Over the recent months I received a couple of requests to review the Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 R WR. Honestly I was a little reluctant to put it on the priority list simply because there’s the Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R – a lens that is just marginally more expensive but obviously one stop faster. However, then I checked the (fairly high) sales rank over at Amazon … and I thought … well, who am I to argue …In terms of sheer paper specs, the lens doesn’t seem to be overly exciting. On Fujifilm cameras it behaves like a standard lens and it’s not even an overly fast one. However, there is something special about it – its size. While not being a pancake lens it is darn small and it combines nicely with other small Fujinon lenses such as the XF 18mm f/2, XF 27mm f/2.8 and there’s a XF 23mm f/2 coming later this year. Obviously Fujifilm is now also targeting street photography where it helps having unobtrusive lenses in order to keep a low profile……
Portrait Photographers all over are moving to the Fuji X series for a variety of reasons including, size/form factor, weight, and -ofcourse- Fuji’s outstanding colors and jpeg processing. So if you have or are considering a Fujifilm kit for some portrait photography what are some of the good lenses for the system? In this roundup we have 6 incredible lenses for portrait photography on the Fuji X system, plus an added bonus recommendation. So lets jump right into it, shall we? A great low-profile semi compact option for Fuji shooters, the XF 35mm F/2 WR is fast focusing, weather resistant, and offers image quality equal to – and some might say better – its F/1.4 brother in most respects. However, if you are a fan of manual or zone focusing, we would probably suggest grabbing another options instead. Possibly the fastest focusing Fuji lens right now, so if you rely on AF, this is definitely a lens to consider……
There’s still some confusion for photographers that are looking to buy one of these 35mm lenses from Fujifilm. On paper, just based on the specs the f1.4 version seems like it would be the clear winner. But specs aren’t everything. I hope this video gives you the kind of information you need to help you decide which lens would be best for you. Here are low res versions of the photos in the video. To download the full res versions click here to download a zip file of all the original JPEG files, straight out of camera. (files are in the same order as the video – f2 version @f2, f1.4 version @f2, f1.4 version @f1.4)………
I’ve recently been selected to review loan equipment by Fujifilm Australia, the first of those was the acclaimed XF35mmF2. When Fujifilm announced the XF35mmF2 it was well received throughout the Fuji community but I believe that’s largely due to the reputation of the original XF35mmF1.4 which was and still is an amazing lens. Although they both share the same focal length they are different in almost every respect, having used the lens for almost a good solid month I will share my experiences with using this lens. As with all my other reviews, there’s no charts or pixel peeping here, I’m only concerned about real world performance and user experience. With a focal length equivalent to 50mm full frame, it is not uncommon to see lenses in this focal length in just about every photographer’s kit, hence why the original XF35mmF1.4 is popular among Fuji X camera users. But like most things original, they are not all perfect and often have some minor flaws which later revisions are set out to address and that’s what happened here…….
Zugegeben, der Spruch ist geklaut, aber er stimmt nun einmal. Einer der Hauptgründe, warum ich nach langem Zögern (und vier Jahre würde ich als lang bezeichnen) nun doch in Fuji investiert habe, ist dieses Objektiv. Ich muss gestehen, dass ich schon bei dessen Vorstellung sehr damit geliebäugelt hatte, jedoch noch auf die richtige Kamera dazu gewartet habe. Und diese richtige Kamera ist nun auch da… Ja, es ist so gut und nein, ich werde nicht von Fuji bezahlt. Ich habe zu dieser Firma keinerlei Beziehung (wie generell zu keinem Hersteller von Kameras) und habe dieses Objektiv wie auch den Rest selbst gekauft und bezahlt. Und – um es vorwegzunehmen – mit “es ist so gut” meine ich mal wieder das Gesamtbild, nicht irgendwelche einzelnen Spezifikationen. Ich kann zwar nach den mittlerweile nicht mehr so wenigen Jährchen des Fotografierens durchaus auch mit Begriffen wie sphärische oder chromatische Aberration, Koma und sogar Astigmatismus etwas anfangen……..
