Why I love Fujifilm’s Tiny Weatherproof ‘Pancake’ 27mm f2.8 Lens

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Why I love Fujifilm’s Tiny Weatherproof ‘Pancake’ 27mm f2.8 Lens

This little 27mm lens for Fujifilm X-series cameras is probably the most annoying lens I own, and yet it’s so good that I’ll probably never sell it. 

The Fujifilm XF 27mm ƒ2.8 R WR is a tiny ‘pancake’ lens, so-called because it barely pokes out from the camera it’s mounted on. This is Fujifilm’s second version. Internally, it’s the same. Externally, you get weather- and dust-proofing, and an aperture ring (the original required using the camera’s menus or dials to change the aperture). 

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This old design is slow to focus, noisy while it does it, and the ƒ2.8 maximum aperture makes it hard to blur the background behind your subject. Yet, the optical quality is stunning, and the size so handy, that it might be the perfect travel and carry-around lens for my X-Pro3.

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