I read in the week that some people do not trust the reviews by the Fujifilm Ambassadors. I started to question my own thoughts. I decided however that I have always given an open and honest view of the Fujifilm X series. I am not one for long reviews anyway so most of my thoughts and feelings about the X Series are from hands on demonstrations and talking to people out and about on the streets on workshop days and events. I have also never been the pessimistic type and always see the good in all the gear I use and only use very limited functions on the camera so it’s not easy for me to start pulling something apart I am passionate about. I was asked by Fujifilm UK to be an Ambassador because of my work and because I had already adopted the Fuji X Series in to my workflow and was enjoying the refreshing change from DSLR to mirrorless. So I was already a fan you could say, but if you know me you will know I am quite blunt and honest about most things and if I did not like the X Series I would have moved to a different brand by now……
The Fujinon XF 90mm f/2 was the third portrait lens released by Fujifilm in addition to the 56mm twins (non-APD and APD versions). It was announced last year in May and we had the chance to see a pre-production model during our trip to Toronto thanks to the kind people at Fujifilm Canada. Today we’ve finally had the chance to publish our full review! Thinking in 35mm format terms, the lens has almost the same field of view as a 135mm lens which is a focal length often used for portraits. A focal length like this can be an addition or an alternative to the classic 85mm or 100/105mm lens, and can be very useful for genres other than portraits as well! The Fujinon 90mm has an all-metal build and is completely weather sealed against moisture, dust and cold down to -10°C. The lens weighs half a kilogram but remains reasonably compact for an APS-C lens. I didn’t find it uncomfortable to carry around and you can fit it easily enough inside a medium sized bag. The length of the lens extends considerably with the provided plastic hood……..
Much to the excitement of the Fujifilm community, Fuji released their XF 90mm f/2 WR in the middle of 2015. Many a voice hailed it Fuji’s best yet, and pixel-peepers rejoiced. Some claimed it had the nicest bokeh from a Fuji lens yet, and others the fastest autofocus. Just how good is this latest prime offering from Fuji? Since selling my old Nikkor 135mm f/2 DC, I have craved a 135mm focal length. I always put off getting one again because of the size and weight and the sluggishness of the autofocus in the case of the old Nikkor. Canon has a great alternative, but I don’t own a Canon body. Naturally, I was quite excited to see what the new Fuji could do. So, let’s dive into it. The first thing you’ll notice as you heft the 90mm up to your eye is that it is long and heavy, with the hood making it even larger. Sure, the 16mm and 56mm were big for Fuji primes, but the 90mm is almost 50% longer than either. It is also extremely heavy for a fixed lens on this system, weighing in at 540 grams, which is 135 grams heavier than the 56mm and 165 grams heavier than the 16mm……
For a couple of weeks I have been inundated with emails about the rumor that Fuji has decided not to make the 120mm f 2.8 Macro lens that goes 1:1! First I do not know whether that is true or not. I’m sure Fuji will produce some kind of longer focal length Macro lens, until they do I have a my Macro System; the 90mm f 2!! Below is a series of images made with the 90mm lens, each are labeled. The 90mm f 2 is one of the very sharpest lenses I’ve ever shot, maybe “the most”! If you have the two Fuji automatic extension tubes ( the MCEX-16 and the MCEX-11), and if you can pick up a high quality two element diopters like the old Nikon 5T and 6T you can do a lot of close-up work to beyond life size or 1:1……
Kennern ist das Fujifilm X-System längst ein Begriff für hochwertigste Objektive kombiniert mit hoher Lichtstärke. Das im vergangenen Jahr auf den Mark gekommene, knapp 900 Euro teure Fujifilm XF 90 mm F2 R LM WR will dem in Nichts nachstehen. Die Telebrennweite mit einem Kleinbildäquivalent von 135 Millimetern bietet mit einer maximalen Blendenöffnung von F2 ein großes Freistellpotential und eignet sich beispielsweise für Porträts oder die Fotografie größerer Tiere, auch unter schwierigen Lichtverhältnissen. Im digitalkamera.de-Test muss es zeigen, ob es die hohen Erwartungen an die Bildqualität erfüllen kann. Das XF 90 mm F2 R LM WR macht dem XF-System alle Ehre. Über ein halbes Kilo drückt es mit seinem Metallgehäuse auf die Waage. Mit fast acht Zentimetern Durchmesser bei einer Länge von knapp elf Zentimetern wirkt das Objektiv auch nicht gerade zierlich, aber für ein 90 Millimeter durchaus angemessen…..
