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Fuji XF 50-140mm Review

HAVING WAITED PATIENTLY FOR THE ARRIVAL OF FUJIFILM XF 50-140MM AND I WAS EXCITED TO AT LAST HAVE THE FUJI XF 50-140MM IN MY HANDS.

This short Fuji XF 50-140mm review are my observations and feelings of using the lens in the field. And I will answer the important questions that working photographers want answered about  Fuji XF 50-140mm.

FUJI XF 50-140MM review, black and white photo of a surfer riding a wave
FUJI XF 50-140MM review, black and white photo of a surfer riding a wave

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With out further ado ...

  • Weight (40%less than my old 70-200) and gives a solid feel in the hand. Aperture ring made of metal and wide rubber grip good torque and click movement.
  • The lens is weather sealed I tested it by the sea, in the rain,
  • surfer wipes out on top of wave
  • and hailstones I can confidently report it does as it says , Fuji XF 50-140mm is a weather sealed lens.

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Down to the nitty gritty is the lens sharp? 

Yes Yes and Yes... I found the optics as one would expect from one of the worlds prime optic manufactures to be sharp from F2.8 to F22 with no visible vignetting  or distortion. I am so impressed by the XF 50-140mm sharpness and contrast , truly impressive. 

I tried out Fuji XF 50-140mm lens with my Fuji XT-1 on Surfers at a stormy Victoria Bay on South Africa's Garden Route.

surfer stands on rocks ready to jump in to waves
surfer stands on rocks ready to jump in to waves

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Now I predominately photograph African Wildlife but from time to time I love to photograph surfers in action.

On this particular day I wanted to test the Fuji XT-1 Continuous tracking Focus with Fuji XF50-140mm lens.

Now there has been lots of comments about FujiFilms Auto Focusing and Tracking system. Personally I have no issue with it. I found it responsive and never felt I would never miss any action. Using a fast SD card is a must as this will limit the buffer time. 

I love shooting this lens wide open @ F2.8 the images were tack sharp good contrast and nice bokkeh. 

As with any camera gear it is important to have good technique and be aware of pros and cons of your equipment. This way you will get the best photographs possible.

I really enjoyed using this lens and with FujiFilm updating the Auto Focusing in June it is an exciting time to be a Fuji owner. 

I am looking forward to the " Big Zoom" at the end of year. I hope it as good as the Fuji XF 50-140mm.

Peter Delaney

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