Do Fujinon XF F1.2 and F1.4 prime lenses need a 'revamp'?

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GKN Regular Member • Posts: 428
Re: Do Fujinon XF F1.2 and F1.4 prime lenses need a 'revamp'?

lélé wrote:

Hello!

Fujifilm provided us with 'fast' prime lenses in the early life of the Fujifilm X system:

  • Fujinon XF 16mmF1.4 R WR
  • Fujinon XF 23mmF1.4 R
  • Fujinon XF 35mmF1.4 R
  • Fujinon XF 56mmF1.2 R (APD)

Lenses with sometimes quite unique specifications.

Since, Fujifilm has made gigantic progress regarding his bodies, in particular regarding autofocus, continuous autofocus, video features (who would have guessed Fujifilm would provide a video powerhouse like the X-T3 just a few years ago?).

Fujifilm also has to fight against a strong competition, with Sony, Panasonic, Canon and Nikon which all going for FF mirrorless.

Even if I love my Fujinon primes lenses, I think some of them scream for a 'revamp'. In particular the XF 56mmF1.2 R whose optical quality is good but not great (bokeh is not very nice at the widest apertures) and it's AF motorization not suited for continuous AF, or the XF35mmF1.4 R which has a very nice rendering full open but may be better corrected and suffers from the same outdated AF motorization.

Also, with video comes new requirements like the absence of focus breathing and more discret motor noise.

What do you think?

Do you think Fujifilm needs to refresh the XF F1.2 and F1.4 lenses?

Thanks for your opinion.

Fred

16 is great, the others (along with the 60mm) could be upgraded to a MK2 with weather sealing and new AF. The 18mm could have improvements to optics and weather sealing. That said, all these lenses are still very good, but I agree at some point they will get a refresh. Optically Fuji primes are very good. I don’t think they’d add OIS, as I suspect we’ll see IBIS rolled out to more cameras

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