Fujifilm Fujinon XF 35mm F2 R WR Review – Superb Optics But Has no Optical Stabilization

The Fujifilm Fujinon XF 35mm F2 R WR comes into the market as the second 35-millimeter prime lens for the company’s line of mirrorless cameras. It is a more compact model and a less expensive one at that than the 35-millimeter f/1.4 from the company. Even though it is made cheaper, it adds weather sealing to its list of features which is a very nice touch. Still, it does not capture in more light as the f/1.4 variant but it can still handle a decent level of low-light performance when shooting at wide open.

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 35mm F2 R WR Review - Superb Optics But Has no Optical Stabilization

The Fujifilm Fujinon XF 35mm F2 R WR Adds Weather Sealing Into the Mix

Even when looking at it by mirrorless standards, the Fujifilm Fujinon XF 35mm F2 R WR is very small. It measures only 1.8 x 2.4-inches for its height and depth. Furthermore, it only weighs 6-ounces. It supports 43-millimeters front filters and a lens hood is included in the packaging.

At the front element of the lens, there is a manual focus ring. Just like other lenses from Fujifilm’s X system, its manual focusing is electronic. In other words, whenever you turn the focus ring, the internal focus motor will move the element. This does take some getting used to, especially if you’re more attuned to using SLRs.

At the base of the lens, you can find a physical aperture ring. The aperture can be set from f/2 all the way to f/16 at third-stop increments. Setting the aperture also has an automatic setting available as well.

When it comes to auto-focusing, the Fujinon XF 35mm F2 R WR is fast and accurate. It uses APS-C imaging sensors, which is the same size you can find from consumer-based SLRs. For full-frame users, 35-millimeters will produce fairly wide angle shots. However, for those who use the APS sensor, then you would get a rough equivalent of that of a 50-millimeter lens on a full-frame system.

Even when shooting at wide open, this 35-millimeter lens is a great performer. Performance is very strong even at the edges of the frame. It shows minimal barrel distortion, which is a big plus for people who don’t like the fish-eye effect. However, the lens does not include optical image stabilization so you may have a bit of a problem if you have shaky hands and you’re shooting at low-light conditions.

Other than the fact that it has no optical stabilization, there is practically nothing bad to say about the Fujifilm Fujinon XF 35mm F2 R WR. It is a solid performer and is a good choice for photographers who use the Fujifilm mirrorless system.

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