Fujinon XF27mmF2.8 R WR review

The Fujinon XF27mmF2.8 R WR is the kit lens for the new X-E4, and a great update of Fujifilm’s original 27mm pancake prime

Fujifilm X-E4, Fujinon XF27mmF2.8 R WR
(Image: © Rod Lawton/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

We’re big fans of the original Fujinon XF27mm lens, which was extremely slim and yet delivered extremely good edge to edge sharpness. This new one meets the same high standards but adds weather proofing and, even better, a physical aperture ring. It’s a great lens in its own right and even better as a kit lens for the X-E4. Fujifilm’s promise of a fast and silent AF motor didn’t seem borne out by our lens, though, which was quick enough but noisy by modern standards.


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    Ultra-slim dimensions

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    Edge to edge image quality

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    Weather sealing

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    Physical aperture ring


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    Unrefined autofocus

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The new Fujifilm X-E4 is a slim rangefinder-style mirrorless camera with a classic external shutter speed dial, and really needs a slim lens with an (equally classic) aperture ring to set it off. The Fujinon XF27mmF2.8 R WR is that lens, and is sold with the X-E4 as a kit, though you can also buy this lens separately if you already have an X-mount camera – it will work with all of them.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com