I tried out the 27mm f/2.8 R WR recently. And I sent it back. Sorry, not sorry.

The lens itself is well built and quite sharp so no issues there. However, the included hood and lens cap are ridiculous (the lens cap is the cheapest piece of photographic garbage I’ve ever seen). I wanted to love it for its size alone but honestly, it’s very close in size to the 18mm f/2 and I like that lens better. The focal length is interesting…I think I could love it, but it would take some getting used to.

I could see this lens being fantastic for travel photography or street photography where you’re unlikely to want or need a very wider aperture, but I don’t shoot either of those things often and I need my lenses to be more versatile.

The lens is a solid performer and definitely one I would consider if I lived in a more evenly lit space, or practiced a genre that lends itself to the unique qualities this lens has to offer. As for me, I’ll be sticking with my two favorite lenses of all time: the Fujifilm 18mm f/2 and the 35mm f/2.

2 responses to “I tried out the 27mm f/2.8 R WR recently. And I sent it back. Sorry, not sorry.”

  1. Sorry you don’t like that lens, but I’m glad I got to read this post. I’m considering buying a x-e2 or x-e3 and was thinking of getting the 27mm or the 35mm. Now I definitely lean more towards the 35mm.

    Would you recommend the x-e3?


  2. So far, I am loving the X-E3! I’ll have a post about that soon!

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