Fujinon XF 50mm f/2 R WR (Fujfilm) - Review / Test - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Fujifilm X

Sample Images

The following sample shots were taken with a X-Pro 1 and RAW-converted in CaptureOne.

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Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/1200s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1000s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/900s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1000s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/4000s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/550s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/680s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/340s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/85s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/500s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/850s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/3800s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/1700s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/600s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/2.5
Exposure 1/4000s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/4000s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/900s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/500s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/600s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/2500s

Verdict

The Fujinon XF 50mm f/2 R WR is no doubt the best of the current "Fujicron" trio. It delivers impressive sharpness across the whole frame, combined with very smooth bokeh. Distortion is handled well by Fuji's auto-correction, but even uncorrected it's not overly excessive. Vignetting is similarly well corrected, but one should be aware of the amount of the lens' native vignetting and the effects that software correction can have on corner noise, especially at higher ISO values.

The build quality is on a very high level - except for the plastic hood. Still, the lens remains quite compact and light-weight.

For some, it might be a viable alternative to the bulky and expensive XF 56/1.2. The XF 50/2 has slightly less reach and a little less background blur potential, but given the quality of its bokeh, it still qualifies as a portrait prime.

All in all, a very nice short tele lens that is a lot of fun to use in the field. No doubt "highly recommended"!

Optical Quality:    
★★★★★
Mechanical Quality:
★★★★★
Price/Performance:
★★★★★