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First Look: Fujifilm XF35mmF2 R WR

by Rico Pfirstinger

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Rico’s XF35mmF2 R WR Full-Size Sample Images

X-T10 with optional handgrip and XF35mmF2 R WR
(shot with X-T1, XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR + XF1.4x TC WR)

At first glance, adding a XF35mmF2 prime to an already existing lineup of XF35mmF1.4 and Zeiss Touit 1.8/32 offerings looks like an unusual choice. But then again, the new XF35mmF2 R WR is slimmer, lighter and less expensive than its internal competition. It’s also weather resistant and tailored to the hybrid viewfinder of the X-Pro1 (and its highly anticipated successor).

Size comparison: Zeiss Touit 1.8/32, XF35mmF1.4 R and XF35mmF2 R WR
(shot with X-T1, XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR + XF1.4x TC WR)

Despite its attractive price tag, the XF35mmF2 R WR is made in Japan with a high build quality and an all metal exterior. The aperture ring may very well be the best I’ve ever encountered in an XF lens, and I also like the handling of the focus ring. To me, they feel “just right”.

X-T10, XF35mmF2 R WR, f/3.2, Lightroom

With 9 rounded aperture blades, the XF35mmF2 R WR delivers pretty smooth bokeh. The minimum focus distance (MFD) is 35cm, so you can get close to your subject. However, similar to the X100/S/T, shooting wide open at or near MFD can lead to some dreamy softness. It disappears as soon as you stop down to f/2.8 or f/3.2.

X-T10, XF35mmF2 R WR, f/2.8, Lightroom

According to Fujifilm, the optical construction of 9 elements in 6 groups (including two aspherical elements) achieves a “perfect balance of high image quality and compact size”. While this sounds an awful lot like marketing hype, I have to admit that despite using an unfinished pre-production sample, I was able to extract images with very impressive detail even when shooting wide open.

X-T10, XF35mmF2 R WR, f/2, Lightroom

The lens features the smallest diameter of the line-up, which means that even with the tiny screw-in lens hood that’s included with it, the XF35mmF2 R WR will not interfere with the bright frame in the X-Pro1’s hybrid viewfinder. That said, the lens also looks pretty nice to me on an X-T1 or X-T10.

X-T10 with optional handgrip, XF35mmF2 R WR and screw-in lens hood
(shot with X-T1, XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM WR OIS + XF1.4x TC WR)

As an alternative to the tiny plastic screw-in thingie, you can also buy a more substantial metal lens hood (LH-XF35-2) that can be fitted on the regular lens hood bayonet:

No matter which of the two lens hood options you pick, the included 43mm protective lens cap can always be directly attached without removing the hood.

X-T10, XF35mmF2 R WR, f/2, Lightroom

Please click here for the full album with XF35mmF2 R WR full-size sample images.

Thanks to the inner focussing system and stepping motor, the lens features quick and silent autofocus operation. I also couldn’t make out any “aperture chatter”, but then I’m super-old and almost deaf, so what do I know?

X-T10, XF35mmF2 R WR, f/2, Lightroom

With its unobtrusive form and size, I found it rather easy to take quick people snapshots with this lens.

X-T10, XF35mmF2 R WR, f/2, Lightroom

Image quality appears to be very good at various aperture settings, but it’s worth mentioning that the lens exhibits optical barrel distortion that is digitally corrected at the RAW conversion stage (as long as your RAW converter supports Fujifilm’s lens correction metadata). The extent of this correction is comparable to the digital distortion correction in the more expensive Zeiss Touit 1.8/32 lens (so it’s much less prominent than, for example, in the Leica Q). As you probably already know, the classic XF35mmF1.4 R is optically corrected for distortion and hence doesn’t apply any digital distortion correction.

X-T10, XF35mmF2 R WR, f/9, Lightroom

While digital distortion correction isn’t a practical issue in most cases, quality hogs may want to switch it off or reduce it in RAW converters such as Capture One Pro or Iridient Developer. Sadly, there’s still no option to switch it off in Adobe Lightroom 6, Silkypix 6 (including RAW File Converter EX 2) and Fuji’s built-in RAW converter (aka the JPEG engine).

