Fujifilm 35mm F/1.4 vs F/2

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stevo23 Forum Pro • Posts: 22,188
Re: Fujifilm 35mm F/1.4 vs F/2

Marcos Villaroman wrote:

The f/2 version has a lot going for it, including faster AF and WR; but, the images coming out of the 35/1.4 have a little bit more character and I like f/1.4.

I read somewhere that the Fujifilm lens designer deliberately selected an older lens design for the 35/1.4 to achieve the optical look it produces. I don't use the 35mm primes enough to be able to see this difference for myself; but, pixie dust is pixie dust.

https://www.fujirumors.com/the-magic-of-the-fujinon-xf-35mm-f-1-4-explained-and-why-fujifilm-should-not-make-an-xf-35mm-f-1-4-mk-ii/

The manual/AF clutch selection is also interesting on the 35/1.4.

That's an old myth about the 35 1.4 that has never been confirmed and frankly has no merit whatsoever. Scoring high on MTF vs. "character" is silly talk. However I do like the images people produce with it - if that's character due to the lens, great lens.

And I can say without question that the 35 f/2 is a weaker lens optically. It has very high distortion to the extent that the auto correction doesn't even correct it well enough. And the fringing can be high.

If I'm taking shots where I think the distortion and weaknesses of the 35 f/2 might hurt the image, I don't use it. And to be honest, I've seen quite a few great images from that lens.

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