The New 8mm F/3.5 Lens
Fujifilm also released a new 8mm focal length to the X-Mount camera lineup, and boy, it’s a riot. It effortlessly encompasses the subject and the environment without harsh vignetting like most fisheye lenses. However, it's pretty damn wide and, therefore, more niche than I'd care to admit.
With a cropped focal length of 12mm and an expansive viewing angle exceeding 120°, this lens unveils a world brimming with creative potential for vloggers and selfie-lovers. Its ultra-wide focal length lets you intimately frame your subject while including an extensive backdrop, ensuring every aspect of the scene is captured in brilliant detail.
Designed to complement the latest 40-megapixel X-Trans sensors, the XF 8mm F3.5 employs a sophisticated optical structure comprising two ED (extra-low dispersion) and three aspherical elements. This combination effectively curbs aberrations and ensures razor-sharp imagery from edge to edge. The lens's rectilinear design also mitigates frame-edge distortion, maintaining vertical lines in your shots.
Unlike the conventional bulky ultra-wide lenses with large front elements, the lens stands out for its compactness and lightness. Tipping the scales at a mere 215g (7.6oz) never weighs you down. Its compact design also facilitates the attachment of filters via the 62mm thread, enabling effortless use of NDs or polarizers for boundless creative exploration. Moreover, the lens sports a weather-resistant design, ensuring it's shielded against dust, moisture, and low temperatures — making it a reliable companion in almost any shooting situation.
While rich in clarity, the lens is fairly niche and seems intense for everyday lifestyle shooters. This lens is perfect for capturing cool fashion shots, architecture, or fast action-packed scenes for sports lovers and skaters but might be too wide for the casual capturer. You can see some test footage in the video, linked at the top of the page.
Ultra wide angle lens, 12mm in 35mm format
Great image quality, supporting 40MP
Lightweight and compact. Only 220g