Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR - Silver
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- Weather-resistant design with 8 sealing points for weather- and dust-resistance and operation as low as 14 Degree.
- Inner focus system with 0.08 seconds autofocus speed and nearly silent operation.
- Nano-GI coating reduces ghosting and flare.
- 9 blade aperture creates smooth and circular bokeh.
- Minimum working distance of approximately 13 inches.
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Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR - Silver
The "FUJINON XF35mmF2 R WR" offers a focal length equivalent to 53mm with the angle of view similar to that of the human eye and a maximum aperture of F2.0. It delivers sharp images with rich bokeh. The optical construction of 9 elements in 6 groups (including two aspherical elements) achieves the perfect balance of high image quality and compact size. The lens features the smallest diameter of the line-up and thanks to the inner focus system and stepping motor, it achieves an autofocus time of just 0.08 sec. The exterior of the lens is weather and dust-resistant and can work in temperatures as low as -10°C.
The XF35mmF2 R WR (53mm in 35mm format equivalent) offers a maximum aperture of F2.0, giving users a superior prime lens that delivers sharp images with rich bokeh. Boasting eight seals, this XF35mmF2 R WR lens is weather and dust-resistant in extreme conditions down to 14 Degree. The XF35mmF2 R WR achieves the perfect balance of high image quality, compact size, and speed as fast as 0.08 seconds. Powerful performance paired with a quiet, accurate inner focus system - a joy for all stealthy photographers.
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As long as you aren't looking for a miracle there, this should be your lens of choice over the 35mm F1.4 unless you truly require the extra stop of light - If you think you do, but you aren't sure, then you probably don't - for several reasons:
- It's cheaper. The 35MM F1.4 looks good at sale prices right now, but that's only because the F2 R WR is newer. The price will drop more. This is a small point, because nobody got into fuji to save money.
- It's weather resistant. I live in Seattle, and I want something I can take into inclement weather and not worry about. The 16mm and 18-135MM have both done well in this regard- I've taken both out in wet weather (and near waterfalls, etc) and I've had zero issues. This should be similar to the 16MM and superior to the 18-135MM in this regard. Fuji's WR system is very well proven at this point. They will never advertise it as waterproof, because no camera maker really does, but it's about as close as you can practically get at this point. I still wouldn't submerge it, that's just common sense, but there's no need to be afraid of weather.
- It SEEMS to focus closer. This may be perception, as according to specs, the F1.4 focuses 7 CM closer. That may be the case, but it seems like that rarely ever happened, even deliberately in macro mode (which is supposedly no longer needed with the X-T1). It's something I always thought was really irritating with the F1.4 - and a huge point in favor for this, as there were plenty of times I couldn't focus anywhere near as close as I wanted to with the F1.4. This may not match technical specs, it may have even been a glitch with my F1.4. This is 100% subjective, and is mostly a matter of my own perception.
- It focuses much, much faster, but more importantly, there is no focus hunt on this - It just locks focus immediately, with misses being VERY rare, and usually due to operator error or limits of the camera. The overall focus performance as fast as you can reasonably expect for a lens in this era, and leaves the old 1.4 in the dust.
Does it completely replace the F1.4? For most people, I'd guess yes. There's a certain mindset that you must have the largest aperture possible for a focal length, and there are others that will gripe that this is really a F3 equivalent - These are largely irrelevant issues, and the type that typically comes with or leads to bad cases of "gear acquisition syndrome." It is true that this doesn't let in as much light. That can affect you when you are shooting in poor lighting at low ISO. Those are also the same cases that really require someone to operate slow, and focus manually, and really take their time with a shot. If you are the sort of photographer that works very slowly and deliberately, and you already have the 35MM F1.4, the only reason to get this lens would be if you are running into close focusing issues, or if you are concerned about weather resistance. For most people, the F2 will result in sharper images (due to the increased depth of field more so than the lens), and better overall usability - There's a chance that action shots will be blurrier or that you will blur a bit more due to hand shake at slower speeds, but that's largely offset by the difficulty of getting in-focus shots at F1.4.
I'm not going to get into some of the pixel-peeping details regarding sharpness, etc - there are other resources that can do that better than I can. I'm quite happy with that so far, but it's also really unsurprising as every single Fuji lens is optically excellent. If your images aren't sharp, the first place to look is at your technique. Chasing sharpness via lenses reaches diminishing returns very quickly, and it's easy to start valuing lenses based on some technical quality that's only really observable in controlled conditions. I speak from experience, as I have gone down that route in the past. Don't get either lens over the other based on technical tests. Make the choice based on how you use it. For most people, that choice should be this lens.
