Fujifilm XF50 mm F2 R Weather Resistant Lens, Black

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Fujifilm XF50 mm F2 R Weather Resistant Lens, Black

Fujifilm XF50 mm F2 R Weather Resistant Lens, Black

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All in all, it is still one of the fastest and quietest on the Fujifilm X System. It is especially good when paired with a new X-Trans III body like the X-Pro2, X-T2, or the brand new X-T20. The manual focus ring sits comfortably between thumb and forefinger. It has a smooth and silent glide with just the right amount of resistance. So in all honesty, I need to give Fujifilm some serious credit. TheFujifilm 50mm f2 R WR is highly capable when it comes to build quality and it can take quite a beating. Ease of Use These caveats aside, this lens is very sharp even wide-open at f/2, although it's a tiny bit softer in the corners if you're looking with a microscope in the lab. It and sharpens up as stopped down a few stops. In actual pictures it's very sharp even wide-open, no worries here.

The performance of all three lenses improves as you stop down, especially that of the 60mm. By f/5.6, they all perform in a very similar manner once again. Fujifilm’s latest lenses have come a long way from early examples in terms of AF performance. Compare it to the Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 that was known for making some pesky whirring noises as it focused and you’ll notice this lens is a far quieter performer. The Fujifilm XF 50mm f/2 comes in at a lightweight 7.05oz (200g) and measures 2.36 x 2.34″. This lens is the same width of the XF 35mm, and only a little longer. Despite the added length, the XF 50mm balances perfectly on my X-T3 and is the most discreet telephoto lens I’ve ever used for street photography.

Fujifilm XF 50mm f/2 R WR – Build and Handling

Turning to a closer focus distance of about 1 meter, we see a slightly different trend develop. Reference image Use the excellent and inexpensive B+W 46mm 010 , or splurge on the multicoated B+W 010M or use a multicoated Hoya filter. Optical Quality – Through the lens X-T2, 1/1000, f/2, ISO 200 – XF 50mm f2 and M400 X-T1, 1/340, f/1.2, ISO 200 – XF 56mm f/1.2 X-T20, 1/1250, f/2.8, ISO 200 – XF 60mm f/2.4 Sharpness

However, for me, the only need I have now for the 56mm is when I need that extra stop of light. I can't see me using the 56mm 1.2 at all during weddings before the first dance.

Fujifilm XF 50mm f/2 R WR Specifications

These are all shot hand-held as NORMAL JPGs; no RAW files or FINE JPGs or tripods were used or needed. However, for the images above, especially the shot of Rosa playing chess - having the ability to just grab that 50mm gave me an opportunity to shoot close up, with a shallow depth of field that I wouldn't get with the X100F. All three lenses feature a similarly designed fly-by-wire focus ring with a ribbed surface to give you a better grip. I, like many others it would seem, was a bit confused by the 50mm focal length. This would be approximately 76mm on a full-frame 35mm sensor, which is not a common focal length for a prime lens. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it fit right into my shooting style and fixed a problem I didn't know I had.

I love that all street photographers ideas and visions are very different. I don't personally believe that you need to use a specific lens or focal length to shoot "on the streets", though I'm very much aware that the general consensus is something around 35mm is the preferred choice. Even at f/2, vignetting from the lens isn’t distasteful. It’s tolerable for most applications and can be of benefit for portraiture and other subjects, where you’d like to encourage the viewer’s eye from the edge to the centre of the frame. The autofocusing on the Fujifilm XF 50mm f/2 is on par with the fantastic performance of my XF 35mm f/2. I’ve shot moving subjects in the street, candid portraits of my toddler, and action shots of my dogs with impressive speed and accuracy. The XF 50mm f/2 has a silent inner focus system that uses a stepping motor to achieve these great results. The Fujifilm XF 50mm f/2 also gives users the option to manually focus using its dampened metal focus ring. Mounted on an X body, the XF 50mm f2 delivers a 75mm equivalent field-of-view, providing short telephoto coverage that’s perfect for portraits, but also useful for slightly tighter than average urban and landscape shots. Meanwhile the fairly bright f2 focal ratio allows you to easily isolate a subject with a shallow depth-of-field effect.Manual focus ring is electronic, so it only works if you select MANUAL FOCUS (M) on your camera. Manual focus override only works if you have the shutter half-pressed and only during SINGLE (S) autofocus. The focus ring is completely ignored in CONTINUOUS autofocus (C) mode. When I was testing the Fujifilm 23mm f2 lens, I took it into a super hard rainfall. And so during the 2017 Mermaid day parade, I did pretty much the same thing with the 50 after attaching it to the Fujifilm X Pro 2. This time, it was much more of a torture test. From around 11AM to 1:30PM, it rained. Then it was intermittent throughout the rest of the day until 7pm. This is where this series of lenses really shines. The 23mm f/2 WR and and 35mm f/2 WR have both had some of the best autofocus performance on the Fuji X System, and the 50mm f/2 is on par, if not faster. In good light, you will see focusing that outperforms some DSLR lenses. Tested against my Nikkor 58mm f/1.4 on the D750, I couldn't notice any difference in focusing speed. If anything, the Fujifilm was a touch faster. You can see videos of those compared through the viewfinder in my article from last week.

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