Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R

Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R

Lens Summary

Brand: Fujifilm

Also Known As: Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R

Lens Type: Prime Lens

Format: APS-C / DX

Focus: Autofocus

Lens Mount: Fujifilm X

Release Date: 2013-09-05

MSRP Price: $849

Made in: Japan

Production Status: In Production

Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R Specifications

Lens Specifications
Lens TypePrime Lens
Focal Length23mm
Mount TypeFujifilm X
FormatAPS-C / DX
Compatible Format(s)APS-C/DX
Compatible with TeleconvertersNo
Maximum Reproduction Ratio0.1x
Image StabilizationNo
Aperture Information
Aperture RingYes
Maximim Aperturef/1.4
Minimum Aperturef/16
Maximum Angle of View (APS-C or smaller format)63.4°
Optical Information
Lens Elements11
Lens Groups8
Diaphragm Blades7
Aspherical Elements1 Aspherical Element
Focus Information
Built-in Focus MotorYes
Internal FocusingYes
Minimum Focus Distance0.28m
Distance InformationYes
Filter Information
Filter Size62mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingNo
Mount MaterialMetal
Dimensions72 x 63mm
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack

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Cato Hansen

This is a great lens, even if it is a bit pricey and heavy. It feels solid and balances well on both X-T10 and X-T2. 23mm on a DX camera compares to a 35 on a FX camera, and is suited for both walkaround and street photography. What makes this a great lens, is first and foremost it’s sharpness and lack of distortion. It is sharp from (almost) wide open. Maybe a tad soft at 1,4 but sharp still. Other primes perform worse wide open, including the Nikon AF-S 50 f/1,4. This prime wacks the Fuji 18-55 f/2,8-4 OIS with far better optics and more consistent results throughout the aperture range.

At 23mm f/1,4 it is possible to get sharpness falloff. Move in close and use a wide aperture, and there is a certain amount of background blur. Not the creamy 85mm soft’n’blurry bokeh, but still OK. It is what it is.

On the negative side of things, there is a lack of weather/dust sealing, and no OIS/VR/OS. There has been a few stories about faulty lenses (autofocus issues, left/right differences) but mine is fine. The lens does not have a AF/MF switch, but a clunky version (think Tamron 90 macro lens) where the focus ring is either AF or AF/MF, just drag it back or push it forward. Be aware that this has effect on how the AF works. I’d leave it in AF/MF, where the focus ring rotates, for the best overall functionality.

I would recommend to use this lens with the hood on, always. Not because it is more prone to flare than others, but the front element is on the vulnerable side. It does not poke out, but you get the point.

All in all a great lens, that I highly recommend.