04 Sep Hands-on with the new Fujifilm XF33mm F1.4 R LM WR

Source: DP Review

Introduction

Fujifilm’s XF 33mm F1.4 R LM WR is the latest in a series of primes from the company that offer modern alternatives to some of the first optics in the X-mount system. I say ‘offer alternatives’ rather than replace, because the company says the 33mm won’t replace the nine-year-old XF 35mm F1.4 R and instead both will be available alongside one another.

Although Fujifilm also announced a 23mm F1.4 sister lens alongside the 33mm, it’s the longer lens that will become available first. It’s expected to arrive later this month at a price of $799.

What is the 33mm F1.4 (concept)

The lens is significantly larger and more complex than the original XF 35mm F1.4 (one of the first trio of lenses that launched the X-mount system). It features 15 elements in 10 groups, including 3 ED and 2 aspherical elements, making it much more complex than the 8 element, 6 group design of the 35mm, that just featured a single aspherical element.

This added complexity nearly doubles the weight, meaning the 33mm F1.4 weighs 360g (12.7oz) rather than 187g (6.6oz), it also sees the length increase by about 50%, with the 33mm being 73.5mm (2.9″) long, up from 50.4mm (2″).

Optical design

Fujifilm says the 33mm’s design is focused on delivering sharpness by minimizing aberrations. Distortion and other aberrations are corrected optically and the design of the focus group is symmetrical, so that any aberration introduced as light

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