Fuji X-Pro1 review

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Fuji X Pro1 review

Fuji's new Fujinon XF 18mm f/2 R, XF 35mm f/1.4 R and XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro lenses produce images that are comparable with 27mm, 53mm and 91mm on a full-frame camera.

The decision to launch the Fuji X-Pro1 with three fast fixed focal length optics underlines Fuji's stated intent to appeal to serious photographers.

Fuji x pro1 review

We're told that we can expect to see zoom lenses in the future, but that the manufacturer's primary goal is to give professional and enthusiast photographers a high-quality system.

All three lenses have a high quality feel, and the focusing rings turn smoothly. However, we'd like the steps in the aperture rings to feel a little more pronounced and the rings to be just a little stiffer.

Fuji x pro1 review

According to Fuji, the lens aperture blades are contoured to give a sharper edge and more pleasant bokeh. This appears to be confirmed by many of our test images, since the out of focus areas have a lovely smoothness and highlights have soft edges.

The only fly in the ointment seems to be a few instances of quite pronounced chromatic aberration spoiling backlit edges towards the edge of images shot with the 18mm lens.

Fuji x pro1 review

We will publish a fuller test and lab assessment of the lenses in the near future.


Head of Testing, Cameras

Angela (Twitter, Google+, website) is head of testing for Future's photography portfolio, writing and overseeing reviews of photographic equipment for Digital Camera, Photography Week, PhotoPlus, NPhoto and Practical Photoshop as well as TechRadar's cameras channel. Angela has a degree in photography and multimedia and prior to joining Future in October 2010 was Amateur Photographer magazine's technical editor.