22 Sep REVIEW: The Fujinon XF50mm f1 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Source: Maclean Photographic


I was able to borrow a pre production sample of the Fujinon XF50mm f1 telephoto prime lens for the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans for a quick review of Fujifilm’s fastest prime lens.

I am going to be honest but for the way I work in the pitlane I find the 50mm focal length a bit short, I much prefer the 90mm f2 or 200mm f2, if using a prime, or the 50-140mm f2.8 if I need a bit of flexibility.  With a 50mm you need to get in close and this can cause problems with the pit crews, you don’t want to get in their way, or if the subject is at the back of the garage, we’ve not allowed to cross into the garage due to the Covid-19 protocols – breaking a bubble is the technical term!

With that said I wanted to give it go as I was intrigued to see how the 50mm f1 operated, how shallow the depth of field was and how fast the AF was on the X-T4.  I did have a 56mm f1.2 but sold it for the reasons stated above but also because the AF was a bit slow – admittedly this was when I had an X-T2.

I fitted the 50mm f1 when I visited the pitlane on Wednesday for Scrutineering, on Thursday night during the third Free Practice session and also on Saturday afternoon for a media zoom session with FIA President Jean Todt,

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