Fujifilm XF 35mm and XF 18-55 lenses reviews and roadmap

The Fujifilm X-E1 (and the older X-PRO1) are great cameras, but the pictures they take are solely nearly as good because the lenses on them. Fujifilm is a more moderen entrant in the interchangeable lens digital camera market, and the lenses are few. However most reviews on-line agree the lenses are nice. My assessment for Fujifilm XF 35 and XF 18-55 lenses – and I feel they’re great lenses – is it an excellent indication for future launches and sufficient to purchase a Fuji digital camera?

I received the Fujifilm X-E1 with the XF 18-55mm lens and additionally the XF 35mm lens. Compared to my previous Canon DSLR system, for Fuji there aren’t many lenses to select from. Are they enough? And of sufficient top quality?

The acquisition of a digital digital camera and lenses is much less about the cost of the digital camera, and so much about the cost of the lenses. All digital digital camera corporations convey new digital camera our bodies yearly or two, however lens designs are not often up to date. On Canon I had a 28 F2.Eight which was designed in 1980! All of Fujifilm lens designs are new, and the system is but untested by time.

The lenses for the Fujifilm system appear pretty expensive, so are they good value?
I might say sure however let’s assessment them!

Fuji lens roadmap and official announcement of the Fujinon XF 55-200

April 17 replace

Fujinon XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.Eight R LM OIS

This lens is the first and for the moment only telephoto lens native to the X mount. It is potential to adapt third celebration lenses to a Fuji X-E1, however within the long-term a native lens is greatest. Moreover a telephoto lens benefits much more from good autofocus and optical image stabilization. And non-native lenses usually lack these two features.

The professionals of the XF 55-200

  • the one native telephoto lens
    so for those who need a tele lens, that is the only option
  • optical picture stabilization
    Fujifilm claims the lens gives 4.5 stops of slower shutter velocity
  • comparatively fast aperture
    an ordinary 55-200 zoom lens for Canon or Nikon have F4-5.6, so the Fuji lens is a bit higher  for mild gathering and topic isolation
  • two Linear Motors
    The other lens that has a linear motor is the XF 18-55 LM  (the LM in its identify). This gives quick autofocus velocity and silent operation.

The cons of the Fujifilm XF 55-200

I can only decide this lens compared to the stunning Fujifilm XF 18-55. Both have OIS, linear motors, quick autofocus and if the brand new telephoto is designed with the identical priorities it ought to be optically wonderful.

Fujifilm also promised to replace the firmware (again) for each the Fujifilm X-E1 and the X-PRO1.  Not only this new firmware will allow the cameras to work with the brand new lenses, it’ll also velocity up autofocus with present lenses. I quote from Fujifilm website: “By upgrading your X-Pro1 or X-E1 with new firmware you will also improve the AF speed with other existing XF lenses. […] The firmware will be available to download from nearer the launch of the XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8R LM. It will be necessary to update the firmware on all XF lens except the XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS. The lens firmware will be available from July 2013.”

Any enchancment to the velocity of the prevailing lenses is great information!

Updated Fujifilm lens roadmap

I am very interested particularly concerning the prime lenses – the Fuji 23 F1.Four ought to be a terrific road images lens, whereas the 27 F2.Eight (the second pancake lens in Fuji line-up) could be a good various for the Fuji X100s. For someone really liking nice cameras with small type issue, the Fuji X100s is tough to beat. Nevertheless, if the Fuji XF 27 pancake is optically good it ought to make a X-E1 shut enough size-wise.

Fujifilm X Mount lens roadmap, as of April 17

The primary newsworthy item right here is the change in the Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R. Previous to this announcement the specs stated F1.4, so this can be a good change. The XF 56mm interprets to 84mm in 35mm equivalence, so this is an ideal portrait lens. At F1.2 this lens rivals the most effective in Canon / Nikon techniques! I just hope the worth does not grow, nor the weight.

