Excerpt: I like this lens, and for the price I still feel it is a good deal, but there are a few issues that may cause it to get limited use. Not being a true macro lens, magnification is 1: 2, I find myself wanting more. Maybe my acceptance will grow with time, but I find myself thinking for my uses one of the faster primes might have been a better purchase.
Pros: Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: This lens is great as all others in XF line. Auto focus has improved with latest FW but still gets lost in poor-light conditions. As portrait lens, this is a true winner. It just can't get much better than this considering price level. I use this lens also as macro lens with Raynox M-250. Perfect for flowers and small creatures. Now I need to wait for prices drop of new Fujinon primes(56, 23, 14 and 10-24) but until then, I'm very happy with this one.
Summary: First of all, I absolutely LOVE this lens for its image quality. The bokeh it produces is dreamy. The subject in focus is sharp with vivid details. Unfortunately, I can't say it's perfect (I won't bore you with too many details -- just google the lens and you will find far better reviews than a few lines on Amazon): -- it's not 1:1 macro. Bummer and I don't understand why it's so hard for Fuji to produce a true macro, since it's done by every other company out there.