Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Lens
A few months ago I purchased the Fujinon 50- 140mm F/2.8, but it wasn’t until a recent trip that I got to run it through it’s paces, actual shooting conditions on the beach in Cabarete or the nearby surfing beach ‘El Encuentro’ . Cabarete is located on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, east of the airport of Puerto Plata. It is one of handful of top spots where you can surf, wind & kite-surf, all within a short stretch of coastline.
Before I switched to the Fuji X-T model line I used the canon 70-200 f/2.8 and the more compact 70-200 f/4 IS. The later I acquired after years of owning the 2.8 version and noticing, that I left it due to the weight more and more at home. Both where sharp, although the f/4 version was markedly sharper. I loved that light f/4 lens and I wanted something similar for my Fuji camera set up…
Action sports/ portraits on the beach:
On arrival there was a local surf competition where I used the lens alone and with the Fujifilm XF 2.0 x TC WR Teleconverter. Some results with the 2x converter are quite favorable, but others are clearly misses, missed focus or a strange jittery pattern and nervous backgrounds. The verdict for this combo is still out and I will do further testing before commenting more.
The bare lens works like a charm with the Fuji X-T2, the focus is fast and precise. I took some portrait images of a local girl: Nuria at f/2.8 and I was quite happy with the results. The background was maybe not buttery smooth, as if I’d used the 56mm f/1.2, but as a positive trade off the 50-140 zoom is image stabilized. This was useful since I repositioned myself regularly and, climbing up and down a sand bank started to breathe more than in a studio environment.
Taking some lifestyle shots of local surfer Pamela Diaz a few days later again showed me the versatility and quality of the lens. The results speak for themselves.
One I returned to Switzerland I had to shoot an assignment; a Christmas Revue by a dance company called Danceloft. Here I shot in a relative darkness in a large hall the dancing performances on stage. The stage was well light by a professional lighting company. It was the first time that I got to use the Fujinon 50-140 f/2.8 indoors for a dance performance. I used foremost the Fuji X-T2 with the kit zoom, that has surprised me again and again, how well it performs in these conditions.
So the Fujinon 50-140 f/2.8 was relegated to my backup body, the Fuji X-T1 and here performed admirably. You can feel the difference to the autofocus of the Fuji X-T2, which is snappier anymore precise. Never the less I managed to get some shots from different angles and from further back in the hall.
So all in all I am quite happy with this lens. It does exactly what it was designed for and does it well. On the other hand when I head into the mountains and I want a long lens with me than I will choose the 55- 200 3.5-4.8 for it’s compactness and longer reach. As such it is a great alternative and no slouch either.
At 280mm with the 2x converter I will do some more testing, but there is no getting around the fact, that the longer 100-400mm zoom would be more appropriate. A longer fixed focal length, rumors have it that Fuji is working on such a lens, would also be a valid alternativ. We will see what the future in the Fuji lens line-up will provide…