Hands on with the FUJIFILM XF 50mm f/1.0 Lens Need for speed - fast going faster

Fujifilm announced (after a long development process) the fastest AF production lens on the market right now – the XF 50mm f/1.0. Photographer and Youtuber Gordon Laing published a first hands-on video which also included an early (pre-production based) comparison of the new lens vs. other fast 50mm or so Fujifilm lenses.

Fujifilm was working on an ultra-fast f/1 lens for quite some time now. The initial development focused on a 35mm f/1 lens but that was deemed too big and complex to make and the company finally decided on a simpler (but still fairly heavy and bulky) 50mm f/1 version.

The fastest production AF lens on the market

The lens is dust, moisture, and freeze resistant (unlike the 56mm f/1.2 version which we tested here a few years back), and the wide-open aperture together with some of the latest Fuji cameras (specifically the XT-4 and X-Pro 3) allow up to incredible -7 EV AF.

The new XF 50mm F1.0 R WR

Here are some of the specs of the new FUJIFILM XF 50mm f/1.0:

  • 50mm focal length with f/1 and APS-C coverage (X-mount).
  • Optical design – 12 elements in 9 groups with one aspherical and 2 ED.
  • 9 aperture blades.
  • 77mm filter thread.
  • Magnesium alloy body.
  • Weight – 845 grams (just under 30 oz).
  • Price – $1500.

We are looking forward to testing this lens ourselves later this year.

B&H also did a quick hands-on video with the new ultra-fast lens

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Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of LensVid.com. He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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