And my first impressions is: this thing is huge! It is actually quite a bit larger than my Nikkor 50/2 Ai and much larger than my Leica Summicron 50/2 version 4. Next to my favourite 50mm equivalent lens, the Canon 35/2 LTM, it is a monster. But autofocus is nice to have. And my wife, who has inherited my X-Pro 1, digs what she calls 'fatties'. The XF 35 f/1,4 definitely could be called a 'fatty'.
While this hip-hop head laughs that last bit off, second impressions of the XF 35 are mixed. I'd love if Fujifilm put out an f/2 or f/2,8 version of this lens. I don't find it a bad-looking lens, but its SLR design doesn't really fit the X-Pro 1's faux-rangefinder body. It's not the size. The X-Pro 1 is already the size of a medium-sized SLR film camera. It's the design. Taken in context of the camera's design, the combo is quite a frankenlooking thing. On its own, it's not bad at all, but a Canon 35/2 LTM on the front of the X-Pro 1 looks a LOT better.
The camera I'm excited to see it attached to is the rumoured SLR-style X camera. And, when my wife ain't enjoying her fatty, I'm excited to try this lens out.
NOTE: I have posted further size comparisons between the Fujinon and two depth-of-field equivalent 50mm lenses from Leica and Nikon.