02 Apr Review: Fujifilm Fujinon XF 50mm f/2 R WR

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The Fuji XF 50mm f/2 R WR on the Fuji X-T20

Today’s review: the new Fuji 50mm f/2 R WR. This is the third lens in Fuji’s new compact f/2 prime series, joining the 23mm f/2 and 35mm f/2.  All three of these lenses offer slower apertures than similar faster primes in the Fuji lineup, but Fujifilm has maintained high optical quality with these slower lenses, truly offering them as a more compact and still very high quality option, unlike many manufacturers whose slower lenses are often sub-par optically.  The 50mm f/2 doesn’t quite match the faster 56mm f/1.2 in focal length, but rather provides a slightly wider angle of view, equivalent to a 75mm on a full frame camera.  Let’s take a deeper look at this new lens.

Construction and Handling

If you’ve seen the 23mm f/2 or 35mm f/2 from Fuji, the 50mm f/2 shares the same design language.  The lens features a fully metal exterior with a slightly tapered profile.  The 50mm f/2 is slightly longer than the other two lenses in this series, as you might expect, but it is still a very compact lens.  The lens is extremely solidly constructed, with no movement anywhere in the lens body, and beautifully crafted aperture and focus rings.  The aperture ring keeps the wonderful gear-like feel that the 23mm f/2 and 35mm f/2 have, and this really helps the lens feel like a premium offering.  The focus ring is well damped and smooth to turn, though…

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