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. For manual focusing, this lens is a nightmare to use but it produces good images when you are able to get the subject sharply in focus. For still objects and portraits, this is a fine lens but for street photography, it is disappointing.
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. This is my first 1.4 lens :) and I love it. In the sample pic I was using manual focus so it is not spot on... but this lens really is sharp.
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. I was debating between 23mm and 35mm, but I wanted more blur (longer focal length=less distortion), smaller lens (lighter), and it's cheaper (-$300), so the 35mm won. I'm glad I chose the 35mm to add to my arsenal.
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. I know some people love shooting at 50mm but it has never held much allure for me. This lens may have just changed all that, especially for my walking around travel shots.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, High resolution, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Sharp, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I enjoyed using this lens for several days until it suffered "sticky aperture" syndrome. Became unusuable and am waiting a warranty replacement.Given my limited use, I will say it is very, very sharp and a great "normal" lens. Focus speed could be a bit faster (even on X-T1 body) but is acceptable.
Excerpt: I use this lens on my XE1 for night shooting. It is keenly sharp and does not require a flash. Some folks don't like the square hood but I like it just fine. It stays on and does it's job. The lens is light but very solid.
Summary: If you own an x series body, then it's a no brainer that you should own this lens. I purchased this when I purchased the x-pro1 and a 23mm 1.4 and the 35mm has almost permanantly been glues to the x-pro1. Not only is this my favorite focal length but this lens also renders beautifully! The colors are gorgeous and the detail is ALL there. It's SO sharp I can't believe it sometimes.
Summary: I choose the 35 mm F 1.4 lens to complement my 18mm - 50 mm kit lens. I planned to get a prime lens that allows me to shoot in critical light condition as well as creating shots with nice bokehs to isolate the subject. What can I say ? My expectations have been fully met. Razor sharp images and beautiful bokehs - I love this lens !
Great fast lens for a bit overpriced price (relative to other brands).
11 April 2014
Summary: "+" Very fast lens, great sharpness, great color, great bokeh, comprehensible dimensions, focusing speed is satisfactory. ----- "-" Overprice (like all lenses from Fuji), or external focus (Moving the outer parts when focusing), sound noisy focusing, rubber cover on a regular blend jumps at every touch to the clothes (3 times almost lost it), simple poor sharpness at full aperture