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Fujifilm35mm f/1.4 XF R Lens
 
4.8

(based on 217 reviews)

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    (41)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (129)
  • Nice bokeh (101)
  • Strong construction (80)
  • Easily interchangeable (76)
  • Durable (75)

Cons

  • Slow focus (19)

Best Uses

  • Low light (95)
  • Landscape/scenery (80)
  • Night photography (61)
  • Weddings (61)
  • Everyday (36)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (52), Semi-pro photographer (40), Pro photographer (26), Enthusiast (23), Semi-professional (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (158), Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

High Quality Lens - Great Bokeh

Over the years I've used two camera systems - high end DSLR and top notch lenses as well as other mid-range systems - primarily better quality 'point and shoots'. I am an admitted...Read complete review

Over the years I've used two camera systems - high end DSLR and top notch lenses as well as other mid-range systems - primarily better quality 'point and shoots'. I am an admitted Fuji-fan, having many of their digital cameras over the years (and hanging on to them). I became quite interested in the X-System when it first came out, and decided to buy the X-E1 with the 18-55 'kit' lens. I was certainly impressed - not only with the camera, but with the quality of the lens - to the point where I decided to sell off some of my DSLR gear. I also purchased the 55-200 lens which is also top-notch. After some research, I decided to buy a prime - either the 14mm or the 35/1.4 With all the excellent reviews and feedback I knew I couldn't go wrong with either, so I decided on the 35/1.4. Many times I like to shoot in low-light as well as controlling the DOF on portrait shots. Given the crop factor on the APS-C sensor, this is pretty much a 'normal' viewing lens. This is the best non-full frame lens I've ever owned and certainly challenges the bokeh of many of the DSLR lenses costing at least twice as much. The build quality is excellent, and I am very happy with this purchase. I am a non-professional, but like having the best quality equipment that I can afford. This lens satisfies that requirement.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Mixed Bag, still getting acquainted

I traded my Canon 6D and great quality glass in for a X-E2 with three Fuji lenses, the 14mm, 35mm and the 55-200. I did this because I picked up an x100s...Read complete review

I traded my Canon 6D and great quality glass in for a X-E2 with three Fuji lenses, the 14mm, 35mm and the 55-200. I did this because I picked up an x100s and loved it. The 6D with my Sigma 35mm 1.4mm lens was a pixel peepers dream. Tack sharp, great color and contrast rendering, absolute magic came out of that combo. And while the x100s was technically inferior in almost every way, and lacking quite a bit of the magic pop factor, after walking around for two weeks and tacking tons of side by side comparisons, something dawned on me. The 6D was much better with low light, the Sigma much sharper wide open and stopped down, but at the end of the day, when I went to make 13x19" prints with my Pixma Pro-100 printer, nobody could tell the different between which camera was which. Right then I decided that while the Canon 6D is a technically superior camera, it wasn't worth the weight, bulk, expense, conspicuousness, etc.

Now my transition to the full on, full time Fuji setup has been a bit of a mixed bag. My images are generally speaking, not making me happy quite the same way they used to with the Canon. The good images are a little less good, and they seem a little less consistent to come by. I find the gear incredibly fun to use, way more so than the Canon, and I do feel like I'm getting more and more used to it and steadily getting more keeper quality images.

I initially HATED this lens. I almost sent it back and traded it in for the Zeiss 32mm. If I hadn't of had a bunch of unexpected expenses all pop up at once I probably would have. Compared to the Sigma 35mm 1.4 this lens is soft wide open, lacks character, renders color somewhat poorly and has blah contrast and micro contrast. It is way too soft and close focusing distances. It really doesn't suit how I want to shoot at all. I generally like the 35mm focal length more than 50 (what this is about equivelent to). When I shoot this focal length I want subject isolation, lots of out of focus elements, close focusing to highlight a feature or two and add to the bokeh. This lens is not good at this. If I want more things in focus and/or more environment, I'm going to go with the x100s and the 35mm equivelent focal length every time. BUT, I needed a fast lens, and everyone else on the planet seems to love this lens to I decided to keep it and see if over time I couldn't figure out what all the fuss was about.

