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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Lens Review

Gary Wolstenholme reviews the premium Fujifilm Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R OIS WR lens for X-mount cameras.


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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 50 140mm Lens (7)This 2.8x telephoto zoom lens for Fujifilm X-series interchangeable lens cameras provides a field of view equivalent to a 75-210mm lens on a 35mm camera, and sports a fast constant f/2.8 maximum aperture, optical stabilisation and costs around £1200. This lens also sports a weather-resistant construction. In this review, we'll take a look at how this eagerly awaited lens performs.

Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R OIS WR Handling and Features

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 50 140mm Lens (2)

The  combination of high-quality plastics and metal used in the construction of this lens, has resulted in robust build, whilst striking a very good compromise between build quality and weight. At 995g it isn't as heavy as you may expect.  As a result it compliments the Fujifilm X-T1 used for testing very well.

Focusing and zoom are performed internally, so the filter thread does not rotate during operation and the lens does not extend. As a result, the 72mm filter thread does not rotate, making it perfect for use with polarising and graduated filters. A deep, petal-shaped hood attaches to the bayonet around the front of the lens. The manual focusing ring is smooth to operate and well damped. Those wishing to manually focus on fast moving subjects may find the amount that the focus ring needs to be moved is a little too much for their tastes, as it has a long travel. As a side effect of this, fine adjustments are a pleasure.


Fujifilm Fujinon XF 50 140mm Lens (8)

As is the case with Fuji's other X-series optics, this lens has  a manual aperture ring for selecting your desired setting in a more traditional way. The aperture ring is clearly marked and it provides control in third-stop intervals and only requires a light touch to move through the aperture range. This is great for making quick adjustments. Auto focus is quick and precise, with little hunting for focus, even in low light.

The optical stabiliser this lens is equipped with keeps the viewfinder image uncannily steady, which aids accurate autofocus and composition with a telephoto lens. So long as a short pause is given for the image stabiliser to settle, sharp handheld shots are possible around half the time at 1/4sec, which is between five and six stops slower than might be considered safe without the system. A tripod mount is also included, which can be removed via two thumbscrews, which can be a bit fiddly to undo or tighten, if you have fat fingers, like I do.


Fujifilm Fujinon XF 50 140mm Lens (6)


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Comments


StrayCat 16 19.1k 3 Canada
6 Jan 2015 6:43PM
That's a very low price for a Fuji product, here in North America their prices run very high, it's a brand I don't even consider because of that.
Techno Plus
12 5.6k 8 England
20 Jan 2018 10:26AM
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I endorse this accolade..................."The Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 is on a par with the finest optics available for full-frame cameras."

This image taken during the usual scrum at my Camera Club, a grab shot really, but to me emphasises the assured AF when used on my XPro2.....

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