X-T10, XF35mmF2 R WR, f/14, Iridient Developer + Lightroom, digital lens distortion correction off

Thanks to Fuji’s proven Super EBC coating, shooting against backlight wasn’t much of an issue during my pre-production testing. That said, please note that Fuji stated that the image quality of my pre-production sample wasn’t final, so results may be even better when the final version of the lens starts shipping in November.

X-T10, XF35mmF2 R WR, f/2, Lightroom

Who should buy this lens?

If you already own the great XF35mmF1.4 R and are happy with it, there’s little incentive to switch—as long as you can live without weather resistance. However, if you are in the market to supplement your “kit zoom” with a small, affordable, high-quality standard prime lens, the new XF35mmF2 R WR may be just what you’ve been looking for. With its fast and silent inner focussing and mature build (did I mention the super-nice “clicky feel” of the aperture ring?), it’s obviously the more advanced choice, but that doesn’t mean that results will look better than with the legacy XF35mmF1.4 R. Or maybe they will?

X-T10, XF35mmF2 R WR, f/8, Lightroom

Once production samples are available, a little shootout between the Zeiss Touit 1.8/32, the XF35mmF1.4 and the XF35mmF2 should be interesting. Time permitting, I am up for it, but my current priority is to finish my new (e)book “The Fujifilm X-T10: 115 X-Pert Tips”, which is in the layout correction phase and should be out in a few weeks. That said, the printed version of the brand-new second edition of “The Fujifilm X-T1: 111 X-Pert Tips” is already available along with its ebook sibling.

X-T10, XF35mmF2 R WR, f/2.8, Lightroom

While Fujifilm claims in their press release that new firmware will be necessary to fully support the XF35mmF2 R WR, my X-T10 running production firmware 1.01 didn’t ask for any firmware update. In addition to that, I didn’t experience performance differences between using the lens on my X-T10 and on an X-T1 running a pre-release version of firmware 4.10, which is supposed to be officially available on October 29.

X-T10, XF35mmF2 R WR, f/2, SOOC JPEG (Classic Chrome)

What’s next? If you haven’t already done so, please read my First Look on the upcoming XF1.4x TC WR teleconverter for the XF50-140mm (and the upcoming XF100-400mm and XF120mm lenses).

And don’t forget to click through my Flickr album with XF35mmF2 R WR full-size sample images.

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For your convenience, here’s a TOC with links to my previous X-PERT CORNER articles:

Rico Pfirstinger studied communications and has been working as journalist, publicist, and photographer since the mid-80s. He has written a number of books on topics as diverse as Adobe PageMaker and sled dogs, and produced a beautiful book of photographs titled Huskies in Action (German version). He has spent time working as the head of a department with the German Burda-Publishing Company and served as chief editor for a winter sports website. After eight years as a freelance film critic and entertainment writer in Los Angeles, Rico now lives in Germany and devotes his time to digital photography and compact camera systems. His new ebook The Fujifilm X-T1: 111 X-Pert Tips is available at Rocky Nook.

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  • Darius Berghe

    BIG QUESTION: Is the focus ring electronic encoder based or mechanical?

    • Jonas Rask

      electronic focus by wire :)

    • There’s not a single XF/XC lens with a mechanical transmission. It’s all fly by wire. :)

  • Georege

    I do not like Ricos’s colour processing of 35/2 images (I do not like this coulor at all), so I am not sure how this lens renders colour in JPGS… it also sems it’s just soft at f/2 what Roco call “dreamy softness”. Looking just at these images (colour) I would not buy this lens. I think also that comparison size with Touit 32/1.8 is not fair because it has the biggest back cap. Put caps off and than show as true size of thses 3 primes.

    • Agreed. SOOC JPEG’s would have been better.

    • Raz

      Having looked at his images on Flickr I’m struggling to see which images are “just soft”, want to point them out? Also I very much doubt the colour rendering is hugely different to any other Fuji lens, certainly not that can’t be tweaked in camera to your desired look.

