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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 27 mm f/2.8

19 September 2013
Szymon Starczewski

11. Summary

Pros:
  • small and neat casing,
  • excellent image quality in the frame centre,
  • negligible chromatic aberration,
  • well corrected spherical aberration,
  • low astigmatism,
  • fast and accurate autofocus.

Cons:

  • high vignetting,
  • weak image quality on the edge of the frame near the maximum relative
  • aperture,
  • exorbitant price.

Our summary would include nothing but superlatives if only the price of the tested lens wasn’t set so high. You can’t demand almost the same amount of money for a “pancake” lens produced in China, far slower than rival devices from other systems, and for the much faster Fujinon 1.4/35, produced in Japan – it simply doesn’t make sense. A 2.8/27 “pancake” of worse build quality was supposed to be a cheaper alternative, not a direct competitor. The Fujifilm company should follow the example of Panasonic which asks 1200 PLN for its 1.7/20 “pancake” or of Samsung, which 2.30 model costs 1000 PLN. Even Canon, well known for charging high prices for its products, wants just 900 PLN for the EF-M 2/22 lens. Taking into account the fact that the Fujinon features a slow f/2.8 aperture, even the sum of 1000 PLN might be considered too steep.

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I understand that Fujifilm tries to position its X system a bit higher than the systems produced by its competitors but really nothing justifies such a high price tag of the Fujinon 2.8/27. Its faster rivals are optically great as well and their build quality is similar. I really don’t understand why I am supposed to pay twice as much for the Fujinon lens.