The XF 35mm F/2 

The first lens in Fujifilm's compact F/2 prime series, the 35mm F/2 R WR is a really impressive lens for its size, weight and aperture. 

My Full XF 35mm F/2 R WR Review

The first lens that I bought for my current Fujifilm kit was the 35mm F/2 R WR. It was a lens that I purchased because I needed a lens to go with my X-Pro2 and I wanted a ~50mm equivalent prime. The 35mm F/2 R WR was available in the kit with the X-Pro2 and so I went with that option. I was, however, extremely unsure of the unique lens design and was not sure if F/2 would be enough to satisfy my needs. Boy did this lens turn me on my head and turn me from a skeptic to a believe right quick. 
I am not sponsored by nor have I received any direction or compensation from Fujifilm in regards to this review. The thoughts, opinions, and conclusions shared are my own.
Fujifilm XF 35mm F/2 R WR
Front Filter Size
Focal Length 
35mm (~52mm Full Frame)
Aperture Range
Minimum: F/2
Maximum: F/16 
Other Key Features
Weather Resistant, 9 Aperture Blades, Internal Focusing

Compact & Light Weight

This series of lenses are designed to be perfect for street and travel photographers, people who need light weight and compact lenses without sacrificing too much in terms of their low light capability. This lens and the rest of the series has its unique tapered design to help it stay out of the view of the X-Pro2's optical viewfinder, which makes it the perfect companion to Fujifilm's flagship rangefinder.

Stupid Simple

The 35mm F/2 features an aperture ring at the base of the lens as well as a focusing ring that takes up a good 1/3 of the lens body. The focusing ring is smooth and easy to turn with just the right amount of resistance to let you know you are actually focusing. I must say, I really enjoy the manual focusing on the 35mm F/2. 

I absolutely love that Fujifilm includes aperture rings on their lenses still and that they are an integral part of the photographic process. It just really sells the X-Series as a system for photography enthusiasts. 

Must Have Performance

I am late getting to this review, so I can say without a doubt after almost a year now with the 35mm F/2 R WR that this is one of the best lenses currently available in the Fujifilm lineup. 

The combination of speed, AF accuracy, image quality and build quality makes this one the the - in my opinion - must have lenses in the Fuji system. Yes, you loose out on a little bokeh and DoF from the F/1.4 version, but for this lens the advantages far outweigh those slight disadvantages. 

XF 35mm F/2 R WR Sample Gallery

XF 35mm F/2 R WR

Paired with X-Pro2

The gallery you see here is made up of images shot entirely with the XF 35mm F/2 R WR when paired with the Fujifilm X-Pro2. Owners of the X-T2 can except similar if not identical image quality, while older generation X-Series owners could see slightly different results.

Clearly these images have been processed. Since this is not a sensor review I found little need to share un-processed samples. 

Overall Thoughts and Conclusions

The funny thing about this review is that I had totally forgotten that I had never written up any thoughts on this particular lens until it came time to write up my 23mm F/2 R WR review. Several of you guys asked if I had a 35mm F/2 review, which I didn't (though I did direct you to my 23mm F/2 vs 35mm F/2 Comparison), and it just reminded me that I needed to get my thoughts on this lens on the record.

The Fujifilm XF 35mm F/2 R WR is the perfect lens for any X-shooter, really. I would actually even recommend it over the kit 18-55mm lens that you can buy with many of the X-Series cameras. The lens is fast, it's weather sealed, it's got great image qulaity, stellar sharpness, and offers some of the best AF performance of any Fujifilm compatible lens. Add to that the lens is a 50mm full frame equivalent and you have just about the perfect walk-around lens for travel, portraits, street, even sports so long as your subjects are not far away.

The lens does slow down in extremely low light in terms of AF speed, but that is to be expected and is really the case for most lenses these days. The slowdown does not affect my shooting so I don't consider it to be much of an issue.

Overall, I am very pleased that this lens was my choice when I purchased my X-Pro2. I have been very pleasantly surprised and the quality of my images and the art that I have been able to create since acquiring the lens speaks for itself. I honestly can't recommend this lens enough, if you are in the market for a quality ~50mm equivalent for the X-series this is the lens you should be getting. 

My XF 35mm F/2 Rating

Build Quality
Image Quality
Low Light AF Performance
Good Light AF Performance

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