Callum McInerney-Riley tries out a medium telephoto prime for Fujifilm’s X system.
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 90mm f/2 R LM WR – Build and handling
Weighing 540g, the 90mm f/2 is a fairly weighty lens, although that’s to be expected from a large amount of glass and an all-metal construction. At 105mm in length and 75mm in diameter, it sits comfortably and balances well on larger Fujifilm cameras like the Fujifilm X-T1 or Fujifilm X-Pro1. However, on smaller cameras it may feel less balanced.
It is likely the average camera user can’t remember the plethora of acronyms in most lens names, but the ‘WR’ on the 90mm stands for ‘weather resistant’. It joins the XF 16mm f/1.4R WR in being only the second Fujinon prime lens to feature weather sealing. The extensive rubber gaskets ensure the lens is dust-resistant, weather-resistant and can be used at temperatures as low as -10°C.
Like all Fujinon R-type lenses, the 90mm f/2 has a manual aperture ring that’s adjustable from f/2 to f/16 in 1⁄3-stop increments. Past f/16 a red ‘A’ mark is visible, indicating the lens’s automatic position. Some of the Fujinon aperture rings of old have had handling issues with indefinite clicks and overall looseness. However, the aperture ring on the 90mm has nice firm clicks that prevent accidental movement without being too stiff.
Unlike some Fujinon primes, such as the 16mm f/1.4, the 90mm f/2 doesn’t have either a push-pull focus ring that can be pulled back for manual focus, or a distance scale. However, the manual focusing ring that covers a large amount of the lens handles very well. It focuses by wire, but feels very intuitive with excellent damping and responsiveness.