Reviewed: Fujifilm XF 50-140mm F/2.8 R LM OIS WR

Here’s our concise review of the Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR telephoto zoom lens…

Reviewed: Fujifilm XF 50-140mm F/2.8 R LM OIS WR

by Kirk Schwarz |

This is a brilliant all-purpose lens that offers sharp corners, excellent balance and optical stabilisation. We did find the tripod mount got in the way a little, but that’s something you could get used to.

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This all-purpose Fujifilm zoom has a 35mm equivalent of 76-213mm, and features excellent build quality. Weighing in at a relatively compact 995g, it’s among the smallest in test.

The central sharpness here is outstanding at all lengths. Even at f/2.8 the corners are exceptional, though falter slightly at the 100mm length. However, at f/5.6 the whole image frame becomes tack-sharp once again.

Fujifilm has included O.I.S (optical stabilisation) in this lens, which will even work with the newly announced X-H1’s stabilisation system. We were able to get sharp shots at shutter speeds down to 1/30sec – a phenomenal feat.

The construction is as hardy as any in test, with a mix of metal and tough plastics resulting in a premium feel. It also packs in an impressive 23 elements in 16 groups, boasting 5 ED (Extra Low Dispersion) elements, as well as a Triple Linear motor for lightning-quick focusing, which is virtually noise free.

Pros

Sharp corners

Very well balanced

Optical stabilisation

Cons

Tripod mount can get in the way of zooming

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Spec

Min aperture: f/22

Max aperture: f/2.8

Elements: 23/16

Filter size: 72mm

Min focusing distance: 100cm

DxH: 83x176mm

Weight: 995g

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Kirk Schwarz is one of our resident tech experts. A tech-addicted photographer with more than a decade's experience, Kirk's used to putting new gear through extreme field-testing.

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