Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R (Fujifilm) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Fujifilm X-Pro

Sample Images

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Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/1.4
Exposure 1/85s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/1200s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/1.4
Exposure 1/1200s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 800
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/1.4
Exposure 1/105s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/1.6
Exposure 1/3500s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/1.4
Exposure 1/1000s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/170s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 250
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/90s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/220s

Verdict

As you may have noticed in the sample images section I enjoyed my time with Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R during a business trip to Japan. Technically it may not be a perfect lens but it is capable of delivering very nice results. The center quality is breathtaking even at max. aperture whereas the outer image field is a bit soft here. From a real world perspective this is surely acceptable because you are rarely really after edge-to-edge sharpness when shooting at f/1.4. The quality is fine from f/2.8 and very good across the image field between f/5.6 and f/11. The lens produces a bit of vignetting at max. aperture but it's not really an issue beyond. Lateral CAs and distortions are nothing to worry about. The quality of the bokeh (out-of-focus blur) is generally fine but it can get somewhat busy near the image borders (some bokeh smearing). Just like most other large aperture lenses it has also its share of bokeh fringing the focus transition zones.

The build quality of the Fujinon is very high - all relevant body parts are made of metal and there's no wobbling whatsoever. I also liked the small square-shaped (metal) lens hood. Considering its ultra large max. aperture, it is a very small lens indeed - it is a magnitude smaller than a DSLR lens and about as small as the Micro-Four-Thirds Leica 25mm f/1.4 which covers a smaller image circle and - so Fuji did a little miracle here. The AF speed is quite good but it certainly doesn't represent the peak of the evolution. Ultra large aperture lenses (f/1.4 or faster) are never really cheap but the Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R is actually reasonably priced which is almost a little surprising considering the very high price for the X-Pro1 camera.

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