Photography: Fujifilm Fujinon XF35mm f/2 R WR lens First Impression

Testing My new XF35mm Fujinon Lens

I just bought a Fujinon XF35mm f/2 R WR lens and here’s what I think about it.

If you are following my Facebook wall, you probably know by now that I recently acquired a brand new mirrorless camera, the Fujifilm X-T10 Silver Mirrorless Digital Camera. I love its size, weight and of course, its retro design. One of the few reasons why I bought this camera is its weight apart from the influence of my friends who are now using Fuji X series cameras.

Testing My new XF35mm Fujinon Lens
Testing My new XF35mm Fujinon Lens

I visited Hong Kong to join a food tour organized by AirAsia and Vikings Buffet Restaurant. And since it was a food trip, I wanted to get a good Fujinon lens which will serve me best for my food photography stint. So, I bought one in Hong Kong just in time for the trip.

My Fujifilm X-T10 with Fujinon XF35mm f/2 R WR lens
My Fujifilm X-T10 with Fujinon XF35mm f/2 R WR lens

Because I’m a traveling foodie, I researched online about some affordable prime lens for the X-series compact mirrorless camera line which includes my Fujifilm X-T10 and one of the most recommended lens I found was the Fujinon XF35mm f/2 R WR.

Fujifilm Fujinon XF35mm f/2 R WR lens
Fujifilm Fujinon XF35mm f/2 R WR lens

FujinonXF35mm f/2 R WR Technical Details

Available Color Black or Silver
Focus Type auto-focus
Item Dimensions 3.8 x 6.3 x 4.1 inches
Item Weight 0.9 pounds
Lens Design Fixed Prime
Lens Type standard-prime
Maximum Aperture ƒ/2
Maximum Focal Length 35
Minimum Aperture ƒ/22
Minimum Focal Length 35
Shipping Weight 0.7 pounds
UNSPSC Code 45121603
Zoom Type fixed

Fujinon XF35mm f/2 lens
Fujinon XF35mm f/2 lens

Fujifilm Fujinon XF35mm f/2 R WR Specs

  • Weather-resistant design with 8 sealing points for weather- and dust-resistance and operation as low as 14 Degree.
  • Inner focus system with 0.08 seconds autofocus speed and nearly silent operation.
  • Nano-GI coating reduces ghosting and flare.
  • 9 blade aperture creates smooth and circular bokeh.
  • Minimum working distance of approximately 13 inches.

Fujifilm’s Fujinon lens is ideal for any scene and application. It’s a must-have for people like me who like street and food photography. This lens is also ideal for fashion photographers.

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Food Photography using Fujinon XF35mm f/2
Food Photography using Fujinon XF35mm f/2

The Fujinon lens package includes a small lens hood which blocks unnecessary light from entering the lens to maintain the camera’s maximum optical performance. There are two types of lens hoods available for the XF35mmF2 R WR. A lightweight and compact circular lens hood is the default lens in the package, while a classical and stylish metal hood LH-XF35-2 can be purchased optionally. Both lens hoods allow the front lens cap to be used while attached.

Unboxing Fujinon XF35mm f/2 R WR lens
Unboxing Fujinon XF35mm f/2 R WR lens

First Impression

I find the Fujinon XF35mm f/2 R WR lens very sharp. It delivers crisp images with rich bokeh or depth of field. You might just be wondering what R WR is.  Well, R WR actually means that the exterior of this superior prime lens is weather and dust resistant and that it can work in temperatures as low as -10 degree Celsius.

Test Shot using Fujinon XF35mm f/2 R WR lens
Test Shot using Fujinon XF35mm f/2 R WR lens

The lens surely fits perfectly with weather and dust resistant Fujifilm X series cameras just like Fujifilm X-T10. With a quiet and more accurate inner focus system, this new and affordable Fujinon lens produces high quality images at a 0.08-second shutter speed.

Fujifilm’s XF 35mm F2 is a must-have for all Fujifilm X-system users. This lens is perfect for those who live in Southeast Asia where weather is pretty much unpredictable since this lens is sealed against moisture and dust making it a perfect all day weather resistant lens.

Fujifilm XF35mm f/2 R WR lens
Fujifilm XF35mm f/2 R WR lens

What I love most about this lens is that it’s reasonably compact even with its light metal fabrication and it’s affordable unlike other prime lenses.

Price

I bought it last December 4, 2015 at Man Shing Photo Supplies in Tung Choi St, MongKok, Kowloon Hong Kong for only HK$3,100 (approximately $399 or 18,836.00 Php). You can also buy it via Amazon Fujifilm Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR Silver Camera Lens for only $399.00 plus shipping. The lens’s average price in the Philippines is around 21,000 Php, but you can always drop by at any camera store in Hidalgo Quiapo for a discounted one.

Verdict

With its metal exterior yet lightweight characteristic, it’s superior image quality, its fast and silent action, its weather resistance, and its affordability, the Fujifilm Fujiinon XF35mm f/2 R WR definitely is a must-have lens for all Fujifilm X series camera users.

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