The heavyweight multitasker: Fujinon XF50-140mm F2.8
If anyone asks me why Fujifilm? My answer to them would be simple. It’s colour science and optics. It is no hidden fact that Fuji incorporates the best colour science in its cameras using its past experiences from the Analog era. It is also a known truth that the company manufacturers some world-class lenses which outperform every photographer’s expectations.
Today I am going to talk about one such lens that is a multitasker. It has earned the much respected ‘Red’ badge from Fuji which sets it apart from the rest in the XF lineup. It falls in the elite league, which makes it so much more desirable.
Hello, photobuffs. I am Ritesh Ghosh, a Street and Documentary photographer and I shall be giving you my 2 cents on the Fujinon XF50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR lens.
Now, from my introduction, many of you would be wondering why I chose to own this focal length when all I required for street and documentary was a 23mm or 35mm lens. True to your thoughts were mine when I was recommended this lens by a friend who is a landscape photographer.
He was using this lens for his work and was very impressed with the output. Initially, I was a bit apprehensive about his choice, but once he shared some of his images with me, trust me, I got swept away. I reciprocated by ordering one for myself right away. Within a few days, I had this beautiful lens in my hand.
Out of the box, the 50-140mm weighs a decent 2 pounds or a little under 1 kg. Thanks to its optical design, which has 23 elements in 16 groups. The lens comes with a tripod collar, which is removable and doubles up as a grip when shooting with both hands.
Honestly, It did feel front heavy when I first mounted it on my X-T1 body, making it totally unadvisable to hold it single-handedly from the camera body. Although I always carried it from the collar and got used to the weight in a short span of time.
The question which now played across my mind was how to utilise it in my kind of work. Carrying this on the streets would be tiring even if it was placed in my camera bag. The barrel length would intimidate my subjects, making them cautious, which would, in turn, lead to the much-unwanted resistance.
Not before long, I realized that the focal length of 50-140mm could actually be broken down to individual prime lengths of 50mm, 85mm, 100mm and 140mm to be used separately for various genres. I decided to start using this as my portrait lens on the streets using the 50mm and 85mm focal lengths. Investing in this lens actually saved me from spending on dedicated prime lenses for portrait, giving me the exact same output at no extra cost.
The lens has a solid build and is weather resistant making it usable under extreme outdoor conditions. It comes with inbuilt stabilisation too. The enhanced algorithm complements the stabilisation mechanism, thus minimising camera shake when working with slower shutter speeds. The front element comes with a Nano GI coating to suppress flaring and ghosting.
I would highly recommend this lens for its superior build quality and stunning optical performance. The only concerns about this lens are its weight and price tag. But if you can come over them, you can place your bets safely on this heavyweight performer.
Every year, there is a Transit Camp in Kolkata for the pilgrims who take the holy dip in the Ganges at Ganga Sagar. I took the 50-140 and shot some interesting faces at the camp. This gave birth to ‘Faces of India’, a personal project which I have been pursuing for the last 3 years.
The 70-200mm equivalent focal length makes it very easy to capture headshots. The wide f/2.8 aperture compresses the background creating perfect subject isolation. The images that I have shared will make it easy for you to understand the output I have been getting year on year.
“Greetings readers! I am Ritesh Ghosh and I describe myself as a visual storyteller. Simply put, I am a photographer who loves telling stories through his images. My journey as an artist began unknowingly many years ago when I owned a point-and-shoot camera, which I carried with me during family trips. I loved clicking family moments unaware of the vast areas of photography which were out there waiting to be explored. After completing my MBA and working for seven years with a private bank in India, I switched my job and had to leave India for an international assignment. My point-and-shoot also eventually got upgraded to the Fujifilm X100S. Currently, I am a full-time photographer, having quit my corporate career in pursuit of my passion. I own two camera bodies, the X-T1 and X-T3, with a set of six Fujinon lenses. Street is where my heart is while I also love documenting festivals while travelling in India and abroad. I believe that my journey in the second innings of life has just begun and I have a long way to go in the hope of discovering the photographer within me. “