Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 R WR (Fujfilm) - Review / Test - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Fujifilm X

Sample Images

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Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/220s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/220s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 320
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/105s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/1000s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/100s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/480s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/210s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/600s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/105s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/140s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/320s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/3000s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/550s

Verdict

The Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 R WR is a nice little fellow. Its center quality is great and the borders are also impressive. The corners aren't quite as good but decent. It is worth mentioning that the quality, primarily the contrast, decreases at very close focus distances. This is probably also the reason why Fujifilm limited the lens to a min. focus distance of 0.35m (1:7.5) which is longer than usual. Lateral CAs are quite low. From a real life perspective, vignetting and distortions are also nothing to worry about. That being said, the Fujinon is slightly underdesigned. It relies on auto-correct to compensate its high original distortions and vignetting. The quality of the bokeh is pretty good for a 35mm lens.

The Fujinon may be tiny and light-weight yet it also feels very sturdy thanks to high quality materials. The weather sealing is the cream on the cappuccino here. And Fujifilm learned its lessons from the early days - the AF is now both very fast and silent.

Finally we have to answer the question how the Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 R WR compares to the Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R. When looking at our ratings the answer is obvious. Yes, the f/2 lens is sharper at all overlapping apertures. The weather sealing as well as the faster AF are also on the plus side. Yet .. nothing beats speed but more speed. If you simply require an ultra-large aperture as well as a superior bokeh, the XF 35mm f/1.4 R is still the better choice - also because it isn't that much more expensive nor much bigger.

Optical Quality:    
★★★★★
Mechanical Quality:
★★★★★
Price/Performance:
★★★★★