At weddings and events when using prime lenses with Canon, the mm was my go to telephoto lens. This was a focal length I was missing with Fuji with the equivalent of 85mm with a fast aperture only being available. As soon as the lens was announced, I called up my local store and reserved my copy, with a call back on the day it arrived.
The YouTube video is below. I am not going to go into technical details about the lens, as those are available from every store online that are selling them, but will be giving my thoughts and findings. All images taken and shown were with the intention of showing the sharpness and bokeh quality of the lens.
A selection of RAW files will be included in the article so that you can download and edit away, so see the quality of this lens for yourselves. Although the lens was released a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to wait until I had taken at least images with it for both personal and professional, before I felt I could give my professional opinion.
With the lens hood on it does seem a little huge, but still well balanced on the X-T1. The first thing I noticed was how quick it focused compared to the 56mm. It was very snappy and in single focus it locked on just perfectly on whatever I focused on.
A slight annoyance of the 56mm was sometimes with heavily back lit subjects, the 56mm sometimes hunted for focus, especially in indoor lighting situations, and in some cases refused to focus. This was not the case with the 90mm. It snapped into focus every time, regardless of the size focus area used on the X-T1. A major plus of this lens for me is the aperture ring! Fuji prime lenses tend to have a more loose aperture ring, which can be knocked very easily.
Not a problem once you are used to the lens and its quirks, but non the less, still a loose aperture ring. This is not the case with the 90mm.
So those accidental aperture changes that some of us have made in a fast paced situation, or when using a camera strap like the Black Rapid DR-1, are less likely to happen. The focus ring feels very nice, well dampened and smooth.
For manual focusing in a faster paced situation may be slightly difficult for those that purely manual focus, as the focus travel is HUGE! You keep turning and turning to get from minimum focus to infinity, and sometimes feels getting from closest focus to infinity is never going to happen. This may be due to the new magnetic focusing system within the lens, or it may be because that what Fujis intentions were, focusing it more on a portrait type of lens, making very minute micro adjustments possible.
The one thing that stands out with Fuji lenses, especially when shooting RAW and applying the correct amount of sharpening within Lightroom 6, is how sharp they are. This Fuji equivalent was on par without a doubt, especially with colour reproduction and sharpness. The one initial concern I had with this lens before using it was the bokeh quality. How was the background going to be rendered at f2? Especially when the background was overly busy. Will the 90mm be as good as my 56mm when shot wide open?
One of the dislikes from a few when they have used the mm f. For those wanting a bokeh monster for their fuji bodies, then this lens is for you. As I am comparing the 90mm to the 56mm for most of this article regarding IQ, I thought I would bring up the contrast performance.
When shooting JPEGS, the contrast in the images are perfect, and again on par with the 56mm, when shot wide open. Where it differs is when shooting RAW.With all its pros and cons. As a matter of fact, every time someones asks me for a recommendation, I suggest either the X series or the X-T20 for travel and personal work.
But as a wedding photographer, I want to use my Fuji for work as well, especially at weddings. Their color science is just too good and editing a wedding takes me probably a third of a time if I shoot only with Fuji. Obviously there are some shortcomings.
Crop sensor can be a problem in low light, ISO has never been really great on Fuji cameras and focusing can be pretty slow at times, especially with those f1. Fortunately, the new X-T3 is a solid upgrade in all these areas. Autofocus is also much better and more reliable, everything just FEELS faster and with lenses like the 56mm f1.
That itself sounds like a good enough reason to upgrade from the X-T2. Fuji has the best color science on the market, I still believe that. Ok maybe Panasonic is the worst, then Canon, then Sony and Nikon.
Leica and Fuji leading the game no doubt. What a relief. Below is an example of just a simple one click edit with my preset. Especially the way colors react to white balance. For some reason the tint is always around 60s and 70s as default and slight adjustments can give you some very extreme color shifts. This makes it impossible to just sync edits between the XT-3 and the X-T2.FUJI 56mm 1.2 - Why it’s a MUST HAVE for Weddings & Portraits
If that was your plan, just forget it. X-T3 vs X-T2. I shot around 15 weddings on my X-Pro2 and I never really missed my full frame Canon. Sometimes I missed focus because the camera is not very fast especially with the XF 35mm f1. I usually say yes. Fuji still has the prettiest colors! Just my humble wish, you know. Still the best Colors in The Game Fuji has the best color science on the market, I still believe that. Best Fuji yet. But still just a Fuji. Email Address.
