Fuji XF 33mm R LM WR f/1.4 lens review with samples
The xf 33 millimeter f 1.4 for their x mount system cameras. Here it is a handsome little devil. Fuji recently launched both this 33 millimeter f 1.4 lens and an 18 millimeter f 1.4. As well, and, to my mind, this was their way of renewing their aging 35 millimeter and 16 millimeter f 1.4 lenses, neither of which had a great reputation for image quality. Although those two older lenses, admittedly have their fans, the 35 millimeter f 1.4 lens is 10 years old, now and wasnt. Anything particularly special back in 2012 in terms of image quality anyway, lets hope. Fuji can pull something really new out of the bag. Here, as at 800, us dollars or 700 pounds here in the uk, it certainly costs a bit more than the 35 millimeter option. Lets start by looking at its build quality, the aesthetic design, solid, metallic, build quality and tough weather sealed fit, and finish of this lens tick. Every box ring every bell and float every boat that i have. It is just gorgeous and feels like an unyielding luxury product. As i mentioned, its reassuringly weather sealed, including, but not limited to a rubber gasket around the lens mount. The aperture ring has just the right amount of clickiness to it, and it can be locked in or out of automatic mode if so desired. The metallic focus ring feels incredibly smooth to turn, although the focus motor responds a bit jerkily to it being turned.
Some good news for video makers is that the lens only displays any real focus breathing when focusing right up to the closest distances from focusing down to half a meter away or closer. So that is useful too. The autofocus motor is exactly what you would expect from a brand new top of the line lens silent, accurate and fast, with no problems when shooting in auto focus continuous mode. The lenss filter size is 58 millimeters wide and it comes with a decently sized plastic hood. The lens does not feature image stabilization: it weighs 360 grams, so you will know its on your camera, but its not heavy. Overall, while this may be a pretty expensive lens to buy, you absolutely will not feel short changed by its build quality, not for one second, but what about image quality? Im testing it today on a fuji xt3 camera with its 26 megapixel aps c sized sensor in camera corrections as usual for a fuji camera are turned on at f 1.4 straight away. We see excellent sharpness and contrast in the middle of the image and the corner image quality, a little softer with slightly lower contrast, but still very good, really lets stop down to f2 and right away. We see a lovely jump in sharpness. The image quality in those corners is now excellent and stop down to f 2.8 for basically perfect sharpness across the entire image. Its only when you stop down as far as f11 that a little softness begins to creep in due to the effects of diffraction.
Overall, though, the mediocre sharpness of the old 35 millimeter lens has now been replaced with bright shining, excellent and id be happy to use this new lens for any professional application without a moments. Hesitation, fuji have really delivered here, although, interestingly its not quite as sharp as their new 18 millimeter, f 1.4 lens that i recently tested, which should have been a bit harder for them to design. Well anyway, lets see about this lenses, distortion and vignetting. By taking some pictures in war and processing them with third party software without those in camera, corrections the lens projects, some notable pin, cushion distortion and, unsurprisingly, pretty heavy vignetting at f 1.4 stop down to f2 or f 2.8 to see those corners brighten up, although vignetting, Never completely goes away without corrections. Okay lets take a look at close up image quality. Now the lens can focus as closely as 30 centimeters to a subject which is another feather in its cap. I love standard lenses that can focus nice and close, and the further good news is that image quality close up is virtually as sharp stop down to f2 for just a touch of extra sharpness. There now lets see how well the lens works against bright lights. Once again, it receives a clean bill of health. From me, flowering and glaring are very low here, even when bright lights are right there in the picture and while were working in the dark lets, take a look at coma levels at f 1.
4. We do see. Some comes smearing on bright points of light in the corners of your images, although ive seen much worse than this before stop down to f2, and it quickly goes away pretty much completely now lets zoom out and look for sun stars. You need to stop down to f8 for sun stars to become really noticeable at f 11 and particularly f 16. They become really impressive. Now lets take a look at the quality of this lenses. Bokeh deeply out of focus backgrounds, look, lovely and soft here, particularly bright points of light can jump out a little too much, though, and interrupt the general smoothness and finally related deboka comes longitudinal chromatic aberration at f 1.4. You can see just a little color fringing on bokeh highlights here with a particular orange color before the plane of focus stop down to f2 and it begins to go away overall, then well, just like the new 18 millimeter f 1.4 lens that i tested a few Months ago i love love, love this new fuji, 33 millimeter, f 1.4. Everything about it is spot on from its tight and simple build quality to its lovely image, quality, which is about as good as you can realistically ask for. It may cost a bit more than the older 35 millimeter f 1.4 lens, but it simply plays in a different league altogether, and so it comes highly recommended. Okay, i loved testing that lens im pretty excited about how busy fuji have been recently.
The x system is going from strength to strength, im kind of glad i invested in an xt3 camera.