Fuji 35mm f/1.4 Lens

Featured-Image Having owned my Fuji X-Pro1 for a week or so, I was keen to get hold of a 35mm f/1.4 lens for it.  When the X-Pro was first released the initial line up of lenses was made up of a triumvirate of primes.  A wide angle 18mm, a mid 35mm and a portrait/macro 60mm, and from those three it soon became apparent that the 35mm was the jewel in the Fuji crown.

At the time of writing not much appears to have changed, although with release of the 14mm wide angle and impending release of the 23mm change may be in the wind in the upcoming months.

First impressions are that this lens is perfectly suited to the X-Pro.  It's an all metal design, and offers super-fast (by Fuji standards) focussing.  With a 1.52 sensor magnification it provides a 50mm equivalent on full frame, making it ideal for street photography, along with portrait work and anything else you want to throw at it.

With all good lenses 'bokeh' which is the out of focus area is an important one and with the Fuji 35mm lens the results you can achieve are excellent, offering a nice feel and look to backgrounds.

Physical construction of the lens is very good, and the rather odd shaped lens hood adds to the design style of the package.  Some like, some dislike - certainly I can see it will help with front element protection and shading.  It's a shame there are no depth of field markings on the lens itself, and one point of note is the aperture only stops down the f/16.

Overall, I'm very pleased with it, it's perfectly suited to what I want.  As an additional lens to the 18-55mm lens it's ideal, offering a fast prime lens for low light performance.

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