Did I mention I grabbed the 35/2 Fuji WR as soon as I was done writing that post the other day?? Sorry either way well, it came today. I thought I would do a seriously quick comparison for anyone out there that has the 18-55 and has an itch to grab a 35 prime normal lens for their kit. You may or may not be surprised by the results. Take them for what they’re worth but I don’t see a whole lot I didn’t expect. Oh shit, not frigging flowers. Sorry about that too. Nobody but the plants around at the moment. I’m supposed to be working on client stuff right now but just had to blow out a few frames under non-clinical conditions before I get on a train tomorrow and play hooky for the better part of a week. Unlike last time I ski-dattled I’ll be making tons of pictures on this mini-trip out of town. I think…..
Source: Fuji 35 f/2 v. 18-55/XF
The Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2 WR, as it’s the proper name, is one of their latest, and the second „standard“ focal length lens they issue. The 35mm f/1.4 was one of the trio of lenses originally introduced with the X-System, about 4 years ago. One cannot possibly write a review of the f/2 lens without referencing that lens also. Although the f/1.4 was, and still is, one of the most popular and loved Fuji lenses, the company decided -wisely, in my opinion- to offer one more option which differentiates from the „original“ while also encompassing all the experience Fuji gathered with the X-System so far. At first sight, the lens is about the same length, but notably smaller than the f/1.4, since it has a conical body profile. Its build does not disappoint in any way; in fact, it does carry the Fuji XF tradition proudly……..
XF35mmF2 was announced and released prior to X-Pro2, but the product planning took place concurrently. The fact is, the product planner of X-Pro2 and XF35mmF2 is the same person. Furthermore, the product designer is also the same person. Here is the „Design spec sheet“ for the product planning of X-Pro2. You can see that the XF35mmF2 was always attached to X-Pro2. Likewise in the planning sheet of XF35mmF2, the X-Pro2 was dominantly present. Just as you figure it out, X-Pro2 and XF35mmF2 were planned and developed to be the best match for each other. Up until the announcement of X-Pro2, we have been asked on numerous occasion, „When will the X-Pro1’s successor come out?“ And we have replied „When we see an advancement in all aspect.“ The answer did not only mean the sensor, processor, finder, and etc., but also a best matching standard prime lens…..
The Fujifilm 35mm F/2 R WR has grown on me ever since it entered the Resource office. Prior to using it, I was skeptical; always thinking about how it’s realistically a “50mm” lens because of the APS-C conversion factor. I love shooting at 35mm, that’s why I usually keep my X100S with me all the time. With that said, after just one shot with this lens my initial hesitation disappeared. After feeling the smooth clicks of the on-camera aperture ring and seeing the detailed first shot it produced, I was hooked. It’s an amazing lens that I can easily recommend for anyone with a Fujifilm camera. After spending my afternoon shooting in Dumbo with this lens and the fantastic Fuji X-Pro2, I can say that I really enjoyed my time with it. The lens is sharp, especially at smaller apertures. I didn’t go as wide as F/2 often because I prefer having as much in focus as possible. The autofocus is what we all want, accurate and fast……..
The Fujinon XF35mm F2 has been in my camera bag since its release. I purchased it for just one simple reason, that it was weather sealed. Being very happy with the lens line up I had, I planned to keep the little lens tucked away and bring it out only when needed. The predictably wet British weather is not always ideal when shooting weddings and street and I liked the idea of have a little backup lens to chuck on the XT1 so I could keep on shooting (none of my other lenses are weather sealed) For quite a while it sat in my bag doing its job but never needed. A couple of months ago a paired it with my trusty but battered Xpro1 and headed out for a cold early morning walk on Dartmoor. I must admit I was impressed. This tiny 35mm F2 certainly punches above its wait. Its sharp wide open with the character you’d expect from any fujinon prime. Its pretty solid too. When mounted on the Xpro1 it feels like the camera has had a firmware update. It really is a noticeably better shooting experience than shooting with the XF35 f1.4. Its well worthy of being part of the Fujinon XF line up and i’m now shooting with it every day. …….