Fujifilm FUJINON XF50 140mm Lens

October 31, 2016

Fujifilm FUJINON XF50 140mm Lens

 ISO 6400 1/25 F2.8 140mm - 20 meters distance
ISO 6400 1/25 F2.8 140mm – 20 meters distance

Fujifilm FUJINON XF50 140mm Lens

Just before I begin my thoughts with regards to the Fujifilm FUJINON XF50 140mm Lens

I just wanted to mention my previous blog with regards to the Samyang 135mm lens, you can read the article (HERE) if you hadn’t read this review, in the blog I mentioned that I would write another article after doing a few more tests.

The Samyang is superb, it’s super sharp and after just an hour with this lens I had the manual focus nailed, using the peaking on the Xpro2 set at high RED, but I did say you have to have the camera on a tripod unless you’re a weightlifter.

For me personally after a few more trials, I unfortunately had to send the beast back, my reasons for getting this lens, which was basically for a wedding I’m shooting next month, I would only be utilising the 135mm for the ceremony however It would be far too heavy for my little muscles!

If you can use this lens continuously on a mono tripod, you won’t be disappointed, it’s a wonderful, well made lens, you can check out the test shoot images (HERE)

 ISO 5000 F11 1/160 - distance 15 meters
ISO 5000 F11 1/160 – distance 15 meters

Now then, let’s get down and dirty with my thoughts and experience at this stage using the Fujifilm FUJINON XF50 140mm Lens

Let me just add the technical information here which you can find on Fuji.com website. You can skip this if you prefer and get straight to my experience.

Optical design for flagship telephoto zoom image quality

To deliver the best image quality in its class, this luxurious telephoto zoom uses an optical construction comprising 23 glass elements in 16 groups, with five ED lens elements and one Super ED lens element comparable to a fluorite lens. This maximizes the reduction of chromatic aberrations and delivers high resolving power.

Applying Fujifilm’s unique HT-EBC (High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating) to the entire area of the lens surface ensures ghosting and flare are controlled for sharp, clear images. Also, using the newly developed Nano-GI (Gradient Index) coating technology, which alters the refractive index between glass and air, ghosting and flare are effectively reduced for diagonal incident light.

High-speed, quiet autofocus thanks to the world’s first Triple Linear Motor

An Inner Focusing System*4 is used for high-speed AF. By reducing the weight of the focus lens and mounting the Triple Linear Motor at intervals of 120°, high-speed, quiet AF is possible.

Faster AF is possible when by combining this lens with an X Series camera body offering Phase Detection AF. Combined with the near-silent shutter sound, photos can be taken unnoticed in quiet locations.

As AF operates using a signal from the imaging sensor, extremely high-precision focusing is possible.

With a minimum working distance of 1m for the entire zoom range, this lens is also great for close ups.

World’s most advanced 5.0-stop image stabilization function

Thanks to a high-performance gyro sensor and unique algorithm that cancels drift, the FUJINON LENS XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR delivers the best image stabilization performance in its class. Combined with a bright F2.8 aperture, handholding is now possible in new areas for a telephoto zoom.

High build quality and comfortable operation

Both the focus and aperture rings are metal, plus metal is also used on the exterior of the lens body for a high-quality finish. Thanks to long-term experience and broaden know-how for other top-end professional lens fields such as Broadcasting and CinemaScope, the texture and torque on the rings makes for comfortable shooting. The lens mount is made from brass for improved strength.

Combined with a camera body, the lens is approximately 60% of the weight of a full-size system*5, considerably reducing the burden on the photographer.

The AF+MF function enables seamless manual focusing. After pressing the shutter to autofocus on the subject, fine adjustments can then be made using the manual focus ring

 ISO 1250 F8 1/160 140mm - Distance 800 meters
ISO 1250 F8 1/160 140mm – Distance 800 meters

My first impressions out of the box:

Well not many things impress me at this stage in my life, but when you get this lens out of the box, first impressions are very high, the build of this lens is beautiful, it’s a superbly designed piece of kit. It’s still pretty darn heavy though, I know many have complained about the weight of this lens however when you read about the mechanics on the Fuji 50-140mm lens, the optics, the gyroscopes etc etc, it’s understandable why it’s so heavy and to be honest it’s still about a lb lighter than similar lenses (Nikon/Canon).

All of the zoom happens within the barrel which I love, I’ve always disliked those zoom lenses that grow like Pinocchio’s nose! This lens looks like a pure prime lens, feels great, wonderful rubberizes grips, I’m liking the look.