      • Nothing soft here, since I didn’t post the f/2 soft images, I deleted them. But I certainly issued a warning, as we all know this phenomenon from the X100. Some love it, many hate it, so better to be informed upfront, right? In any case, I’ll wait for a production lens to find out how strong is really is.

    • Patrick

      de gustibus non est disputandum

      • Although correct, in this case it is not applicable. The article is a review of the lens, not a showcase of the reviewer’s photographic style. If SOOC JPEG’s had been posted, then we (the readers of the review of the lens) would be able to compare them with the SOOC JPEG’s produced by other lenses in the series (either from other reviews or our own lenses); and then by knowing how the SOOC JPEG’s from this lens compares to the SOOC JPEG’s from the other lenses, we would be able to determine approximately how our own PP’ed images taken with this lens would look.

        • Turlututu

          This is a “first-look”, not a review with bricks and charts.

          • All the more reason for SOOC JPEG’s.

          • Yes, it’s no review, because you can’t review pre-production gear. Especially not gear that isn’t finished, yet, at least according to Fujifilm.

            And yes, I am showing my style. It’s the only one I have. These are pics I took during the past month, any many of them have been on Facebook for weeks. Nobody complained.

        • Bremer

          you nailed it……..i certainly would have benefited from SOOC JPEG´s. it is difficult for me to compare this lens with the ones i already have. From what i have seen in this review, there is no reason for me to part with my XF 18-55 yet.

        • Not interested in SOOC JPEGs, as there are plenty of them on Fujifilms homepage. You should have a look. Fuji sent me dozens of SOOC JPEGs in their press/marketing kit, so I assume they put those online, too. If not, that would be pretty strange, as several X-Photographers were paid to produce them. Unlike them, I don’t get a dime, so I can do what I want. :)

  • Dis

    Thanks for review, Rico. You’re not forgetting about disadvantages along with advantages which is great. Nevertheless I tend to note that your latest reviews lack the soul of the earlier ones. Please don’t fall to technical details and don’t loose your love for Fuji gear. Thanks again!

    • Patrick

      I find this a very honest and balanced review. I can’t say if it lacks of soul or not. And I’m not sure if a review actually needs soul

      But what I see, is that overall, the whole Fuji community, didn’t really get excited by anything Fuji launched in 2015. The probably biggest excitement was caused by the firmware update in June. But the XQ2, X-A2, X-T10, infrared X-T1…

      I guess, what we all miss, will come back in Janaury… thanks to the X-PRO2. Call it soul, fun, excitement.. or alltogether.

      That said, I agree with you: this review gives a honest and extremely competent feedback about the gear. And that’s what we need for making our buying decisions.

      Mine is fallen: I’ll get that as a kit for my X-PRO2, saving even more on the lens :)

      • PRL

        Hello Patrick, anything on the horizon about the IR camera and an October launch

      • Dis

        A soul in a review shows that the author loves to write reviews. Otherwise it’s like a duty. Earlier Rico’s reviews were filled with love and enthusiasm. Now they’ve become quite reserved. Not really a bad for review itself. But it’s great when people love what they are doing. And I’m afraid Rico looses this love.))

        • Maybe he felt obligated to write a review praising what he actually felt is a mediocre product?

          • Patrick

            I can’t see any praise in the review. He lists advantages and disadvantages, and also says that current 35mmF1.4 owner probably do not really need this lens (except you need weather sealing).

            No other review I’ve read so far says this.

          • What I meant was that if readers feel that the article lacked “enthusiasm” then maybe it is because the product is nothing to get enthusiastic about – instead of resorting to a personal criticism of the reviewer.

          • Patrick

            Oh, I understand- Sorry. I slept just 3 hours tonight, and I’m right now writing while drinking a coffe in a bar. I defnitely lack of accuracy at the moment ;)

          • To quote Rincewind: “That doesn’t work.” (Meaning to drink coffee to compensate for a lack of sleep.)

