Is the new Fujifilm XF33mm f/1.4 another classic street photography lens?

The Fujifilm XF35mm f/1.4 is, in the camera lens world, a modern classic. As if…

The Fujifilm XF35mm f/1.4 is, in the camera lens world, a modern classic. As if to prove the point, last year Fuji released a promo video extolling its virtues – a full eight years after it launched.

But it’s also a lens that prioritizes character over optical perfection. And with limitations like loud autofocus and a lack of weather-proofing, the calls for a XF35mm f/1.4 Mark II have grown louder over those years since its release.

The Fujifilm XF33mm f/1.4 lens on a wooden table

The new Fujifilm XF33mm f/1.4 (left) vs the older Fujifilm XF35mm f/1.4 (right) (Image credit: Future)

Is the new Fujifilm XF33mm f/1.4 (available from late September for $799 / £699 / AU$1,429) that lens? No, but it’s surely aiming to follow in the same traditions – namely, being an addictive walkabout lens for street photography and environmental portraits.