25 Apr A Practical Review of the Fuji XF27mm F2.8

Source: Joe Jongue

Let’s face it, a pancake lens is not something you would normally go out and buy as your first lens however if I could turn back time the XF27mm F2.8 would have been one of the first lenses I’ll add to my kit. This won’t be your typical lens review with charts and numbers instead I’ll discuss the lens in practical everyday use, the Pros, and Cons along with sample photos.


The 27mm falls in the same family as other pancakes such Canon’s 24mm & 40mm, Olympus 17mm and the Nikkor 10mm just to name a few. In the past pancake lenses haven’t been known for their image quality and are rather slow with apertures usually set between F2 and F2.8, they are like an acquired taste, you either like them or you hate them. Those that do like them do so for their size and portability so naturally when Fujifilm’s 27mm was released there wasn’t much love for this lens.

Focal Length: 27mm (40mm full frame equivalent)
Maximum aperture: f/2.8
Minimum aperture: f/16
Weight: 78g
Filter Size: ø39mm

Pros High performer Small size Low weight Cons Awkward focal length Noisy AF Struggles in low light

The build quality on the 27mm is very good and tightly assembled with high-quality plastic materials, the focus ring is smooth and pleasant to use. When mounted onto any X-Series camera it maintains the low profile look giving it the feel of an X100 series camera with it’s fixed lens. It’s small enough to fit in your front pocket and light

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