This is an in-depth review of the Fuji XF 35mm f/1.4 prime lens, also known as “Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R” that was released initially together with the Fuji X-Pro1 on September 21, 2011. Fuji specifically wanted to target professionals and enthusiasts with its X line, so it first introduced a professional-level mirrorless camera, the X-Pro1, along with three prime lenses: Fuji XF 18mm f/2, Fuji XF 35mm f/1.4 and Fuji XF 60mm f/2.4 Macro. And hence, being part of the Fuji X mirrorless interchangeable lens system launch, the Fuji 35mm f/1.4 played a big role in the success of the product line.
Thanks to its compact size, a fast aperture of f/1.4 and a versatile focal length, the Fuji 35mm f/1.4 undoubtedly became the most popular of the three lenses. I have had the pleasure of shooting with this lens a number of times by now. First, I used it for a few months at launch, then when I re-evaluated the Fuji X Pro1 after about a year and lastly, after I made the decision to make Fuji X my mirrorless system of choice. Today, I am a proud owner of this lens – it pretty much stays glued to my Fuji X-E1, making it a very powerful combo for my everyday photography needs. In this review, I will provide a thorough analysis of the Fuji XF 35mm f/1.4 lens, along with image samples and comparisons to the Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 lens.
1) Lens Specifications
- Using a glass-molded aspheric lens at the 5th element minimizes spherical aberration.
- Achieving beautiful bokeh in out-of-focus areas as well as excellent in-focus reproduction to create a natural sense of depth according to the aperture setting and the subject.
- The 35mm (135 equivalent: 53mm) lens has a standard focal length with the angle of view similar to that of the human eye.
- With the bright maximum aperture, the lens is ideal for snapshots.
- Mount Type: Fujifilm X
- Focal Length (35mm format equivalent): 35mm (53mm)
- Lens construction (elements/groups): 8/6
- Angle of view: 44.2°
- Number of diaphragm blades: 7 (rounded diaphragm opening)
- Maximum aperture: f/1.4
- Minimum aperture: f/16
- Focus range (normal): 0.8m – ∞
- Focus range (macro): 28cm – 2.0m
- Max magnification: 0.17x
- Weight (approx): 187g
- Dia. x length (approx): 65.0mm x 50.4mm (distance from camera lens mount flange)
- Filter size: 52mm
Detailed specifications for the lens, along with MTF charts and other useful data can be found in our lens database.