Fujifilm XF 90mm F2 R LM WR Review

July 20, 2015 | Mark Goldstein |

Conclusion

The Fujifilm XF 90mm F2 R LM WR is another superb addition to the X-series lens line-up, offering a focal length that's well suited to portrait and sports photography, with a fast aperture that produces beautiful background bokeh. Optically it's an almost perfect lens, only suffering a little wide-open at the edges, and the auto-focusing is very snappy thanks to the new quad linear motor. Even the asking price is very reasonable considering the stellar image and build quality that you get in return.

The Fujifilm XF 90mm F2 R LM WR lens is remarkably sharp in the image centre virtually throughout the entire aperture range, and the edges are very good from f/4 onwards. The fast maximum aperture of f/2 makes it incredibly easy to creatively throw the background out of focus, with the seven-blade iris diaphragm achieving some lovely bokeh effects in conjunction with the 137mm focal length. Vignetting is practically a non-issue and chromatic aberrations are exceedingly well-controlled.

The auto-focus system in the Fujifilm XF 90mm F2 R LM WR proved to be accurate most of the time with little hunting, as well as being very quick and quiet on the X-T1 camera that we tested it on. It also offers a generously wide focusing ring and a very welcome aperture ring which makes it quick, easy and precise to set this key element of exposure. The lens mount is made of metal and, thanks to an internal focusing (IF) system, the front element and filter thread do not rotate on focus, which is very good news for those using polarisers and ND grads on a regular basis.

Priced at £699.99 / $949.99, the Fujifilm XF 90mm F2 R LM WR is a bit of a bargain given the image quality on offer. We'd absolutely recommend the new Fujifilm XF 90mm F2 R LM WR as a must-have lens for any Fujifilm X-series users interested in portraiture or sports.

5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 5
Image quality 5
Value for money 5