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Highly Recommended awardFujifilm's XF 50-140mm f2.8 is a bright telephoto zoom for its X-mount mirrorless cameras, upon which it delivers a popular 75-210mm equivalent range with a constant f2.8 focal ratio that's ideal for close-range sports, action and wildlife shooting. It's also a flexible range for portrait work with flattened perspective and shallow depth-of-field effects. In use, the autofocus is swift and silent, the optics sharp across the frame, the rendering attractive, and the build quality up to professional standards. If your budget won't stretch, sacrifice the bright f2.8 aperture, weather sealing and quick focusing for models like the XF 55-200mm f3.5-4.8, or the entry-level XC 50-230mm f4.5-6.7. If you need something with longer reach, head for the XF 100-400mm. But if you desire the 75-210mm range with a bright aperture, the XF 50-140mm f2.8 is really your only choice. Luckily it won't disappoint and is worth spending the extra on.

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Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f2.8 review-so-far

Fujifilm’s XF 50-140mm f2.8 is a bright telephoto zoom for its X-mount mirrorless cameras. Announced in September 2014, it delivers a popular 75-210mm equivalent range with a constant f2.8 focal ratio that’s ideal for close-range sports, action and wildlife shooting, as well as portrait work with flattened perspective and shallow depth-of-field effects.

The optical design employs 23 elements in 16 groups with five ED elements and one Super ED element. The focal ratio is a constant f2.8 throughout the range and there’s seven rounded aperture blades. The focus system boasts triple linear motors for fast, smooth and quiet operation. The lens sports optical image stabilisation and a closest focusing distance of 1m for a maximum magnification of 0.12x. The barrel is dust and weather-sealed, measures 83mm in diameter, 176mm in length, weighs 995g and employs a 72mm filter thread.

There’s a variety of telephoto zooms now available for the X-series, including more affordable options for those on tighter budgets, or longer focal lengths for greater reach, but if you need a tele-zoom with a bright and constant f2.8 focal ratio for low-light shooting or shallow depth-of-field effects, then the XF 50-140mm is the one to go for. In my tests it’s proven to be ideal for close-range sports and a flexible option for portrait work. Check out my sample images below.

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Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f2.8 sample images

 

Above: Model:X-T2, Shutter speed:1/3500, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:140.0 mm

 

Above: Model:X-T2, Shutter speed:1/500, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:X-T2, Shutter speed:1/480, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:140.0 mm

 

Above: Model:X-T2, Shutter speed:1/4000, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:250, Focal length:140.0 mm

 

Above: Model:X-T2, Shutter speed:1/4000, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:140.0 mm

 

Above: Model:X-T2, Shutter speed:1/4000, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:140.0 mm

 

Above: Model:X-T2, Shutter speed:1/8000, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:320, Focal length:140.0 mm

 

Above: Model:X-T2, Shutter speed:1/8000, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:320, Focal length:140.0 mm

 

Above: Model:X-T2, Shutter speed:1/8000, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:250, Focal length:140.0 mm

 

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