Jun 142015

For now 50-140mm 2.8 is the longest lens Fuji has that has a constant aperture of 2.8. If you want to go longer you have to look at the XF 55-200mm 3.5-4.8 or the XC 50-230mm 4.6-6.7 lenses. As you can see both have a variable aperture. I do not have any experience with either one of these 2 lenses so I can not say anything about them besides of what I have read on the internet and that is that both of them give good IQ but that you get what you pay for, especially with the XC 50-230mm, for that it is a budget lens. If you want to know more about these lenses you have to google them.

I am not going to write a review of the 50-140mm 2.8 because there are enough reviews on the internet already, all made by more qualified persons then me, so use google to find the real reviews. I will just post some sample photos here that I made with this awesome lens and give my personal opinion.

Well here we go. I love it. I do not like lenses with a variable aperture and try to avoid these kind of lenses if possible. The only one I have is the
18-55mm 2.8 – 4, only because it has IS and sometimes come in handy, most of the time I use the 16-55mm 2.8 or a prime with the desired reach.
I read a lot on the internet about people saying that the 50-140mm 2.8 is not a lightweight lens if you compare it with other Fuji lenses. This is true but you can not expect a 2.8 lens, with an 100-210mm equivalent to FF, to weigh as much as 250 grams 🙂 I compare it with the Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS that I had and that is a complete different story. This is one of the main reasons why I switched to a mirrorless system. If you look at it that way then it is a real reduction in weight and much more comfortable to carry then a Canon or Nikon with a comparable lens.

The IQ, bokeh and construction of the lens are all very good. The bokeh of the lens could be better according to some but I must disagree. Again, tests where they compare the bokeh of the 50-140mm with the bokeh of the 50mm 1.2 prime can not be taken serious. When I look at the photos the bokeh is pleasing to me, that is what counts, I am not going to compare it with whatever other lens. Then there is the noise, yes you can hear the OS working, no it does not bother me. It is not like you have to wear any ear protection or something. Some people just want to wine about everything. So take a look at the photos and decide for yourself whether it is worth the cost. It is not cheap (around 1400 euro at this time of writing) but I think it is really worth the cost.

Is there nothing about the lens I dislike? Yes there is but that is a personal thing. I do not like the way they made the tripod collar. It could have been less high and I would prefer the system  to remove the collar that Canon and Nikon use. But that is all, nothing serious. All in all, a very, very good lens that is really worth the cost, for me at least 🙂