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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 50-140 mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR

21 December 2014
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary



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Pros:
  • solid and sealed casing made of metal,
  • excellent image quality in the frame centre,
  • good image on the edge of the frame,
  • proper correction of the longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • negligible lateral chromatic aberration,
  • no serious problems concerning spherical aberration,
  • acceptable distortion,
  • invisible coma,
  • relatively good work against bright light,
  • fast, accurate and silent autofocus,
  • sensational stabilization,
  • rich accessory kit

Cons:

  • a bit too high astigmatism at 90 mm focal length,
  • vignetting could have been a tad lower.
The test summaries of the latest Fujinon lenses sound practically the same. Once again you deal with a very good device, optically and mechanically flawless, but with inflated price tag. If Sigma is able to produce a full frame, stabilized 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens and sell it for 3990 PLN and Tamron does the same for 4999 PLN why do you have to pay for the Fujinon over 6000 PLN? I know that the flagship 70–200 mm f/2.8 devices produced by Canon and Nikon are more expensive than the Fujinon. Still everybody understands why – they provide far more possibilities because, although their aperture is the same, you get a shallower depth of field on full frame. Anyway if the depth of field doesn’t matter to you that much there is still an option of using on full frame 70-200 mm f/4.0 models produced by Canon, Nikon or the Tokina and paying for them over 2000 PLN less than for the Fujinon. Of course the aperture fastness will be worse so you’ll have to use longer exposure times or higher ISO values but nowadays it is not such a huge issue, especially as the full frame reflex cameras provide sensational image quality even at higher ISO and image stabilization systems can be as efficient as about 4 EV.

If the price of the Fujinon 50–140 mm was lower the summary of its test would consist of superlatives only – after all it is really a superb, practically flawless lens. I am sure anybody who buys it will be delighted with the quality of images it provides and its overall performance. Unfortunately I suppose with such a price tag there will be not many buyers around…