Finally, if you've always liked the X100 series, but felt that it was too wide and deserved a 35MM equivalent, this lens will put you closer to that than anything else in terms of focus performance, handling, and overall quality. It's still nowhere near the same in terms of close-focus and overall size - The overall package will still be twice as long. So again, don't expect miracles there.
This lens is an excellent performer, and should be part of every Fuji X shooters kit. For someone new to the Fuji X system, this should be the first lens you purchase. For those of us who have been using the system for a while, if you've found yourself frustrated with some of the limitations of the F1.4 in terms of handling and focus performance, then I'd highly recommend you give this lens a try. It has replaced the F1.4 in every way for me. On the other hand, if you have been perfectly happy with the F1.4, the only reason to look at this would be for weather resistance - and only after being very honest with yourself as to if you need it. Both lenses are excellent choices, and every Fuji X photographer should have one of them. Note that I said one - I can't think of any valid reason to have both. If you have some VERY specific use cases, perhaps you do, but you'd already know if you needed both in that case. If you are wondering if you need both and truly aren't sure, then the answer is no.
CONSTRUCTION: The construction of this lens is top notch. It's so refreshing to see camera lenses being made of METAL, not plastic like nearly all of Canon's lenses. Even my $700 Canon macro lens is plastic! The weather sealing this lens has makes it a very attractive lens for anyone that needs to work outdoors like landscape photographers. Whe paired with a weather sealed camera body, you have a great outdoor kit. It has a very solid build and the finish is smooth and feels amazing.
OPERABILITY: This lens' autofocus motor is not only lightning fast and extremely accurate but is also almost completely silent. You basically need to put the lens right up to your ear to hear it and even then it's very quiet. The focus and aperture ring are both buttery smooth. The 35mm focal length (50mm full frame equivalent) makes this lens versatile and a good choice for many different photographic applications like portraiture and even some landscape.
IMAGE QUALITY: for a 35mm focal length, it has beautiful bokeh thanks to the wide f/2 aperture. This also makes it a good choice for low light photography. It's not quite as wide as its f/1.4 cousin but it certainly can hold its own in less than perfect lighting conditions. It has outstanding contrast and color reproduction as well. The included pictures were taken straight out of camera and shot wide open at f/2 to illustrate the sharpness in the foreground and the pleasant blur in the background
OVERALL: I can't say enough good things about this lens. I honestly can't find one bad thing to say about it. It's compact and lightweight, has a durable metal construction, it'sweather sealed, sharp as a tac with creamy bokeh at f/2, silent, fast, and accurate autofocus, and is half the cost of its f/1.4 cousin that lacks in almost everything I just mentioned. I'd also like to make note of the little things that Fuji includes with their lenses that many other manufacturers don't, such as a lens bag and a lens hood. With Canon, both of those are a separate additional expense to the customer. So thanks Fuji for including those things for free. It means a lot as a customer and it says a lot about Fujifilm company.
I find the build to be excellent. The aperture ring is dampened well but still smooth, like an old takumar aperture ring. Turning the manual focus ring is very smooth as well.
Sharpness I find to be identical in close range. The difference is in the infinity focus area. I always found the older 35mm was a bit soft shooting any objects over 30 ft away - could've been just my copy. But this newer 35mm is definitely sharper at all apertures at longer ranges.
And in case if anyone is curious. The silver lens on a black x-t1 looks pretty good.
Over-all, I highly recommend this lens based on a few hours of shooting. And with the price lower now, its well worth it.
Updated June 10th
I have added some photos I took with the lens. It performs great as an everyday, general purpose lens.
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I was only sad to see the lens distortion profile is automatically applied on most application like Adobe LR and PS , it ruins some of the sharpness and can't be disactivated... Only way I found would be to use Capture 1...
For my day-to-day style of photography, I don't want to be lugging around big glass. This lens brings together an incredibly small package that packs a very respectable sharpness punch.
Also remember that a 35mm on a Fuji is the full frame equivalent of 52.5mm focal length (crop factor of 1.5).
I find it to be sharpest between F4 to F8; perhaps F4 to F5.6 the sharpest points.
Quiet, Fast and Accurate AF.
Amazingly sharp, even wide open.
Well damped focus ring.
Extremely well built. Better than any Canon or Nikkor lenses I've used. And it's completely metal!
If you have a Fuji X-Series camera, you can't afford to not have this lens!
Fast auto focus
Good focal length
Small and light for portability
Can be a little tight indoors, but that's what a wider lens is for (16 or 23mm)