Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2 R WR review: the X-mount's nifty fifty

The Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR is like a ‘nifty fifty’ for Fujifilm X-mount cameras. It’s small, classy and rather good

Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR review might be overshadowed by the newer and faster Fujinon XF 33mm f/1.4 R LM WR, but it’s half the size, half the price and, unless you really do need to shoot at f/1.4, it’s just as good. With its classy metal construction, click-stop aperture ring, and smooth focus ring, it’s perfect for anyone who wants to explore a classical style of shooting without spending a fortune.


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    Build quality and controls

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    Optical performance

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    Small size

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    Value for money

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    Aperture ring


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    XF 33mm f/1.4 R LM WR is faster

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    No ‘de-click’ option for aperture ring

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    No focus distance scale

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Fujifilm now offers a really solid range of lenses for its X-mount cameras, and while its newer f/1.4 primes have captured more attention, its older range of f/2 lenses could be a much better buy for photo enthusiasts looking to build a handy little lens system with real quality but at a modest cost.

The focal length of 35mm means this lens is roughly equivalent to a 53mm lens on a full frame camera, so it’s a whisker longer than the classic ‘nifty fifty’ but not by enough to notice. Fujifilm’s other f/2 lenses include a 23mm f/2 (35mm equivalent) and a 50mm f/2 (75mm equivalent), both barely larger than this one and about the same price.

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MountFujifilm X
Lens construction9 elements in 6 groups
Angle of view44.2°
Diaphragm blades9
Minimum aperturef/16
Minimum focusing distance0.35m
Maximum magnification ratio0.135x
Filter size43mm
Dimensions60.0 x 45.9mm

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com