THE WEB'S MOST COMPLETE
FUJINON LARGE FORMAT LENS LIST
If you are viewing this page, you are undoubtedly aware of the great lines of large-format lenses that Fujinon
made -- and still makes! On these pages are the best, most comprehensive information available on the web
about these lenses. However, this information is still not complete and most certainly contains inaccuracies.
The information has been gleaned from Fuji literature, but Fuji literature contains obvious errors. These
have been corrected, where known, but others still exist. Fuji lenses evolved over time and this has led
to numerous variations both internally and externally. For example, the 150mm f5.6 lens can be found with
and without EBC coating, with a 46mm filter thread, a 52mm filter thread, a 55mm filter thread, and even a 67mm
filter thread! This situation has led to some confusion -- some of which will be sorted out on these pages.
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KEYS TO THE LISTS:
- SERIES: The series is the general designation given to the lens by Fuji. Different series
had different purposes, even though their specs may appear the same.
- The Fujinar series was Fuji's first large format series of lenses. They came in several focal lengths
and configurations. Although they were all single-coated, they are prized by collectors and hard to find.
- The SWD (Super Wide Deluxe) series of wide-angle lenses are deluxe super-wideangle lenses with wide f5.6 apertures
and an eight element design. From their inception, they had EBC (Electron Beam Coating) which minimizes internal
reflections that often occur with lenses this wide. A wide coverage angle and short focal length facilitates photography
in confined areas and architectural photography which emphasizes interiors. They offer greater coverage and greater
- The SW (Super Wide) series of wide-angle lenses offers slightly less coverage than the SWD series and smaller
apertures -- at significant savings. The apertures of f8, with a 6-element, 4-group design, helps reduce
the size and weight as well. SW lenses provide excellent costperformance for practical applications. These
lenses were the forerunner to the NSW series.
- The NSW (New Super Wide) series of wide-angle lenses is an updated version of the SW series and offers slightly
less coverage than the SWD series and smaller apertures -- at significant savings. Apertures are f8 and the
air-spaced, 6-element, 6-group lenses are advantageous for photography with a small lens aperture. NSW lenses provide
excellent costperformance for practical applications.
- The W (Wide) series of normal lenses allows for almost unlimited camera movement because of the wide angle
of coverage. The six-element, four-group design provides rich gradation, faithful reproduction of colors and textures,
and almost non-existent aberration and glare. These lenses were the forerunner to the NW series.
- The NW (New Wide) series of normal lenses is an updated version of the W series and offers standard lenses
that features an improved 6-element, 6-group design providing complete aberration compensation. These lenses are
marked "W" instead of "NW" which leads to a lot of confusion.
- The L (Long ) series offers a modified Tessar-type lens that features excellent performance with a corresponding
reduction in the angle of coverage. Consequently there are no wide-angle lenses in this series. By
reducing the angle of coverage, the number of elements can be reduced -- as well as the price tag.
- The T (Telephoto) series offers true telephoto lenses that allow much less bellow draw than normally needed.
These are large, heavy lenses, but perfect for field cameras or other situations where bellows draw is limited.
- The SF (Soft Focus) series offers soft-focus results that are perfect for many situations, such as portraits.
The degree of softness is perfectly controllable with insertable discs and the f-stop.
- The C (Compact) series offers compact lenses in longer focal lengths. By reducing the maximum aperture,
the number of elements can be reduced and the size and weight of the lenses are dropped to a minimum. These
are perfect for situations where weight is a big concern, such as in backpacking.
- The A (Apochromatic) series of APO lenses are designed for optimum results in close-up work (1:5 to 1:1) magnifications,
but work perfectly well all the way to infinity.
- The non-seriesed Fuji lenses have less covering power, but very wide apertures. As a result they are
often used where a very thin depth of field is desired, such as in portrait work. They are only available
"in barrel" -- meaning without a shutter.
- The CM-W series is the latest line from Fuji and are designed to compete with the best APO lenses from other
- There were other "seriesed" Fujinon lenses but not much is known about them, such as the "W
S" series, the "A S" series, and the "S" series. These are listed here, but much
of the information is missing or guesstimates -- much like the Fujinar series.
- FOCAL LENGTH: Fuji large format lenses run from 65mm to 1200mm -- quite a spread. Keep
in mind that on many lenses, the focal length is not the same as the distance needed between the lens board and
the film plane. For example, the T series lenses need about half of their focal length behind the lens board
to focus at infinity -- the 600mm T needs only 385mm of bellows extension to focus to infinity.
- f-STOP: The numbers listed are the maximum and minimum apertures.
- ELEMENTS / GROUPS: Generally speaking, the larger the aperture and/or the greater angle of coverage,
the more elements are needed to correct for various optical aberrations. A lens with few elements can give
excellent results if the aperture or coverage are small. Most large format camera lenses are based on a design
where some of the glass elements are cemented together. This is why the number of groups is typically smaller
than the number of glass elements. Fujinon was a pioneer in the manufacture of air-spaced lenses where the
number of groups is the same as the number of elements since none of the elements are glued together. While
more difficult and more costly to make, these lenses yield significantly sharper images across the entire film
- ANGLE OF COVERAGE / COVERING POWER (in degrees @ f22): Not to be confused with
the picture angle, the angle of coverage determines how wide the image circle will be.
- IMAGE CIRCLE (in millimeters @ f22): The image circle determines what film formats
can be used. You'll need an image circle greater than 150mm to cover 4x5 film, for example. All of
Fuji's lenses cover at least 4x5 film.
- SHUTTER: Fuji lenses came with various shutters: Seiko #0, Copal #0, Copal #1, Electronic Copal
#1, and Copal #3. These are abbreviated on the lists. E1 means Electronic Copal #1 and C1 means Copal
#1, for example. A ?0 means that the shutter was a #0, but it is unclear if it was Seiko or Copal. It
is possible to see a lens in a shutter different from the ones listed here, but chance are it is just a replaced
shutter from the original one. There are also several BARREL lenses which were sold without shutters.
- FILTER: The diameter of the front filter thread.
- COATING: Two coatings were applied to Fuji lenses, either a single coating or their famous EBC (Electron
Beam Coating) multi-coating. The more glass-to-air surfaces a lens has, the more it can benefit from multi-coating.
Single coating will work fine with most lenses in most situations.
- OTHER: Additional information and comments are listed in this column.