Fujifilm Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R Review

Today I’m taking an in-depth look not at a new lens, but from a lens that’s been a staple of the Fuji X-System since the very beginning.  The XF 35mm f/1.4 R was well received among the photographic community when it was released, and I bought my copy alongside my first X-Series body, which was the X-E1, though somehow reviewing it was pushed to the back burner.  As such, this will be a very long-term review, as I’ve notched many thousands of frames and over two years of shooting with this little lens.

The XF 35mm f/1.4 on the Fujifilm X-T1

The XF 35mm f/1.4 on the Fujifilm X-T1

Construction and Handling

The XF 35mm f/1.4 is one of the trio of lenses that debuted with the original X-Series camera, the X-Pro 1. Along with the XF 60mm f/2.4 Macro and the XF 18mm f/2, it’s the oldest lens in the XF lineup. Starting the X-Series with an f/1.4 normal prime was a fairly big deal: it showed that Fuji was catering to the serious shooter, and it displayed a commitment to fast glass: something the other mirrorless makers left until much later in the development of their systems.

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