The XF 27 F2.Eight “pancake” and the XF 23mm F1.4 are confirmed for 2013 release. For my part the XF 23mm F1.4 wwill be the perfect road lens. Along with the XF 35mm they make an optically wonderful, mild package. The 27mm pancake is a really fascinating lens, and if it’s optically higher than the prevailing 18mm pancake I is perhaps all for one. Nevertheless I would like small measurement and good optics, which is tough to make. Even Fujifilm has not mastered this trick.

The Fujiflm XF 10-24mm F4 will be the third zoom lens. As a wide-angle zoom, equivalent to 15-36mm in 35mm equivalence, it is going to complete the Fujifilm system. I liked my previous Sigma 12-24 “popeye” on Canon, and I feel the XF 10-24mm from Fuji will be the eprfect landscape lens.  This can be a lens that I’ll wait to learn reviews on, as in all probability it is going to be a critical investment.

Disclaimer: The corporate that produces these cameras and lenses that we love a lot is known as Fujifilm, yet the lenses are underneath the Fujinon model. But everyone calls them Fuji. I apologize where I mix them up.

what have the Fujinon lenses in widespread ?

And what makes reviewers so enthusiastic concerning the Fuji lenses?

they’re optimized for the Fujifilm X our bodies and the sensor

The lenses can benefit from the smaller picture circle (the Fujifilm system uses an APS-C sensor) and the shortage of a mirror (to allow them to protrude a bit extra within the physique).
The benefit is they are smaller than the same designs in Canon or Nikon mounts.

the lenses profit from a brand new digital camera system

Fujifilm X lens mountFujifilm X lens mount

Fujifilm lenses do not have to work on legacy (movie) mounts, software program corrections is completed to every JPEG and RAW and so the lenses are designed to offer one of the best optical efficiency potential. Optical defects which might be corrected afterwards (vignetting, barrel or pincushion distortions and some chromatic aberrations) not should be solved within the optical design.

the Fujifilm lenses have nice construct quality

The lens barrels are metallic, the mount is metallic and there’s a feeling of a strong piece of equipment. This isn’t an excuse to drop a lens on concrete, however it does mean that you would be able to deal with the lens a bit more roughly. As I exploit my Fujifilm X-E1 on travels it is very important feel safe that until I do one thing silly my digital camera and lenses will maintain being knocked a bit within the backpack.

the lenses have an aperture ring

You set the aperture on all Fujifilm XF lenses by rotating a hoop with apertures marked from F1.4 all the best way to F16 and A (auto). At first I assumed that this is an historic approach of setting an digital aperture. But guess what? It feels very natural. And the tactile feeling and the feedback give a certain “sureness” in setting the parameters on a Fuji lens.
When the aperture ring is about to A the digital camera enters shutter priority, and units the aperture itself. In fact not all lenses start with F1.Four (I wish!) and the variable-aperture zoom like the Fujifilm XF 18-55mm has no markings on the ring.

lens hoods come commonplace

After I paid $35 for a lens hood for my Canon EF-S 17-55mm I started to understand included hoods. The Fujifilm designs are typically….questionable: attempt taking the pinch lens cap with the Fujifilm XF 35mm hood mounted and you’ll understand what I mean. But a high quality hood is a pleasant contact and a useful merchandise.

Fujifilm lenses: the XF 35mm and 18-55mm reviews

I will only listing the Fujifilm lenses I’ve – I’ve no experience with Leica M tailored, nor with the fish-eyes from Rokinon/Samyang. I do intend to get a Rokinon 8mm in the future and will add its evaluate.

Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.4 – the standard lens for the X-PRO1

  • Fujifilm X-E1 with XF 35mm on itFujifilm X-E1 with XF 35mm on itsmall lens design
    187g and 52mm filter however on the similar time metallic development
    the lens is equal to a 53mm F2 in full-frame format (when it comes to depth of subject and angle of view)
  • sharp middle when wide-open, and sharp across the frame from F2.2 – F2.Eight
  • nice image high quality, colors
  • lovely bokeh
    the rendering of out of focus areas, it makes the Fujifilm XF 35mm nice for portraits and other areas where topic isolation is necessary.
    You’ll be able to read about my impressions on the FX 35mm bokeh.
  • affordable AF velocity, especially after the firmware replace
  • has a great assessment of the lens
  • sells for $599 at Amazon, and it is the package lens for the Fujifilm X-PRO1

Fujifilm XF 18-55 F2.8-Four.0 – the standard lens for the X-E1

From its (lengthy) identify you’ll be able to see that the Fujifilm XF package lens shouldn’t be your normal lens design. It has excellent apertures beginning with F2.8 at broad finish, F4.0 at the telephoto. This places the Fuji XF 18-55 considerably within the center between a basic package lens (which has F4.Zero-5.6 apertures) and knowledgeable grade zoom from Canon or Nikon that has constant F2.8 aperture across the range.

