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FujifilmXF 27mm f/2.8 Lens (Silver)
 
4.6

(based on 67 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (52)
  • Easy to use (31)
  • Reliable (16)
  • Durable (12)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (9)

Cons

  • No aperture ring (5)
  • No hood (3)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (36)
  • Travel (34)
  • Home (10)
  • Landscape/scenery (9)
  • Portraits (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (26), Semi-professional (10), Professional (7), Photo enthusiast (5), Semi-pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (54)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent compact all-purpose lens

This is a perfect all-purpose lens that I keep on my X-E1 all the time. The optical performance is good at f/2.8 and superb at f/4 and smaller. Distortion is minimal;...Read complete review

This is a perfect all-purpose lens that I keep on my X-E1 all the time. The optical performance is good at f/2.8 and superb at f/4 and smaller. Distortion is minimal; in-camera jpegs correct for it and RAW files need minimal correction. The 39mm filter mount is a bit odd, but you can buy inexpensive hoods and filters from various vendors, and if you have Leica M 39mm filters, they will fit fine. With the camera set at 1:1 aspect ration, this lens gives you a square Rolleiflex framing. Lots of fun, highly recommended. One downside: I wish it had a larger aperture, possibly f/2.0.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good value at $199

I bought this during a Fuji discount period for $[$]which is a reasonable price. The regular $[$]is not appropriate IMHO for this class of lens and build. Compared to the...Read complete review

I bought this during a Fuji discount period for $[$]which is a reasonable price. The regular $[$]is not appropriate IMHO for this class of lens and build. Compared to the 18mm and 23mm this lens has slow auto focus motor and hunts for focus in low light. It is however very small and light.

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4.0

Good lens, tough competition

By UrQuan3

from Huntsville, AL

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

  • Poor in Low Light
  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments about XF 27mm f/2.8 Lens (Silver):

I picked up the 27mm to be a nearly pocket sized street photo lens. There is nothing wrong with the lens. It takes good daylight pictures. The problem is the other lens I have for this camera, the "Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Zoom Lens" is better in nearly every way.

The 27mm is slightly sharper, and has a slightly larger aperature. However the lack of image stabilization means that the 18-55mm performs better in basically all hand-held situations except full sun. If you plan to use a tripod, why have a compact lens?

The auto focus is fairly slow at one-half to one second.

Don't get me wrong. It is a good lens. It is compact. If you have the cheaper kit lens this may be a good buy. I just can't justify it compared to the other lens I have.

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5.0

My very favorite lens

By Sandman

from New Mexico

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about XF 27mm f/2.8 Lens (Black):

    Wonderful everyday, walkaround lens. Very compact, Very sharp, fast & accurate autofocus.

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    5.0

    Nice lens!

    By Beth

    from Mass

    Comments about XF 27mm f/2.8 Lens (Silver):

    Almost did not buy it but glad I did. Takes fantastic photos. The small size means this lens is almost always on the camera and it fits in my purse! Highly recommend. I am using it with a Fuji XM-1.

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    5.0

    Great image quality in a small package

    By Alan

    from Redmond, WA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about XF 27mm f/2.8 Lens (Black):

        Great value, especially with the recent Fuji discount. I use this on my XT-1 for walk-around shooting, and it's a fantastic light-weight combination. It's not quite as small as a x100S, but pretty close. Imagine quality is great, although I wish it was just a bit wider than 27mm.

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        5.0

        Very good lens

        By Nicolas

        from Cambridge, MA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about XF 27mm f/2.8 Lens (Black):

            I am really pleased to have bought this lens. It is small and pancake and make it the ideal companion of a Fuji X-T1. The equivalent field of view of 41mm make it really natural for street photography where you will enjoy its compactness

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            5.0

            Great Lens, Small Package

            By Mark

            from Connecticut

            Comments about XF 27mm f/2.8 Lens (Black):

            Many of the reviews I read prior to purchasing this praised it for its sharpness and compactness. It focuses quickly and quietly on the X-E2 and makes this camera as compact as possible. While I would have liked it to be a faster (maybe f/2) lens the overall size makes up for it. While I have and always use hoods for now I am not going to worry about getting one for this lens. The lack of an aperture ring is not a problem, if you have used a DSLR then you are familiar with the command dial aperture control. Although I do like having the ring on the other Fuji X lenses that I own.

