Wednesday, June 13, 2012

New Reviews Of Fuji X Pro 1 Lenses

Some real, charted reviews of Fuji's three X Pro 1 lenses have, at long last, been posted. I'm surprised that it took this long, but so be it.

The 18mm lens performs as expected: very sharp in the center and rather poor in the edges. The images were a disappointment and so are these review results. Chromatic aberrations are rather high, to boot. All in all, I would not buy this lens.

Their example of the 35mm performs within the range that was expected. I say that way because it actually performs worse than the example that I used. This is a subjective analysis, obviously, but their charts show the lens performing only adequately up to f/4.0. My experience with the lens had it performing very well at the image edge at f/2.0. Again, subjective.

The 60mm lens performs almost identically to the Canon EF-S 60mm macro as regards resolution and trades wins vis a vis chromatic aberrations and vignetting. There is no complete winner, but I would definitely choose the Canon over the Fuji for its AF that actually works.

The conclusions to be reached were reached some time ago from the various subjective tests released by famous online photographers: the 60mm and 35mm are both very much worth their price, the 18mm is not. Fuji should be proud. Two fantastic lenses at the launch of their system is more than 4/3, Micro 4/3, NEX, and Samsung's NX cameras. Hell, Pentax has had their APS-C cameras out for years and still doesn't have anything world-class. Good show, Fuji.

Now, if you can just fix that AF.

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