Fujifilm Fujinon XF 35 mm f/1.4 R
- solid and compact casing, fitting well the body of the camera,
- excellent image quality in the frame centre,
- sensibly corrected chromatic aberration,
- slight distortion,
- negligible astigmatism,
- decent work against bright light.
- image quality near the maximum relative aperture on the edge of the frame should have been better,
- noticeable longitudinal chromatic aberration,
- distinct coma,
- huge vignetting,
- not very accurate autofocus.
The Fujinon XF 35 mm f/1.4 R is the most expensive standard lens for APS-C/DX class sensors. The price difference between it and the Nikon 1.8/35 construction or that of the Sony can be understood: the Fujinon is faster and its build quality – better. If you compare it with the Sigma, though, the situation becomes more tricky. The Sigma’s build quality is beyond reproach (the top-of-the-range EX series comes with a 3-year guarantee and is produced in Japan) and the aperture fastness is the same with a bit wider angle of view. It is also several hundred PLN cheaper than the Fujinon, remaining optically very similar.
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When you compare the tested lens with standard 1.4/50 lenses for full frame the Fujinon will hardly impress you as well – most of 1.4/50 models can be bought for less than 1,500 PLN. The optically good and mechanically excellent Zeiss Planar 1.4/50 and the optically very good Sigma 1.4/50 are only exceptions.
Most of the systems, present on the market, offers an f/1.4 standard lens. Almost all of them can be purchased for less than 2,000 PLN and in many cases also below 1,500 PLN. Setting its price at 2,500 PLN the Fujifilm company suggested that their lens offers you something more. Unfortunately the results of this test show that suggestion was a bit groundless. I think the market mechanisms should verify the price of this lens quite quickly, decreasing it below 2,000 PLN, a far more appropriate level for such an instrument.
We don’t want to finish this summary in a pessimistic way – the Fujinon 1.4/35 doesn’t deserve it. It is a good device, solidly built which can give you images of really excellent quality in the frame centre, fully useful even at the maximum relative aperture. It will be a really good addition to your X-Pro1 camera.