At the beginning of January 2012 a new mirrorless system under the brand name of Fujifilm was presented on the market. As all other mirrorless systems (apart from the Leica M) are directed mainly at amateur photographers, Fuji adopted other tactics and the list of lenses, added to the launch of the X-Pro1 is the proof. We can’t find here any slow “kit”, megazooms or plastic 55-200 mm devices. Instead you get three fixed-focus lenses, very fast, of high quality and produced in Japan. In other words lenses which some mirrorless systems haven’t managed to acquire up to now. For example a classic standard f/1.4 lens can be found only in the Micro 4/3 line-up – its one problem is the fact that it was co-produced with Leica so it is very expensive. A wide-angle 70-80 degree instrument with f/2.0 aperture is available also only in the Micro 4/3 system which features the biggest number of lenses.
The Fujifim X-Pro1 system was very warmly received by our Readers. An interesting design, appealing to our sentiments, fixed-focus lenses with good parameters, a good build quality and first pictures, showing a huge potential of the 16-Mpx Fuji sensor – all these factors revived many hopes. Will these hopes be fulfilled? Our test of the Fujinon XF 35 mm f/1.4 R, a classic standard lens designed for this system, is supposed to answer that question at least partially. Enjoy your reading!
We would like to thank the Fujifilm Poland for lending us the tested equipment.
You are also invited to get acquainted with our test procedure, described in the article "How do we test lenses?" If you feel it’s still not enough, please go to our FAQ section where you can find some further explanation.
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