Review: Fujinon XF35 f/2.0 WR lens and a glance back at the XF27 | Bill Palmer

By | December 16, 2015

The ‘phone by my elbow burst into noisy life.  I’d left the ringer turned to full and it was like being jogged by a chugger; I nearly spilled my Earl Grey. I composed myself and answered. “It’s here…” London Camera Exchange in Guildford, for so long my primary (and local) source of optical excellence and general photographic goodness, had managed to secure stock of the new Fujinon XF35mm f/2.0 WR. I got there as fast as I could and parted with the surprisingly reasonable sum of £299 (of which more later). As anyone who has read my scribbles for any length of time knows, I come from a long background of using Leica M cameras and lenses and, rightly or wrongly, they remain to this day my yardstick when evaluating new equipment, particularly the Fuji X line. In Leica terms, therefore, if the original and now slightly venerable Fujinon XF35mm f/1.4 R plays in Summilux territory, in aperture terms at least, then with the new f/2.0 Fuji is planting its flag firmly on the Summicron’s doorstep…….

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