The latest Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 R has a manual aperture ring spanning f/2-f/16.
The XF 35mm f/2 R WR has a new design as compared with the previous XF 35mm f/1.4 R. The maximum aperture is a bit slower but lens is light weight and has designed in such a way that it looks smaller and matches with all cameras in Fujifilm’s X-series, including the smallest entry-level models. The price of this amazing prime lens is $399.00.
The main appealing point of the XF 35mm f/2 R WR is its focal length, which has a natural perspective. When taking the 1.5x crop factor into consideration, the lens is equal to 53mm in 35mm film terms. When touched lightly, the aperture range doesn’t open as widely as of the older XF 35mm f/1.4 R, but the main reason behind developing the front element smaller and limiting the maximum aperture to f/2 has performed its part in making sure that it’s compact and lighter, if only by tenuous 17g.
The Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 R also performs exceptionally with smaller Fujifilm X-series models like the X-T10. [button color=”juicy_pink” size=”small” type=”round” target=”blank” link=”http://amzn.to/1OEPoj8″]X-T10 Prices from Amazon[/button]
The lens is marked as weather-resistant, when looked under the barrel. This is plus point of this Fujinon lens as this design, which is made up of eight seals is capable of protecting it from rain, dust and other environmental factors.
Similar to other prime lenses made by Fujinon, it too doesn’t offer optical image stabilization. When compared with predecessor regarding the minimum focusing distance of the lens. The XF 35mm f/1.4 R has the upper hand. With XF 35mm f/2 R has a near-focus limit of 35cm, the XF 35mm f/1.4 R gives us focus of 30cm.
The lens comes from the company with a lightweight and compact circular lens hood that fits in front of the lens. There is also a fancy metal hood (LH-XF35-2) which is available for around £40. Both of these hoods are designed in such a way they allow the front lens cap to be used when they’re attached.
The XF 35mm f/2 R way better than its predecessor, the XF 35mm f/1.4 R. Internal focusing stops the front of the barrel to bulge as it does on the older lenses and, unlike the XF 35mm f/1.4 R, which makes some loud whirring noises while focusing, this latest lens is very much quieter.
Besides quietness, this lens faster as well. Switching to and fro between old and new confess about the focusing speed of this lens. When paired with the X-T10, it locks the objects precisely in a fraction as compared to the time taken by the XF 35mm f/1.4 R. Fujifilm says that the autofocus speed is at 0.08secs and it feels just as fast when using.
Prime lenses constructed by Fujinon known to have a high standard and the XF 35mm f/2 R WR is no exception. It’s hard optic and metal and glass design gives it kind of high-end feel. The lens looks bold attached to X-series cameras and doesn’t look odd or out of place when it’s paired with the smallest entry-level models like the X-A2. The lens is available in glossy black color, but those photographers who have a X-series camera in silver will be happy to know that the the XF 35mm f/2 R WR is also available in silver.
By rotating the aperture ring in anti-clockwise direction will set it to its ‘A’ setting, and looking down at the lens from above, you will observe the focal length is marked on the barrel, which wasn’t available on the older 35mm f/4. With almost no switches on barrel gives a neat and clean appearance.
Fujifilm X-series users will be happy to know that the XF 35mm f/2 R WR is a tremendous lens that provides some fine and artistic results. When compared with the previous model, the XF 35mm f/2 R WR results in quite sharper and fine images. The exceptional level of sharpness is a good news for those who don’t like super-shallow depth of field. But, the corner sharpness struggles to match the same level of sharpness as of the centre, so it’s worth remembering to shoot subjects as centre of the frame as possible when shooting at f/2.
The lens vignettes little more than the XF 35mm f/1.4 R wide open, with corners having approximately 0.9EV darker than the centre at f/2. Even at f/2, the vignetting isn’t too offensive and is quickly removed by stopping the lens down to f/2.8.
Distortion was well contrabbale on the XF 35mm f/1.4 R and on the newer model, it provides a negligible amount of pincushion distortion. This was corrected for in JPEG files due to the X-T10’s efficient and good in-camera processing.
The lens resulted in exceptional sharpness in the centre of the frame wide open at f/2, and continues to get even sharper when the aperture is closed down by a few stops. There was a jump observed in sharpness by stopping the lens at f/2.8 and the centre of the frame remains consistently sharp up to f/8. The finest spot of edge-to-edge sharpness was discovered at f/5.6 and it’s only when you start to go beyond f/8 to f/11 and f/16 and that emission slowly starts to have an effect on the sharpness level.
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Vignetting is clearly visible in images captured at f/2, with corners looking approximately 0.9EV darker than the centre of the frame. Corner shading rises very quickly and by stopping the lens at f/2.8 the edges looks less than 0.5EV darker than the centre which, to be honest, wasn’t even noticeable in real-world images. Critics are still waiting for a lens profile to be developed by Adobe for Lightroom, Photoshop and Camera Raw.
After examining the distortion chart, it was found that the lens emits signs of pincushion distortion, whereas straight lines towards the edge of the frame lean inwards. This isn’t a major problem as it’s not clearly visible unless you go looking for it deeply. Contrastingly, this is a different result to Fujifilm’s XF 35mm f/1.4 R lens, which results in a very little amount of barrel distortion in its images.
After testing this lens, it can be stated with total confidence that it’s one of the best X-series lenses. The thing that it’s less ponderous makes the camera feel more comfortable to carry around, and the palpable feel of the aperture and manual focus rings results in pleasing device to use.
Centre sharpness is excellent at f/2, and it goes for focusing in a silent and very responsive manner. Plus point of weather-resistance to makes it more appealing. This a multi-purpose lens by Fujinon is great for street, portraiture and reportage photography, and priced at $399.00 it’s a brilliant entry point for X-series users looking to get their first prime lens.