Despite looking dead-sexy on a Leica M240, the 35mm f/1,5 LTM Canon, aka "Japanese Summilux" isn't the Canon I fell in love with. I fell in love with the 35mm f/2 LTM Canon, aka "Japanese Summicron", about which I wrote this ohmage.Read More
APS-C’s biggest advantage over FF isn’t size. It is reach. An APS-C camea cocked into a 200mm lens frames subjects similar to a FF sensor cocked into a 300mm lens, but it can focus in closer to a subject. Similarly, an APS-C sensor cocked into a 35mm frames subjects similar to a FF sensor cocked into a ~50mm lens, and it nearly halves the minimum focus distance.Read More
Initially, I purchased the X100s in order to stay stealthy when covering hi-resolution audio events where literally any noise distracts from the amazeballs of extra ultrasonic information and placebo. Then, after falling in love with its one handability and sneaky little lens, I started using it for everything else.Read More
Another day, another super-speed lens promised for X-mount. This time, however, that lens comes assembled in the fatherland. Thanks to X-mount's APS-C sensor, this hulk of a lens (680g) will achieve the field of view and depth-of-focus similar to that of a FF ~50mm f/1,4 lens on a FF camera.
Small sensor cameras can be small. Equivalent lenses never are.
Today, Fujifilm announced a new 35mm XF R lens, whose f/2 aperture allows it to slim down from the fatty dimensions of its forebear. It looks great. It even more closely matches the rangefinder trappings of the X-Pro 1 and X-E series. This will be a first among the XF lens series. It will also be the first XF prime lens to bear marketing copy re: water resistance.
So which is it? Is it the new lens or the old lens that is compact? Fujifilm's original copy suggests that the two XF R lenses are being pitted, one against the other.
The takeaway: Fujifilm either mis-marketed, or lied re: the original 35mm, which isn't any more compact than its FF analogue.
The good news is that that doesn't matter. With the release of the new XF 35/2 R lens, finally, faux-rangefinder X series cameras will have a fast, fully-featured, and compact, normal lens that does their styling, not to mention, size right. That said, the lighter of the two (they come in silver and black) has that hideous green tinge that all modern 'silver' lenses have.
The new 35mm lens shows up on Fujifilm's lens X Mount Road Map.