I’ve owned both. I sold the F2, more because I needed the money out of it than because it was a bad lens, but equally that was the lens that I decided to sell
I really like the rendering of the 35/1.4
Personally I don’t find the noise that bad, and I use it for street a lot.
But I can see why it could annoy some people, although worth mentioning that no ear is closer to the lens than that of the photographer
The F2 uses more software correction than the 1.4
The aperture ring on the F2 is about a 1000 time’s nicer than the 1.4! (In terms of tactile feedback)
The F2 is softer in the extreme corners (because it’s being corrected for distortion)
The 1.4 is a bit soft away from the centre when used wide, but this is by design - stop it down and it sharpens up
The subject isolation between 35/2 & 35/1.4 isn’t night and day, but the extra stop can be very handy (say 1/60 vs 1/30 or iso 6400 vs 12800)
The F2 has more aperture blades, so “bokeh” is a bit smoother, the 1.4 can offer highly subjective hyperbolic superlatives like 3D pop. Which not everyone sees and agrees with… (I see them )
To my eye (so YMMV) the F2 has a bit more contrast, a bit more bite straight out of the box, but the 1.4 has a more dreamy look.
I prefer the dreamy look.
Unlike the 23 and 50/56 pairings, the two 35s are relatively comparable on size and price, so you can choose the one you really want, rather than (say) baulk at paying about 70% more for the 23/1.4 than the F2 one costs
I’ve written up a comparison of the two 23s
I’ve just released part one of the 50/56 comparison
And I’ll be writing up the two 35s sooner or later
People get quite evangelical about the 35s. Usually re AF. Which generally speaking is better on the F2
However, worth knowing and not always mentioned, is that the Fujis in single shot AF will always open to the widest aperture during AF acquisition, then stop back down to the working aperture if that’s different
This gives the older 23 and 35 an advantage in low light, even if stopped down to (say) 2.8
Or put another way, the 35/1.4 can hunt and miss focus, but so can the F2!
If your photography lives or dies by AF speed, then the F2 might be the choice, but the 35/1.4 is a lens that basically put the Fujifilm X system on the map, if you fall for the 1.4 rendering then chances are you’ll fall hard ️:blush: