F/1.4

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53mm Featured by Iain Palmer

Portrait Perfect

From a personal point of view the XF35mm f/1.4 R lens excels in portraiture. That isn't to say that it just excels in that area of photography, but in my experience I haven't photographed more with this lens.

The bokeh, the sharpness, the image detail and that certain je ne sais quoi that it delivers is quite beautiful.

And that extra stop of light makes it as desirable now as it was when first released in September 2012. Be it single subject portraiture or environmental, it produces stunning results.

And now that the f/2 version is here, with faster AF and smaller real estate, the XF35mm f/1.4 can be used for those times when more thought is needed behind a photograph.

The improvements that Fuji's firmware version 4.0 brought us vastly improved the speed of the lens but I have still found it slow at tracking the certain busier, faster moving moments in life, the very moments the f/2 version takes in its stride.

For me, the 35mm f/1.4 lens is like that of the X-Pro1 compared to the X-T1, perfect for slower and methodical photography, something essential in portraiture.  

Iain Palmer

Abundant Magazine