Fuji XF 35mm f/1.4 Review

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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.

Fujifilm XF 35mm f/1.4 R

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.

Fuji XF 35mm f/1.4 Sample (9)

X-Pro1 + XF35mmF1.4 R @ 35mm, ISO 200, 1/90, f/5.6

1) Lens Specifications

Main Features:

  1. Using a glass-molded aspheric lens at the 5th element minimizes spherical aberration.
  2. 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.
  3. The 35mm (135 equivalent: 53mm) lens has a standard focal length with the angle of view similar to that of the human eye.
  4. With the bright maximum aperture, the lens is ideal for snapshots.
Fuji XF 35mm f/1.4 Sample (12)

X-Pro1 + XF35mmF1.4 R @ 35mm, ISO 400, 1/50, f/5.0

Technical Specifications:

  1. Mount Type: Fujifilm X
  2. Focal Length (35mm format equivalent): 35mm (53mm)
  3. Lens construction (elements/groups): 8/6
  4. Angle of view: 44.2°
  5. Number of diaphragm blades: 7 (rounded diaphragm opening)
  6. Maximum aperture: f/1.4
  7. Minimum aperture: f/16
  8. Focus range (normal): 0.8m – ∞
  9. Focus range (macro): 28cm – 2.0m
  10. Max magnification: 0.17x
  11. Weight (approx): 187g
  12. Dia. x length (approx): 65.0mm x 50.4mm (distance from camera lens mount flange)
  13. Filter size: 52mm
Fuji XF 35mm f/1.4 Sample (26)

X-Pro1 + XF35mmF1.4 R @ 35mm, ISO 200, 1/125, f/8.0

Detailed specifications for the lens, along with MTF charts and other useful data can be found in our lens database.

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