Published on: 2nd May 2016This is part three of my lens analysis photo series taken in Shenzhen in November 2015. This is my favourite focal length and although all 20 photos in this article represent street photography, I actually use this lens also very successfully in my landscape photos. In a future article I will share with you my Shenzhen in Infrared photos, and there I've used the this lens with great effect on landscape scenes.
My analysis (as shown in the initial article) revealed that I used this focal length for 47 out of the 101 photos (taken with the Fujinon XF35mm F1.4 and the Fujinon XF18-55 F2.8-4 lenses). You will notice that the photos in this article does not differ too much from the photos taken with the Fujinon XF 27mm F2.8 lens. My deduction is that I would be happy with either of these two lenses for my type of street photography, but I will always take both these lenses with me on my trips - for a different reason: I see the 27mm lens with the Fujifilm XE-2 body as a spare camera. I try to keep one of the two cameras (X-E2 or X-T1) in the hotel room's safe while using the other.
For the non-Fujifilm photographers, keep in mind that the Fujifilm X cameras has an APC size sensor with a 1.5x crop factor. The 35mm lens therefore has a 53mm FOV in 35mm terms, while the 27mm lens' FOV is 40mm in 35mm terms.
Oneof the questions many people ask is whether to get the new fujifilm F2 lens or rather the older F1.4mm lens. My analysis revealed that only 13 of the 47 photos were taken using a wider that F2 aperture, and in all these cases the ISO was 200 or 400. This means that low light did not play a role in my selection of the aperture. In many cases where I did want to get a softer background I used in any case F2 rather than F1.4. "The Benefactor" is a good example of my F2 aperture choice, as is "Pause".
I used F4 and F5.6 much more than the ultra wide apertures because I see it as the "sweet spot" of this lens. The combination of the 35mm focal length and F5.6 aperture gives a perceived in-focus look from very close-up to almost infinity (you will see this specifically in "The winning hand").
In the second article I looked at the Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 and concluded that I see it more as a street portraiture lens rather than for "normal" street photography. It is also possible to use the 35mm lens for street portraiture as seen in "Pause". Notice the beautiful bokeh in this photo.
I am very happy with my Fujinon XF35mm F1.4 and cannot justify buying the newer F2 version, although, if I did not own it already, I would most likely bought the newer version.
I only included 20 of the 47 photos in this article. In future articles ("The Sweet potato seller" and "Dafen Art Village" essays as well as in "Shenzhen in Infrared") I will share the other photos taken with this awesome lens.
(If you have read up to here and did not click on a photo yet, do so to see them in larger format and also to browse through the rest of this gallery)