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XF lenses - 18mm F2, 35mm F1.4, 60mm F2.4 macro

The X-Pro1's lenses are designated 'XF', and the three initial offerings are shown below - from left to right the 18mm F2, 35mm F1.4 and 60mm F2.4 Macro (which offers 0.5x magnification). The 18mm lens in particular features an unusually short backfocus design, with a large-diameter rear element that protrudes behind the rear of the mount.

All three of these lenses offer an impressive blend of large maximum aperture and relatively compact size; even the largest is smaller than Sony's Carl Zeiss Sonnar E 24mm F1.8 for the NEX system, and the 35mm F1.4 is slightly shorter than Panasonic's Leica Summilux DG 25mm F1.4 despite covering the larger APS-C sensor. All of the lenses include circular aperture diaphragms for attractive rendition of out-of-focus backgrounds. According the Fujifilm, even the edge shape of the blades has been optimized for the best possible image quality, being rounded rather than simply stamped from a flat sheet of metal.

Lens hoods

The lenses all come with finely-crafted metal hoods - those for the 18mm and 35mm are rectangular, while the 60mm gets a deep circular hood. Unfortunately, though, practicality seems to have taken something if a back seat in their design; the 60mm's hood is so deep that it's near-impossible to change the lens with the hood reversed, and as the front element is deeply-recessed anyway, we ended up always leaving it at home (which rather negates the point of having one).

The XF lenses with their hoods attached, from left to right 18mm F2, 35mm F1.4 and 60mm F2.4 Macro. Because those for the 18mm and 35mm can't be reversed, they take up additional space in your bag.

All three hoods use the same bayonet fitting so can be mounted on any of the lenses. Interestingly the 35mm hood doesn't vignette on the 18mm.

The rectangular hoods, meanwhile, can't be used with the standard circular clip-on lens caps and require flexible push-on caps instead, which continually fall off. These hoods also intrude on the lower corner of the optical viewfinder notably more than the vented variety (as used by the X100). None of the hoods are particularly well-suited for use with polarising filters either (arguably the only type of lens filter that still makes perfect sense to use with digital).

The X-Pro1 with its three lenses and hoods as you'd pack them up to transport. The rectangular hoods for the 18m and 35mm add bulk for carrying and can't be used with the normal clip caps, while the 60mm's hood is deeply impractical.

Lens handling

The X-Pro1's lenses are supposed to look just like old manual focus designs, but they handle very differently. The electronically-coupled manual focus rings rotate absolutely freely with no end stops, and therefore have no distance or depth of field scales (which have moved into the viewfinder). The unusually-wide aperture rings have detents at one-third stop intervals, and click slightly more-positively at the marked full-stop positions; however none of these are particularly firm. This makes for quick handling while shooting, but does mean that the aperture is easy to change accidentally.

Unusually the barrels are scalloped-in towards the mount, presumably for aesthetic reasons; most other small lenses on the market have ridged grips here. Unfortunately this means that the only fixed point on the barrel you can really grip when changing lenses is the smooth, slim ring between the focus and aperture rings; on the 18mm F2, this is less than 5mm wide. It's therefore all-too-easy to rotate the aperture ring when changing lenses, and find yourself inadvertently shooting at the wrong setting. We'd like to see Fujifilm sacrifice a bit of style for substance in future, and provide enough fixed barrel area such that you can easily change lenses without also changing the aperture.

Lens specifications

XF 18mm F2 R
XF 35mm F1.4 R
XF 60mm F2.4 R Macro
 Focal Length  18mm  35mm  60mm
 35mm-equiv FL  27mm  53mm  91mm
 Angle of View  76.5°  44.2°  26.6°
 Filter thread  52mm  52mm  39mm
 Lens construction  • 8 elements/7 groups
 • 2 aspheric elements
 • 8 elements/6 groups
 • 1 aspheric element
 • 10 elements/8 groups
 • 1 aspheric element
 • 1 abnormal dispersion element
 Max aperture  F2.0  F1.4  F2.4
 Min aperture  F16  F16  F22
 Aperture control  • 7 blades (rounded)
 • 1/3 EV steps
 • 7 blades (rounded)
 • 1/3 EV steps
 • 9 blades (rounded)
 • 1/3 EV steps
 Minimum focus  0.18m  0.28m  0.27m
 Max. magnification  0.14x  0.17x  0.5x
 Dimensions (D x L)  64.5mm x 40.6mm
 (2.5" x 1.6")
 65mm x 54.9mm
 (2.5" x 2.2")
 64.1mm x 70.9mm
 (2.5" x 2.8")
 Weight  116g (4.1oz)  187g (6.6oz)  215g (7.6 oz)

