Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R (Fujifilm) - Review / Test Report
Lens Reviews - Fujifilm X

Review by Klaus Schroiff, published June 2012


Compared to other mirrorless AF systems Fuji is providing very fast prime lenses straight from the beginning which is certainly a smart approach considering the premium brand claim. The Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R represents the standard lens of Fuji's new X-mount system. Covering an APS-C image field the field-of-view is equivalent to about 53mm. The combination of 18mm f/2, 35mm f/1.4 and 60mm f/2.4 makes this "gang of three" a highly attractive setup for street and travel photography.

Following the tradition of its in-house cousins, the build quality of the 35mm f/1.4 is very good thanks to a tightly assembled metal body based on a metal mount - even the supplied lens hood is made of metal. The lens extends a tiny bit during focusing operations but the front element does not rotate. The focus ring operates smoothly. Typical for all Fujinon lenses, there's a dedicated aperture ring with distinctive 1/3 steps. If you move it from A (=Automatic) to a specific f-stop the camera will turn automatically into aperture priority or manual mode (depending on the settings of the shutter speed dial).

The lens has an internal micro motor which produces a bit of noise during AF operations. The AF speed is quite good but we've seen higher standards from other mirrorless systems. AF object tracking isn't really advisable - at least based on the X-Pro1. The AF accuracy is very good though. Manual focusing works "by wire" thus by triggering the AF motor. A focus distance guidance is provided in the camera viewfinder/on the LCD - this works quite nicely.

Equiv. focal length53 mm (full format equivalent)
Equiv. aperturef/2.1 (full format equivalent, in terms of depth-of-field)
Optical construction8 elements in 6 groups inc. 1x aspherical element
Number of aperture blades7 (circular)
min. focus distance0.28 m (max. magnification 1:5.8)
Dimensions65.0 x 54.9 mm
Weight187 g
Filter size52 mm
Hoodsquare-shaped, bayonet mount, supplied
Other features-

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