Fujifilm has introduced a new 50 mm X-series lens with an f/1.0 aperture that has never been seen before. According to Fujifilm, the XF 50mmF1.0 R WR is the first f/1 autofocus lens for mirrorless cameras worldwide and marks the company’s 35th X-series lens. His field of view on Fujifilm’s APS-C sensors is about 75mm-equivalent.
The existing fastest lens for Fujifilm was the 56 mm f/1.2, which is the aperture that companies such as Canon and Nikon also prefer to top up when developing autofocus lenses. Although Canon did at one point make a 50 mm f/1.0 autofocus for its DSLRs, it was retired decades ago. Before, Leica and Nikon made f/0.95 lenses, but they only served with manual focus. Large aperture settings help the user to get shallower picture depth and shoot on at lower ISO settings or faster shutter speeds.
Long in production, this is not something that will be a practical tool for most photographers, but rather a statement lens for Fujifilm. The shorter focal length will at least partially compensate the disparity in field depth between this and the 56 mm f/1.2, and the 50 mm at 845 g, or about 1.9lbs, is much bigger and stronger. However, it does offer weather sealing.