The Fujifilm 90mm f/2 lens is the one that many portrait photographers have been waiting for, 135mm in 35mm full-frame terms equivalent, and a serious f/2 version at that. This lens is one of the big hitters for me in the Fujifilm range. A lens that could well draw in a whole new range of photographers to Fujifilm cameras, and that is studio portrait photographers. The is the 50-140 f/2.8 lens currently that covers the range, but there is nothing like a good large aperture prime portrait lens. I was able to borrow this lens for a little while, and I’ve had it for around 4 weeks now and used it in a variety of scenarios. This isn’t a loan from Fujifilm so don’t think I’m under any obligation to say nice things, not that I ever was, or did, which is probably why I’m not as much in favour as I once was there! I’ve always been up front and honest about something when I thought it wasn’t right. I hope that has come through in my various reviews and write-ups…..
Maybe it’s too early to write a review of the Fujinon XF 90mm f/2 R LM WR since I’ve only had it for a short period of time, but this is my site and I do what I want. Anyhow, this is a very unscientific review, the scientific ones can be found elsewhere, this is about how it feels to work with and it’s a short review. Like I said, I’ve only had it for a short period of time, I’ve done two model shoots with it (the first two in my Portraits section, they are exclusively shot with this lens, at f/2) and I was booked for another shoot today but my model (not Hanna, my favourite model) never got back to me. First I thought I should go to Copenhagen and try the lens for some street photography, but I got delayed so I couldn’t be bothered travelling there today. Instead I took it out for just some test shots around my home town. This lens is awesome. End of review……
Thing young lady made my day, she rode her uni cycle up and down the beach for me and helped create this fantastic black and white photograph. It is moments like these that I am glad I took the camera with me (we were actually at the beach to scout for a upcoming wedding in Piha). I am looking forward to when the family gets in touch and I can share the image with them. Piha is not our local iron sand beach (we usually visit Muriwai instead) and were pleasantly surprised with the photographic opportunities on offer desite the flat lighting. We prefer a harsher and more directional form of lighting for dramatic scenes such as this surf beach…….
The Fujifilm XF 90mm f2 is a bright telephoto prime lens for X-series bodies. Announced in May 2015, it’s the longest prime in the X-series, delivering classic telephoto coverage of 135mm that’s ideal for portraits at a comfortable distance, along with capturing close-range sporting action. The f2 focal ratio allows you to easily achieve shallow depth-of-field effects at this focal length while the seven-bladed rounded aperture promises well-behaved bokeh as you stop down. A newly-developed quad-linear motor claims fast and quiet autofocus, and like most recent Fujifilm lenses, the XF 90mm f2 is sealed against dust and moisture. The XF 90mm f2 fills an important gap in the catalogue for those who, like me, prefer to shoot with primes than zooms, and promises to become a natural partner for the XF 56mm f1.2 for anyone who shoots a lot of portraits or chases shallow depth-of-field effects. In my in-depth review I’ll put it through its paces, paying particular attention to the rendering of blurred areas as I believe this will be of utmost importance to potential owners…….
The Fujinon XF 90mm f/2 R LM WR is the best Fujifilm lens that we have tested so far. It is exceedingly sharp straight from f/2 and the low amount of lateral chromatic aberrations provides an extra kick here. Distortions are basically absent and vignetting isn’t an issue under in most situations as well. Unlike most mirrorless lenses, it is fully corrected and doesn’t really rely on any digital image auto-correction. The quality of a the bokeh is also very good although it stays a tad short of greatness. The amount of bokeh fringing is low for a lens in this aperture class. The goodness continues in terms of build quality. It’s a weather-sealed, all-metal construction with tight build tolerances. That being said we don’t really like the loose AF group which rattles when „shaking“ the lens (although … who does that really …). Fujifilm mentions that its linear quad AF motor uses 4 magnets to drive the AF group. The high AF speed may require such a -say- relaxed implementation. Once the camera is switched on the magnets seem to pick up the focus group keeping it sturdy in place (that’s our theory anyway). Some may not like the comparatively big dimensions and weight of the lens but then it’s not really a brick yet……