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Fujinon XF23mmF1.4 R
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- 35mm equivalent F1.4 lens, Fully compatible with FUJIFILM X-Mount
- Focus range : Normal- 0.6m - ∞, Macro : 28cm - ∞, Focal length: f=23mm ,Max. magnification: 0.1x
- Seven round-edged aperture blades, which offer 22 stops in 1/3 EV steps
- Lens elements treated with Fujifilm’s multilayer HT-EBC (High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating)
- 1 lens group consisting of 3 cemented lens elements and 1 aspheric lens element
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From the Manufacturer
The premium wide-angle lens designed to maximize the performance of the Fujifilm X-Trans CMOS sensor for the highest picture quality. With a focal length equivalent to 35mm*, the lens is suitable for a wide range of applications including portraits and landscapes as well as more general photography. The fast maximum aperture of f/1.4 allows you to shoot hand-held in low light conditions, where zoom lenses would introduce camera shake, plus it creates beautiful bokeh for artistic images. Lens distortion has been reduced to the absolute minimum using only optical rather than digital correction, thereby delivering the highest possible picture quality. The rounded seven-blade diaphragm ensures smooth bokeh even when shooting portraits or product shots at a medium aperture to maintain reasonable depth-of-field.
* 35mm format equivalent
Type: XF23mmF1.4 R
Lens configuration: 11 elements in 8 groups (includes 1 aspherical element)
Focal length: f=23mm
35mm format equivalent: 35mm
Angle of view: 63.4°
Max. aperture: F1.4
Min. aperture: F16
Number of blades: 7(rounded diaphragm opening)
Step size: 1/3EV (22 steps)
Normal: 0.6m - ∞
Macro: 28cm - ∞
Max. magnification: 0.1x
External dimensions : Diameter x Length* (approx.): ø72mm x 63mm
*distance from camera lens mount flange
Weight* (approx.): 300g
*excluding caps and hoods
Filter size: ø62mm
|Aperture Control Design||Includes aperture ring|
|Compatible Mountings||Fujifilm X|
|Item Dimensions||2.83 x 2.83 x 2.48 inches|
|Item Display Weight||550 grams|
|Item Weight||0.66 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.28 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.4|
|Maximum Focal Length||23 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||APS-C / DX|
|Minimum Focal Length||23 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||11|
|Number of Groups||8|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||62 mm|
|Shipping Weight||1.3 pounds|
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The FUJINON XF23mm F1.4 R has a focal length equivalent of a 35mm lens, and is ideal for a wide range of applications including portraits and landscapes, as well as everyday photography. The fast maximum aperture of F/1.4 allows users to shoot hand-held in low light conditions and achieve sharp images, while also delivering beautiful bokeh for artistic images.
From the Manufacturer
Ideal Lens for Everyday Photography
The new FUJINON XF23mm F1.4 R provides enhanced resolving power with crisp contrast to draw maximum performance out of the highly descriptive X-Trans CMOS sensor. The fast F/1.4 aperture allows the user to reduce blurring in low light conditions and achieve stunning shallow depth to field photography.
The FUJINON XF23mm F1.4 R features a camera-to-subject distance indicator and a depth-of-field scale on the barrel. Both are useful when manually pre-focusing to capture a fast moving subject, or minimize the shutter lag to capture a fleeting moment.
Lens distortion has been reduced to an absolute minimum using only optical rather than digital correction, thereby delivering the highest possible picture quality. The rounded seven-blade diaphragm ensures smooth bokeh even when shooting portraits or product shots at a medium aperture to maintain reasonable depth-of-field.
High Speed Autofocus
The FUJINON XF23mm F1.4 R uses an internal focusing system which incorporates a lens group consisting of three cemented lens elements and one aspheric lens element in order to keep weight down. Additionally, the built-in high-torque DC coreless motor delivers ultra-fast AF performance for the most demanding shooting opportunities.
All lens elements are treated with Fujifilm’s multilayer HT-EBC (High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating) which delivers enhanced durability and ensures an even spread of light across the sensor.
Compact Size and Premium Design
The FUJINON XF23mm F1.4 R weighs 10.6oz and measures just 2.84” in length making it the most compact and lightweight lens in its class. Metal parts are used for the focus and aperture rings, which are designed to give just the right amount of torque and feel.