Notify me about blog updates.Briefly, though, its a 62mm filter, dust and splash resistant linear motor lens. Full specifications can be found on the Fujifilm Website. If you are in the UK you can pre-order the lens from Wex Photographic right now. Remember, that this lens I have been using a pre-production and as such the final version of the lens structure and image results may well change. Shooting in continuous mode using the Fujifilm X-T1 can really help nail shots where the subject is moving.
In my tests, I got the models to walk towards me both slowly and rapidly and my hit ratio was around 8 in 10 shots in focus. When Fuji first announced the fast prime lenses of the XF56mm and XF23mm I was at first sceptical because of the maximum shutter speed of the X-T1 4, Shooting with the Fujifilm X-T1 using the Electronic Shutter is no different from any of the other lenses and to test it I placed the model with the harsh midday sun ahead of her. Using the electronic shutter also allowed me to get this image of my crazy whippet just before dusk one evening.
For the shot below, I sent my dog off into the distance, set the camera to 1, at f2 I had the camera set to Auto ISO and it of course chose 6, I pre-focused the lens at a certain spot and whistled. Using that extremely high shutter speed, in combination with the mm full frame equavalent lens at f2 has resulted in a really pleasing image for me.
Up until the XF90mm came along I was missing the opportunity to get these types of shots with my Fujifilm equipment. I can certainly see this lens being used a lot for speeches and candid head-shots by wedding photojournalists, but by and large, this lens is going the lend itself to the wedding and social portrait photographers.
There is a reason for this and that is that the 90mm lens does not have image stabilisation built in. It was a lens I had been hoping Fuji would produce for a long time as I know for a fact its a lens that specifically the wedding community would flock to assuming it stood up to the challenges — which it does.
I use the gear because its great for me, its great for my clients and its great for my business. I used to use the Canon F2 lens a lot and I was always smitten with the shallow depth of field at f2.
So, the XF90mm is bigger than the other lenses — of course it is. There is a lot of glass in it. The X-M1 did feel a little out of proportion however. So here is the complete set of the prime lenses Fujifilm has created for the X-Series. These started hitting the streets in April In just three years, Fujifilm have created a set of prime lenses to rival any manufacturer. And then there are the zooms too remember.
I know how hard they are working. Genuinely I believe this lens has the making of being a very special lens for a lot of people. The step up from the 56mm to the 90mm for the portrait folks is going to make a world of difference. In honesty, I was fairly ambivalent about this lens at first.
I wondered whether Fuji could pull of a great sharp lens that was a fixed aperture at this focal length on an APS-C and still have a gorgeous depth of field rendering to it. People that know me, listen to my interviews etc. The most important thing for me though, and I really do believe this, is that this lens, coupled with the XF16mm are the gap-filling lenses in the selection, the missing pieces of the jigsaw.
Using the Viltrox 85mm F1.Tom, Great review as usual. I already want one of these and I have my college Bill Palmer testing one at the moment. I'll include a link to your review.
Maybe you have a rare beast? Mike www. Thanks for the heads up, Michael. I consistently make that same stupid typo. You're going to love this lens. It's sensational. I blame Apple, as usual. My first impressions are published now, on Macfilos and I am delighted to see that you and I are on the same page with regard to this lens - and I hadn't read your piece first!
I entirely agree - this tops the at the same focal length and provides OOF highlights that compare very favourably with the It will predominantly be a travel lens for me and it is great to see Fuji producing such fast, compact long primes. This review just validated my purchasing this lens.
I would like to know if you know of any food photographers using this lens. Thank you for such a comprehensive review! This is a lens I have been waiting for to round out my pro-lineup of Fuji primes for the X-T1. It is a very handy focal length in that it is at the beginning of the telephoto range and, as such can reach out to grab close-ups in crowded areas. I am not a wedding photographer, but, if I were, I would consider a fast aperture lens like this a "must have".
