I get quite a bit of fellow photographers asking what I think
of the new XF35mm WR F2 lens. And the most popular
question will be how does it stack up against its older
brother; the XF35mm F1.4?
I really don’t know how to compare this 2 great lenses.
They are different. In my opinion; if you are really into
street photography then the new XF35mm WR F2 will
be my recommendation. It has faster AF( a lot faster! )
and its also weather resistant. Its also very silent.
If you are into shooting people and portraits; then the
XF35mm F1.4 will be my recommendation. The bokeh
is brilliant for this lens. Not that the new XF35mm F2’s
bokeh is bad. Its just that I feel the XF35mm F1.4 is
more suited for shooting portraits.
Below are 2 set of photos; one shot with XF35mm F1.4
and the other XF35mm F2 WR. Hope these pictures
helps you make a decision on which lens suits you better.
And for those who can’t make-up their mind; its gonna
cost you; as you may need to buy both!
This last 2 pictures is to compare it at wide open between the 2 lenses.
Ivan Loh, A Fuji X-photographer is known for his quirky and different approach through his lens. He has received numerous accolades from the International Photography Award, New York and Photography Master Cup. Most Recently a Gold, 1st Place at the 2014 PX3 Prix De La Photographie in Paris .
Ivan started shooting since his teenage years with his father’s Nikon SLR and he hasn’t stopped since. He has lensed campaigns for clients such as Singapore Airlines, MTV Asia, Nike, Bossini, Nanyang Technological University(NTU) Tuas Power, Allianz Insurance, Manulife Insurance, HSBC Insurance, DHL. TNT, UOB, CAAS, Hilton Group, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Raffles Hotel, Diegeo, Embraer, Carlson, TATA Communication, HDB, Clark Quay, HOT FM 91.3, Kiss 92FM, JIA 88.3, Power 98, and CHIMJES.
His editorial works have appeared in magazines such as Conde Nast, Home+Living, TopGear Singapore, Her World, Cleo, Seventeen, FHM, Parents World and Home & Decor. His works have also glossed the pages of international magazines such as Asian Photography and Digital Photography(UK).
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I own the 35mm f1.4
Can there be any improvements on this?
I guess to a certain degree, this could be possible with firmware update from a camera.
if not I guess maybe in the future there might be a XF35mm F1.4 mark ll. cheers.
Just ordered the F1.4 after much internal debate. What I can say is that the latest firmware updates have drastically improved focus speeds and accuracy.
Great review and presentation.
That is great news. Have fun with the new lens. cheers