Sharpest Fuji lens?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Akashi, Feb 9, 2016.

  1. Akashi

    Akashi FujiXspot Regular

    Hi,

    I drool at the X-Pro1 and the dropping prices and really want to buy one now on "outgoing" prices. I just want one prime with it, total focal length 25 to 50 mm (not longer than 50).

    What is the recommended lens? I rate sharpness highly (not only center) and fast aperture is a solid plus. Is the 35mm F2 where it´s at?

    I am used to Olympus lenses (MU 4/3), would the recommended lens be on par with the Olympus primes?
     
  2. flysurfer

    flysurfer X-Pert

    Feb 1, 2013
    Nuremberg
    Rico Pfirstinger
    The sharpest Fuji lens is the 90mmF2.
    Runner-up should be the 16mmF1.4.
    The upcoming 120mmF2.8 is supposed to be super-sharp, too.
    The 56mmF1.2 is pretty sharp, too, even wide-open.
    23mmF.1.4 is also very sharp (not my old PP copy, though, but I just got a new production sample)

    Nothing super-sharp in the 25-50mm range that I'd know of.
     
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  3. Akashi

    Akashi FujiXspot Regular

    Thanks, but a bit on the long side for me. Probably should rename the thread to sharpest fuji lens below 50mm
     
  4. flysurfer

    flysurfer X-Pert

    Feb 1, 2013
    Nuremberg
    Rico Pfirstinger
    There are only 3 Fuji primes in your range, anyway: the very good 27mmF2.8 and two 35mm lenses. Also both very good. Then there are two Zeiss Touits (32mmF1.8 and 50mmF2.8) that are also very sharp (but not optically corrected for distortion) with high micro contrast.
     
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  5. Lenscapon

    Lenscapon FujiXspot Rookie

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    Feb 10, 2016
    Thailand
    Frank Kinnock
    Can't say any of my Fuji lenses are not sharp, but subjectively I'd say the 27mm was tbe sharpest.
     
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  6. Iansky

    Iansky FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    Feb 1, 2013
    The Cotswolds, UK
    Ian Lloyd-Grahm
    35mm f1.4, stunningly sharp lens and a perfect partner to the X-Pro1.

    I use this combo for street work and normally shoot wide open - absolutely razor sharp and with the latest firmware the camera and lens are fast and quiet so perfect for street work.
    I was tempted with the new 35mm f2 but have read a few posts about dust entering the elements so glad I went the other way and currently I think Fuji are still doing the rebate.
    You can see some of my images with this combo here - 571 Photography: Bristol
     
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  7. Geoff

    Geoff New to FujiXspot

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    Feb 7, 2016
    I use the 18mm f2 witch gives me 28mm.
    Also the incredibly sharp 35 mm f2 producing 53mm.
    Just added an adapter so I can use my nikon 10.5 fisheye.
    I can shoot pretty much anything when traveling or street shots. Can carry all of this in my pockets.
    But for one lens I would highly recommend the 35 mm f2.
     
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  8. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 2, 2013
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Another vote for the 35 f2
     
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  9. BobbyT

    BobbyT Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 31, 2013
    Louisville, Ky
    Bobby Tingle
    That's my vote as well
     
  10. Lenscapon

    Lenscapon FujiXspot Rookie

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    Feb 10, 2016
    Thailand
    Frank Kinnock
    I vote for the 35mm f1.4 at f2.

    And then you have an extra stop of bright wideness to play with.
     
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  11. flysurfer

    flysurfer X-Pert

    Feb 1, 2013
    Nuremberg
    Rico Pfirstinger
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  12. Tony B

    Tony B New to FujiXspot

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    Jan 16, 2016
    Byford SJ shire Australia
    Tony Brown
    35f1.4 was my choice too.
     
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  13. Akashi

    Akashi FujiXspot Regular

    Yesterday I ordered the 35 F2 to accompany my newly bought (used) X-Pro1 with 18/F2. It was difficult to decide between the two 35 models, the 1.4 is occasionally available used with the same price tag as a new 35/F2. I went with the latter due to newer construction design, but it was a toss of a coin, really. Thank you all for contributing to my thread, I am now in Fuji land...
     
  14. mnhoj

    mnhoj FujiXspot Regular

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    Aug 25, 2013
    It doesn't set records on MTF charts but I love the output of the 14mm 2.8.
    That and the 35 F2 are my bread and butter.

    I sure would love a small, light and cheap 70mm F2.
    That would be just lovely.
     
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  15. capodave

    capodave FujiXspot Veteran

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    Jan 31, 2013
    Mission Viejo CA
    Dave Kavlich
    I just got the 35F2 this past week and it is very sharp.
    Great lens.
     
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  16. capodave

    capodave FujiXspot Veteran

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    Jan 31, 2013
    Mission Viejo CA
    Dave Kavlich
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  17. Akashi

    Akashi FujiXspot Regular

    Nice! I unpacked mine yesterday!
     
  18. cwolffensperger

    cwolffensperger FujiXspot Regular

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    Oct 26, 2013
    Iceland
    Chris Wolffensperger
    The 35/1.4 for me... The f2 is nice as well, except for me it´s very bothersome that the lens profiling doesn´t work in RAW of the X-Pro2 with Capture One. And the barrel distortion of the f2 is just plainly horrible... While it´s absent in the 1.4. And that one, even though it focusses rather slow, is bleedingly tack sharp..
     
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  19. kevistopheles

    kevistopheles FujiXspot Veteran

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    Oct 18, 2014
    Bellingham, WA
    Kevin
    If I was looking for a single prime it would be the XF35/1.4. I know the 35/2 is supposed to be sharper but the 35 focuses more closely and based on the images I got from the 35/1.4 and the X-E1 I don't know that I need it to be any sharper. It's a sweet lens.
     
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  20. Akashi

    Akashi FujiXspot Regular

    I think the 35/1.4 is considered the sharpest of the two. I have the 35/2, though.