Over the weekend I shot a live concert, and I started to get it. Obviously the aperture was a big bonus in a poorly lit space, but it actually performed better than expected. Then just yesterday I snapped a quick pic of a friend at his new apartment, and to my surprise, tack sharp, with good subject isolation (albeit at f1.8 and not wide open). I hate buying fast lenses and then not be able to use them effectively wide open, it defeats the purpose to me. So far this seems to do much better at 1.8 than 1.4. I still need a few more months to hopefully figure this lens out and make a final determination. But after a month or so, it is by far my least favorite of the bunch. The few shots I got with this lens this past weekend though, give me hope that the first month has been user error. Time will tell

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Crazy sharp, beautiful lens

By quyen

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 XF R Lens:

I love it

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(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Changed my life in Photography

By Thomas

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 XF R Lens:

I have had the X-e2 for over two years and have been using the 18-55 kit lens. It was and is a good lens...made me sell all my Canon DSLR gear just based on the IQ and the lightweight factor, but this lens...for me changed my whole way of thinking in the Art. It stays on my x-e2 95% of the time

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(1 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Expected a lot but

By bnedumudi

from doha

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 XF R Lens:

The lens doesnt create dramatic improved images as many other reviewers suggested. it provide some decent photos. but focusing is a concern. In the night , if it is dark and camera is kept on the lens continues to hunt the focus with you touching the shutter button. If it is left like that, it would drain the battery and also would damage AF systems soon.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Portrait Monster

By Bruce

from San Diego

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 XF R Lens:

I have been shooting this lens for about 10 months. This is my most used portrait lens, gets more use (for me) than the 56, 90 and 16-55 combined. Sometimes I'll shoot an entire session with just this lens.

This is the first lens into my bag for paying gigs.

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(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love this lens!

By Jbot

from New York

Comments about Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 XF R Lens:

My favorite lens of the X series so far!

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

my mini Noct

By mood

from new york

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 XF R Lens:

bought this lens and the 35/2 WR

while the WR lens was smaller, quieter
it was ,in my mind, boring

the 35/1.4 has more character
maybe because it isn't perfect, I don't know

I liken it to my old Nikon Noct, which everyone loved to knock
"not critically sharp", vignettes, not so smooth OOF etc...

but it, like this lens just has that look that I love
really special for BW, IMO

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good, with faults.

By Jeffsper

from Philadelphia, PA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 XF R Lens:

This lens is everything I expected. It takes beautiful photos with great bokeh. But it is noisy and slow to focus in low light, as stated in every review I've read. It was a bit of learning curve coming from the kit lens....but I am loving it more and more every time I shoot. I don't care about weather resistance. The noise that comes from it doesn't bother me too much. The biggest criticism is the slow focus. I use manual focus a lot...so I thought this point wouldn't matter to me... But turns out it does. That being said, it is a great lens and I think it is a keeper. It hasn't come off my camera since I got it.

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5.0

Beautiful Photographs in Hands of a Beginner

By Luke Life

from Dunedin, Florida

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 XF R Lens:

Less than 2 weeks out of the box this Fujifilm X-T10, coupled with the Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 XF R lens, has produced beautiful photographs in the hands of our 11 year old son. We bought it for our family specifically because he had became interested in photography and wanted something more than the camera on his iPhone 5s. A professional photographer friend had recommended the X-T10 body with the 35mm f/1.4 XF R lens and advised we buy them from B & H in particular. We simply followed his advice and so far, we couldn't be happier.

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5.0

Super 'work horse' lens

By MR

from Finland

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 XF R Lens:

    One of the 'must haves', essential part of your kit. Using this with Fujifilm X-E2. Occasionally slower AF but not a big issue (not showstopper). Very sharp and nice bokeh.

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    • No

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    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    SUPERB GLASS WITH BLINDING SHARPNESS.

    By Saltfly

    from South Carolina

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 XF R Lens:

    One sees complaints about this lens being slow to focus.......forget it, unless you plan to use it for sports shooting. This lens has amazing image quality and, like all Fuji lenses, the build quality is outstanding. As good as the reviews are for the new 35 F2, I'll pass and keep this beauty, which rivals Leica and then some.

