Well, what is there to say about this tiny piece of metal except that it does the job very well. Lensmate are, in the scope of things, a very small set up. As I understand it, it's run effectively by 2 or 3 people. The size of company vs the quality of product ratio is off the charts. Yes we are still talking about a metal thumbgrip.
Sometimes, the pieces just fit together. This lens for the price it retails for is simply incredible. In fact, it's remarkable. For your hard earned money, you get a premium feeling (built from metal) weather resistant, incredibly fast focusing lens in a lightweight and compact package. You'll find an aperture ring, which is solid and has in between clicks to help guide you through the range and a nicely dampened focusing ring.
The Images are sharp, have a lovely contrast to them and overall there's a nice tonality to everything. Everything you would not expect from a lens in this price category.
The only negative is that the metal lens hood which is lovely and just adds a nice finishing look to the lens and camera, is not provided with the lens but costs a grossly overpriced £50 here in the UK. Fuji do provide a plastic lens hood with the lens which does the job but let's just say it's not going to win any beauty contests. Anywhere. Ever.
Me and the X-Pro2 have been side by side for the last few months and it's proven itself to be a trusty companion. It has the capacity to survive whatever you throw at it, regardless of what the weather condition is outside, whether you just ate a family sized bucket of KFC and forgot to ask for handwipes and all without complaint.