Review: Fujinon 35mm f1.4

With the Fujifilm X-PRO 1, I actually have a camera gem with me when taking photos. Even if the camera is 8 years old, the built-in X-Trans CMOS sensor is the basis for an inimitable image look. For this reason, I took a closer look at the Fujinon 35mm f1.4 lens during the last street photo shoot for this review. The focal length of 35 mm (56mm converted to full format) corresponds in terms of the image section to the 50mm lenses that I usually use in such an environment.   But first a look at the specs: Focal length: 35mm (56mm calculated on full frame) Aperture: f / 1.4 – f / 16 Aperture blades: 7 (rounded) Closest focusing distance: 28mm Weight: 187g Filter thread: 52mm Lens Mount: Fujufilm X To combine lens reviews and street style portraits, I like to use one of my favorite photo spots in Vienna: The Naschmarkt. The abundance of different backgrounds, graffiti, market stalls and the nearby subway station Kettenbrückengasse offers something for every style.

This time Anna and her dog Dennis were in front of the camera and immediately made a good figure. Right from the first shot of Anna’s Australian Sheppard, I noticed something that would ultimately turn out to be the lens’s biggest flaw. Because the autofocus could not keep track of the dog’s speed, some pictures were out of focus. In some situations this bothered me enormously. However, this was the only thing that I really had to complain about with this lens. Otherwise I could only see positive facts on the lens. This began with simple things like a manually adjustable panel, which is very good to the touch and still conveys real photo flair. Much more important, however, was that the results were both crisp and sharp and had a great contrast. The bokeh is also very calm and contributes to a harmonious, light overall picture.

I reinforced the style that the 35mm Fujinon created out of camera a little in postprocessing in order to really create portraits in the classic street portrait look. Together with the Fuji X-Pro 1, a setup that is a lot of fun for everyday use. Conclusion: + Very sharp + Good contrast + Nice bokeh + Retro flair – Very slow  

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