A subjective look at Fujifilm Fujinon XF 35mm F/1.4 R @ Fujifilm X-Pro1. Part 1 — Introduction. Design and Features. Autofocus

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 35mm F/1.4 R is a fast standard prime lens for Fujifilm X series APS-C digital mirrorless cameras. It was announced on January 9, 2012 together with XF 18mm F/2 R, XF 60mm F/2.4 R Macro and Fujifilm X-Pro1. Designed for shooting of wide range of subjects including landscapes, architecture, interiors and portraits.

The lens is made in Japan. The build quality is excellent — both the housing and the mount are made of metal. The lens is lightweight (187 g only) and compact (maximum diameter of 65 mm and overall length of 50.4 mm).

The manual focusing ring is wide enough, located at the front part of the lens, well damped and rotates smoothly. The ring works electronically (focus-by-fire). There’s no distance scale on the housing of the lens but electronic version of the scale can be seen in the EVF or on the LCD display of the camera. The front lens group slightly extends forward during focusing (in other words, the lens does not have internal focusing).

The diameter of front filter thread is 52 mm — it’s a very common size which could be easily found everywhere. The filter thread does not rotate during both manual and automatic focusing which makes it convenient to use polarizing or gradient filters.

The lens is equipped with the aperture ring (this is also confirmed by the R designation in the lens name). The aperture control can be performed with precision of 1/3 stop both from the camera (when A setting is selected) and from the lens itself. The aperture is circular, has 7 blades, its minimum value is F/16.

Optically the lens consists of 8 elements in 6 groups including 1 aspherical (5th element just behind the aperture):

The range of focusing distances is from 0.8 m to infinity in full mode and from 0.28 m to 2 m in Macro mode.

The buyer gets both caps, round metallic lens hood (which is flattened at two opposite sides) and also additional rubber protective cap which can be attached on the lens hood and detaches easily because never fits tight.

The lens is equipped with micromotor, the autofocus is moderately noisy. The speed of autofocus is acceptably fast with Fujifilm X-Pro1 but suitable in fact only for shooting still subjects. The autofocus will often hunt and fail to provide accurate focusing in low-light conditions or in case if you shoot low-contrast subjects. However it’s a typical shortcoming of CDAF. Fortunately there’s no problems with autofocus accuracy — the number of misses is low. You have to turn on Macro mode with X-Pro1 or the focusing will be performed on subjects located at medium and long distances.

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