Summary: Wanted to like it so badly, but it just didn't do it for me. I did side by side comparison shots, same camera body (XE-1)@, tripod, subject, lighting, and selected focus point, and both my lowly XC kit lens from the XM-1( at the approximate 35mm setting) and the XF 55 - 200 (at the 55mm setting)...
Summary: This lens is magic. The perfect companion to my X-Pro 1. Image Quality: It's tack sharp at f/1.4 and only gets sharper stopping down. Very minimal chromatic aberration in really high contrast scenes and non-existent in pretty much everything else. Out of focus areas have a very pleasing smoothness.
Summary: I love the Lens. It fast, sharp, lightweight, well built and fun to use. I use it on my Fujifilm X-Pro 1 camera. I hate to take it off. It's a great indoor/ existing light lens The lens is noisy though as other reviewers have stated. There are plenty reviews on this lens such as DP camera review.
Summary: After doing a lot of research on this lens (and the XT-1 Graphite Edition) I decided to finally pull the trigger. Being primarily a wedding and family portrait photographer, my primary concern after reading and watching tons of reviews was that the focusing was going to be an issue.
Summary: This lens is really good. If you have been reading the reviews, you have probably read that the lens is crazy sharp at all apertures (it is), and that it doesn't focus as fast as the newer lenses (it doesn't). That being said, it's a great lens and a crazy choice NOT to have in your bag.
Excerpt: The 35mm f/1.4 is spectacular.The colors and contrast are exceptional. Bokeh is creamy smooth and makes this lens perfect for portraits.This lens is very sharp at f/1.4.Aperture can be adjusted to 1/3 f-stops which is convenient.Af sometimes hunts in lower light conditions.
Good images, slow focusing motor and poor focus by wire performance
4 December 2014
Summary: This lens is effectively useless when taking pictures of moving subjects at large apertures due to the lag when adjusting focus and the slow focusing motor. It also takes several full twists to move from distant to close up focal planes.
Summary: I would say that this lens is the most succulent lens in the line up, but I haven't tried the 1.2 portrait lens. The bokeh that this lens produces is really creamy and dreamy. Its small, well built and it has a strange looking metal hood... All the other lenses have plastic hood but not this one.
Summary: This is my second lens besides my 18-55mm. Both are very sharp, which is due to great glass and the great fuji camera sensor. I'm impressed by Fujinon lenses and can say it clearly beats my Canon 50mm f1.4 in sharpness. The bokeh is great.
Excerpt: I've just switched to Fuji -- coming mainly from Canon L zooms, but with a mix of their primes. Picked up an X100s and a X-T1 with the lens. To be honest, the 35mm (53mm) was chosen as much for availability as anything else.