Is the Fujifilm XF 50mm f/1.0 R WR the Company's New Best Portrait Lens?

For a long time, the XF 56mm f/1.2 R has been considered the ultimate Fujifilm portrait lens, but now that the crazy XF 50mm f/1.0 R WR is here, its place on the throne might be in danger. This video review takes a look at the new lens and the kind of images you can expect from it.

Coming to you from John Branch IV Photography, this great video review takes a look at the new XF 50mm f/1.0 R WR lens. Of course, the marquee feature of the lens is its extremely wide maximum aperture, but along with that, you also get: 

  • One aspherical element for reduced distortion and increased sharpness
  • Two extra-low dispersion elements for reduced chromatic aberrations and increased clarity
  • Super EBC coating for reduced flares and ghosting and increased contrast
  • DC autofocus motor for quicker autofocus despite large elements
  • Rounded nine-blade diaphragm for smoother bokeh
  • Weather-resistant design to prevent dust and moisture penetration

No doubt, the XF 50mm f/1.0 R WR pushes the boundaries of lens design (it is the first ever f/1.0 mirrorless lens with autofocus), and it looks like it backs that up with good performance as well. Check out the video above for Branch's full thoughts. 

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7 Comments

Jose Gerardo Palma Duran's picture

Best Fujifilm portrait lens, GF 110mm F2 cries in a corner.

Ryan Cooper's picture

For most users it is. ;) It is likely every bit as optically excellent but far more practical and accessible for most shooters.

Herco le Fevre's picture

It's incomparable due to the differences in platform, but so is the user group for these lenses incomparable. Knowing how good the GF110 is combined with a GFX100 (or even a GFX50), it will probably be superior in IQ to any X-T body combined with this new XF50/f1.0. With all the downsides of medium format included as well...

Jason Flynn's picture

It’s only a third stop faster, and it’s a shorter focal length than the 56/1.2. The amount of background blur will be very similar.

Jeff Berg's picture

My priority and interest would be in the quality, not the quantity, of the “background blur.”

Herco le Fevre's picture

For make-up fashion portraits, most editors prefer a 85-90mm equivalent because of the better facial ratios (nose/ear size). For that I would stick to the 56.

Dana Goldstein's picture

“ ...the kind of images you can expect from it“ would depend entirely on the person behind the camera.