Hi Friends! Is the Fuji 35mm F2 any good for Photography, Portraits or Street Portraits? I have been using a Fuji X-T1 since last year, and I have to say I`m in love with it! It has been my starting Professional kit into Photography.
Usability of the Fuji 35mm
My first lens was the Fujinon XF 35mm F2. This lens is ultra sharp, very light, and the focusing is very fast and I would say over 90% accurate. This compact camera, also mixed with the Electronic Shutter for silence, works like a charm to make Candid Pictures and Street Photography. It`s also a very portable kit, compact and light (a little bit over 600 grams). So I have been traveling a lot this year and everywhere I meet interesting people and randomly ask them if I can take pictures of them. The Fuji 35mm F2 aperture of the lens allows you to have a nice bokeh on the background. At the same time, the lens being not so narrow, you`re also able to do enviromental portaits, taking the surroundings into the shot.
How to get the most of the Bokeh?
Well, I normally shot on Aperture Priority mode. This means, I set everything into Automatic, and manage the Aperture manually. Why? Because then I have control over the light and the background blur when I take pictures. Mostly I try to shoot the portraits on F2 (the max lens aperture). So far I´ve been far from disappointed. This amazing lens also has found more use like in Concerts with low light where it performed amazingly (Check some of my concert shots here). The X-T1 is a quick and versatile camera, and allows you to move and adapt quickly into different environments and situations.
So here are some of the shots I`ve made on the streets and traveling. Mostly they´re random people who kindly have let me made a picture of them.
Let me know what you think about it! Do you also have the same experience? Of course I know there are special dedicated lenses for Portraiture from Fuji, like the 56mm – but the Fuji 35mm is also very good, sharp, discrete and light.