Callum McInerney-Riley tries out a medium telephoto prime for Fujifilm’s X system.
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 90mm f/2 R LM WR – Our verdict
Although the 90mm gives superb results when stopped down, what is more important to most users is its performance at maximum aperture, and Fujifilm has absolutely got it right with this lens. Wide open, the lens is really sharp and free from any worrying optical flaws, while the bokeh and out-of-focus areas are delightful for portraits. The autofocusing isn’t as fast as some of Fuji’s lenses, but it’s a definite improvement over the 56mm and is very quiet and accurate. This is important given the very shallow depth of field when shooting wide open.
It’s hard to criticise this lens, but the one thing that goes against it is the lack of versatility of the 90mm focal length.
For portraits, especially tight headshots, the Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.6 does a good job, but the 90mm f/2 just does it better. If the focal length works for the type of photography you do, then put simply, this is a must-have lens.