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            5.0

            Excellent prime lens for Fuji X-E2

            By News Strategies LLC

            from Washington, DC

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Sharp Image

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about XF 27mm f/2.8 Lens (Black):

              While I've not done back flips about Fuji's 18-55mm zoom that's part of the X-E2 kit, the XF 27mm prime lens is sharp as a razor. Good all-purpose lens for the camera. I prefer it was my primary lens for the camera.

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              5.0

              A dandy little lens

              By Photo Bill

              from San Francisco, CA

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Travel

              Cons

              • No Hood

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about XF 27mm f/2.8 Lens (Black):

              This is a dandy little lens, sharp and contrasty--and, best of all, small. I'd like it perhaps a trifle wider, but the focal length is a good compromise for a lens ideally suited to everyday, walk-around use. And I like using the control wheel on my X Pro 1 to control the aperture--the wheel just falls naturally beneath my thumb. The wee size of this lens makes it easier for me to carry my camera all the time, with I like to do. While I own three other X-mount lenses, this one will be on my camera much of the time, especially when I'm traveling.

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              5.0

              Love this little gem

              By Ken Bennett

              from North Carolina

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Shaor
              • Sharp

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Candid photography
                • Everyday carry
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Street photography

                Comments about XF 27mm f/2.8 Lens (Silver):

                This is my seventh Fuji X series lens, and looking at the others that I own and shoot every day, it seems an improbable addition. After all, I have the 23/1.4 and the 35/1.4, so I seem to have the 27mm focal length covered, and if I need that exact framing I can pull out the 18-55 zoom. So why buy this lens?

                Because it make my spare XE1 body just about pocketable - certainly it now fits in a jacket pocket, or in a tiny waist pack, or in my smallest shoulder bag with an iPad and a spare battery. So I always have a good camera with me, one that can make excellent pictures under widely varying conditions, much better than any point and shoot or my phone.

                Because the image quality is simply outstanding, sharp and contrasty, and it focuses quickly and accurately even on first-generation bodies.

                Because the 40mm-equivalent focal length is one of my favorites -- wide enough to capture the scene without being so wide as to cause any distortion, It's the perfect lens for street photography, candid portraits, travel, and more.

                I've been waiting for this lens since I retired my Panasonic micro 4/3 system and its excellent 20mm pancake lens. This is the perfect replacement -- small, light, with excellent image quality and plenty of speed.

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                4.0

                Reminescence of my Rollei35s

                By Jay

                from Singapore

                Comments about XF 27mm f/2.8 Lens (Black):

                After switching from Rollei35s to the X-E2 kit, XF-27mm was amongst my top choices for street and I was not dissappointed. Although it didn't look like much, the images produced was sharp & contrasty. It is fast enough at f/2.8 since Fuji X generally holds up pretty well at ISO3200. Any faster for the lens would mean heavier & chunckier gear. IMHO, brighter lenses doesn't necessary equate to better imagery & usability. Anyway, being inconspicuous, light and economical, it combine well with X-E2 for everyday & any-street photography. Perfect sub for my Rollei35S. Of note, the AF mech is a little annoying as the lense fully extends before retracting to the focus point. Notwithstanding this, if you like 35/40mm perspective & especially street, you owe it to yourself to try this lens out ;)

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                5.0

                Lightweight lens

                By Stephen

                from Indonesia

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Night Photography

                  Comments about XF 27mm f/2.8 Lens (Black):

                  Bought this lens during big discount period to use with Fuji XT-1 and can't be happier.

                  Fast, super light (less than 100grams) and sharp image result, made this lens to be my priority lens that I'd be using most of the time.

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                  5.0

                  Extraordinary lens

                  By Joe

                  from California

                  Comments about XF 27mm f/2.8 Lens (Black):

                  I am not usually attracted to pancake lenses. I am however very attracted to super sharp lenses. Fuji has put together a credible selection of pro glass for their semi pro X series of cameras.

                  But this 27mm is in a class by itself. At f/5.6 it is a brilliant performer. From wide open to f8 it is simply so good that all I can say is buy it.

                  It is a short normal as opposed to the 35mm f/1.4 which would be a more traditional focal length. If a super fast lens is not as important to you as center to edge resolution then this is the lens for you.

                  The only negatives that I can see is that the f stop is controlled in the camera which is true of many of the Fuji X series lenses. And it is a conservative F/2.8 lens. It is however very light and compact.

