Michael Topham pairs Fujifilm's latest fixed focal length prime with the manufacturer's X-T10
Fujifilm’s X Mount lens roadmap offers a great clue as to what we can expect to see in the future. One lens we’ve been eager to get our hands on since the beginning of the year is the Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 R WR. As many X-series users will be aware, Fujifilm already has a fast 35mm prime in its current lineup, so why the need for another?
The new Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 R WR has a different design to the XF 35mm f/1.4 R. For starters it’s lighter and has been made smaller to ensure it’s a good match with every model in the Fujifilm X-series including the smallest entry-level models such as the X-A2 and the discontinued X-M1. The XF 35mm f/1.4 R was one of the first lenses to be made available for Fujifilm’s X-series and has been a huge hit with photographers. Recent cash back promotions have seen this lens drop below £300 for the first time and as things stand there’s £7 that separates the three-year-old XF 35mm f/1.4 R from the all-new XF 35mm f/2 WR (£299).
The Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 R WR has some impressive features but one of the main attractions is its focal length, which presents an angle of view that’s similar to what the human eye sees. The construction of the lens is made up of 9 elements in 6 groups, with 9 diaphragm blades. It’s a weather resistant optic and has a minimum focus distance of 35mm. Another noteworthy feature is its internal focusing system that promises an autofocus acquisition speed of 0.08secs. At the front the lens accepts filters and adapters via a 43mm filter thread.
We’re currently in the process of testing the Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 R WR so check back for our full review of the lens soon.
Fujinon XF35mm f/2 R WR Sample Images
The selection of images in our sample gallery were taken at Leeds Castle in Kent and Borough Market in London. Below you’ll find further examples illustrating the shallow depth of field that can be created by opening the lens to its maximum aperture (f/2). All images were taken with the lens coupled to a Fujifilm X-T10.