Update: the price of the new Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4R lens has been changed to $899 (ass opposed to $849 listed previously on B&H)
Fujifilm has announced one of the most anticipated lenses in their current line-up, the XF 23mm f/1.4. When mounted on one of Fujifilm’s X-mount cameras, this lens behaves much like a classic 35mm f/1.4 lens does on a full-frame camera in terms of light gathering capability and angle of view. In terms of depth of field, it is closer to a 35mm f/2 lens on full-frame, which is still very, very good – it is currently the fastest lens in its class for APS-C sensor cameras. To say the least, we are excited, but not at all surprised. Partly because of Fujifilm’s lens roadmap, of course. But partly because fast, high-quality lenses is what we have come to expect from Fujifilm. Let’s talk about this lens in a bit more detail.
1) The Technical Bit
It is a beautifully designed lens with a focal length of 23mm and aperture range of f/1.4-16. As you would expect from this manufacturer, in addition to the usual focus ring, the lens also has a dedicated ring to control the 7-blade rounded aperture and that, along with the XF designation, marks it as Fuji’s high-end, professional optic. Along with the focus and aperture rings, Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 lens has an engraved distance and depth of field scales, which street photography and landscape enthusiasts will be quick to appreciate.