It is time for some gear talk. I am kind of a technology geek, and that serves me well as a photographer. I spend a lot of time reading reviews and tutorials about photography gear and techniques, so I will give back by providing my own reviews and tips on occasion. So here goes!
I am a Fujifilm fan. I started with a Nikon, but the short story is that Zack Arias convinced me to switch to Fuji. Don’t get me wrong, Nikon makes amazing cameras as do Canon, Sony, and several others. I like the Fuji style and features. Their product offering isn’t as broad as others, but their quality is top-notch. I may go into more detail on this subject in another post, but lets get to the Fuji 35mm F2 lens.
I love this little lens. I pre-ordered it as soon as it was announced, and received it before the official release date. At the time I was considering their older (and more expensive) 35mm F1.4 lens, or the smaller, cheaper 27mm F2.8. This was the perfect compromise. It gave me the 35mm angle I wanted, a larger aperture than the 27mm, and a slightly smaller form factor than the 35mm 1.4.
The autofocus on this little beast is incredibly fast and accurate. My camera is a Fujifilm X-T1, so results may vary on a cheaper camera, but I can’t image it being a disappointment to anyone. A fast autofocus is crucial for fast moving subjects, like my dogs in the photo above, or any situation where you need to quickly capture moments before they pass.
The two shots above are shot at the maximum aperture of F2. You can see the clarity of my daugher’s face, and the button on Lexi’s jacket compared to the soft edges of the frame. F2 is no “bokeh monster”, but more than adequate for most practical purposes and it allows you to bring in a good amount of light for lowlight shooting.
Speaking of lowlight shooting. The shot above was after a date with my wife recently. We had dinner at Tucci’s on Cherry street, and on our way back to the car I saw this bench and the light coming from inside the bakery. I shot this at F2 ISO 6400 1/250 sec hand held.
Summary (I like it)
A few last words about this lens:
- It is weather resistant
- The aperture and focus rings have a great feel to them. It isn’t easy to accidentally bump the aperture (as it is with their 18-55mm kit lens)
- It feels very solid and well built
That’s enough geeking out for today! Depending on the response I get to this, I may post more of these types of articles. I love talking tech, but I expect this may be a snooze fest for folks just looking for nice pictures. Let me know what you think in the comments!