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Fuji’s 50mm f/1 could be the ultimate bokehlicious portrait lens

We’ve seen a lot of cool lenses hit the market in recent months, but this time it feels a lot special. That’s because Fuji has finally released it’s long-awaited XF50mmF1.0 R WR – the world’s first autofocus lens for mirrorless cameras that features a whopping maximum aperture of f/1.

Featuring an effective focal length of 75mm on Fuji’s popular APS-C sensor cameras such as the X-T4, the  XF50mmF1.0 R WR is quite possibly the holy grail for portrait photographers thanks to the flattering focal length and the ability to create an insanely shallow depth of field, helping portrait subjects to stand out in the frame.

Image by Jonas Rask/ Fujifilm

Built around a ‘12 lens elements in nine groups’ design, the XF 50mm f/1 features one aspherical element and two extra-low dispersion (ED) elements. Fuji explains that the ‘precision-engineered, rounded diaphragm produces large, smooth bokeh for a professional look’ and that lens is also suited for street photography in low light conditions thanks to the sheer amount of light it lets in, which will keep shutter speeds fast, drastically reducing the risk of blurry images. 

Image by Michael Schnabl / Fujifilm, captured using the XF50mm f/1.0 WR lens.

The uses extend further as the XF 50mm F/1 will also be a useful optic for astrophotography, reducing the need for higher ISO levels and thus reducing the amount of digital noise captured in the frame. In fact, Fuji explains the XF50mmF1.0 R WR ‘brings more light to the sensor than any previous XF lens, making it possible for the autofocus to operate on FUJIFILM X-Pro3 and X-T4 cameras at -7EV luminance level.’

Image by Yukio Uchida / Fujifilm, captured using the XF50mm f/1.0 WR lens.

The XF50mmF1.0 R WR features a professional build that is weather-resistant sporting seals in 11 locations, enabling photographers to keep working when harsh weather begins – in fact it’s capable of use in temperatures down to 14°F (-10°C). Plus, the build also benefits from a manual focus ring that includes 120º of rotation, making autofocus movements more precise.

Image by Yukio Uchida / Fujifilm, captured using the XF50mm f/1.0 WR lens.

Despite sporting that extreme f/1 maximum aperture, Fuji has managed to keep dimensions on the portable side, with the XF50mmF1.0 R WR measuring 4.07in (103.5mm) long and tipping the scales at just 1.86 pounds (845 grams).

Fuji says the XF50mmF1.0 R WR lens will be available from Autumn and is competitively price at around $1,499/£1,499.

Image by Kurako/ Fujifilm, captured using the XF50mm f/1.0 WR lens.