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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 33 mm f/1.4 R LM WR

23 December 2021
Maciej Latałło

11. Summary

Pros:

  • solid, weather-sealed barrel mostly made of metal,
  • excellent image quality in frame centre,
  • good image quality on the edge of the frame,
  • negligible longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • excellent correction of lateral chromatic aberration,
  • moderate distortion,
  • very low astigmatism,
  • out-of-focus areas nice to look at,
  • good performance against bright light,
  • efficient, silent, and accurate autofocus.

Cons:

  • a bit too high vignetting,
  • coma makes itself felt by f/1.4.
The Fujinon XF 35 mm f/1.4 R, presented almost a decade ago, didn't age well; that's why, in my opinion, launching a new, fast standard lens was a really good decision.

The new Fujinon XF 33 mm f/1.4 R LM WR seems to be a much better instrument anyway. You get a superior resolution both in the centre and on the edge of the frame, much better corrected chromatic aberration, lower coma and more efficient autofocus. The older standard only prevails when it comes to a tad better distortion correction.

The Fujinon 1.4/33 has just one problem – its price. The older model could be bought for about $600 and that sum wasn't noticeably higher even right after its launch; when it comes to the newer model you have to spend about $800 and, I suppose, many people will think twice before the purchase. After all, the same system offers them also two much cheaper 2/35 standards.


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On the other hand it is really nice that nowadays you can enjoy a really wide selection of Fujifilm lenses. Those who need good aperture speed can buy one of 2/35 models; people with more limited budget might still hunt for the older 1.4/35 lens. Those who don't like to compromise will undoubtedly enjoy the newest 1.4/33 instrument which is also, in my opinion, the best of this group.