Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 R WR (Fujfilm) - Review / Test
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August 2016 by Klaus Schroiff
Over the recent months I received a couple of requests to review the Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 R WR. Honestly I was a little reluctant to put it on the priority list simply because there's the Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R - a lens that is just marginally more expensive but obviously one stop faster. However, then I checked the (fairly high) sales rank over at Amazon ... and I thought ... well, who am I to argue ...
In terms of sheer paper specs, the lens doesn't seem to be overly exciting. On Fujifilm cameras it behaves like a standard lens and it's not even an overly fast one. However, there is something special about it - its size. While not being a pancake lens it is darn small and it combines nicely with other small Fujinon lenses such as the XF 18mm f/2, XF 27mm f/2.8 and there's a XF 23mm f/2 coming later this year. Obviously Fujifilm is now also targeting street photography where it helps having unobtrusive lenses in order to keep a low profile.
Price-wise the Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 R WR sells for around 400US$/EUR which is quite affordable for a f/2 lens albeit more expensive than a comparable standard lens on a full format DSLR.
The good thing is that the comparatively high price does also show up in its build quality. The tightly assembled metal body is based on a metal mount. The very broad focus ring operates very smoothly. The lens has a dedicated aperture ring with very distinctive 1/3EV steps. A tiny barrel-shaped hood is part of the package. The lens features a weather- and dust-resistant structure with eight seals and can also work in temperatures as low as -10°C.
The (inner) AF operates fast and essentially noiselessly. As usual for Fujinons, manual focusing works "by wire" thus by triggering the AF motor.
|Equiv. focal length||"53mm" (full format equivalent)|
|Equiv. aperture||"f/3.1" (full format equivalent, in terms of depth-of-field)|
|Optical construction||9 elements 6 groups (incl. 2x aspherical elements)|
|Number of aperture blades||9 (circular)|
|min. focus distance||0.35m (1:7.5)|
|Hood||supplied, barrel-shaped, bayonet mount|