Just after Fuji announced its first weather-sealed wide angle lens, the XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR last month, the company has announced yet another killer lens to its arsenal, the Fujinon 90mm f/2 R LM WR. With its 135mm equivalent field of view in 35mm and a wide aperture of f/2, the lens is aimed primarily at portrait photographers who love being able to keep their subjects isolated from the background without introducing any kind of distortion to subjects’ faces. Thanks to a pretty complex optical formula comprised of 11 elements (3 of which are of extra-low dispersion / ED type) in 8 groups, a sturdy weather-sealed construction and the new Quad Linear Motor for faster autofocus, the lens will, without a doubt, be a solid performer. And at its $950 MSRP price tag, it will be a great addition for photographers who are already in love with lenses like the XF 56mm f/1.2.
This lens will likely be added to my current favorite Fuji prime lens list comprised of 14mm f/2.8 R, 23mm f/1.4 R and 56mm f/1.2 R and the new 16mm f/1.4 R WR will likely be added to the list as well after I test it (it is on its way).
Here is its lens construction, which shows the 3 extra-low dispersion elements:
Note that the lens does not have any aspherical lens elements – this is good news, since aspherical elements often result in onion-shaped bokeh, which is a no-go for a portrait lens.
And below is the MTF chart for f/2:
That’s a pretty impressive MTF chart, which shows that the lens has excellent contrast and delivers very good sharpness wide open. Note how close the meridional lines are to sagittal – they are practically together. This indicates phenomenal bokeh performance – even the 56mm f/1.2 does not have this good of performance. Although I wish this lens had a 9-blade aperture, the number of aperture blades do not matter much when the blades themselves are rounded, which they are on this lens. Overall, I expect this lens to do really well for portraiture work.
If you don’t know how to read MTF charts, check out my detailed article on MTF charts that I wrote a while ago.
You can find out more about the Fujinon XF 90mm f/2 R LM WR from our lens database.
Official Press Release
Valhalla, N.Y., May 18, 2015 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation announced the new compact FUJINON XF90mmF2 R LM WR, a weather-resistant, fast-aperture prime lens that delivers ultra-sharp images with rich bokeh, at all aperture settings. The XF90mmF2 R LM WR (137mm in 35mm format equivalent) uses an optical construction of 11 elements in 8 groups (including three ED glass elements) that minimizes vignetting and creates attractive bokeh thanks to the rounded diaphragm, which makes it perfect for portraiture and sports photography.
Despite having a large maximum aperture, the FUJINON XF90mmF2 R LM WR is both compact and, at less than 20 ounces, lightweight. It also gives users a minimum working distance of 24 inches for a wide range of shooting scenarios. The XF90mmF2 R LM WR now uses a newly-developed Quad Linear Motor that delivers fast, accurate autofocus as fast as 0.14 seconds. The new linear motor is fast, quiet and accurate, and uses four magnets for higher torque and a high-speed autofocus that provides a more versatile shooting experience, allowing users to quickly react to subtle changes in a subject’s facial expression. And with its WR-rating, the XF90mmF2 R LM WR is weather and dust-resistant and can work in temperatures down to 14°F.
Along with the popular XF56mmF1.2 R, the XF90mmF2 R LM WR is a must-have lens for portrait photography fans that favor fast aperture prime lenses. The focal length allows users to shoot at a distance that won’t distract subjects, leading to more natural, candid results.
FUJINON XF90mmF2 R LM WR key features:
- FUJIFILM X-Mount is compatible with all FUJIFILM X-Series interchangeable system cameras
- Weather-resistant design with 7 sealing points for weather- and dust-resistance and operation as low as 14°F
- NEW Quad Linear Motor for 0.14 seconds autofocus speed and nearly silent operation
- Uses 11 elements in 8 groups, including 3 ED glass lens elements to reduce lateral and axial chromatic aberration
- Nano-GI coating alters the refractive index between glass and air to reduce ghosting and flare
- 7 blade aperture creates smooth and circular bokeh
- 1/3 EV steps
- Minimum working distance of less than 24 inches
The FUJINON XF90mmF2 R LM WR will be available in July 2015 for USD $949.95 and CAD $1,099.99.