Experience Reports

Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR

Compared to my Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR lens, the Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR is very light. It weighs 430g, just slightly less than two Apple iPhone 11 Pros. The Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR is smaller and less expensive than the Fujinon XF35mmF1.4 R1. The Fujinon XF35mmF2 R lens has a noticeable taper from the camera mount toward the end of the lens barrel, which is, along with the lens mini lens cap, a design that is not to my liking. I wish Fujifilm would make a wether resistant version of the Fujinon XF35F1.4 R.

Like most Fujinon lens, the Made in Japan Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR lens is an all-metal design and feels solid in my hand. The filter threads are metal. The front barrel is metal. The focus ring is metal. The aperture ring is metal. So that you get it; this is an all-metal lens. The R means the lens has an aperture ring while the WR signifies weather resistance. The aperture rings had a noticeable click when moving between the 13 step f/stops. The focus ring is smooth and continuous.

The Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR has a close focus distance of 35 centimetres, but an iPhone 11 Pro can focus at a closer subject distance. This fact may not matter to the target audience for this lens; street photographers. For my test, I used the lens around Witherspoon Street and Nassau Street in Princeton, New Jersey. The auto-focus felt fast, and the images are sharp.

I didn't include them here, but you can see images captured with the lens wide open on this entry for a craft ale.

If you choose to purchase this lens, please use Ritchie Roesch's affiliate link. I don't have one of my own.

  • Name: Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR
  • Tested on: Fujifilm X-T2
  • Mount: Fujifilm X-Mount
  • Zoom/Prime: Prime
  • Focal Length: 35mm (53mm FF FOV)
  • Maximum Aperture: f/2
  • Minimum aperture: f/16
  • Diaphragm Blades: (Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm)
  • Product Ratings (1=miserable, 5=excellent):
    • Construction Quality: 4.7
    • Image Quality: 4.3
    • Overall Value For Price: 4.7
    • Recommended: Yes

Lens Photos

Using a technique I learned in the Princeton Photo Workshop Landscape / Cityscape in B&W with Ossian Lindholm workshop, the images were created from Fujifilm RAF files, cropped and aligned in Adobe Lightroom, and processed to black and white monochrome in Silver Efex Pro 2. For SOOC JPEGs of the sample images, read my Fujifilm Film Simulation Challenge Roll 3: Tri-X Push article.

Waiting | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR | f/5.6 | ISO 400

A Taste of Italy | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR | f/5.6 | ISO 400

Window Light | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR | f/5.6 | ISO 400

Lost in thought | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR | f/5.6 | ISO 400

Men's | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR | f/5.6 | ISO 400

Boots | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR | f/5.6 | ISO 400

Sun in my eyes | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR | f/5.6 | ISO 400

Intersection | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR | f/5.6 | ISO 400

Food is our common ground. | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR | f/5.6 | ISO 400

  1. I will rent the Fujinon XF35mmF1.4 R to test at some point. 

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  • Rob Moses Photography
    9th March 2020 at 11:32 AM

    Nice pictures. My favourite one is the last one with the lady sitting at the table. I like the way the light is hitting the scene.

  • MichaelStephenWills
    16th November 2019 at 5:20 AM

    Good morning, Khurt. I see the Fujifilm X-T2 also does videos. Does anyone object to your photographing them?

    • Khürt Williams
      16th November 2019 at 7:47 AM

      Good morning Michael, I've recorded a few short videos on the Fujifilm X-T2 but I haven't processed or uploaded them. I'm a complete novice when it comes to video.

      In my experience, when in small towns in New Jersey, some people will actively turn away or step out of the way to avoid the camera, but in large cities, like New York City and Philadelphia, people generally ignore the camera.

      However, during a few of my walks around Philly, one of the food cart vendors yelled at me that it illegal to take his photo. I advised him to call the police. He didn't. Had he escalated, I would have called the police. The law is on my side. The streets are public property.

      I am still nervous about street photography, but I have become more confident in the last two years.

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