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  1. Albert Smith
    January 3, 2024 @ 1:56 pm

    For me, I don’t need a large range of focal lengths in manual focus, but I wish for at least one lens in the classic focal lengths for street type shooting. For Fujifilm, that would be an 18mm or 23mm.

    I shot with Leica M cameras for decades and the 35mm lens on that body with accurate DOF scales and a hard stop at infinity made street/grab shots as fast as any autofocus within that genre’ of photography. A zone-focused lens is already focused and no need to make sure some focus point is on the right subject.

    I tried several TT Artisans lenses, but the lenses didn’t stop at true infinity so I had little confidence in the DOF scales. I mentally wrestled for a couple of months on buying a Voightlander 27mm f/2, which has a Leica style focus tab and an accurate infinity (according to most reviews), but it is $200 more that my Fujifilm XF 27mm, which is hard to justify.

    If Fujifilm made a manual focus lens with all the classic markings in a wide to semi-wide focal length, I’d be the first in line to buy it.


  2. Alwin
    January 3, 2024 @ 2:07 pm

    Hi Albert,

    Happy New Year to you!

    Thank you for your time and sharing your personal opinion and view. I truely agree that Voightlander lenses are great but too hard to justify for most photographers. I also looking at the Voightlander 27mm for a while but I did not get it in the end.


  3. zsa63
    January 4, 2024 @ 7:40 pm

    I don’t really see the point of Fuji manual lenses. They would certainly be more expensive than the many of them on the market, certainly no better than the AF versions, so it would be a pointless move.


  4. Ike
    January 4, 2024 @ 9:25 pm

    I would say no, waste of time due to too many good options, EXCEPT, there needs to be more manual lenses that focus in the right direction, like fuji and nikon, and *not* like leica. Most manual lenses i will miss a lot because my brain will want to turn the wrong way to focus. It just makes sense to follow the way screws and general turning functions work, turning to the right pushes forward, like a screw going forward except it’s the focal plane.

    This is the only reason why i want that to be a reality.


  5. Khürt Williams
    January 5, 2024 @ 9:34 pm

    I think it’s fun to speculate on what a large for-profit company should do. Unanswered is the “why” they should release Premium Manual prime lenses. Is there a high customer demand for Premium Manual Prime lenses? Will there be a significant return on the cost of developing premium Manual prime lenses?


  6. Tom
    January 6, 2024 @ 12:11 am

    I’ve thought about this a lot lately (for some reason) and while I’m insanely happy with my Fuji lenses in both the APS-C and medium format size, some of the comments raise legitimate concerns regarding already existing lenses.

    So… what if they did manual lenses, but in full frame format? And while we’re at it, release a premium build, modern featured full frame “Fuji X1” and go toe to toe to toe with Leica? Reimagine the genre in that space.

    Then Fuji would have the based covered from APS-C to full frame, to medium format. And I know, I know, all the arguments about “cannibalizing sales” from this format or that format, but from a marketing perspective, full frame is a white space for Fuji. And I think they can go toe to toe with Leica. And win.

    But really, this is all for fun over coffee, as the article mentions.


  7. Johan Otterdahl Edfeldt
    January 6, 2024 @ 11:55 am

    Yes yes yes. I’d love a smooth, small, manual 35mm with great contrast and vintage rendering for my b&w photography. I’m really happy with my 7artisans 35mm1.2 mark2 but the corner are not good so I shoot it at 1:1 squarecropwhich works great and gives it a medium format feel at 1.2. I was dissapointed with the Voigtländer 35mm 1.2. The Mitakon 35mm is nice but a bit too big.


  8. Charles
    January 25, 2024 @ 9:47 pm

    I personally am I big fan of prime lenses. Lightweight, cheap and generally sharper. I believe the restrictions on not being able to zoom can force more creativity too.


  9. Marlon
    February 4, 2024 @ 3:07 am

    I purchased the Voigtlander 35mm f0.9 for this very reason and I’m happy I made the decision.
    The contrast, rendering, build quality and ability to handle harsh flares makes this lens a true gem.
    The focus barrel is also buttery smooth and I love that the lens has a clicked aperture.
    I’d pay for a more premium manual lens if Fujifilm ever decided to make one.
    I think if they ever chose to remake the original 35/1.4 and made it a manual lens, that could be quite interesting!


  10. stanislaw witold zolczynski
    March 2, 2024 @ 2:40 pm

    Horses for courses. As old Leica shooter I find AF much faster to nail focus but if shooting in hurry using zone focusing and f:8 such a gems Like Laowa 9/2,8, 10/4 are good choice. Another style are superfast lenses for slow nighttime photos or a portraits. There is place for both. As to Fuji manual primes, well to me only sence would make a film orientated ones with long focus throw, not breathing, no focus shift and that doesnt come cheap.


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