          • Turlututu

            Maybe not a mediocre product, but this 35mm is the second of the family. You get more excited with your first child, even more if the second one is the same sex (=focal length) ?

          • It’s actually the third, as the Touit is part of the extended family, as well. Touits are still featured in Fuji’s new October 2015 X-mount lens catalog, btw, which may or may not have been published today.

          • Turlututu

            You’re right, I always forget those Touit lenses and have never seen one in real life. Does Zeiss plan to discontinue it ?

        • Why hyping the third 35mm offering in as many years? Look, what I (as in me) really want is a 33mmF1 or 35mmF1, so if Fuji wants me to be enthusiastic about this focal length, they better listen and deliver. :) Plus, I’m not a big fan of primes with digital distortion correction. I blasted the Touits over this, and I keep ridiculing the Leica Q over it (because is practically turns the Q into a 20 MP camera, it’s that severe). And no, the Q didn’t inspire me at all (others fell all over themselves), I put it away after a day even though I could play with wit for 2 weeks. I’m not one of those guys who loves everything new, even though I keep being accused of being one. :)

          • Greg D

            Highly agree. Very excited by idea of 33mm 1.0. Fuji would do better to focus on premium lenses.

      • Raz

        Fuji’s main issue this year was that every new camera it launched was a warmed over version of what’s come before. Same sensor, same processor, etc. As much as we don’t desperately need more megapixels, a new sensor which allows for better autofocus, a bit more dynamic range, expanded usable ISO range etc. is getting increasingly overdue. It sounds like 2016 will see Fuji deliver on this promise with the X-Pro 2 and no doubt the X-T2 in the later part of the year. I’m also very curious to see what the future holds for the X100 line – it seems like a more dramatic overhaul of that line is due too with an improved lens, weather sealing etc.

      • Jan Safranek

        Dear Patrick, I am very excited about my 16mm/1.4 XF (released 2015). Other than that, yes, it is difficult to get me excited by 90/2 (I would prefer 90/1.2) or 35/2 :-) I hope these rumors about the 33/1 are true! :-)

        • Patrick

          I was tempted by this one. but I didn’t bought it because:

          a) I’m saving money for the X-PRO2
          b) I own the 12mm Samyang and XF 14mm (and more Fuji primes)… don’t know if I can justify also the 16mm.
          c) I’m saving money for the X-PRO2

          and since I don’t get any discount on Fuji gear and pay full price, every time I buy something I have to seriously consider how this affects my bank account ;)

      • I really likes the 16mm and 90mm lenses, those are pretty much perfect lenses that really raised the bar, and I’m still excited when Im using one of them. Those are lenses that I actually do “love”. :)

        • Patrick

          90mm is X-product of the year to me. That was exciting, true.

    • To be honest: What’s to “love” about a teleconverter and a kit prime? :) These are standard workhorse items, and as such they are very good and IMHO worth their money. However, these aren’t landmark products that bring anything unheard of. Basically, if you are a happy XF35mmF1.4 or Touit user, there’s no need to switch to the 35mmF2. The teleconverter is the more interesting product for m, personally, but the Fuji community doesn’t agree with this assessment, as the TC receives much less clicks and comments here, on Facebook and on Fuji X Secrets.

      • Turlututu

        Well, the teleconverter is only compatible with the 50-140 lens, and become F/4… Not that exciting…
        And most Fuji-adopters seems to prefer wide or mid-tele focal lengths.

        Why ?
        1/ the lack of longer lenses
        2/ average autofocus performance of Fuji cameras
        3/ you lose the benefit of mirrorless (aka small size and weight) with that kind of lenses
        4/ OVF of X-Pro is incompatible

        • It’s also compatible with the 100-400mm and the 120mm. The former will be more important, I guess.

      • David

        I will definitely be getting the teleconverter, but only after a few months when one becomes available used. I buy most of my Fuji gear used because they drop so much. I picked up the 50-140mm, like new, for $1100. That felt like a steal.

  • Raz

    Thanks for the review Rico, some lovely images. 35mm f2 looks like another winner!