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The lens is solid and beautiful. It is super sharp at f/2 and very functional at f/1.4. There is little distortion which is great for the 35mm (on full frame/ film) equivalent focal range. It has slight chromatic Aberrations when wide opened but disappears once it is stopped down a bit. If Fuji makes all their lenses like this, Fuji will quickly take the cake for the nicest lenses around. I say this from my professional experience using Nikon and Canon plus pro lenses for years.
What makes this particular lens unique is that it offers this wide-angle/large aperture specification for the mirrorless Fuji X-mount system. This means that, in spite of its huge aperture (and its relatively high cost), the size and weight of the lens are nowhere near those made for APS-C or full-frame cameras, while nevertheless offering similar performance.
Some will argue, not unconvincingly, that this Fuji XF model may actually outperform equivalent lenses for other platforms. Since the entire Fuji "XF" line of lenses has earned consistently strong reviews over time, this comes as really no surprise. My own experience with the XF 14mm, XF 35mm, the XF 55-200mm, and the XF 27mm Fuji lenses has certainly been the same: these are remarkable lenses that can yield superb photos, and I continue to marvel at just how good some of the results can be. I can also chime in with the chorus concerning the XF 23mm, which, although I've only been using this past week, can confirm that the consensus view is correct. This is an impressive lens by nearly any standard.
First, construction. This lens, just like most of the Fuji XF lenses, is nearly all metal and glass, and is, amazingly, made in Japan. And it shows immediately upon picking it up. The lens is solidly built, beautifully crafted, and strikes one as being even more expensive than it is. Without getting into a tussle over it, I can say that its mechanical construction and appearance easily rivals much more expensive lenses, and it would just as easily wear a "Leica" or "Zeiss" branding without any embarrassment. The unit makes use of the clutch/ring approach also used in in the Fuji XF 14mm prime, where you pull the ring towards you to engage manual focusing, and then turn the ring to select focus (distance markings are revealed when the clutch is engaged). The mechanical operation of both the ring and the clutch are excellent. An additional ring used to select aperture is also present, and is itself a bit stiffer than the admittedly too-loose ring used on the Fuji XF 14mm , while nevertheless remaining absolutely smooth. The lens presents with a nearly full-metal body, and although I am sure there are some high-quality plastics used internally, the exterior cladding has the classic XF look.
In spite of the huge, F/1.4 aperture, the weight of the lens is quite good, even arguably light at 300g. For the X-mount system, this weight falls right in the middle of the spectrum (all the way from the diminutive 87g of the XF 27mm all the way to the 490g of the XF 55-200m [and 995g for the upcoming XF 50-140mm]). As many reviewers have said, it is a good weight for the X-T1 camera, providing a very good weight balance, but its not at all bad even on the X-A1 (and, therefore also, the X-M1). I've used it on both cameras, and I would say that the physical advantage of using it on the X-T1 is that camera's use of a much deeper, thicker hand grip, which allows you to move the camera and lens around a bit more comfortably than with the too-thin X-A1 body (but I will nevertheless remain as one of those who still think the X-A1 is a remarkably underrated camera).
As for image quality, it has all been said before. This lens, like many of its XF brethren, has lovely image quality. Color rendition is superb, sharpness is excellent (getting sharper with a stopped down aperture, but why mess with a lens like this only to stop down the aperture?), and images have a bitingly realistic view to them. I would be tempted to use the unscientific term "clarity" to describe how the images appear, and one only need to knock out a few dozen shots to see exactly what is meant by that word usage. The images that result can be highly impressive, sometimes spectacular, and with that huge aperture, not only is low-light shooting easily possible, but out-of-focus bokeh can be very well achieved. It's not a portraiture lens, but it sure wants to be.
Some people report that this is their favorite Fuji lens, and that it never comes off their camera. Besides the image quality, the field of view is essentially a 35mm equivalent, a width that is preferred by many photographers. For me, this is a lens to use in museums and in other indoor settings, but I can just as easily use it as a street lens if I don't need something truly wide. As is, the field of view on this lens is a great one for all kinds of things, so its use is really restricted only by the user's preferences. A nice touch is that minimum focusing distance is shorter than on most of the Fuji lenses, so you can get up pretty close to your subject if you wish to.
Shortcomings? It's hard to find very many. Like all Fuji XF primes, it has no image stabilization. Also, like most lenses, it comes with no case. Additionally, if you are a Fuji photographer (you have to be, if you are considering this lens), note that this lens has a different filter size than your other Fuji lenses (in fact, nearly all Fuji lenses have a different filter size, making you invest in an entire series of filters to cover the lot of them). And, it must be said, the lens is expensive enough to factor in price as a "shortcoming," although this is arguable, since some will argue that you get more for your money on this model than you do with equivalent lenses from different manufacturers.
