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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.
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
Summary: Needless to say, this is the best lens for Fuji camera, except that it focus a bit slower than other comparable lens from other manufactures. the rendering of the image from this lens is beautiful and sharp. I take off one star for its slow in focus ability.
My favorite lens—almost never comes off, but it has its cons.
Jonathan S, Amazon
13 December 2013
Summary: The Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.4 is a fantastic lens. It's my favorite lens (it almost never comes off), but it has its cons. The pictures are razor sharp and the quality is absolutely fantastic—The bokeh is gorgeous! For just about any casual, portrait shot, this is my go-to lens. The quality of the photos are just stunning—I can't reiterate how pleased I am. The aperture ring is also another favorite of mine.
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..
Excerpt: I looked at many charts before purchasing this lens, and I was not impressed. I rather like 35mm on APSC and would have waited for the Zeiss Touit or shot legacy glass but the price was low enough for me to give this a shot. I am glad I did.<br /><br />The packaging is awesome. I wish other companies carried the same pride in packaging and presentation as Fuji. The build quality is also extremely good.
Excerpt: How you use the produce: <br />Always take it with you and take as many pics as you can.<br />Great things: <br />beautiful bokeh. particularly good for portraits.Great for indoor/low light scenes too.<br />Not so great things: <br />X-E1 has a sub par auto focus that can be stupidly slow in low light and this lens' manual focus ring require too much turning to get to the correct focus.
Summary: If you've read all of the reviews, you know what the general consensus is. This lens is darn sharp, though the AF is a tad slow, and the fly-by-wire manual focus/aperture ring isn't the easiest thing to get used to (if you've come from a DSLR, that is). Speaking of the aperture ring, the "notches" for each stop and 1/3 stop feel a little too slick, so it's easy to slide it out of aperture if you're not paying attention.
Pros: Sharp, smooth, MF ring can be good for macro, if that's your thing.
Cons: Aperture ring is too smooth, fly-by-wire system takes some getting used to, manual focusing takes forever if you're not shooting macro.