    • I mostly see it as a “kit prime”. After all, you can’t really sell X-Pro-type cameras with a kit zoom, right?

      • Raz

        Well weather sealing will be a selling point for some I’d imagine.

  • Michele

    Human race, please stop using vsco filter or other fake, plastic, vintage filter.

    We spend lots of money to have a lens without vignetting and chromatic aberrations. And then we ADD THEM during the post-production.

    Redeem yourself! :-D

  • Lumen

    Thanks Rico, nice article !
    Can you show us more SOOC images ? How did you externally process the colors, i.e. did you use film simulations or own interpretation ?

  • Nice lens, but I honestly don’t see why someone would buy this lens when a 1.4 version is available.

    • It’s the bland lenses that become the workhorses.

    • Another Martin

      I agree, even if you own “only” the 27 mm lens the new 35 mm is not tempting.

      • Yes, the 27mm ist great and still my “tiny lens of choice”.

  • Bremer

    The color rendering of this lens is a bit too warm for my liking……as for sharpness, i have not seen a fuji lens that is not sharp, yet. Even the Old legacy fujinon lenses i tried are sharp with nice color rendering. I just hope fuji has not changed something in this lens. BTW thanks for the review.

    • Didn’t see any difference to other XF lenses, they all render pretty much the same (as long as the WB settings remain the same). Zeiss Touit has different colors, though.

  • This lens + the x-pro2 will probably make my x100s land at ebay.

    • Is it really that expensive? I didn’t get a price, where did you get yours?

      • I just guessed it by the price of the x100 lens hood which seems to be about the same thing. But the x100 hood only costs 70$ or 60€, so you are right my estimate was kind of excessive!

        • The metal hood for the 16mmF1.4 will be out in November, too.

          • Nice, I was actually a bit bummed when I first saw the plastic hood of the 14mm and all the following lenses, so it is good to have the choice. Any info wether they plan to offer metal hoods for the other lenses?

          • Haven’t heard anything, but it sounds like a good idea if you ask me.

      • Gear_Junkie

        Thank you very much for the review, Rico. As usual, it’s a great real world review.
        With regards to the lens hood, I’d bet that you were conservative – I’d guess it will be at least $89. (And I’d like to point out that I called it first that Fuji would offer the little screw-in hood with the lens, and a second, larger aftermarket hood available separately! ;) )

    • Turlututu

      I don’t like metal hoods. More fragile, more contraints on lens, more expensive.

      • Me neither. I’m happy with the standard plastic hoods, but not with this tiny screw-in thingie.

  • Sinjun

    re: ‘X-T10 and X-T1 firmware 4.10 update to be officially available on October 29.’ What improvements be in it?

    • Martin

      Or the (promised) X-E2 firmware update for the end of the year?

      • I haven’t read anything official about this, only rumors based on some French Fujifilm Facebook page. Since the promised flash upgrade is overdue since last spring, I’d say “wait and see”.

  • Quick question! Can the LH-XF35-2 hood be reversed, and what does it look like when it is?

    • Good question, I have no idea. I will certainly get one, though.

  • Lumen

    About aesthtics:
    The LH-XF35-2 hood on the X-T1 makes this combo much better looking. Even more so I think, with the external horizontal grip. I’ve changed my mind a bit now.

    • I think it looks better in real life than it does on product shots. And as usual, it also grows on you after using it for a few days.

  • Patrick

    Amazon & co say the release will be Oct.31

  • Hakan

    Thanks for another well-written first look! What’s the autofocus like compared to the 35/1.4? Quieter? Faster?

    • Patrick

      both, quieter & faster

      • Yes, and as usual, it mostly depends on the camera and the situation.

  • Lumen

    How sharp is this lens judged from SOOC images and relative to the 35f1.4 ? Better waiting for (sharpness-) tests by e-Photozone etc.

    • That’s a good question, I might do a comparison when I’m in Hawaii (given that Fuji has a production lens for me by then).

