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Review of the Fuji XF 27mm Pancake Lens — 16 Comments

  1. Dan,
    I’ve been enjoying your post, thanks for the effort. I’ve used the 27mm on my xe2 and now on my xt1. As you pointed out it’s a great compact travel set up. I like the combination so much I sold my x100s. There is such a thing as to much gear. A few weeks back I bought a used 18mm and it’s almost replaced the 27. I like both focal lengths but the 18 does work a bit better for me. Also, turns out, I do miss having an aperture ring on the lens. The best part though, I often find myself out and about with the xe2 and both lenses. They are just that compact.
    Bill

  2. Bill, Thanks for your comments. I know what you mean about gear, I’ve often thought of getting an X100, but I just think it would be redundant with what I already have. Especially now that I’m using the X-T1. I fear that it would end up being a $1,200 paperweight.

    Regarding the 18- If I didn’t already have the 14mm, I might have considered getting the 18mm a little more. I do like wide angle, and as I said in my post I’d probably get more use out of a focal length like the XF 18. However, since I do have the 14, the 27 gives me a little wider range for my focal lengths. For me, the 18 would be a little too close to the 14, and I probably wouldn’t end up using it very much. This way, I’ve got a solid wide angle and a solid, extremely lightweight normal lens that can do portraits in a pinch. The other factor is that I also have the 18-55, so even though it’s bigger glass, I’ve already got that 18 range covered.

    Since you have used both lenses, I’ll ask you- how do you find the focus speed on the 18 compared to the 27?

  3. H Dan,

    It’s even more complicated. I also have the 14 and the 18-55. I bought the 18 used just to see if I liked it. And I really do. I still prefer the 14, it’s just a killer lens and offers a great prospective but I use the 18 more because of its small size. I’m completely happy with the IQ if the 18. The third shot back on my 500px page (light house at night) was shot with the 18 and I can’t see any soft edges like some have suggested. That last bits meant to be taken lightly; if you look at the photo you’ll see why. http://www.500px.com/williamvthomas/photos

    I have the latest firmware on the 18 and the 27 lenses and on both my xe2 and xt1 and I really can’t see any difference in focus speed. Both more then meet my needs. I do like that the 18 will focus in closer.

    As I side note my 18-55 zoom was in for repairs last month and I found it hard to work in snow and weather with just primes. I’m still sorting things out and the new 10-24 and the upcoming 18-135 are not making things any simpler.

  4. Bill- Again, I’m with you. The 14 is a fantastic lens. I love it so much that I will probably not get the 10-24, but that 18-135 is intriguing. I’m still trying to figure out what my ideal long lens will be with the X-T1. I like the 55-200, but am really curious to see what’s in the Fuji lens pipeline.

    Good to know about the 18, I’d heard mixed reviews regarding sharpness and AF speed. If it’s as fast, or near as fast as the 27, the it sound like really nice glass! Regarding the 18-55, the only thing I don’t like about that lens is that the zoom creeps too easily. I might have to use one of those anti-lens creep rubber band things to help control that!

  5. Dan, I’m still sitting the fence on the wide zoom. For outdoor work I don’t need it but I shoot some interior boat stuff where it would come in handy. For now though I’m holding off.
    I also have the 55-200, great lens but something longer would be nice. Like you I’m waiting to see what’s down the road.

  6. According to the Fuji lens map, they have a 50-140 f/2.8 tele zoom in the works for late 2014. Probably won’t be super light, but could be a fantastic lens. The mockups show a tripod collar. If it’s removable, that may well be the one for me.

  7. I like the 2.8 aperture on the 50-140 zoom but I’m wondering about the longer zoom on the road map. It’s good that they are showing tripod collars.
    For now though I hope the 18-135 is a good lens. That should hole me for sometime.

  8. I’m wondering about that longer lens as well. I haven’t heard any details. My completely uneducated guess is something like 100-300 f/4.

  9. Dan. A welcome review: I recently acquired a mint, used X-E1 with 18-55 & 35mm lenses, the sum of which provide great picture taking opportunities. However, the 27mm would provide a much more compact and convenient format for carrying in a pocket or ordinary brief case. I also quite like the focal length – similar to a much loved Olympus rangefinder from the filmic days.
    Question: how much of a hinderence is it not having an aperture ring?
    Thanks for a great web site!
    Terry

  10. Terry, I don’t find the lack of an aperture ring to be a very big deal. With my Nikons, I’ve been adjusting aperture for years with the front command dial, so I’m used to that method. I do like having the aperture ring on the other Fuji lens, but I’ll gladly give it up in exchange for how compact the 27mm lens is. Thanks for the comments!

  11. Hi Dan. Thanks ever so much for all of the comments you have made here. I am very new to the x family currently migrating from Nikon although I still plan(at present!) to keep my D7100. In the UK at present there are some really good offers on by means of being able to have a choice of free lenses. Having now seen what you have said my next free lens will be the 27, as I have also been toying with getting the x100s. Keep up the good work and all the best from Wales.

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  13. I agree that the current 50 1.4 is fllisimy built and that many people are not too happy with the wide-open IQ.But I still think what Canon needs even more is a a fast and affordable APS-C standard zoom. The Nikon folks have the new DX-only 35 1.8, while the Canon followers are left with either the ancient 28 1.8 with less than mediocre IQ (but apparently fast AF) or the Sigma 30 1.4 with decent IQ (in the image center) and the usual AF troubles. I chose the latter route and while qide-open IQ is OK, I can’t say I am too happy with the AF consistency in real-world situations, its just a bit hit and miss.If Canon had a decent option in that area, price- and feature-wise (USM!) similar to Nikon’s offering, this could get a lot of casual DSLR buyers to try out the prime root. Like an entry drug to make people buy the expensive L primes afterwards.

  14. Dan
    Since my last post on 20/3/14 I have acquired the 27mm lens and absolutely love it; compact, great iq and a very ‘sociable’ field of view. It stays on my E1, which now gets carried everywhere, often with the 35 in another pocket.
    Terry

  15. Hi,

    Thanks for the review (but it confirmed what I already experienced in practice). The 27mm is a great little lens, and it is virtually glued to my X-E1. I do happen to like the 40mm FOV, so I am very pleased with the combination. When I first got it, I disliked the lack of an aperture control ring, but actually the thumb wheel works very well for that. It’s probably even better on a X-E2 or X-T10, but I did not jump to that generation yet. Even indoors, it works well enough on my X-E1 camera.

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