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. …….
Since two MacFilos writers, Bill Palmer and William Fagan have already have their impatient hands on the new Fuji X-Pro2, I thought that I couldn’t let them have all the fun. Now I too have the Pro2 and the much-acclaimed „Leica-look“ 35mm f/2. And, as a bonus, the first Zeiss Touit lens I’ve had the pleasure of trying is sitting before me on the desk. This is the 50mm f/2.8 Makro Planar. This package of goodies arrived at Macfilos Towers here in Holborn courtesy of the knowledgable and ever-helpful Andy Sands of the Chiswick Camera Centre. I have the trio for a longish test period. Did I mention Chiswick Camera Centre? Thanks, Andy. Many of you remember that my dalliance with Sony ended on the A7II when I decided to concentrate full-frame shooting on Leica. But for APS-C moments (and they are rather useful moments, I have to say) I do have a fondness for Fuji’s X Series……
Once in awhile something special comes into the world of photography. Generally speaking most of the time; that “something special” comes at a cost. Its because of either the rarity, the expensive material used or the special way its being manufacture in the sic-fi factory in a secret location. The Fujinon XF35mm F1.4 with the square metal hood is one of the reason that got me so hook to the X-series system. I would dare say its quite magical. The IQ that this small wonder produces is truly outstanding. Today I would like to welcome a new member of the even growing X-series family; the XF35 F2 WR. Yes its weather resistant! There is no fear in shooting that bikini model by the sea or pool anymore. Provided you mount this lens on a X-T1……..
This is my Fujifilm XF35mm f/2 WR lens review and real-world write up with a gallery of images taken with that lens. I think many people question why Fujifilm have decided to release a second 35mm lens, when the existing f/1.4 35mm lens is so highly praised and so damn good! Optically the original 35mm f/1.4 lens is fantastic, it was the first lens I bought to go with my X-Pro1 on the day it was released and that combination remains a firm favourite despite the X-Pro1 going on for 4 years old. I’ll shoot happily with it despite the fact that newer cameras are faster and technically ‘better’, there is a special place for me for the X-Pro1 and XF35mm f/1.4 combination, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in that. Having said that, it’s hard to not see with a objective mind that the original 35mm is somewhat outdated compared to the latest lens offerings from Fujifilm. The AF motors are slow and noisy, it hunts more than newer lenses, and it does have the feeling of being an ‘early’ lens rather than the more refined ones that have been released since then…..
Announced roughly a year ago and released late in 2015, the Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 R WR lens is the second 35mm prime lens for Fujifilm’s popular X-series, rangefinder-style cameras. We reviewed the original lens, the XF 35mm f/1.4 R, back in March 2012. The new lens provides the advantages of weatherproof sealing and is smaller and lighter into the bargain. It’s also cheaper than its faster sibling. The new lens is available in black or silver (shown above), whereas the f/1.4 lens only comes in black. Its optical design of the new lens is also more complex, with nine elements in six groups, including two aspherical elements……..
I’ve been spending a serious amount of time using the Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2 R WR Lens since getting my hands around the X-Pro2. Before you get too excited, these photos were not shot using the X-Pro2. I know, sad face. They were however shot using the 35, which I had my eye on since it launched. The 53mm (35mm Equivalent) focal length is juicy for the street, not too shabby for portraits, and really nice for storytelling (Documentary). Those features combined with small size, WR (weather-resistant design) and a very affordable price ($399), hit me in all the feels. Opening the 35 from it’s jet black box, the first thing you’ll notice is how much smaller it is compared to the 35mm f/1.4 lens. I wish I had both lenses so I could share a side-by-side photo, but take my word for it, the difference is sizable. I enjoy it’s retro-style conical shape, and the hard stops between f-stops feel solid. The manual focus ring is smooth and it comes with a nice circular hood…….
I just need to get this out of the way. If you’ve not visited Vietnam, do so as soon as you can. The people, the culture, the food, the traffic, the history behind the nation, and so much more are something every traveler or adventurer must experience. I am already planning to go back. We were very fortunate with this trip, having been hired to shoot an incredible wedding in Saigon for Winnie and Elvin, which enabled us to extend our travels throughout Vietnam afterwards. Since the wedding was our main priority, a full kit was packed for our travels, including my prized Fuji family below, with the XF35 F2 being a late addition just before we left Australia. Despite having such a formidable kit, outside of the wedding, most of it didn’t see much use*, as the new XF35 F2 completely dominated as a discrete and powerful combination with either the XT-1 or XT-10. I cannot praise the new XF35 F2 highly enough…….