Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.4 R Review

4.5
December 17, 2013 | Mark Goldstein |

Conclusion


The Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.4 R offers a classic standard focal length and an ultra-fast aperture, making it well-suited to street, reportage and low-light photography. Optically it's also a great lens in its own right, with virtually nothing to complain about, and even the price is reasonable for what you get in return.

The Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.4 R lens is remarkably sharp in the image centre virtually throughout the entire aperture range, and the edges are very good from f/4 onwards. The fast maximum aperture of f/1.4 makes it incredibly easy to creatively throw the background out of focus, with the seven-blade iris diaphragm achieving some lovely bokeh effects. Vignetting is practically a non-issue, and chromatic aberrations are very well-controlled.

The auto-focus system is the Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.4 R is generally fast and accurate, but it is rather loud, emitting an audible chatter that other XF lenses don't exhibit. On the plus side it offers a generously wide focusing ring, and a very welcome aperture ring which makes it quick, easy and precise to set this key element of exposure. The lens mount is made of metal and, thanks to an internal focusing (IF) system, the front element and filter thread do not rotate on focus, which is very good news for those using polarisers and ND grads on a regular basis.

Competitively priced at £429.99 / $599.99, we'd definitely recommend the Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.4 R as a must-have lens for all Fujifilm X-mount users.

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 5

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