Fujinon XF 35mm F2 R WR lens test

Getting to know the lens

With the development of technology, the size of our gadgets is constantly decreasing. Every year, newer phones get thinner, computers are smaller, and cameras are lighter. Addicted to such a diet and modern lenses. If before their weight was measured in kilograms and a spacious bag was required for carrying, now a small fleet of optics can be laid out literally in the pockets of an ordinary jacket.

X-T1 / XF35mmF2 R WR Settings: ISO 800, F14, 1/75 s, 53.0 mm equiv.

The hero of our today’s review just serves as a vivid example of the amazing compactness that manufacturers of modern photographic equipment managed to achieve. Meet the Fujinon XF 35mm R WR, a small and lightweight lens from Fujifilm, designed to conquer all owners of the X-Series cameras. Does it have a chance? We will try to find out.

Learn Price Fujifilm XF 35mm f / 2 R WR

Designed for Fujifilm cameras with a crop factor of x1.5, the lens offers a focal length equivalent to 53 mm, which almost matches the viewing angle of the human eye. The optical design of the novelty consists of nine elements in six groups and includes two aspherical elements. Their presence should neutralize the appearance of chromatic aberrations in the resulting images.

The first thing that catches your eye when looking at the lens is the slightly unusual shape of its body. It resembles a trapezoid, and photographers are used to the fact that its narrower base is usually located on the side of the lens mount, and the front lens of the lens is located on a wider one. At Fujinon XF 35mm R WR everything is exactly the opposite, which means that filters of very small diameter (43 mm, to be precise) are suitable for it, the cost of which is significantly less than the cost of filters with a larger diameter.

Another design feature is the presence of a diaphragm control ring located on the lens body. It marks a series of values from f / 2.0 to f / 16 in increments of ⅓. There is also the ability to set the automatic aperture value. The corresponding position is indicated by the letter A.

This approach is part of the philosophy of the Fujifilm X line. Almost all lenses in the lineup have a similar design (with the exception of a couple of budget zooms and one ultra-compact 27 mm fix). To me, such a solution seems extremely convenient to use. I am sure many photographers using lenses from Fujifilm will agree with me.

Continuing the conversation about the aperture, it is worth noting that its maximum value (f / 2.0) allows us to call the lens fast. Nothing will prevent you from using it to shoot indoors or after sunset and get clear and sharp photos.

I’ll draw your attention to the fact that nine blades are used in the design of the diaphragm. According to this indicator, the lens stands side by side with professional optics of other eminent manufacturers. Such a number of petals allows you to achieve a beautiful, neat bokeh and highlights in the blur zone.

X-T1 / XF35mmF2 R WR Settings: ISO 800, F4, 1/240 s, 53.0 mm equiv.

Another ace in the sleeve of our today’s guest is its compact size. This is one of the most compact lenses with a similar focal length. The length and maximum diameter of the lens are 60 and 45.9 mm, respectively, and the mass does not exceed 170 g. Impressive performance even by the standards of mirrorless optics. This will allow you to take it both for short walks and for long trips without the need to find compromises when collecting photo equipment on the road.

The last (but not least) feature of the lens is dust and splash protection, which is indicated by the letters WR in its name. Fujinon XF 35mm R WR is dust and moisture resistant and is guaranteed to remain operational at temperatures down to -10 ° C. And with the onset of winter, the last item becomes especially relevant.

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