The XF 35mm F1.4 R is a fast ‘normal’ prime for Fujifilm’s X system that behaves much like the classic 50mm lenses which used to be supplied with 35mm film SLRs. Optically it’s superb – impressively sharp at large apertures, with minimal distortion or chromatic aberration. Autofocus is quiet and reasonably fast, and like Fujifilm’s other ‘R’ lenses there’s an aperture ring on the lens barrel. If we were to buy just one lens for an X-system camera, this would be it.
Fujifilm XF 35mm f/1.4 Lens
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|Lens type||Prime lens|
|Max Format size||APS-C / DX|
|Focal length||35 mm|
|Lens mount||Fujifilm X|
|Number of diaphragm blades||7|
|Special elements / coatings||1 aspherical element|
|Minimum focus||0.28 m (11.02″)|
|Full time manual||Unknown|
|Weight||187 g (0.41 lb)|
|Diameter||65 mm (2.56″)|
|Length||55 mm (2.17″)|
|Filter thread||52 mm|
Having tested this classic prime lens many times, I can conclude that the optics is remarkable. Even better than some of leica's 35mm. Ideal and good enough to be used with the high end bodies of fuji x system.
Sharpest lens I've ever had for a digital camera
I bought an X-E1 w/18-55 a few weeks ago and have come to know it well. It was an easy learning curve with all the essential controls so easily accessible and the lens performs admirably for a kit zoom. Yesterday the 35mm arrived, so I took it out for a walk in the area and snapped away. I live in the south, so the daffodils and other spring flowers are up. All my shots were REALLY crisp, whether AF or MF. Shooting flowers at f1.4 was amazing, mostly using MF. The bokeh is the best of any ...
Top Drawer Performer
First rate build and mechanical quality, optics are tack sharp wide open at over 75% of the frame with corners and edge somewhat lagging behind. Sharpness at f/2 is the same as f/1.4 but there is slightly less corner falloff. By f/2.8 edges and corners show visible sharpness improvement and by f/5.6 they are at peak performance. That said, I'd consider f/2.8 the widest aperture for seriously critical landscape work across the frame and f/1.4 ideal for low light reportage, street shooting and ...
A lens that puts no limitations between you and your subject
Bokeh Bokeh Bokeh! I've been shooting with this lens for about 6 months now and it is spectacular. My main point of reference is the Nikkor 35/1.8 on a Nikon D5100. I've since moved to the XE-1 and I'm never going back! This lens produces perfectly sharp images every time, sharp edge to edge, and exceptional center sharpness when shot wide open, with buttery, natural bokeh that creates almost an oil painting effect in the background. Let the lens speak for itself though, all these photos ...
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Can someone explain the "R" designation on the majority of X-Mount lenses? Thanks!
$$Policy$$ wrote: Can someone explain the "R" designation on the majority of X-Mount lenses? Thanks! "The "R" stands for "Radius Angle" and refers to the Aperture Blade design on the Fujinon XF lenses. XF Lenses' diaphragm blades have the radius finely adjusted to ensure the opening is close to a true circle at all aperture settings" Continue Reading
vkphoto wrote: $$Policy$$ wrote: Can someone explain the "R" designation on the majority of X-Mount lenses? Thanks! "The "R" stands for "Radius Angle" and refers to the Aperture Blade design on the Fujinon XF lenses. XF Lenses' diaphragm blades have the radius finely adjusted to ensure the opening is close to a true circle at all aperture settings" I've never seen that definition before. Here are two different sources who say it means "Ring." http://photo.stackexchange.com/questions/22252/what-does-r-mean-in-fujifilms-xf-fujinon-lens-names/37453#37453 Also, the Fuji lens roadmap strongly also suggests it stands for "Ring": http://www.fujifilm.com/news/n130417_01.html All of their lenses have the "R." Except for the 27/2.8 pancake. Which is the only lens without a dedicated physical aperture control ring. Continue Reading
Choosing between xf35mm and xf23mm?
