FUJIFILM XF33mmF1.4 R LM WR Review | New standard lens for large-aperture prime series
The new-generation “large-diameter prime series,” is said to be the “Chapter 2” of the XF lens. And has high-resolution performance in anticipation of future high pixel count of image sensors. In addition to the previously released Fujinon lens XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR. The XF33mmF1.4 R LM WR (35mm equivalent: 50mm equivalent) has been added to the lineup.
We will deliver the impression of the “new standard lens” that you felt while walking around the city and snapping its depiction and features and resolution performance.
FUJIFILM XF33mmF1.4 R LM WR
Design & body balance
Fuji XF33mmF1.4 R LM WR – The straight and simple lens design is characteristic of this Prime series. The compact design with a mass of about 360g is optimally balanced with the X-T4. Comparing only the mass, I feel that it is about twice as large as the XF35mmF1.4 R and XF35mmF2 R WR, but in addition to the lens configuration of 15 elements in 10 groups, including 2 aspherical lenses and 3 ED lenses, a linear motor It is not heavy at all from the fact that it adopts, but rather it feels small and light.
If you attach it to the X-E4, which has a small body, you will feel the size of the appearance when you attach the hood, but the size that allows you to hold the lens barrel firmly increases the holding feeling and enables stable shooting. I felt that it was easy to handle, even for men with big hands.
The prime series is equipped with an A-position lock mechanism on the aperture ring, which makes the click and operation feel comfortable when the ring operates, and the ease of handling is also attractive.
Perspective and stereoscopic effect with a standard lens equivalent to 50mm
What I was most happy about with this lens was that it was equivalent to 50mm in the 35mm equivalent. Until now, the XF35mm F1.4 R and XF35mmF2 R WR are equivalent to 53mm in 35mm equivalent, and I sometimes felt a little narrow, but this “2mm difference” is the same as the APS-C size sensor. It seems that the standard lens 50mm captures every corner of the 35mm film, and I am convinced of how the framing is determined when I hold it at once, and the feeling when shooting with the film naturally revives and makes it easier to shoot. Felt.
Especially at full aperture F1.4, it looks like a standard lens that gives you a realistic field of view and a three-dimensional effect depending on how you take the distance from the subject. It is perfect for portrait photography and snapshot photography with a natural perspective.
Blurred with an open F value of 1.4
The features of this lens are condensed in the bokeh with an open value of F 1.4. It is this XF33mm F1.4 R LM WR is fascinated by the variety of bokeh. The XF35mmF1.4 R is easy to compare. But the quality of the blur is different. And it is not a blur that melts while the contour blurs like the XF35mmF1.4 R, but it is smooth and gentle while leaving the contour. The blur is the XF33mmF1.4 R LM WR.
The leaves of the evergreen tree have a strong color and are hard to see through, but the front bokeh is gentle, and the light reflected on the leaves is a softball bokeh. If you capture it at the shortest shooting distance of 30 cm, you can grasp its characteristics.
In this scene, I focused on a small wire mesh and shot it. I was blurring the mesh shape in front of the lens to be seen faintly, creating an effect similar to that of an old lens was created.
The depiction of the high-definition focus surface is sharp and sharp. The soft bokeh with a shallow depth of field is captured in the shade to create an emotional and moist atmosphere. When shooting at a shallow depth, you can feel the accurate focusing by the linear motor.
The ball bokeh shows a beautiful outline. The small light reflected on the chain blends into the background as it goes deeper into the screen, and the car headlights and show windows have become gentle nuances.
The XF33mmF1.4 R LM WR offers a wide variety of bokeh that can be expressed in depth. You can enjoy a more impressive finish depending on the combination of the film simulation.
Overwhelming resolution performance
The standard angle of view is 50mm in the 35mm equivalent, easy to use for any subject. Since the lens itself is a wide-angle lens of 33mm. The depth is deep, and the sharpness of the pan focus. This is especially nice for snapshot shooting. Stands out, and it demonstrates amazing sharpness without narrowing down.
The three-dimensional effect that allows. You to feel the depth of the entire screen and the high resolution that allows you to feel shadows. While the contrast is high, play a key role in snapping when you stop and release the shutter.
It is a Japanese building that looks flat to the naked eye. But even the finest materials are projected in detail. It is a very realistic depiction that brings out the beauty of the shadows. The rough texture of the surface that you can see that the craftsman finished it by hand.
I took a picture of the dimly lit eaves at night. But it shows the depth of the shadow part in detail.
The resolution peak is around F5.6. You might think it’s too shallow, but it’s also a convincing number when looking at. The next-generation high-pixel sensor.
Linear drive inner focus AF and dustproof/splashproof mechanism.
An inner focus method is used to drive the focus group. Accurate focusing with a linear motor enhances focus accuracy at shallow depths of the field. Enabling high-quality shooting with reduced camera shake and noise even in low-light scenes. It’s so quiet that you don’t feel any sound at all, and the high-speed. High-precision AF captures. The subject quickly and accurately.
In addition, the X-T4’s in-body with(XF33mmF1.4 R LM WR) image stabilization makes it easy to shoot for long seconds. I feel the real thrill of a large-diameter lens that can capture brightly even in the dark.
The dustproof, drip-proof, and low-temperature resistant structure of -10 ° C. Which is becoming standard equipment on XF lenses, has 11 sealings on the lens barrel. I was shooting in the light rain with my umbrella, and I often noticed wet. The dustproof and drip-proof mechanism is safe for landscape photography and shooting in the city or at the beach.
Intuitively, I felt the strength of the X-mount single focus lens as strong as it could be. It is easy to compare it with the XF33mmF1.4 R LM WR. Which is said to be a god lens. Because of the focal length similar to the brightness of the open F value. Still, the design, sensor, and processor are different from the initial release of the X series about 10 years ago. The design is different, and it is appropriate to recognize this as a “new standard lens” newly designed for the next generation.
What kind of camera will appear in the future, and how will the image of this lens change? It is a standard lens that I want to master for the future.
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