Ok, thats great how it feels and looks professional but as always, what is this lens going to produce? If you have read my other small article with regards to the Samyang, you would have realised how I dislike Zooms but needs must and I need a Zoom lens for this next BIG wedding I’m photographing at York Minster, so it’s now time to take this lens out for a real test. Just another point before setting out, the lens fits nicely on my Xpro2 however there is no way I would let the camera take the weight, it’s a must in my thoughts to ensure the weight is taken on the lens!

 ISO 4000 F11 1/160 140mm - Distance 400 meters
ISO 4000 F11 1/160 140mm – Distance 400 meters

Let me explain how I have this beast setup ready to carry; I have taken the lens mount off, it was quite handy to use to hold the lens but I will only mount the camera on the tripod in the church for the ceremony and maybe for the wedding speeches, I bought a few years ago one of those belt clips and this is now attached to the base of the camera, I really don’t want to hang this thing around my neck for 12 hrs etc.

The lens hood is very large, well made however for the shoot this evening, I want to see how this handles with flair so i’m taking this off for now.

Another point here, I set the focus point to the smallest size, I found that this enabled me to really pinpoint my focus and not be distracted by misleading backgrounds, also I have set the minimum ISO to 400, I feel that this will help to ensure the shutter speed stays at a reasonable level, the tests i’m going to be doing firstly are standard shots, I’ll try and add as much info with regards to distance, ISO, Shutter, focal length and of course aperture, I won’t be using manual with these tests, I taking the lens out with my family i’m going to use this opportunity to test the lens and my Wife may be a tad annoyed if I show that this is for my article!! The images that you will be viewing are as they happen, so this should provide us all with a more honest review.

 ISO 400 F2.8 1/160 140mm - Distance 25 meters
ISO 400 F2.8 1/160 140mm – Distance 25 meters

The images you have been viewing through this article at this stage are some standard images, just to provide an idea of quality, nothing special with regards to the shots, good focus, nice and sharp however I want to show you some of the more specialist shots that you can get using this lens, therefore from here on, the images are taken with various settings, using the zone focus and very low shutter speed to really push this lens in a real situation as it were!

Were are now heading out to a firework display on the Longleat Estate in Wiltshire, this should be a real test for the low light capabilities and the image stabilization, in the words of my good friend Arnold Schwarzenegger “I’ll be back”

Just before I do, just check out these next two images, remember this is hand held, I should think the lady in the images was about 1000 meters away from me, as soon as you half press the shutter and the Image stabilization kicks in, it’s absolutely incredible, also my focus is set to the smallest focus area which could make a shot like this even more of a challenge! This image is taken at 140mm F2.8 ISO 400.

Also I have always fancied wildlife Photography and I’m sure this lens would be great with this if I added the Fuji converter to this lens, happy days, I know this bird won’t win any awards but as I say this is real life testing of this lens.

 ISO 400 F2.8 1/160 140mm - Distance 50 meters
ISO 400 F2.8 1/160 140mm – Distance 50 meters

Ok, this next image was taken using Zone focusing F2.8 ISO 1000 1/125 55mm I was about 20 meters away, with quite a poor position due to the crowds however even with such a large aperture, it nailed the shots.

Now this is where the lens really amazed me, the next few images where I shall add the image information were taken in extremely low light, crazy shutter speed in my opinion, however the image stabilization is fantastic, obviously shooting at such low speeds would create a lot of blur if your subject was moving but if the object is stationary, it nails the shot!

See what you think?

 ISO 6400 F2.8 1/60 140mm - Distance 30 meters 
ISO 6400 F2.8 1/60 140mm – Distance 30 meters 
 ISO 6400 F2.8 1/125 140mm - Distance 2 meters
ISO 6400 F2.8 1/125 140mm – Distance 2 meters
 ISO 1250 F2.8 1/125 140mm - through glass, distance 2 meters 
ISO 1250 F2.8 1/125 140mm – through glass, distance 2 meters 
 ISO 6400 F2.8 1/28 85mm - Distance 20 meters
ISO 6400 F2.8 1/28 85mm – Distance 20 meters
 As above
As above

Now I know these aren’t the greatest firework images, and before I receive emails about taking firework displays, I do know that the camera should be on a tripod, ISO 400/F5.6/3-5 second shutter, yes using a cable release after setting the focus to infinity however this was a family night out lol but they aren’t too bad seeing it was handheld!  

ISO 6400 F2.8 1/14 50mm – Distance roughly 500 meters.

I shall add a few more images below, but I’m sure what you would like to know is ‘Im I keeping this lens’? Unfortunately YES, why unfortunately? Well it’s quite expensive but after test several lenses now, it’s as they say “You get what you pay for!”

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Michael Gane – thefxworks

Do check back because I will be showing more images that will be taken on the Fujifilm FUJINON XF50 140mm Lens from my next wedding which is very soon.

Michael Gane – thefxworks