Hi guys, I'm having trouble deciding between these 2 lenses and would love to hear what you guys have to say. I own the xf18-55 mm and after taking a look at my most used focal lengths (using Exposureplot), I found that I use both almost equally, with 35mm slightly more. That being said I use the 35mm the most among all focal lengths, although the difference isn't far from the 23mm. I feel that I tend to favor the 35mm more, but I really want the new manual focusing ring that they have on the 23mm (here I assume that it would allow for a faster manual focusing). According to a review i've read, the 35mm also tends to make a louder noise when focusing, also something that I take into consideration. Currently, I couldn't find any reviews on the differences between these two lenses optically, at least both in resolution and color rendition, but I expect one to not be too far from the other. Please advise.
I own the 18-55 and if I could have only one of these two primes I would go for the 35mm. The reason is that since it is a longer FL the ability to blur background is significantly enhanced relative to 23mm. Also, the 35mm seems superb for portraits and separating subject from background. So I think the 35mm compliments the 18-55 better. You mentioned that you incline a little more to 35mm vs 23, so there you go. Continue Reading
23mm is more versatile. The 35 has a magic quality though Continue Reading
I really don't think you should let the technicalities decide this. Everything I've read and seen of those two says they are fine lenses. What is much more important is how you see your photographs. It is very sensible to look at which focal lengths you actually use, as you have done. But more than that, which focal length(s) have helped you make your favorite pictures? If you select your best pictures (let's say a portfolio of 20-30) what focal lengths did you use there? I'm sure you won't go wrong with either, as long as it suits your way of seeing. HTH, Antony. Continue Reading
23mm vs 50mm vs both
Is anyone using both the 23mm f/1.4 and the 35mm f/1.4? If so, why, and do you find yourself sticking to just one lens for the sake of simplicity? I ask because I just received the 23mm, with the intent of selling the 35mm to partially fund the purchase. But the more I think about it, I would like to keep both. I've gone through about 5 years of photos and determined that I don't really have a preference. Well, I do, but it's for 40mm (35mm equiv), but I want fast, so the 27mm is out. But over multiple cameras, mostly using zooms, I can say that I have an almost equal distribution of 35mm and 50mm, depending on the subject and environment. I can afford to keep both, but I hate having unused gear. So while I am intending to just keep both in the bag for the next couple months and see what happens, I'd like some feedback from anyone who, in any system, found a real use for both focal lengths, or who found that they just used one. FYI, I generally dislike the term "zoom with your ...
That's really a personal question and only you can answer it. I have both those lenses (plus the 14 2.8 and 60 2.4) and I wouldn't give any of them up. I just got this system and used it on a trip to Cuba and loved all of it. The physical size of the 23 being so large (especially with the hood on) made it less practical for discrete shooting where you don't want to be noticed, but I really like both those focal lengths. My favorites being equivalent to 35mm, 50mm and about 100mm. The lens I used the least on this trip was the 14mm. I like the 23mm (35mm equivalent) best for street photography while the 35 (52 equivalent) is better for portraits, etc. Heck, I wouldn't give up any of my four lenses! And I've just ordered a second X-E2 body and the 56mm f1.2. I'm also going to grab the 16-55 f2.8 and 50-140 f2.8 lenses when they become available. Check out my post titled, "Holguin Cuba w/X-E2 & 4 Lenses". Cheers! Continue Reading
I have only the 23mm and 14mm for the Fuji, but have both the equivalent focal lengths (35 and 50)on the 24x36 Nikon. Keep both. Continue Reading
I see your point. Beeing struck by GAS severely over times I picked up primes with 24, 35, 50, 90 and 150 mm. It didn't work out for me though. Especially when I got a good zoom as well, I soon realized that I didn't use all these lenses to a reasonable degree ( I'm neither a pro nor retired). So i decided to downgrade significantly. When I switched to the X-Train recently, I swore to myself not to make the same mistakes again. I bought into the system because of it's lightness and the iq so it would not make sense to get anything more than will fit into a small messenger bag. In my case that will probably mean the two non constant aperture XF-zooms and two primes with the fl I like using most (35 and 85mm). But that' only me of course. If you already see that you actually use both the 35 and the 50mm lenses, then I cant't see any reason why you should sell one of them. Continue Reading
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