Internet Declares the Top Gear 2020: Fujifilm X-T4 Top or Flop? Love for X100V, X-S10 and XF50mm1.0

2020 Gear of the Year

It’s that time of the year, when blogs and youtube channels declare their best gear of the year.

We have already shared what DPReviewTV thinks is best here and what DPReview blog thinks is best.

Now it’s time for a roundup what all others consider their top and flop gear 2020.

The Fujifilm X-T4 is the best camera 2020 winner for CineD, Techradar, ePhotozine and also according to the German Stiftung Warentest, which is the go-to source for independent and competent reviews in Germany.

One prominent exception: Tony Northrup says the X-T4 the biggest disappointment of 2020. Why? You’ll find his video below. He might not like the X-T4, but he appreciates the X-S10, which Tony delcars the best camera below $1,000.

The Fujinon XF 50mm f/1.0 R WR is second best for Techradar and BH Explora.

BHphoto Explora

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Fujinon XF50mm f/1.0: Meet the “Worst” Lens of the Year that Many Want and Love ;)

XF50mm f/1.0 – Worst Lens 2020?

Recently DPRTV declared the Fujinon XF50mm f/1.0 the worst lens of 2020.

Of course this generated a heated debate. And today we are going to discuss this in a dedicated post.

Now, I think we can all agree that the Fujinon XF50mmF1.0 is not the sharpest Fujinon lens. But I doubt anyone would seriously expect that from an f/1.0 lens.

I think Jonas Rask described this lens best, when he wrote:

The images coming from XF50mm f/1 R WR has those exact same undefinable traits that makes me love my XF35mm f/1.4 so much. The sharpness that is sharp, yet not overly sharp. A flattering kind of sharpness that seems more rounded, organic and less digital/clinical.

[…]You know that “magic” that everyone is referring to when talking about the old XF35mm f/1.4? […] The focus on making a character lens instead of a “perfect” lens. And that is EXACTLY what the XF50mm f/1 R WR is. A lens full of character, but not a perfect optical creation.

But being not the sharpest, does not mean that it is unusable soft at f/1.0.

On the contrary, many other reviewers praise it for its sharpness all over the frame already at f/1.0.

Let’s Look More at the Worst Lens of the Year

Now also ivanjoshualoh joined the discussion, with his article “Meet the Worst Lens of 2020“. He shows samples taken at f/1.0, and quite frankly, for being at f/1.0, I think that they look totally fine. You can see one of his samples at 200% magnifications in this instagram post and you can check out his full article here.

In the B&H Explora Top 10 Mirrorless lenses list for 2020, the Fujinon XF 50mm f/1.0 R WR grabs the second spot right after the Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM. Read the full list here.

Another one comes from abiggercamera, who also took at look at his XF50mmF1.0 and shared his thoughts in this post.

Last but not least, the first customer reviews at AmazonUS and BHphoto here are also pretty positive.

What is Happening?

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DPRTV Best and Worst Camera Gear 2020: Love for Fujifilm X-S10, Fun for X100V and Worst Lens XF50mmF1.0, but…


DPReview TV has now published its Best and Worst gear episode for 2020.

They drink hard this year… congratz to Chris and Jordan for being able to go through all the video! Have fun watching it.

Down below the results:

Best lens

  1. Sony 12-24mm F2.8 GM
  2. Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN ART
  3. Nikkor Z 70-200mm f/2.8
  4. Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8

Best hybrid camera

  1. Sony a7S III
  2. Panasonic S5
  3. Fujifilm X-T4
    Straight out of camera, the best video image

Best stills camera

  1. Canon EOS R5
  2. Fujifilm X-S10
    most of makes X-T4 great in a small price
  3. Nikon Z5

Most Fun Stills Camera / Honorable Mention

Best trend of 2020

  1. Year of Telephoto
    When mirrorless started, they wanted to make small lenses, keep the package small. Now companies are releasing more telephoto lenses like 70-200 for mirrorless.

Worst trend of 2020

  1. Overheating

Worst lens

  1. Fujifilm XF50mm f/1.0
    it’s soft

But… at this point I’ll share a few articles articles, where the XF50mm f/1.0 is actually hugely praised for its sharpness. No idea why there is such a massive discrepancy.

Worst camera

  1. Panasonic G100

The Fuji Gear in the list

Fujinon XF50mmF1.0 vs Viltrox 56mmF1.4 vs XF56mmF1.2 vs XF50mmF2.0 and More XF50mmF1.0 Reviews

The shipping of the Fujinon XF50mmF1.0 takes longer than expected due to an absolutely overwhelming demand. And in case you are one of those waiting, here is another roundup that will make your waiting even harder ;).

Blog Posts

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