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    • No

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    5.0

    35mm Fuji f/1.4xf lens

    By SHAMI

    from ISRAEL

    Comments about Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 XF R Lens:

    A fantastic sharp joy and quality lens !!!
    Just buy one .
    ????

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Lens

    By JKain

    from San ANtonio TX

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

    • None Found

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Night Photography

    Comments about Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 XF R Lens:

    Great little lens. The 53 mm equivalent reminds me of my Nikkor Nifty Fifty on my Nikon. Focus is fast and sharp. Great bokeh for soft backgrounds on closeup and portrait work. 11 in focus distance gives suitable macros but I think I might buy some extension tubes to get closer than 11 in. I am primarily a landscape and low light photographer and this lens is always on my camera.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great

    By Anna

    from Chicago

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 XF R Lens:

      Super sharp lightweight great lens
      in combination with xpro1 - must have

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      35mm f/1.4 XF R Lens by Fujifilm

      By Southern Wind

      from Buenos Aires, Argentina

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 XF R Lens:

      Great prime lens, using it on my Fujifilm X-T10. Made in Japan. Really wish it had OIS (optical image stabilization) because taking it on the streets is hard (blurry photos). As it goes with Fuji cameras, auto-focus is slow and keeps readjusting.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great Results

      By Alejandro

      from Bolivia

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Night Photography

        Comments about Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 XF R Lens:

        Beautiful images when you have low light and when you want little focus.
        Automatic focus is not very fast with de xt1, but fast enough. Size and weight are really great if you want something small.

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        4.0

        Solid Standard Lens

        By Brisn

        from Chicago

        Comments about Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 XF R Lens:

        This lens is a solid performer, with beautiful bokeh wide open, which is usually how I shoot with it. The AF is a little slow, but otherwise I wasn't disappointed.

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        (8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Buy It !

        By Bruce

        from Fairfax Station, VA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 XF R Lens:

          I think the best way to characterize this incredible lens is to say that it is realistic. Is it sharp? Yes...it is very sharp but not in the way the Fujinon 23mm is. The 23 is best described as razor sharp. The images scream SHARP ! By comparison the 35mm is very sharp but in a way that does not come across as overbearing or artificial. Using the 35mm is like enjoying the company of a Nobel Prize winning physicist during a cocktail party, one who is not intent on strutting his smarts but rather who wants to show you a good time. I hope that makes sense to you, for this is truly a good time lens !

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great lens

          By Alex

          from San Jose, CA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Works Well In Low Light

          Cons

          • A Little Bit Noisy When F
          • Poor Hood Cap Designit J

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Night Photography

          Comments about Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 XF R Lens:

          The lens is really fast and image it creates is sharp, great for planned shooting.

          But it's 35mm on a crop sensor, you have to stand a little far away from your subject, but once you get used to that, it really can give you nice images and does isolate subject with great bokeh and stuff. Day-to-day shooting? No problem.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Fuji XF 35mm and 56mm spectacular

          By Quincey

          from Portland, OR

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 XF R Lens:

          Bought a used Fuji X100 from my son in October. So impressed I decided to ditch my current system. Motivated by the pre-XPro2 price drop in the XPro1 body and Holiday discounts on XF lenses, I bought the 35mm/1.4 and the 56mm/1.2. Wow. Excellent all around. My son was so impressed he now has gone out and gotten a XPro1 and XF wide angle, ironically more or less duplicating what he sold me with the X100. Shutter in 35mm is a bit noisy but in the field you don't hear it, and even if you did the resulting photos quality are so great one is 100% forgiving. Worth every penny -- even a post-Holiday prices

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          4.0

          Sharp lens, nice price

          By Flash

          from Arlington Heights, IL

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Night Photography
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 XF R Lens:

            Amazingly sharp lens!
            Love the aperture ring on the lens!
            I couldn't pass this up with the B&H sale price.
            Only reason I gave it 4 stars is the lack of OIS and no WR.

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            • No

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