Features

A 50mm lens is one of the simpler lenses to build, but creating a 50mm lens with an aperture of f/1.0 and that is suitable for use on a comparatively small camera is a very different matter.

Fujifilm has constructed the XF50mm f1.0 R WR from 12 elements arranged in 9 groups. Amongst those elements, there’s one aspherical element and two ED (extra-low dispersion) elements.

In addition, the lens is sealed against moisture and dust in 11 places.

If you’re going to shoot at f/1.0 you need to be very careful with focusing. Autofocusing is taken care of by the DC motor and the lens functions with Fujifilm X-series cameras’ Face / Eye AF. However, if you should decide to focus manually, the focus ring of the XF50mm F1.0 is said to be eight times more accurate than that of any previous XF lens.

Consequently, it takes a rotation of 120º to move from the minimum focusing distance to infinity.

Fujifilm Fujinon XF50mm f1.0 R WR review
Build and Handling

At 87 x 103.5mm, the Fujifilm Fujinon XF50mm f1.0 R WR is large for a 50mm lens, but it’s actually not too dissimilar in size from the Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR which measures 83.3mm x 106.0mm (wide) / 129.5mm (telephoto) and weighs 655g.

 

 

I used the Fuji XF50mm f1.0 R WR on the X-T4 and it felt really good, not too front-heavy or oversized. The wide focus ring is also exactly where you expect it to be and its action is smooth with just the right amount of torque required to rotate it.

Other than the aperture and focus rings, there are no controls on the barrel of XF50mm f1.0 R WR, the focus mode is set using a switch on the camera body.

Performance

I’ve been able to spend a few hours shooting with a pre-production Fujifilm XF50mm f1.0 R WR and I wasn’t allowed to perform any in-depth tests, but the results that I captured with it are great.

The bokeh (the quality of the out of focus areas) in images shot with the aperture wide open is wonderfully smooth. It’s also interesting to see how much difference it makes to open up from f/1.8 or f/1.4 to f/1.0. Depending upon the distance between the subject and the background, you can smooth-out hard lines behind your subject.

There’s likely to be a firmware update to the current X-series line-up to get the best focusing performance, but it faired well with the X-T4.

It’s clear from the images I shot with the pre-production sample that vignetting is not an issue even at very wide apertures.

Sample Images

The images below were captured using a pre-production lens, final lens quality may vary.

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Early Verdict

Fujifilm has made the Fujinon XF50mm f1.0 R WR to sell. It’s not going to be on everyone’s shopping list, but it’s not designed to be just for collectors or the super-rich. At £1,499/€1599/$1499 (don’t forget that the US price excludes tax), it’s within reach of many enthusiast and professional photographers and although I’ve yet to shoot with a full-production sample, I think it’s very unlikely that they will be disappointed with the quality of the results they get from it.

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