But there are times when you need to get in even closer and at the same time want to throw a distracting background even more out of focus.
A close-focusing mm lens is perfect for that. A mm lens is on the short side of the telephoto range, but that adds to its versatility, especially for something like travel photography. If you are planning on buying this lens, you can help support this site at no extra cost to you by clicking the link and purchasing from one of our affiliate sellers listed below -- and thanks for your support.
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Fuji XF 90mm f/2 R LM WR Review and RAW downloads
Unknown July 23, at PM. Unknown December 18, at AM. Newer Post Older Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom. The balance of the 90mm on my X-T1 is very comfortable. Download a high res version of this image by clicking here.
This is a test I do for color fringing by pointing the camera up into some trees with a bright sky behind them, and over-expose the shot by about 1-stop. Pretty much every lens will have some fringing with this extreme test. The question is: How much? Click here to download the high res version of this file. Click here to download a high res version of this file.
An attractive feature of this lens is that for a mm equivalent it can get in really close so it can be used for close-up subjects and tight portraits like those below. The close focus ability of this lens teases you into wanting to try it out even closer.Completing the line up of classic portraiture lenses, this mm full frame eq.
FOV has been on the wishlist of many portrait and fashion photographers using the Fujifilm X series and its Fujinon XF lens eco-system. Again thanks to the incredibly kind people of Fujifilm Nordic I have had a chance to spend a few days with this incredible lens, albeit a pre-production model. None the less I have tried to put it into good use in areas that I think might see some use from this classic prime focal length. The mm full frame eq.
Not every model in the world appreciate the photographer getting up close and personal with a 50mm. It was in lack of a better term: short and fat! Dimensions are The size is what it is. Like I have have come to expect from Fujinon lenses this lens is built to a superb standard. The mount as well as the barrel is obviously all metal, and the focus ring is smooth with just the right amount of resistance.
The aperture ring is tighter than on all the previous XF lens, which is a really good thing. As the WR marker states this lens is weather resistant, so taking it into the environment with your X-T1 will be no problem.
It can even be used in temperatures as low as degrees celcius. This basically means that they put 4 magnets in the focus engine resulting in much higher torque for faster focusing of the large lens elements.
In addition to giving faster AF speeds the LM results in a very silent focus system as well. I mainly tested the XF 90mm on the X-T1 with firmware 3. Maybe it was slightly faster than the XF 56mm, but if so it was very minute.
It certainly was a bit more accurate. On the X-T10 and on the upcoming FW 4. The lens has 7 slightly rounded aperture blades, resulting in good looking bokeh even when stopped down. It can focus as close as 60cm, allowing you to really fill the entire frame with e.
Been trying to keep things sober and objective, but I can not hold it in any longer. While Fujinon has hit home-run after home-run with its XF series of lenses, this latest offering is beyond incredible.
But this…. Fujifilm has created an optical formula for this lens that exhibits close to zero vignetting! This can be seen by the fact that the specular highlights or bokeh-balls in the out of focus areas are completely round, even when you move towards the edges of the frame.
The sharpness of this lens is just downright ridiculous. I found myself shooting it wide open all the time. The rendering of the image is filled with that illusive microcontrast, that usually is a trait of the more expensive offerings from Zeiss or Leica. The rendering is nice and warm, and it renders skin tones in a very pleasing manner.
Fuji 90mm f2 Review (Lots of Test Photos)
Especially my daughters skin tone which has some magenta casts can be quite tricky for most lenses. But the XF 90mm really muted those tones, and took a much warmer approach.
The out of focus areas are incredible. The bokeh is really smooth, and shows no signs of soap-bubble formation in the blur disks. Almost medium format-like.As I now have a Fuji lens to cover my mm needs, I decided that this month to only take my Fujis. Out of all weddings I shoot, I decided this when the wedding was over 3 hours away.
So there was no chance of me nipping home during dinner in an emergency. For me, this was my final test for Fuji. During the entire wedding, around 12 hours, there was only 2 issues I encountered with the X-T1 and X-E2. First, my tools. As you can see from the list above, this is no light kit. Below are 2 screen shots from my Lightroom catalogue. Both of them show how many shots I had taken with each body and lens throughout the entire day when I had selected the images to import.
