New Fujifilm XF 27mm f2.8 R WR : Weather-sealed and aperture ring

Compact and versatile for street and travel

In addition to the 70-300mm f4-5.6, Fujifilm continues to complement its XF line of lenses for its APS-C hybrid cameras, with a new version of the 27mm F2.8. The XF27mmF2.8 R WR will be available at the end of March 2021, benefits from tropicalization, is equipped with a diaphragm ring and a new dome lens hood.

It will be necessary to distinguish the old model, the XF 27mm F2.8 (I’ve used a lot for my street photos) and the new XF 27mm F2.8 R WR: do not buy an old model at the price of the new one as we have seen on some websites! From the outset, the acronym WR indicates that this new XF 27mm F2.8 offers a weather-resistant construction, with seven seals protecting it from splashing water and dust and allowing it to operate up to – 10 °. But the presence of the acronym WR denotes much more radical internal and external transformations. The new XF 27mm F2.8 R WR has indeed a diaphragm ring with an A position allowing automatic opening, while the previous version had no aperture ring. Only the number 27 appeared on the rear detent. This old model is suitable for Fuji hybrids of the XA series (3/5/7) and for all models that have a mode dial and therefore an A position (aperture priority) with aperture adjustment from the camera and not from the lens. The new version is perfectly suited to Fuji Xs without a mode dial (à la Leica) such as the new X-E4 and of course the X-T 1/2/3/4 and X-Pro. The old 27mm without diaphragm ring is very difficult to control on these models. Also the new one is a very surprising ultra-compact dome-shaped lens hood (LHCP-27), delivered as standard and purchased separately for the old XF27. Finally, internally, if the optical formula is still based on 7 lenses divided into 5 groups, Fuji has introduced an aspherical central lens to better reduce distortions. Autofocus allows a minimum focus of 34 cm. The dimensions are the same (2.3 cm high), 39 mm filter. The weight increases slightly to 84g (78g on the old model). Angle of view of a 41mm in 24×36 (55.5 °). Available at the end of March for € 449.

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Jacques Julien

French photographer based in Paris specialised in black and white photographs, animal photos, architecture, portraits.