Fuji X-E1, Nikon 50mm f1.8 G, s 1/1000, f1.8, ISO 250
Fuji X-E1, 35mm f1.4, s 1/200, f 2.0, ISO 200
The behavior of the Fujinon XL 35mm 1.4 could be compared to the antics of a small child. Unpredictable. However, when it comes to shallow depth of field at that focal length, it produces the best results I have seen – on an APSC sized sensor. When it nails focus, it REALLY nails it. The center quality of this lens is nothing short of incredible, already wide open at 1.4! I am tempted to say it is the best 35mm lens out there!
Fuji X-E1, 35mm f1.4, s 1/250, f 2.0, ISO 250
Of course it doesn’t always cooperate and at times it can be frustrating when this lens struggles to acquire focus. I would like to share a few tips with you to help avoid the af error blues:
For accurate framing on the X Pro1, switch to EVF.
A) AF in low light is generally terrible with the 35mm (I have no problems with the 18mm) however, with the latest firmware installed, MF is a breeze and the way to go. Because of the shallow depth of field, the subject snaps right into focus, esp with the 3x magnifier engaged.
B) Avoid moving subjects unless there is plenty of light.
C) When shooting portraits, I found the largest AF window works best. Make sure there is plenty of light.
D) On tight close ups portraits with the aperture wide open, use a monopod, DOF is too shallow and the slightest camera/subject movement might ruin the image.
E) Compose the image in the EVF/LCD, then move the focus point and place it over one eye, preferably the one closest to the camera.
I enjoy shooting with the 35mm lens, the bokeh can be incredible and easily mistaken for something we thought only possible with a full frame sensor.
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