This ever-so-slightly "niche" lens is not necessary for one to take great photos with the Fuji X-mount system. So many of the Fuji lenses are so good that, as I have reflected in other reviews, Fuji is promoting something of a renaissance in photography (even the cheap-o "XC" lenses have very good optical performance, even though they are essentially all plastic in design), and so one can pick up nearly any Fuji lens with nearly any Fuji camera and get fantastic photos. But the XF 23mm occupies a special place in the lineup. It is moderately wide, is a prime, is beautifully constructed, and has that simply huge F/1.4 aperture that can be leveraged to effect in all types of shooting settings. It's a lovely lens that can yield lovely images that are deeply colorful, punchy, and impressively sharp.
I wonder if Fuji will be able to keep this act up? I can only hope so. It's truly appreciated to see a camera company that is actually moving the technology forward and producing equipment like this.
Five stars for image quality, five stars for construction quality, and four stars for price (we can't have everything, can we?).
++ Excellent construction of nearly all metal and glass
++ Superb image quality that distinguishes itself from many other lenses
++ Huge F/1.4 aperture that lets you get great bokeh and also shoot in low-light situations
++ Relatively wide angle (23mm, which is 35mm in equivalent terms, or about 63 degrees)
++ Relatively low weight (300g) for a lens with such a large aperture
++ Mechanical clutch/ring for manual focusing
++ Mechanical aperture ring
++ Very acceptable minimum focusing distance (11 inches)
-- No image stabilization (some argue that image stabilization would degrade image quality somewhat)
-- No case included (I know I'm moaning about this, but why can't nice cases be included with expensive lenses?)
-- Slightly larger diameter body than some of the other Fuji lenses (but this is because of it's large aperture)
-- No common filter size across Fuji lenses, meaning you'll have to buy a whole set of different filter sizes
-- Expensive (but the quality/price ratio may actually be better than equivalent lenses for other camera formats)
-- Fuji does not seal their new lenses with tape that verifies the lens has never been opened since leaving the plant
This is a well built, sturdy lens. Similar in style to the Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 lens.
It's quite big actually, the filter size is 62mm. It weighs 300g so it's going be slightly front heavy on the camera but I've found that handling is comfortable so the weight is not an issue.
On the barrel, there's still the aperture ring. Additionally, it comes with a distance indicator and a depth of field scale on the barrel. You have to pull back the focus ring to reveal that. When the focus ring is back, the camera also engages the manual focus mode automatically.
Focusing is internal, so there aren't moving parts.
The petal-style lens hood included is huge. In the X-Pro1 OVF, it blocks off 1/8 of the frame at the bottom right. It can be an issue because there are three focus cross hair there. I bought a third party metal hood (the round kind) and it blocks off even more. If you're shooting with EVF, then there's no blocking, of course.
At wide open f/1.4, the optical performance is close to perfection. It's sharp centre to edge, images are contrasty, has low to no vignetting, slight chromatic aberration (colour fringing). It's seriously good. Easily deserves 5 out of 5 stars.
Bokeh is nice creamy in most situations. I've read online some comments saying that bokeh can be busy. I see that sometimes especially with foliage in the background. Creamy and busy seems to be a bit contradicting but it really depends on what you're shooting. I don't really have an issue with it.
Depth of field is shallow enough that when you frame a full height standing person, you can still get a nice blurred background, and subject isolation.
If you've used the X100 before, which people say packs a wonderful lens, well, the 23mm f/1.4 lens is better in every aspect except the weight. It's also better than every one of the Micro Four Thirds lens I have that can shoot at or close to 35mm field of view. This 23mm f/1.4 lens is SIGNIFICANTLY better. I've not used full-frame 35mm lens before but I never will because of their size and weight.
Focusing is fast, not DSLR-instant fast, but fast enough, close or similar to the Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 lens. I'll not be using this lens to shoot running subjects.
It's definitely value for money. Most highly recommended.
It's pricey, relatively speaking compared to other Fuji lens. But have you seen the prices of Canon and Nikon 35mm f/1.4 lens, and their weight?
- Other notes -
I've included some photos I took, and other reviews I've found in the comments section below.
If you want to get an ND filter, get the 8X for 3 stops, e.g. Hoya 62mm HMC ND8 Filter