Summary: Very sharp in the center wide open, very sharp across the frame even by f/2.8. Bokeh is a little harsh at f/1.4 in some circumstances (mainly small out of focus objects), but much improved even by f/2. Focus is a little slow even with all focus updates. The lens is very well built with knurled metal focus ring and excellent overall feel. Manual focus feel is not great, but it is fine for small adjustments after initial autofocus.
Summary: This Fuji 35mm prime lens for Fuji X-mount cameras takes photos that are just, wow, amazing. It’s simply difficult to believe that one of these smaller format lenses can hold its own against the larger Nikon and Canon lenses, and not in any way to take away from those, but after shooting for a few days with this little Fuji, I would have to say that it is every bit the peer of its more well known brethren.
Summary: Deducted one star due to motor noise. Hint to Fuji: fix it. What the others said about the noise is very true! I'm using this with my X-E1 which had the 28-55mm lens. If that's what you're using, you multiply the noise of the 28-55mm lens by 3x-4x. That's how loud it is. Deducted another star for the lens hood and covers being incredibly annoying. This lens has two covers. The first goes on the thread of the lens, the second goes in front of the lens hood.
Summary: I've compared this directly to the Sony e-mount 35mm f/1.8 OSS for NEX, they are comparable in many ways, except two big ones. First, the build of the Fuji is better. The focus ring is smoother, the body feels more solid, the hood is better, and it has an aperture ring. The second big one for me is the handling of longitudinal chromatic aberration and spherochromatism.
Summary: This lens is sharp! It produces wonderful images. I've only really done portrait type pics so I can't say much about corner sharpness but anything I focused on has come out wonderfully and the bokeh is very pleasing to the eye. It focuses quicker than my only other fuji xf lens - the 18-55mm. It can hunt in low light a bit..
Summary: This is the fastest optic for the X family until the 23mm arrives mid-Oct. This is a great lens with roughly a 50mm field of view on 35mm eqiv. The lens is sharp and I like the aperture ring. The styling is great and the results are top notch. The only downers are the sluggish AF performance and the loudish AF motor. It reminds me of my 50mm D on my Nikon several years ago. Compared to the whisper quiet performance of, say, the 18-55 or even the 55-200, it's noisy.
Summary: This is not a wide angle lens. It is equivalent to a 52mm medium telephoto lens. So if you want a wide lens buy the 18mm. I love this lens because its sharpness and nice bookeh. It makes pretty good portraits. Don't like it though for street photography, it doesnt have all that coverage area we need to shoot inconspicuously. But it exceeds in portrait and scenes.
Summary: I bought this lens, primarily for low light photography. I have a Fuji X-E1 and the stock 18-55mm zoom is very good (and very flexible) for most daylight photos. However, this lens is excellent for night photography (stars, etc.) and evening shots with low light. The bokeh is very good.
Summary: This lens is built like a jewel box and the optics are terrific. The fast 1.4 aperture with dreamy bokeh allows for terrific indoor or twilight shots. A really elegant piece of engineering that has become my "always-on" lens for my X-E1.