Let's talk about the top two portrait lenses on different systems:
- Canon EF 135 f / 2.0L USM - full frame Canon EF mount lens released in 1996
- Fujinon XF 90mm f / 2 R LM WR - Fujifilm crop mirrorless lens released in 2015
I compared these two lenses in my first camera review. Fujifilm X T3, which you can read at the end of this article. Now I will share my impressions.
Fujinon XF 90mm f / 2 has a metal body, weighs 540 grams, which is a lot for a crop lens. Together with the X-T3, it feels cumbersome and rather big. On the metal body there are rings for focusing control and switching aperture values. Diameter for light filters 62mm.
Canon EF 135 f / 2.0L weighs even more - 750 grams. In order to use it on a Canon R / RP / R6 / R5 mirrorless camera you will need an adapter. In total, the whole structure comes out quite rather big. In fact, all this will not differ much from a DSLR in terms of weight and dimensions. The lens barrel has a manual focusing ring and an AF / MF mode switch, as well as a window with a distance scale. Diameter for light filters 72mm.
By the way, I recommend Hoya protective filters for your optics.
All in all, the full-frame kit comes out more cumbersome, but nevertheless, the crop does not seem compact here.
Both lenses are considered very cool within their systems. Let's take a look at them separately.
Canon EF 135 f / 2.0L USM Is a legendary lens used by more than one generation of photographers. They have been filmed, filmed on digital SLRs and continue to be used on digital mirrorless cameras. Everywhere he gives excellent image quality with a unique volume in the frame, the most pleasant color reproduction and strongly pronounced background blur effect.
This is one of Canon's lenses that is difficult to find equivalent on other systems. At the same time, his age does not diminish his merits in the least. It is sharp on any matrix and at almost any aperture (f2.0 is a little softer than f2.8, but in fact this lens is always sharp). Autofocus is fast and tenacious. This lens is widely used for both portrait photography and indoor sports shooting in low light. After all, the one stop advantage over the versatile Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L reportage telephoto lens can be critical in a number of situations.
Fujinon XF 90mm f / 2 Is one of two popular native portrait lenses for Fujifilm crop cameras. Second - Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2R.
Fujinon XF 90mm f / 2 is covered with a halo of unattainability and incredible coolness. After all, this is an expensive lens (like many other fujinones) and there are a lot of people who cannot afford it. As a result, there are rumors and guesses on the topic - how incredibly cool he is and how I want him for myself.
Canon EF 135 f / 2.0L USM, although it costs the same, but has been on the market for much longer. It is used by a lot of professional photographers, and you can buy it used cheaper than in a store. In general, it has already become understandable and familiar.
With the Fujinon XF 90mm f / 2, the situation is different.
First, remember that this is a crop lens. It is really very good within the framework of its system, but it cannot compete with the full-frame analog due to the much smaller matrix. Optically it is very good - sharp from edge to edge, almost no chromatic aberration, autofocus is fast and without glitches. After all, the Fujinon XF 90mm f / 2 has a linear motor (unlike 56mm f1.2), which is good for both photos and videos.
Again, within its system, the Fujinon XF 90mm f / 2 is really very, very good. If you do not compare with a full frame, and shoot only on crop, you can be happy with everything.
Secondly, he has a different audience. Basically, these are not experienced photographers, not experienced bombers who went through fire, water, fees at the entrance and 100500 wedding banquets by candlelight. No. The main audience is newbies buying a trendy mirrorless system that has been trumpeted in online and offline marketing campaigns (when were still massive photo exhibitions some years ago). Hence the irrational wishes of an unattainable cool and expensive cropped lens. Expensive means cool, something like that many think about him. He's really good, but definitely not for his money - in my opinion.
What does the Fujinon XF 90mm f / 2 have in common with the Canon EF 135 f / 2.0L USM?
