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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 35 mm f/2 R WR

22 October 2015
Szymon Starczewski

11. Summary

Pros
  • handy but solid and weather resistant casing,
  • sensational image quality in the frame centre,
  • sensible image quality on the edge of the frame,
  • moderate lateral chromatic aberration,
  • lack of problems with spherical aberration,
  • negligible astigmatism,
  • good performance against bright light,
  • silent and accurate autofocus.

Cons:

  • too high level of chromatic aberration,
  • huge coma,
  • high vignetting,
  • noticeable distortion.

It is true that the Fujinon XF 35 mm f/2 R WR didn’t avoid slip-ups. Still, even before you tested it, you could expect most of these flaws by just looking at its parameters. It would be difficult to be very demanding when you deal with a tiny f/2.0 lens because it will never correct the vignetting well. Small physical dimensions of standard lenses also mean bad coma correction and the distortion slip-up is caused by the approach adapted by the Fujifilm company – they more often than not let the software deal with that aberration.

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If you decide to buy the small, handy Fujinon XF 35 mm f/2 R WR you have to agree to compromises. Still you get a lot in return. The lens will enchant you with its sensational image quality beginning already from the maximum relative aperture. It is a very solid argument, making the tested lens completely recommendable.