Fujifilm Fujinon XF50mm f/2 R WR review

Fujifilm's Fujinon XF50mm f/2 R WR is an effective short telephoto prime for X-mount cameras

Fujinon XF50mm f/2 R WR
(Image: © Fujifilm)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Refined handling characteristics and a robust, weather-sealed metal build make this lens an attractive proposition for Fujifilm’s APS-C format X-mount mirrorless cameras. The crop factor results in an ‘effective’ focal length of 76mm, ideal for portraiture and still-life photography in which the f/2 aperture rating enables a fairly tight depth of field. At around half the weight and as little as a third of the cost of Fujifilm’s more upmarket Fujinon XF56mm f/1.2 R APD lens, it’s a cost-effective buy.


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    Excellent wide-open sharpness

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    Attractive bokeh

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    Tough, weather-sealed build


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    Fairly modest f/2 aperture rating

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    No optical stabilization

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    Quite pricey for an f/2 lens

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The Fujinon XF50mm f/2 R WR doesn’t really add up as a ‘standard’ nifty fifty, due to the APS-C crop factor of Fujifilm’s X-mount cameras, for which it’s designed. Instead, you get the same field of view as using a 76mm lens on a full-frame camera, which puts it into short telephoto territory. It’s therefore more ideal for portraiture and other scenarios where you need a bit of extra reach. It’s naturally not quite as fast as f/1.8 primes but is only a third of an f/stop behind, and a full f/stop slower than an f/1.4 lens.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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