First is the screen shot of all imported images that I had selected from the entire day. Second is the screen shot of all final edited images, which I provided the couple with. As you can see, and exactly what I expected, my most used lenses were the 23mm and 56mm, the equivalent of 35mm and 85mm.
They were my most used lenses, due to how I shoot, and having shot with a 35mm and 85mm for the majority of my photography career. Most of my shots I pre visualise either at 35mm or 85mm, then for those times I need wider or longer, I have the other lenses to fill those spots. Both the X-T1 and X-E2 performed flawlessly excluding my 2 gripes with Fuji, mentioned further into the article. In controlled test conditions, the X-T1 will out perform the X-E2 regarding focusing, but in real world usage in good light, both felt equally as good as the other.
Indoors I used flash on Manual after the ceremonyas no TTL available from 3rd party flashes, except the tiny under powered Nissin i40 i40 Review coming soon. Outdoors I used available light only, until I shot the portrait shots after the ceremony. During the ceremony, the only lens to miss focus a couple of times thankfully not any important moment was the 56mm.
This only happened when the backlighting increased, which has been mentioned by others before. The one area I assumed both bodies would have struggled slightly is when the bridesmaids and bride were walking down the isle.
I opted for single focus as in my experience so far, both bodies can lock focus quick enough and capture the moving subject a lot more accurately that continuous focus can. Continuous focus works great on the X-T1 after firmware 4.
As I said, I expected them to struggle slightly, but both performed as good as I could have hoped, not missing 1 shot due to miss focus or focus hunting. A huge upside, in fact, a huge positive for the way I shoot with Fuji, is the processing time. How much time I spend on processing files after the shoot was so much less than when I was on Canon. With this, only having a couple of hours spare a day, sometimes less, it can take me a few weeks, maybe longer to have all images taken on Canon, processed and edited.
I was so happy with the results from the X-T1 and X-E2 after applying the Classic Chrome film simulation, I only needed to make minor adjustments. So in short, as far as capturing an image, capturing moments, and producing results the couple had paid for, both bodies and all lenses did their job very well, as well as any DSLR. Assuming you have enough experience with your Fuji body and lenses, and know their strengths and weaknesses, you will come to the same conclusion. Firstly the dislike!My primary objective is to give the clients a set of images that return them back to that very moment in time at their wedding.
I concentrate primarily on emotion, eye contact, love, humour and the exhibition of humanity at weddings. A simple hand gesture or shift of the eyes can turn an otherwise uninteresting image into one that I and hopefully the clients will love forever. A look. However, as I progressed and my style evolved I found myself getting closer and closer to the subjects during the day.
So, along came the Mirrorless revolution and from an early date I pinned my flags to the Fujifim wall. I travel light and work quickly. Size and weight are paramount. I also shoot with two focal lengths only. Even when I shot Canon I only used the 35mm and 85mm lenses.
These are the latest in the Fujifilm interchangeable X range and, in my opinion, the best of the iteration to date. The amazingly huge viewfinder and excellent focus tracking make the cameras perfect companions for the lenses I use. Ultimately, these cameras are around half the size and weight of my old kit and I can easily shoot 12 hour weddings without any back or neck issues. Crucially though, they get me in close.
I also use a Fujifilm XS. If I could only have one camera in the whole world it would be this. These cameras are deadly quiet zero noise on exposurethey use a leaf shutter so you can shoot as fast as you can press the button essentially and they are almost invisible. It just hangs there throughout the day and I barely feel it. I unhook it and shoot extremely quickly. These are made of Kevlar rubber and are virtually not slip. These give a full frame equivalent range of 35mm and 85mm.
The lenses are optically spectacular but are light and uncombersome in terms of size. This gives me a 19mm range from the Fujifilm XS rather than a 23mm. I occasionally pop the 27mm lens on one of the cameras during the evening reception. With the flip screen deployed on the Fujifilm X-T1 and a tiny lens like the 27mm you can wander around looking for fun moments to photograph practically invisibly.
I shoot almost all of my wedding work using available light. You can simply hold it in one hand and direct it whilst shooting with the other hand.