Fuji’s premium telephoto zoom packs some critical punch
Fujifilm should be a comparatively area of interest participant within the mirrorless digital camera subject, however that is not stopping the corporate from placing out some critical lenses to go together with its properly-regarded X-collection cameras. With the $1,600 XF50-140mm zoom, Fuji’s hoping to offer knowledgeable-degree, climate-sealed telephoto zoom that may compete with the legendary 70-200mm lenses from corporations like Nikon and Canon. I spent a month with the lens to see how shut the corporate got here.
First, the complete identify: It is the Fujinon XF50-140mm f/2.8R LM OIS WR lens. Escape your decoder rings and you will find we’re coping with a telephoto zoom with a continuing max aperture of f/2.eight, an aperture management ring (R) and Fuji’s “Linear Motor” (LM) for quieter focusing. Additionally on board: 5-cease optical picture stabilization (OIS) and climate-resistant (WR) development. Construct high quality is unsurprisingly strong: Fuji’s XF lenses usually make heavy use of metallic and textured rubber. Every of the three management rings transfer easily — save for the aperture selector, which options distinct, reassuring notches all through its vary of movement. On the entrance finish, you will discover threads for 72mm filters and a bayonet-type attachment for the substantial lens hood. Whereas the all-plastic hood is the one major factor that is not excessive-high quality metallic or rubber, it at the very least has a slide-out tab so you’ll be able to management mounted round polarizers extra simply.
On the opposite finish, you will discover an all-metallic (shock!) lens mount surrounded by a rubber gasket — a part of the lens’ climate-resistant design. In fact, to take full benefit of that safety, you will possible need a equally strong digital camera physique like the X-T1. Just like the workhorse Canon and Nikon zooms it emulates, the 50-one hundred forty has a rotating and detachable tripod collar permitting for higher stability when mounted on a tripod. In fact, for those who flip it round to the highest, it makes for a nifty carrying deal with as properly.
As for the specs, Fuji says the 50-140mm vary on its APS-C digital camera our bodies provides customers an angle of view (31.7 levels right down to eleven.6 levels) that is broadly just like what you’d get on Canon’s or Nikon’s full-body our bodies with their respective 70-200mm optics (about 34 levels right down to 12 levels). Naturally, that comparability does not maintain whenever you’re utilizing a 70-200 lens on a smaller APS-C DSLR, however it’s nonetheless an eminently helpful focal vary.
Picture high quality is implausible all through no matter focal size, with pleasingly sharp particulars and correct focus. With out Fuji’s present velocity king, the X-T1, I wasn’t capable of check out the higher finish of its autofocus talents, however it carried out shortly sufficient on my trusty X-E2. As for bokeh, out-of-focus background parts have been usually clean and never distracting, which means this ought to be a strong portrait lens if that is your factor. It additionally pairs nicely with Fuji’s new macro extension tubes, enabling focus as shut as 80mm (about three inches) from the entrance of the lens quite than the traditional 800mm. This let me rise up shut and private with some hungry hummingbirds.
Uncropped shot from the Fujifilm XF50-one hundred forty with MCEX-sixteen macro extension tube.
Fuji’s onboard picture stabilization function let me hand-maintain photographs at far slower speeds than I might usually be able to. You’ll be able to hear a faint hum emanating from the lens when the digital camera powers on, however it should not be too distracting.
In the long run, did Fuji achieve emulating that “basic” telephoto zoom lens SLR shooters have been having fun with for years? Just about, yeah. I have been fortunate (silly?) sufficient to have owned each a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS and Nikon’s 70-200mm f/2.eight ED VR. They continue to be two of my favourite lenses, and the XF50-one hundred forty compares very nicely in picture high quality in addition to general construct.
At $1,600 and round 1kg, it is each cheaper and lighter than these DSLR lenses. Heck, in case you hooked up an X-T1 to it, you’d nonetheless be across the similar weight as these lenses with out cameras hooked up. And also you’d possible want that prime-finish X-T1 — with its climate-resistant physique and improved autofocus — to get probably the most out of this lens. In the event you like that focal vary however do not require such heavy-obligation glass, there’s all the time Fuji’s properly-constructed XF55-200 f/three.5-four.eight optic. It is lower than half the worth and could also be all you actually need. However when you’re satisfied you must pay the premium, you will not be dissatisfied.
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