I retract regrets stated two days ago about parting with the Fujifilm X100T. Today I had chance to use the Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR lens attached to the X-T1. Wow, the 53mm film-equivalent glass swipes away my major complaints compared to using the smaller camera.

For starters: The aperture ring offers tactile response. You can feel the click between stops, which are unmistakably visible at a glance. When the San Diego sunlight is to too bright for me to easily see numbers in the electronic viewfinder, the ring reveals the aperture by touch. Click. Click. 

More importantly, the lens is fast and autofocus accurate. One of Fuji’s recent firmware updates turns macro from manual focus to auto; but since the change I consistently can’t get the focus right using the XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS kit lens. What a difference the 35mm prime makes.  I really, really like the f/2 shooter, which belts bokeh beautifully and quickly.

I look forward to getting this prime out on the street. The lens is newly released, and you can find it most everywhere that sells Fuji for around $399.

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