  • KEZO

    Due to comparing fujis own MTF charts, i conclude that this lens should be sharper and have more contrast in the center then the 1.4 version. In the corner it seems to be the other way around. Jonas Rask also confirm this difference in center sharpness in his rewiew. Unlike Rico he praises this new lens.

    http://jonasraskphotography.com/2015/10/21/xf35mm/comment-page-1/#comment-8592

    • Obviously, a lens with digitally corrected barrel distortion is clearly sharper in the center than it’s in the edges. OTOH, if you switch off digital distortion correction (as I did for one sample, because I was curious), the lens is also very sharp in the edges.

      • KEZO

        Interesting! So when you turn off digital distortion correction you win some sharpness in the corner and lose some sharpness in the center, correct?

        • Turlututu

          You win sharpness in the edges but also distortion.
          Trully speaking, distortion isn’t really a problem for most subjects and is easily corrected in post if needed… but corner sharpness isn’t always needed neither…

          • KEZO

            Ok, i think I got it now. It has nothing to with the center sharpness becase the lens has almost no distotion there.

          • sidtw

            If you believe it or not, the lens would have less distortion than your English has spelling mistakes. :)

          • KEZO

            There is nothing wrong with me. Its the Word Processors fault! He should tell me when the spelling is wrong, or if I miss a word. So now I’m going to fire him. ;)

        • Yep, it’s like a new lens. You don’t really lose anything in the center, though.

    • There’s plenty to like: smooth bokeh even when stopped down, sharp with good contrast and detail, flare-resistant, silent, fast, small, lightweight, weather resistant, X-Pro-compatible and quite affordable.

  • Vlad

    The lens look really nice, but looking at these samples – again that messed up foliage. Fuji should just give up the problematic X-trans and make really versatile camera.

    • They won’t give up X-Trans.

      • Vlad

        I know, I was just venting.

    • Turlututu

      Or Adobe should just hire some skilled developers ;)

      • Yep, Iridient and others render more Bayer-like. Then again, this is a topic that we cover extensively in my upcoming Fuji X Secrets RAW workshop. Just the right topic for those cold November days. :)

        • cdp8

          Rico, any thought of offering the RAW workshop online so those of us in the States could learn how to get the most out of X-Trans?

        • Tami Howard

          Would love to have a workshop in the United States for optimizing the Fuji digital RAW files. Best software to use and process files with. Any chance?

          • I’m in Hawaii in late November and December, everybody who wants a private workshop there is invited to contact me so we can figure something out. I’m in Kauai for one week and 2 weeks on the Big Island.

          • Tami Howard

            Do you have a website were you post your workshops?

          • Sure, it’s the one mentioned at the beginning of each article, including this one. Just follow the link. There’s one RAW workshop next weekend, then I’m off to Hawaii where can book me individually for affordable 1:1 workshops if you happen to be in the area (26NOV-17DEC).

      • Vlad

        If there was some advantage to the X-trans, I would agree. I don’t see a single one though. But Adobe should hire skilled developers anyway.

    • Darius Berghe

      I love X-Trans (+Fuji JPG processor), especially the noise I get at >3200 with no noise reduction!

    • Use Capture One without the default settings (figure it out on your own), and you won’t see any messed up foliage.

      • Vlad

        I am aware of that. However, why should search and try different software? Clearly, the X-trans is not better than regular sensors and Fuji.

    • BWinkle J. Moose

      I’ve looked at the images and the various times this gets pointed out, but I’m still not sure I see the messed up foliage. I’m curious how many rumor’s readers feel this is a significant problem. Most of us seem pretty happy. :-)

      • Vlad

        Well, it does depend on one’s usage and requirements. I can’t speak about others, just voiced my view.
        You can clearly see it above the camel’s head, even before 100% magnification.

  • Ryan

    I have the old f1.4 lens, … Is the new one’s AF speed up worth the upgrade? I often get annoyed at my AF speed indoors, but I wonder how much better the f2 AF is and if it’s worth swapping it or not

    • sir_c

      Maybe just try it in the shop or try to rent it, as soon as it becomes available. I think there is little else you can do that gives you a better certainty.

