Fuji-W and Fuji-CW, anybody know the difference?

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Anybody know the difference between these two f5.6 lenses? I can't find anything on the web except an indication that the cw is "newer."


-- Erik Ryberg (ryberg@seanet.com), February 25, 2002


Did you look at Kerry Thalmann's Fujimin lens page?


-- Wayne (wsteffen@skypoint.com), February 25, 2002.

Ah, hmm, yes, very good. I did go to his site, but he has no link from www.thalmann.com to his lens page. It looks as if the answer to my question is shrouded in black mystery, however. Oh well. Thanks for the link.

-- Erik Ryberg (ryberg@seanet.com), February 25, 2002.

erik to the best of my knowledge the w iis the receded the cm-w lens and is a bit older. though they are all mc i had tested a cm-w recently and found it too contrasty for my taste and purchased a w that was just wonderful. i tested these against my sironar n and they are all equally sharp,in fact the w was a bit better than many of my other lenses. please note as i am using the lenses for 6x9 i tend to shoot wide open or 2-3 stops down so i cannot say much at further closed down apertures. there is a slight color difference between the w and cm-w;the former i found warmer in comparison and between the cm-w and german glass i found the cm-w a bit cooler. these are too be sure quite subjective o

-- robert (ralfoto@aol.com), February 25, 2002.


The page your looking for is at: http://www.thalmann.com/largeformat/fujinon.htm I'm not sure about the CW. The W is older than the current CMW. There's some C lens. (stands for compact). Here's a quote from Kerry's page in case you can't get to it. "SWD - Super Wide Deluxe; SW - Super Wide; W - Wide; NW - New Wide; CM/W - not a clue what the CM stands for, but the W is Wide; A - Apochromat; C - Compact; T - Telephoto; SF - Soft Focus; L - not a clue, but if I had to guess it would be Low as in low cost as this was their economy line" Hope this helps.

-- Ed Candland (ecandland@earthlink.net), February 25, 2002.

The "W" is a 4 group/6 element design, the "CW" is a 6 group/6 element design. "W"'s are not multicoated (at least not the ones in Seiko shutters). Dig around this page and others at the site.



-- Wayne DeWitt (wdewitt@snip.net), February 25, 2002.

O.K. where's the "M" (CM/W)? Here's another page with the lens series separated.


-- Wayne DeWitt (wdewitt@snip.net), February 25, 2002.

As far as I know, there is no such think as a Fuji-CW. The Fuji plastmat-based designs, which are f5.6 in most focal lengths, are W, NW and CMW. The W is the oldest and the CMW the newest. Ignore "S" as a suffix--this just seems to indicate that the lens is in a shutter. Confusingly, the Fuji NW lenses are labeled NW or NWS on the box, but only W on the lens. Kerry's page will tell you how to differentiate between them.

The bigest different is the W versus the NW and CMW. The W are most likely single coated, the NW and CMW multicoated. There are minor differences in specifications between some.

-- Michael Briggs (MichaelBriggs@earthlink.net), February 26, 2002.

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