Lens roadmap

Fujifilm has published a roadmap for lenses it plans to release by Spring 2013, including three image-stabilised zooms, an ultrawide prime, a 'pancake' normal, and an 85mm-equivalent F1.4 'portrait lens'. It's an interesting list that's intended to show the company's commitment to building a complete, versatile system. The full list is as follows:

35mm-equiv FL
Arrival date
 14mm F2.8  Wideangle prime  21mm  Autumn 2012
 18-55mm F2.8-4 OIS  Standard zoom  27-83mm  Autumn 2012
 27mm F2.8  Pancake prime  41mm  Spring 2013
 23mm F1.4  Semi-wide prime  35mm  Spring 2013
 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 OIS  Telephoto zoom  83-300mm  Spring 2013
 56mm F1.4  Short tele prime  84mm  Spring 2013
 10-24mm F4 OIS  Wideangle zoom  15-36mm  Spring 2013

Use of third party lenses with adapters

One of the great advantages of mirrorless cameras is their ability to utilise a vast range of lenses via mount adapters, including top-quality Leica M-mount primes and the huge number of 'orphaned' manual focus lenses from obsolete film camera systems. Fujifilm is making a very clever adapter for Leica M-mount lenses, and third-party adapters are available in a plethora of mounts for both current (Leica M, Nikon F, Pentax K) and older systems (Leica L39, Canon FD, Contax Yashica, Minolta MD, Olympus OM, etc.). It's also possible to find adapters on eBay for electronic lens mounts such as Canon EF, but these lenses really won't work well on the X-Pro1 as no powered functions are available - including aperture setting and image stabilization.

The X-Pro1 with three Olympus OM Zuiko lenses from the 1970s that are all still easy to find today: from left to right, 50mm F1.4, 135mm F3.5 and 24mm F2.8

The use of adapters greatly expands the range of lenses that can be used with the camera beyond the initial three native offerings, especially for photographers who already have a collection of old manual focus lenses gathering dust in the closet. To use them, you first have to enable the obtusely-named 'Shoot without lens' setting in the menu. Naturally adapted lenses offer no automatic functions, so both focus and aperture have to be set manually. Of course, it should go without saying that best practice is normally to focus the lens wide open, then stop down to the desired aperture (although with older fast primes you may get find it easiest to focus with the aperture closed down a stop).

If you wish to use adapted lenses then you'll need to download and install Firmware 1.1, which offers important refinements over previous versions. When using Fujifilm's own Leica M-mount adaptor it automatically turns off the now-redundant distance scale in the viewfinder, and enables user-set optical correction profiles to be stored for to up to six lenses (covering distortion, colour shading and vignetting). These functions aren't available with third-party adapters, but FW 1.10 still offers improvements with the frameline displays.

The X-Pro1 has a menu option to set the focal length of the lens you're using. This is used both to configure the viewfinder, and to fill-in the EXIF data. The camera offers four presets corresponding to the most popular film wideangles - 21mm, 24mm, 28mm and 35mm - and two further lens memories which can be set freely (with 50mm and 75mm as the defaults).

With Firmware version 1.1 this screen is renamed 'Mount Adaptor Setting'

When using the optical viewfinder with adapted lenses, the X-Pro1 shows a pair of framelines for infinity focus (in white) and parallax-corrected for 1m (in blue). The viewfinder switches up the magnification automatically when a focal length of 35mm or longer is selected. If the set focal length is longer than 60mm then the OVF displays the infinity frameline in red, but strangely it's always sized for a 60mm lens, which can easily be misleading. In this case you really need to switch over to the EVF.

