Michael Topham pairs the Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 R WR with Fujifilm’s X-T10 to find out how it shapes up against the older XF 35mm f/1.4R
Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 R WR Review – Verdict
Having extensively tested this lens, I can say with confidence that it’s up there as one of my favorite X-series lenses. Yes, it’s a stop slower than the XF 35mm f/1.4 R, but its petite size is perfectly matched to X-series cameras such as the X-T10 and X-T1. The fact it’s less bulky makes the camera feel just that little bit more comfortable to carry around, and the tactile feel of the aperture and manual focus rings makes it pleasing to operate.
Centre sharpness and bokeh is magnificent at f/2, and it goes about its business of focusing in an ultra-quiet and super responsive manner. Add weather-resistance to the mix and you’ve got an incredibly powerful lens that looks great, feels great and has the performance to match. It’s a multi-purpose lens that’s perfect for street, portraiture and reportage photography, and at £300 it’s a fantastic entry point for X-series users looking to purchase their first prime lens. Unless you really need the extra stop that the XF 35mm f/1.4 R provides, I’d settle for this lens ahead of it.