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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 50 mm f/1.0 R WR

22 December 2020
Maciej Latałło

11. Summary



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Pros:

  • solid, weather-sealed casing,
  • excellent image quality in the frame centre,
  • good correction of lateral chromatic aberration,
  • slight distortion,
  • moderate astigmatism,
  • very nice out-of-focus areas,
  • silent and accurate autofocus.

Cons:

  • weak image quality on the edge of the frame near the maximum relative aperture,
  • too high longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • noticeable spherical aberration,
  • significant coma,
  • distinct vignetting,
  • performance against bright light could have been better,
  • poor price/performance and price/quality ratio.
Instead of a summary I would like to ask some questions:
  1. who in the Fujifilm decided to launch a 1.0/50 lens when there are already two versions of the 1.2/56 instrument available in a system which lacks an 85 mm f/1.2-1.4 device?
  2. why the expensive Fujinon XF 50 mm f/1.0 is not able to get better maximum results than the much cheaper and slower Fujinon 2/50?
  3. why resolution records in the Fujifilm X system belong to the cheap Viltrox and not to the Fujinon XF 50 mm f/1.0, a lens faster and significantly more expensive?
  4. does the Fujifilm X system really needs big, heavy fixed focal length lenses with price tags as high as $1500?
After looking at the results of our test and the lists of pros and cons, these are rhetorical questions. In a nutshell, the new Fujinon is really sharp in the frame centre but, looking at its price and parameters, our expectations were much higher than that. Such a lens can succeed on the market only if it proves to be a truly outstanding instrument and, we regret to say, the Fujinon XF 50 mm f/1.0 R WR is not outstanding at all. If it was supposed to be a show of strength, it failed completely.