The focus mode switch needs to be manually set to M; if it's at S or C then the viewfinder display will behave as if an AF lens is attached, and appear to confirm focus on a half-press of the shutter regardless of whether the subject is in-focus or not. During daylight shooting, though, there's a much bigger problem; the information overlay doesn't gain up properly and is essentially invisible, which isn't much good for anything.

If you're prepared to use the electronic viewfinder, though, and don't mind continually flicking the focus mode switch between AF-S and M when changing over from native lenses, then the X-Pro1 works quite well with manual lenses. Note though that it doesn't offer any manual focus aid other than magnified view in the EVF, and most notably there's no 'Focus Peaking' display (that Sony, Pentax and Ricoh users tend to appreciate). Overall, it's probably not a body we'd buy right now for the express purpose of using manual lenses (as opposed to using them to fill in the gaps in its native range); instead we'd go for something like the Ricoh GXR Mount A12 or Sony Alpha NEX-5N.

Fujifilm M-mount adapter

Fujifilm's own M-mount adapter is unique in having electronic contacts that tell the camera when it's attached. It has two buttons on its rim, one being the lens release while the other brings up the camera's 'Mount Adaptor Settings' screen. However the contacts restrict the diameter of the opening at the rear of adapter, meaning that lenses with large rear elements won't physically fit.

This is Fujifilm's own adapter that allows use of Leica M-mount lenses on the X-Pro1. Simpler 3rd-party versions don't have the electronic contacts, and therefore don't bring up the lens corrections options. Here's the X-Pro1 with an old collapsible Leica Elmar 50mm 1:2.8. Here you can also clearly see the button that brings up the adaptor settings menu.

The adapter includes a dual-function plastic gauge, which you can see by clicking-through on the image above. This allows you to check not only that the lens doesn't protrude too far into the body, but also that the diameter of the rear element won't clash with the contacts (something that won't trouble simpler third-party adapters).  

Known incompatibilities include certain 21mm ultrawideangles and fast 35mm primes. However, the lens corrections menu (whose behaviour is improved with X-Pro1 Firmware v1.11) is only available with the Fujifilm adapter, so it appears to be impossible to set corrections for these lenses, even if you can get them to mount.

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I was looking at getting the X-E2 second hand on E-bay, but with X-Pro2 coming soon the X-Pro1, brand new, with two beautiful prime lenses and the gorgeous full leather case is available at a no-brainer price of £649 in the UK.
My wife bought me this unbeatable package as a present for our 30th anniversary! What a wife? (love you so much Fee X).

The camera IQ is amazing, handling is fantastic, build quality is superb, (not a plastic part in sight, more than can be said for a comparatively priced CanNikon DSLR). I take it everywhere with me, it's small light and always at hand.
If like me you don't have the time or the money to buy an X-pro2 and if you don't just want the latest, buy what is still, (for me at least) the greatest camera bargain going. My advice is grab one before it's gone!


I've spotted this incredible 2 lens offer here in the UK as well. Very tempting, but the 28mm f2.8 would be a nothing focal length for me, too close to the 18mm. Fortunately, I found a mint outfit from a London Leica dealer whom I've dealt with before so I know the quality of his used equipment, and this kit comprises of the f2/18mm and the very desirable f1.4/35mm.

David Smith - Photographer

Well, I guess it's an early christmas for me this year. Today I'll receive my (like new with warranty) 2015 Fuji X-Pro 1 body. The price is insanely low for such a nice camera. It really is. I'm sure it will be a nice complement to my X-E2.

Yes, better camera models are coming at the end of this year. Possibly with a new higher resolution sensor, faster autofocus and more features. I'll get my hands on that stuff in a year or two, when everybody dumps it, like they dump the X-Pro 1 bodies now. Man I love capitalism.

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Looking to get an X-Pro1 for christmas and really happy to see that all relevant flaws seem to have been eradicated by Fuji's firmware updates. Yes!

