Talk to any long time Fuji shooter, and you’ll hear a love story about the first time they used an X100, or maybe the X-Pro1. With a dreamy look in their eye, they’ll talk about how the small size and physical controls made them shoot more, and how incredible the images were.
These cameras and lenses weren’t perfect–they had clunky menus, demosaicing issues, and most of all, noisy & slow auto focus. But people loved the old-school form factor and the images so much that they tolerated any problems.
Over time Fuji has continuously improved their products, even offering software updates to models that would have been long-forgotten by other camera companies. But as lens releases kept getting bigger and bigger, many wondered if the original compact lenses had been left behind.
Shortly after the 35mm f2 was announced, Take Kayo from Bigheadtaco wrote some thoughts on the future of Fujifilm lenses. Much like Leica designates their lenses based on maximum aperture, Take suggests Fuji does the same. For example, Leica labels their f1.4 lenses Summilux, and their f2 lenses Summicron.
With the release of the 23mm f2 and the upcoming 50mm f2, we finally have a series of lenses worthy of a new label: Fujicron. These two lenses share the 35mm f2’s compact form factor, quick AF, and weather resistance.
So what’s a ‘Fujicron’ anyway?
Fujicron is a portmanteau of Leica’s Summicron series and Fujifilm. Like the Summicrons, Fujicrons have a maximum aperture of f2 and share a common compact design. They’re also cheaper than their wider aperture counterparts, while still having fantastic image and build quality.
Fujicron isn’t an official Fujifilm label, but fans of these compact f2 lenses have jumped on the moniker. For now, we can say that any weather sealed f2 lens with the tapered design is a Fujicron.
I hope this website can become a useful resource for diehard Fujicron fans and anyone curious about Fujifilm’s X series.
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