View Full Version : Fuji-W and Fuji-CW, anybody know the difference?

Erik Ryberg
25-Feb-2002, 20:32

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


25-Feb-2002, 21:01
Did you look at Kerry Thalmann's Fujimin lens page?


Erik Ryberg
25-Feb-2002, 21:30
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.

robert lyons
25-Feb-2002, 22:05
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

Ed Candland
25-Feb-2002, 22:44

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.

26-Feb-2002, 00:37
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.



26-Feb-2002, 00:40
O.K. where's the "M" (CM/W)? Here's another page with the lens series separated.


Michael S. Briggs
26-Feb-2002, 02:01
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.