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David Smith - Photographer

Well, I can tell you right now that you've got something nice to look forward to photominion. I just bought my X-Pro 1 and my first impression is very good. It makes the X-E2 feel like a toy and using the 27mm I haven't really found any difference in focus speed. Not sure what the fuss is about. It's not lightning quick. None of the Fuji cameras are. Focussing speed certainly is adequate and again, I don't see a difference in speed compared to the X-E2. It does take a little longer for the X-Pro 1 to write the file to the SD card. Since both cameras are about the same price, I recommend the X-Pro 1 if you don't need every bit of extra speed and if you prefer to hold a slightly bigger and noticeably better build camera.

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I am a rather new member and I must say that the few dopey questions I have asked have usually been answered with great information and a lack of sarcasm and judgement. They were not dopey on purpose. If anyone would like to visit the images in my portfolio you will at least know that I am not just obsessed with cameras but sing them to shoot, share, publish et. So without further ado, just purchased a new Fuji X Pro1 and bam I read the rumor page and it says Fuji X Pro2 verified rumor will be introduced this year. Besides offering the advice, "just shut up and shoot', What would you do? Is this even the right spot to leave my qesriom

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Don't worry too much about it.I also just bought the X Pro 1,well aware of the rumors. It's all about IQ right?I can assure you,you wont be disappointed! Far away from it.And I really wonder whether the IQ(mind you, IQ!)will be very different from this one.
All else, yes for sure.

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Don Sata

It will take you a bit of effort getting used to the AF of this camera but it's very engaging to use, the VF is great and images are great too.

If you don't shoot action (like sports, pets or running children) you will be ok.

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I bought an X-Pro1 a week or so ago - I've got a use for it (I wanted a compact 50 that's not too demanding) and they can be had new for £350 in the UK! Happy days. No doubt a new flagship X-Pro2 will be announced soon, but it'll be a very expensive camera, presumably sitting above the X-T1 in the range.


Fujifilm has fixed most of the reported issues (like slow AF) with incremental updates. I got a chance to review it recently


What is the seemingly insurmountable problem with studying a traditional 35mm film rangefinder and re-engineering it into an equally capable digital rangefinder instead of trying to re-invent the wheel? The idea that you cannot accurately use manual focus is absurd. The whole focusing by wire thing is absurd. Again, why is everyone trying to re-invent the wheel?

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things what you are asking do exist and they are called Leica.

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paul simon king

looking at these RAW examples the fuji x Pro looks softer nad less saturated than the Fuji X100s

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Dave Chilvers

After using one for a while and with the latest firmware I find the camera to be quite superb. Lets face it, most of us are looking for IQ firstly and has been said in the review lenses like the 35 1.4 are second to none in my book.


I just purchased a used X-_pro1 like new in box and I am very curious about the firmware updates that seem to address its previous shortcomings. Should I ask the seller about these because I am naive and no nothing about these on her camera is it a simple fix to update the firmware Your recommendation I don't even know the latest and best ones. or are they available fre e or can they be user updated. and again what is the latest firm ware and how would you perceive this as situation.


The latest firmware update as of May 2015 is version 3.4 and can be downloaded from Fuji's website for free. Also check to see if your lenses are also up to date.


Firstly I really would like to thank almost everyone for the generous and non combative input. So as long as I am curious about one further issue, any gracious input will be devoured with great enjoyment. Some lenses, whether short, medium or full on zooms have O.I.S and some don't. So any other advice on gaining sharpness and stability that works well for you, hardware wise , please let me know because I am well aware of the great impact shutter speed and stillness etc. have. And please take a moment to take a look at my gallery just so you understand that it is images and not equipment I am really hungry for. Thanks in advance, and yeah thanks Light Catcher LT for the real corn on the cob. "things what you are asking do exist and they are called Leica..Really??

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OIS helps when the shutter speed gets below 1/60.

Use as wide an aperture as possible and push the ISO up to 6400.

Brace the camera against your face with your left hand under the lens to steady it. A thumb-grip, like the Lensmate, helps as well.

Set the camera to continuous low and learn to fire off two or three shots. many times one will be sharper than the other.

After that, just practice being as smooth as possible while gently pressing the shutter release, I find a screw-in soft release button helps. Also, use a faster SD card like the Sandisk Extreme Pro 95 Mb/s.

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