Hands on: Fujinon XF50mm F1.0 R WR review

Is Fujifilm's Fujinon XF50mm F1.0 just a bit of headline-grabbing, or is this a serious lens?

Fujinon XF50mm F1.0 R WR
(Image: © Rod Lawton/Digital Camera World)

Early Verdict

Having tried Nikon’s hyper-expensive and somewhat impractical Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 Noct lens, we weren’t sure what to expect. It wasn’t this! The Fujinon XF50 F1.0 is portable, affordable, practical and produces rather beautiful images. Not everyone will need or want one, but if you are a Fujifilm X-mount user and bokeh fan, we don’t think you’ll be disappointed.


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    Everyday practicality

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    Superbly smooth rendering

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    Efficient and precise autofocus


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    Rather expensive

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    Comparable to f/1.4 on full frame

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What should we make of Fujifilm's Fujinon XF50mm F1.0 R WR? Lenses with an aperture of f/1.0 or faster have typically been showcase products designed to be made in small volumes for an extremely affluent and discerning audience. 

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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