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Gear Review : Fujifilm XF35mm f/1.4 R Lens

Hey there Souper Friends, Usually Dave here with a special gear review.

I know it’s a little something different here at digitalSoup, but I wanted to share this here also, since I know we have a few photographers among us that I thought may find this interesting.

I’ve been a Fujifilm X series camera shooter for quite a few years now, since the Fuji X-T1  was released in 2014/2015, and have had a favorite lens for this camera since VERY early on in my Fuji X experience. That lens is the fantastic little prime lens called the Fujifilm XF35mm f/1.4 R. It was one of the original trio of lenses that Fujifilm had put out when they released their X Series cameras and for many it became an all time favorite.

For the full review I wrote head over to my review on my photography Journal here:

A True Workhorse – The Fujifilm XF35mm f/1.4 R Lens

XF35mm f/1.4 R ©2018 David Szweduik

To give you a brief summary though, this lens is my most used lens in my bag. It’s super fast due to the f/1.4 capabilities, amazingly sharp with beautiful color rendition. Because the Fuji X Series camera’s run on an APS-C sized sensor, or what is referred to as a “crop sensor”, this XF35mm f/1.4 R lens gives you an effective field of view as using a 50mm lens on a full frame camera, which I personally find to be extrememly versatile. I can shoot everything from landscapes to portraits and have it perform terrific in almost any scenario I find myself.  The best part is that it’s very compact. It’s one of the joys of using the Fuji X series mirrorless camera systems, they give high end performance in a compact form factor.

Now the lens isn’t perfect, it can hunt a bit when focusing and it isn’t quite as fast as some of the newer offerings in the Fuji lineup. It can also have some issues with chromatic aberration, but it only seems to happen in very specific conditions.

All in all, this lens is one of my absolute favorite lenses I’ve ever used, those couple of flaws and all. It’s built to last and the image quality is fantastic. But please, head over and check out the full review with the link above. You’ll see more in depth thoughts about the lens itself and a whole bunch of sample images I’ve made with this lens.

Autumn ©2017 David Szweduik


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