  • umad?!

    For everyone who can read polish (or lens charts):

    It is:
    -the second sharpest Fuji lens (close to the 90mm), much sharper than the f/1.4 version all across the frame

    it’s near perfection (Bokeh, Sharpness, astigmatism, spherical aberrations, reflective coating) only drawbacks are:
    -it’s electronically corrected (like those Zeiss Batis lenses ;))
    -it has a coma (no problem, as long as you don’t do astro)
    -it has a bit too much CA

    all of this in a small, fast focussing lens with WR for 399 bucks? I’d say that is an outstanding deal!

    http://www.optyczne.pl/373.1-Test_obiektywu-Fujifilm_Fujinon_XF_35_mm_f_2_R_WR_Wst%C4%99p.html

    • herp photos

      According to that review it is definately super sharp in center but not across the whole frame. Chrome will translate it for you BTW. You need no translation to read their resolution charts though. It is a beautiful lens but I wish it was sharper on the edges and had a better magnification ratio at close focus distances. The price is better than I expected.

      • rain

        its edge is already much sharper than 35 1.4. At F2, its edge actually is sharper than 35 1.4 F4.

      • umad?!

        compare it to the f/1.4 version, than you will see what I mean ;)

        • herp photos

          On second look it does look sharper on the edges than most. I was actually thinking of comparing it with sharpness of the 27 between F4 and 11. Sure its not apples to apples comparison but I was thinking of replacing my 27 with this 35. Whereas this 35 is so much sharper in center it looks like there is a desparity in how close the edge sharpness is to other lenses but after reviewing the charts again, it is clear that the edge sharpness is actually pretty good and the center sharpness is exceptional and although there is a big gap between the two it is still better overall than most.

      • sir_c

        Edge sharpness does not really get better when stopping down, but overall, it remains almost constant around 50 lpmm. Which is above the decency level of 40 lpmm. There are worse lenses than that, for sure.
        And with good center sharpness and smooth bokeh characteristics, I believe it will render nicely. Check the sample pics in the review mentioned above. I hope the lenstip.com translation of this review will follow soon.

    • another Martin

      I wonder how such a chart can be published already before the lens is sold in shops. Also I can’t see those figures of sharpness reflected in the sample images that have been shown (here).

  • Eddie

    Love Fuji as it’s my mine camera. Love them for putting out so many awesome lenses. Now where are the all the cameras. They are the opposite of Sony. Sony churns out a camera body every week but slow on the lenses. Fuji churns out lenses but no bodies :-/ Come on Fuji more bodies or at least one awesome with more megapixels, IBIS, and faster autofocus.

  • projetremplace

    What is it you miss with the actual bodies? More pixels? What for? Up to which size do you want to enlarge your print-outs?
    Faster AF is in the lenses, not in the cam: perhaps in the software.
    The software updates for the cams are really awesome: in other brands, you get a new cam for what is just a sw update (look at olympus tough 3 to 4).
    Hopefully, this continues as is with Fuji.
    E.g. my favorite would be a black-white feature for the view-finder.
    What would I like as body enhancement?: An XE-3 with tilt display. I don’t need the X-Pro 2 (have the X-Pro 1, but don’t use it: I prefer my XE-2) as HW body, unless they include a real rangefinder – even if for four focusses only (with actual/future lenses): 58 mm, 90 mm, 180 mm, 240 mm. (btw., that are the primes I would need – up to now, I only got 2 of them).
    I have an old russian FED cam with M42 mount: that worked well for my requirements until end of the 1990ies. Why does only Leica provide that great technology in the digital world?
    That would cause a new body ! A new body line: for me it would be part of the next Fuji I buy: all other things I would like to haveare are just software. Hardware: Tilte display and Rangefinder (in viewfinder only). No further bodies needed … may be updates of sensors: but mainly to configure them with software.

  • James Donahue

    Does anyone know how the 35 f2 would perform on an X E2. Shooting mainly Street.

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