You possibly can see a couple of of the photographs I took with this lens right here:

Due to the great specs, great picture quality and strong feel I feel a better identify is commonplace zoom lens, as an alternative of package lens. Right here commonplace means “covering the classic 28-90mm range” (in basic 35mm converse). The reviews for this lens are very constructive, some individuals truly examine it very favorably to the a lot acclaimed Fujinon XF 35mm lens. I feel that the XF 35mm is  better when capturing at F1.4, which is unimaginable for the Fujinon XF 18-55.  I mean each lens has its power and niche.  Fujinon XF18-55 has a very good OIS system (picture stabilization) which promises around 3 stops improve in hand-held capturing  Keep in mind that it helps with static subjects only.

The package lens also boasts a linear motor, which guarantees (and for my part delivers) quick autofocus and near-silent operation (obligatory for video). And all these features in a package deal that is the similar measurement as a Canon/Nikon/Sony package lens. From an engineering perspective this can be a nice accomplishment.

In case you have the Fujifilm X-PRO1 you must attempt the Fujifilm XF 18-55, it’s a great lens.

Fujifilm XF 14mm F2.8 – going extensive

I only briefly tried the 14mm in a shop, so this can be a very brief evaluate of the lens. The Fujifilm XF 14mm deserves a extra thorough evaluation. I’m very completely satisfied to hear your opinions of this lens!

I am very curious concerning the Fujifilm XF 14mm. It is among the only two wide-angle options for the Fuji X system. The lens is fairly expensive, and in local foreign money even worse.

Fujifilm XF 14mm F2.Eight quick information:

  • 21mm equal in 35mm phrases
    and shares a 58mm filter thread with the XF 18-55mm
  • 7 blades rounded diaphragm, which translates to good wanting out-of-focus areas.
    In fact a large angle lens shouldn’t be well-known for shallow depth-of-field photographs, but the lens focuses right down to 18cm and some artistic alternatives come up!
  • in manual-focus mode a the Fujifilm XF 14mm has a depth-of-field scale
    you interact guide focus mode by pulling the main target ring in the direction of digital camera, and autofocus by pushing the ring. The depth of area scale, and the space on the main target ring, open the risk of pre-focusing. I see some situations during which I might work with zone focusing.
  • the autofocus velocity is on-par with the XF 35mm
    and this implies okay, even fast in good circumstances, but slower than the XF 18-55.
    For landscape and structure this won’t be a problem, however for road images (an fascinating space the place this lens could possibly be used) it can develop into a problem.
  • gentle corners at F2.Eight
    I feel this is necessary in road images only, and the corners sharpen up superbly when the Fuji XF 14mm is stopped right down to F4.Zero.

Replace: DPReview revealed the XF 14mm evaluate, and they awarded the lens a Gold award.
“It’s not bad at F2.8 and offers excellent image quality stopped down, where superb cross-frame sharpness and minimal distortion make it ideal for architectural and landscape work.”
– read the complete assessment at DPReview

I had a push-pull change on Sigma lenses, and I discovered the answer typically problematic. When in a rush I typically switched to guide focus and not understand it. I do not assume this shall be a problem on the XF 14mm as a result of the main target ring is pretty stiff. But it’s totally different compared to the opposite lenses I had. Perhaps it is just a ‘getting used to’ thing.

The only actual damaging a part of the lens is the worth – the Fujifilm XF 14mm F2.Eight  prices $899 at Amazon . I can’t see myself spending this money for a niche lens. To put things into perspective a Canon 14mm F2.Eight prices 50% extra (however it covers full-frame sensors).

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