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                  4.0

                  Nice lens.

                  By Travis

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Slowish
                  • Wish It Was A 1x

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about XF 27mm f/2.8 Lens (Black):

                  Compact and lightweight are the two key features of this lens. It is a nice little package when fitted on my X-E2.I was totally thrown when I saw the "Made In China" siginature on the lens. None of the other Fuji products I've seen are made in China so I thought it was maybe a one off thing (probably to help offset the fact that this lens is always on backorder and out of stock). Not really sure. It is a sturdy lens but I would say it lacks in the build quality that the 35mm/1.4 has.Overall a good lens. Sharp images across the board. Tends to lose sharpness the more you open it up but performs great around f/5.The sale price of $[*] that I bought it at is a great deal but I most likely would have never bought this lens at the normal price point.

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                  5.0

                  Nice walk-around lens

                  By Yellowhorse

                  from Minneapolis, MN

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                  • No aperture ring

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about XF 27mm f/2.8 Lens (Black):

                  This lens is very compact and lightweight. It can be carried and used discretely, and will not unbalance lighter X series bodies such as the XE-1. I also use it with my XT-1 with battery grip, and they are great together. Not as fast as some other Fuji primes, but 2.8 isn't bad. This is the only XF lens I own that does not have an aperture ring, which takes a little getting used to.

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                  5.0

                  Incredible Little Lens!

                  By MDB

                  from Illinois

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Home
                    • Portraits
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about XF 27mm f/2.8 Lens (Black):

                    A must-have lens if you own a Fuji X camera. The field of view is perfect for everyday walk-around photography. This lens produces razor sharp images (cannot tell the difference in sharpness from Fuji 35mm f1.4 lens, which I also own), and the compact and lightweight characteristics of this lens will transform your Fuji X camera into the perfect travel set-up. I have nothing but praise for this little lens.

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                    5.0

                    Unbelievable

                    By John

                    from Palmetto, FL

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good value
                    • Image Quality
                    • Lightweight
                    • price
                    • Quality
                    • Reliable
                    • Speed

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Home
                      • Portraits
                      • Street
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about XF 27mm f/2.8 Lens (Black):

                      I wanted a lens that would be light weight, sharp, good contrast and fast focusing to use on the Fujifilm X-E2 when doing street photography
                      When I saw the price after instant rebate that B&H was offering, I couldn't resist. This lens has met those criteria and then some.The image quality is excellent. It feels like I have no lens at all on the camera. It is not only great for street work, but is a fantastic general travel photography lens. If your looking for a light lens with fantastic image quality, this is it.

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                      5.0

                      Great lens!

                      By Sam S

                      from Melbourne, Australia

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable
                      • Sharp

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Street Photography
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about XF 27mm f/2.8 Lens (Black):

                        I use this lens as my main walkabout and it always goes back on the body after I've finished using any other lens. I'm SO glad I bought it and even happier I managed to get a copy when it was on special right here @ $ !! even at current price I'd still buy it.

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                        5.0

                        Great general walk around lens

                        By Shootist

                        from Georgia

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Very compact

                        Cons

                        • No aperture ring

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about XF 27mm f/2.8 Lens (Silver):

                        I gave this lens 5 stars and it is except that it is f2.8 and has no aperture ring. Other than that I would recommend this lens to anyone looking for a compact lens for the Fuji X series of cameras. It is not to wide and not to narrow. Focuses fairly quickly and has great optics.
                        I am switching from Leica M digital to Fuji X series and I'm not missing the Leica one bit.

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                        5.0

                        This lens surprised me..

                        By Rune

                        from Denmark

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Light And Sharp

                        Cons

                        • No Hood

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about XF 27mm f/2.8 Lens (Black):

                        I bought this lens because I wanted a very compact carry-everywhere lens for my Fuji X-E2. It was not as expensive as the other Fujinon lenses, so I did not expect it to be anything special. But I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the files on my computer. The optical performance is nothing short of astonishing, extremely sharp files, with great resolution and beautiful, slightly muted colors. The image quality is in the same league as the other 5 Fuji lenses that I own.

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                        5.0

                        excelent optics in a small package

                        By fotografika

                        from santo domingo

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about XF 27mm f/2.8 Lens (Black):

                          very discrect and very very efective 5of 5

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