Fujifilm Fujinon XF 8mm f/3.5 R WR lens review

Fujifilm's pocketable ultra-wide-angle lens offers new perspectives without costing the earth

Fujifilm XF 8mm f/3.5 R WR
(Image: © Gareth Bevan / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

This is the lens that ultra-wide-angle Fuji enthusiasts have been waiting for, this 8mm (12mm full frame equivalent) lens goes seriously wide for capturing a breathtaking amount of a scene. The lens is exceptionally small and light, with a solid build quality, a smooth focus ring, and an aperture ring that is suitably dampened to register each f-stop. Image quality is good across the middle of the frame, although does underperform in the corners, although that is to be expected with a lens this wide. However, before you hit purchase, ask if 8mm is for you, the angle of view is challenging to work with, as I often found the angle too wide for the framing I envisioned.


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    Fantastic weather-resistant build quality

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    Very compact and light


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    Corner rendering could be stronger

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We have been waiting for the XF 8mm f/3.5 R WR for what seems like an eternity in the world of camera journalism. Fujifilm dropped this lens onto its official roadmap a year ago to get everyone tantalized, but the day has finally arrived. 

The XF 8mm lens offers the widest focal length prime lens currently available for Fujifilm X-Mount cameras (in first-party lenses at least), and I doubt there will be anything wider unless Fujifilm decides to make a fisheye lens. 

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.