Hands on Fujinon XF50mm f1.0 Portrait Lens @ Fujifilm Workshop

Once again, I am delighted to share my experience of joining the second portrait photoshoot Fujifilm workshop held at Saloma Bridge in Kuala Lumpur. This incredible event was organized by YL Camera in collaboration with Fujifilm Malaysia and Fujifilm X-Photographer, Joie Koo, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it once more. Do check out some photos shot with the Fujifilm X-H2S from the previous Fujifilm workshop event held in Kwai Chai Hong.

This time around, there was a pleasant surprise awaiting me at the workshop—I was able to get my hands on the highly anticipated Fujinon XF50mm f1.0 R WR lens! During the first session of the Fujifilm workshop, this lens was in high demand and had been rented out, so I had to explore the photography possibilities with a different lens.

However, this time, I had the privilege of using the Fujinon XF50mm f1.0 R WR lens, and let me tell you, it was an absolute joy to work with. From the moment I held it in my hands, I could feel the solid build quality and appreciate the attention to detail that Fujifilm put into designing this lens. The lens exuded a sense of reliability and craftsmanship, which heightened my excitement to put it to the test.

Exploring The New Lens

Equipped with my trusted Fujifilm X-T4 camera, I embarked on the photoshoot armed with the extraordinary Fujinon XF50mm f1.0 lens, a combination that proved to be a match made in photography heaven. Throughout the entire session, I had the pleasure of capturing stunning images using my latest own carefully crafted Fujifilm recipes, namely Ethereal Street and Reverie Noir. I recommend exploring the newly developed Fusion Obscura, a meticulously crafted photography style that excels in capturing muted yet captivating film-like portraits, as well as achieving a cinematic look for street photography.

What sets the newly created Obscura recipes apart is its ability to achieve these stunning results without relying on additional lens accessories like diffusion filters. If you are looking to get some lens accessories, the 50mm lens have a 77mm filter thread size.

Exploring The Fujifilm's Fujinon XF50mm f1 R WR Portrait Lens

KL Photographer Malaysia Fujifilm 2023 - Fujinon XF50mm f1.0 R WR
Fujifilm X-T4 // Fujinon XF50mm f1.0 R WR

As a personal travel photographer in Malaysia, I am always on the lookout for lenses that can truly capture the essence and beauty of my subjects. And I must say, the Fujinon XF50mm f1.0 R WR lens exceeded my expectations. With its wide maximum aperture of f/1.0, I was able to achieve stunning depth of field effects and create beautifully blurred backgrounds that emphasized the main subject of my photographs.

Shooting at f/1.0 allowed me to explore new creative possibilities and experiment with various techniques. It gave me the ability to isolate my subjects, ensuring they stood out in the frame while the background melted away into a dreamy bokeh. The lens performed exceptionally well in low-light conditions, enabling me to capture sharp, detailed images even in challenging environments.

What impressed me the most was the lens’s ability to produce tack-sharp images even at its widest aperture. The level of detail and the overall image quality were outstanding, showcasing Fujifilm’s commitment to delivering exceptional optics. The lens also exhibited minimal distortion and chromatic aberration, further enhancing the overall image quality and allowing me to achieve accurate and lifelike renditions of my subjects.

I found myself falling in love with the Fujinon XF50mm f1.0 R WR lens throughout the workshop. It became evident that this lens is truly one of the best portrait lenses that Fujifilm has ever produced. Its outstanding performance, combined with the renowned Fujifilm color science, resulted in images that were not only technically excellent but also visually captivating.


In conclusion, getting the opportunity to test out the f/1.0 aperture on the Fujinon XF50mm f1.0 R WR lens was a remarkable experience. It allowed me to push the boundaries of my portrait photography and unleash my creativity in new and exciting ways. I am grateful to YL Camera, Fujifilm Malaysia, and the organizers of the workshop for providing me with this chance to explore the capabilities of such an exceptional lens.

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