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Lens review

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 90 mm f/2 R LM WR

22 July 2015
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary

Pros:
  • solid and sealed casing,
  • sensational image quality in the frame centre,
  • good image resolution on the edge of the frame,
  • slight longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • negligible lateral chromatic aberration,
  • imperceptible spherical aberration,
  • almost zero distortion,
  • excellent coma correction,
  • low astigmatism,
  • nice blur areas,
  • moderate vignetting,
  • silent and accurate autofocus.

Cons:

  • high price,
  • on stopping down the aperture work against bright light leaves a lot to be desired.

I admit that after the test of that lens my impressions are a bit mixed. On the one hand you get an excellent instrument, performing very well in almost all categories. It features a solid, sealed casing of good quality, its image resolution is brilliant already from the maximum relative aperture with record-breaking values on slight stopping down and overall most of optical aberrations are corrected very well. If only that lens was as fast as f/1.4 then, even with the price tag of 3799 PLN, I would never hesitate to award it our ‘Editor’s Choice’ badge despite the evident slip-up with the flares. My summary would also be far more enthusiastic.


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Unfortunately this lens’s aperture is as fast as f/2.0 and it creates a serious problem. Actually every owner of a reflex camera (no matter whether full frame or with an APS-C/DX sensor) might buy a quite well done 1.8/85 lens for as much as 1,500 PLN and take photos not worse that those you can shoot with the tested Fujinon. What’s more, the same owner for the price of the Fujinon might purchase the Sigma 85 mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM which is optically brilliant; perhaps the duel between that lens and the Fujinon in the frame centre would be lost but the Sigma remains faster and on the edge of the APS-C/DX sensor it would most likely prevail. If you still feel its aperture is not fast enough you can buy the Mitakon Speedmaster 1.2/85 which would be excellent even wide open and again costs as much as the Fujinon, tested here.

As we are already discussing aperture fastness I am tempted to add one more remark. You can produce optically good 1.2/85 lenses designed for many different full frame reflex cameras so I suppose you could expect almost equally good parameters from a good quality, top-of-the-range system based on the APS-C/DX sensor such as the Fujifilm X system exactly. Of course high price tags are here to stay, it’s been clear from the very beginning that system would offer you good quality, not low prices. Still while paying a significant amount of money I would like to get something unique, something nobody else can offer. You have to admit a 2/90 lens which costs almost 4,000 PLN doesn’t fit that requirement very well…