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Fujinon XC 35mm F2: the standard photographer


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Most of the todays compact photographic system will offer you a kind of "standard" optic that have an angle of view of approximative 45 degrees. It used to be called the normal lens may be because it was the lens model we have seen the most during the 35mm film analog era. We won't discuss the virtue to select a specific angle of view or lens model as your primary optic. It is up to everyone to choose a tool that will correspond the most for their needs.


Many "standard" focal fixes lenses are compact unit and are doted of a fairly large maximum aperture going from the economical F2 up to the very expensive F1.2(even F1.0!). Again, the choice is yours depending how much money you want to spend, what is the main purpose of the optic and ... how deeply you fall in love with the lens model! For myself, I have always appreciated to work with small (compact) units that are easier to bring with you, to hold in position et to be more discrete in front of your subject (less intimidating).
 

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The Fujinon XC 35mm F2 lens model corresponds to all these criteria with a selling price point that represent a bit of sanity in this photo equipment market that seems to abolish better economical quality products to concentrate on the very expensive niche ones. With a weight of 130g and a dimension of 5,9 X 4,7cm, this standard fix focal lens will combine nicely with a camera body model such as the X-E, X-A and XT/2-3digits Fuji X-series. The lens construction seems to be mainly polycarbonate (plastic), even for its lens mount plate with can be a bit of concern for the people that are changing lens every ten minutes. No aperture ring as for its cousin pricier alternative (XF 35mm F2 R WR) and no weather resistant (WR) provision. So, a special care is recommended if you intend to use in adverse conditions. The filter accessory size is 43mm and the Fujinon XC 35mm F2 is able to be coupled with the same dedicated lens hood (not furnisched) of its already mentioned cousin (A JCC version is available at a sensitively lower price point).

Now, what we can do with such a "normal" lens? In fact, about everything if you agree to move and position yourself accordingly. In interior areas, the lens is missing a greater angle of view but will force you to concentrate on details rather than full context although, you can create a composite panoramic view to partly compensate that limitation. As for a face portrait, the XC 35mm F2 will ask you to later crop your subject in post-processing thus preventing facial distortion. For all the rest, this Fujinon XC 35mm F2 can be a winner most of the time. It is a fast lens at F2 compare to the standard zoom counterpart but there is no stabilization option provision so, shutter speed or subject movement can be critical if you are using a non-IBIS camera model. But if you are doing follow action photography, its larger angle of view compares to telephotos become a real advantage.
 

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Some photographers have progressed from standard lenses to different focal length models, others simply stick on the "normal" ones mainly may be because it is a good predictable lens in term of angle of view and perspective. With time and experience, many photographers will gradually transit from the normal angle of view, 45 degrees, for a more extreme one such as wide angle (more inclusive) or telephoto (more discriminate) lenses.

The Fujinon XC35mm F2 lens autofocusing and manual focusing (by electronic contacts) mechanism is efficient and accurate although you can sense an obvious "breathing" phenomena when you are switching between different subject distances. You can decently work into close focusing subject distances, the manufacturer minimum is set at 35cm. The manual focusing ring is large but doesn't offer much of a helping resistance to set the focus point. You can feel that the lens got a light construction design although its component apparent quality seems fine. No aperture ring is present on the lens, as for all Fujinon XC series optics, and we have to rely in using a camera command dial to do so. The XC35mm F2 seems to deal fairly well with flare in front light source situations.

With a maximum aperture of F2, the Fujinon XC 35mm have a moderate versatility in term of deep of field and can permit you to select a higher shutter speed which is appropriate for a lens model without any optic stabilization system provision. You may have to pay more attention to that specific setting (shutter speed) to prevent blur induced by the photographer, so. nothing is perfect! 

As I have mentioned in past posts, a standard lens can be a very versatile optic providing you accept to move yourself a bit more compare to in using a zoom lens. The big advantage of that is the fact that you spend more time to check the perspective of your subject and refine its final composition. It can be a decisive factor for getting more powerful picture results. In view of that, this may be explained why many used to call it a "school" optic.

Because the Fujinon XC35mm F2 is a cheap lens in term of its low-price level, it allows us to select it as a first optic to combine with a new camera body model. It prevents to spend too much money for a lens that the frequent use could be abandoned later. Moreover, as an emergency spare lens, it can be part of a lighter photo bag or even a multi-use messenger satchel.

If you are looking for a first lens with stretch versatility, the Fujinon XC35mm F2could be a wise choice. My only hope is that Fujifilm could eventually produce a similar XC series model in the wide angle (16-18mm) and the telephoto (50-70mm) ranges.
 

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I've got one on the way to me now...hopefully will get here before the end of the week...although it is coming USPS and there are tons of shipping delays.

 

From my research, optically, it appears to be the same as the 35mm f/2 WR, just in a plastic mount.  Everything I could find that matched them up head to head has lead me to believe this as well.

Once I have it for a while, I'll be joining you on the review train!

 

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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7 hours ago, Andrew L (gryphon1911) said:

I've got one on the way to me now...hopefully will get here before the end of the week...although it is coming USPS and there are tons of shipping delays.

 

From my research, optically, it appears to be the same as the 35mm f/2 WR, just in a plastic mount.  Everything I could find that matched them up head to head has lead me to believe this as well.

Once I have it for a while, I'll be joining you on the review train!

 

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

 

Thank you for your nice appreciation and I hope you to have much pleasure in using your new lens!

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