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. …….
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…..