The answer is the field of view. After all, if we multiply the focal length of 90mm by the crop factor x1.5, we get exactly 135mm equivalent focal length. This means that when you look through the viewfinder of two different cameras with different sensor sizes and focal lengths, you see exactly the same framing with your eyes. The field of view of these lenses is 18 degrees. For comparison, a standard phone camera (about 28mm in full-frame equivalent) has this figure of about 75 degrees.
At the time of writing, the Fujinon XF 90mm f / 2 lens also cost almost as much as the full-frame Canon EF 135 f / 2.0L USM.
What is the difference between 90mm f2 at crop and 135mm f2 at full frame?
There are several differences and you will definitely notice them if you repeat my experiment. Without practice, all statements will be unfounded. For the experiment, you need to take two cameras in hand with the above-described lenses and shoot under the same conditions.
What did I see?
- the field of view matches
- flu is different
- crop reproduces fewer color shades
- full frame gives a more three-dimensional image
We figured out the field of view earlier.
Grip (depth of field) on a crop lens, a 90mm f2 corresponds to 135mm f2.8 at full frame. Therefore, the bikes will be slightly smaller and it will be easier for you to shoot. If you are shooting a half-length portrait, and even more so a bust portrait, then at 135mm f2 on a full frame there will often be situations when one of the model's eyes is in focus, and the other falls out of the grip. This can be compensated for by foreshortening and shooting in full face (so that the eyes are at the same distance from the camera), or you can shoot from a greater distance and change the framing, or close the aperture. On the crop it is easier - both of the model's eyes were almost always sharp in my photographs.
About skin tones and color. A crop camera, no matter how cool the lens is, will always produce a more simplified color palette. The number of tints captured by a camera with a smaller sensor is less than a full-frame camera under the same conditions. Here I'm not talking about color rendition - the correctness of displaying skin color (what can you fix in editor). It's about how many shades you see with your own eyes. The skin on the Fujinon XF 90mm f / 2 looks uniform and flat. This is good from the point of view of retouching and getting a good photo here and now without processing. A camera with Canon EF 135 f / 2.0L shows age spots, uneven tan and other "charms", but the photo looks more realistic. Also, crop photos are generally richer than full-frame ones.
Image volume... This parameter is difficult to describe. You just need to see it with your own eyes.
Since I have been shooting Fujifilm with a crop camera for a long time, I can say that you only see it well when you are shooting side by side and when you have a full-frame camera available. If you shoot ONLY on a crop, you will be happy with everything and the photo will not seem flat to you. Wow, the effect will be when you yourself take a full-frame camera in your hands. I also talked about this moment in the video review. Fujifilm XF 50-140mm F / 2.8 R LM OIS WR.
By the way, sharpness is excellent here and there.
Both lenses are very good. But I liked the photos on the Fujinon XF 90mm f / 2 R LM WR less. But this happened not through the fault of the lens, but because it was a comparison of a full frame and a crop in those conditions when the crop will lose. I shot portraits in natural light outdoors and had the two systems side by side. When shooting in a studio with pulsed light, the difference is not so obvious. But high-aperture optics are not needed there either ...
If you are a Fujifilm camera user and do NOT shoot full frame in parallel like I do, then the Fujinon XF 90mm f / 2 R LM WR is a great choice. However, a very decent lens has been released for Fujifilm X-mount cameras Viltrox 85mm f1.8, which is not much inferior to the native Fujinon 90mm f2. It costs much less, the effect is the same. Recommend Viltrox range overview for Fujifilm.
For people with full frame camera experience, the choice is clear. The Canon EF 135 f / 2.0L USM is a truly legendary super-XNUMXD lens that nothing beats.
By the way, the picture on the X-T3 with the Fujinon XF 90mm f / 2 for me did not differ much from what I would get with the same X-T3, wearing it Canon EF 85mm f1.8... I did some tests but they didn't survive. In general, it is very similar.
Video review of Fujifilm X-T3 + Fujinon XF 90mm f / 2 R LM WR vs Canon R + Canon EF 135 f / 2.0L USM:
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