DPRTV: Fujinon XF50mm f/1 R LM WR Review

DPRTV just released its review of the Fujinon XF50mm f/1 R LM WR the fastest AF lens ever made and it exceeded expectations in many ways. It’s also interesting that they came to the conclusion that the XF33mm f/1.0 would have complimented the XF56mm f/1.2 well and might have been a better fit than the XF50mm f/1, which is the conclusion I have come to about upgrading, but I still might anyways just for the weather resistance.

  • Lenses with apertures this wide usually have optical compromises
  • The XF56mm f/1.2 is very similar to the XF50mm f/1
  • Had to shoot with the electronic shutter to shoot wide open during the day
  • The lens looks big but it doesn’t feel that large in person
  • 845g or 40 budgees… or 0.42 Noct
  • Feels like an 85mm f/1.4 on a full-frame cameras
  • The minimum focus distance of 2.25′ / 0.6M which is a bit far for some subjects
  • AF motor is pushing a lot of glass and its not a problem for studio or portrait, but borderline for faster subjects on the street
  • Very smooth well-behaved bokeh wide open with no flaws except cats eye at the corner of the frame which goes away by f/2
  • When you stop down to f/2.8 the 9 bladed aperture has some polygonal shape
  • AF can be a little erratic with current firmware
  • LoCA in the foreground has a pink cast and the background has a green cast even at f/2
  • Very clean of flare and ghosting
  • Not very sharp at f/1, but sharpens up by f/2.8
  • Center to corner sharpness is consistent
  • This is a portrait lens and you don’t always want razor-sharp results plus you can sharpen up in post
  • No visible breathing with this lens for video
  • This will be a popular lens for cinema
  • If you have the XF56mm f/1.2 it is probably not worth upgrading to the XF50mm f/1
  • The XF33mm f/1.0 would have complimented the XF56mm f/1.2 well and might have been a better fit than the XF50mm f/1

Fujinon XF50mm f/1 R LM WR:
B&H Photo / Amazon / Moment / Adorama

Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2 R: B&H Photo/  Amazon  / Adorama
Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2 R APD: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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