Fujifilm Fujinon XF35mm f/1.4 R review

The Fujinon XF35mm f/1.4 R is effectively a smart fast standard prime for Fujifilm’s APS-C format X-mount cameras

Fujinon XF35mm f/1.4 R
(Image: © Fujifilm)

Digital Camera World Verdict

There’s a lot to love about this lens, which packs a wide f/1.4 aperture rating into a very compact and lightweight build. The quality of construction feels reassuringly robust and the aperture control ring is a handling bonus, although it can’t be de-clicked for shooting video. Performance is good overall but wide-aperture sharpness is disappointing.


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    Compact and lightweight

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    Aperture control ring

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    Fast f/1.4 aperture


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    Mediocre wide-aperture sharpness

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    Aperture ring can’t be de-clicked

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    Focus ring a little imprecise

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Standard prime lenses come in all shapes and sizes nowadays, from teeny pancake optics to huge chunks of fast glass. Helped by its APS-C specification, the Fujinon XF35mm f/1.4 R is compact and lightweight, while the 1.5x crop factor makes gives it a standard field of view, equivalent to using a 52.5mm focal length on a full-frame camera.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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