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Fujifilm XF23 mm F2 R Weather Resistant Lens, Black

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In the example above, both lenses render the out-of-focus LED lamps quite differently: the newer XF 23mm f2 on the left renders an asymmetrical cat’s eye shape that’s quite distinctive towards the corners, whereas the older XF 23mm f1.4 maintains a more rounded shape. The bokeh blobs from the XF 23mm f1.4 are unsurprisingly larger than the newer lens and while neither suffers from unattractive onion-ringing effects within the blobs, its’ the newer XF 23mm f2 that’s exhibiting more obvious outlining. There’s no right or wrong in rendering, but to me, the older XF 23mm f1.4 looks more attractive in this comparison, even looking beyond the difference in depth-of-field. The 35mm (23 mm APS-C) focal length hasn’t always been one of my favorites for everyday shooting in years past. I’ve always preferred a wider 24mm-28mm for landscapes and travel or a tighter 50mm for street photography and portraits. The field of view on other 35(23)mm lenses has left me feeling like I was in ‘no man’s land’ at times. Too far away and too close at the same time. My experience with Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2.0 has completely changed my opinion on this, and is one of the major reasons I now own a Fuji X100v as well. of Street Photography is all about failure. To be honest: sometimes, at the end of a day, I don’t have a single shot that I really really like, but on other days I come home with two or more. That’s the part of the game of street photography. The Fujifilm xf 23mm f2 lens has found a home in many a travel photographer’s gear bag, including mine. Fujifilm 23mm f2 Lens Review The inner focus AF system uses a stepping motor to drive smaller, lighter lens elements to focus in just 0.05 sec, providing maximal autofocus performance.

For a second example, I photographed London’s Tower Bridge, again with both lenses from the same distance and closed to f16. Here’s the full view, followed again by crops of the best-defined spikes. If you’re using the lens with a camera such as the Fujifilm X-Pro2 or X-T2/X-T3/X-T4, the lens autofocus combined with the phase-detection AF system produces accurate focus in just 5 seconds! Manual Focus One of the big reasons to shoot with a 35mm FoV is to include more of the environment in the shot with your subject. This helps you paint a better picture of the person in their surroundings – a hallmark trait of environmental portraiture and lifestyle portraiture. So if you are more used to shooting with say a 50mm or 85mm field of view then you will need to keep a much closer eye on what is in the room around your subject than you normally would.I tried the F2 lens on Saturday and even though its lighter, which means in theory I should be able to handhold and shooter at slower shutter speeds to reduce the higher ISO impact. It didn't work like that. This lens has fantastic centre sharpness, but it starts to fade a little in the corners. This isn’t often a major issue for street photographers, though, and sometimes could be more noticeable. Most of the time, if you play around with f-stops, you’ll find the ideal sharpness for your subject. Fujifilm 23 f2 Review Glare and Flare Finally, construction is weather resistant, always a bonus. The quality of finish is superb. There is nothing else adorning the lens, which is simple and straightforward in operation. 23mm on APS-C has a 35mm-equivalent value of 34.5mm, almost exactly the 35mm “wide standard”, used by generations of reportage/street photographers as a lens of choice. Purist street photographers may well find the lens and X-Pro2 to be a compelling choice. The combination has an instinctively good feel about it, an indefinable quality that we know when something fits perfectly. As mentioned earlier, I received this lens late last week and have had one wedding since then. I shot most of the wedding with my established equipment and a little with the Fuji XF23mm F2 WR - I don't have a whole load of images yet, but if you see the summary later, you'll understand that this will change pretty soon. It’s also worth mentioning Fujifilm’s X100 series which feature built-in 23mm f2 lenses. While the focal length and focal ratio match the XF 23mm f2 though, don’t assume they’re the same optical design – the X100’s all-in-one design allows some of the optical elements to be housed within the body and closer to the sensor. Indeed it also implements a simpler optical construction with eight elements in six groups with one aspherical element. That said, while the optical construction is different, I noticed the X100 lens sharing some characteristics with the XF 23mm f2, which I’ll mention later.

When comparing it to its older and bigger brother, the f1.4, the differences are small – except in the price. Wondering how to get your hands on one? The Fujifilm XF 23mm f2 is the second model in its compact, weather-sealed f2 series, following the XF 35mm f2; it was later joined by the XF 50mm f2. Like those models, it shares a simple, slightly tapered profile designed to present the least obstruction in the corner of the optical viewfinder on the X-Pro bodies – although of course all X-series owners can appreciate the compact and lightweight form factor. For those technically minded amongst you, I shoot almost my For Sale images on Classic Chrome with a few adjustments – ISO 400, highlights set at 0, shadows at +1, dynamic range 200, exposure usually at -1/3 or -2/3 to deal with the harsh sun and glare of Australian/Asian midday light. Absolutely NO sharpening. Nothing else. All those Fuji film simulations are fun to play with, but for truly pro images, it’s best to not tinker too much with the originals – that’s what the art directors in publishing houses.Focal length is a spec that photographers use to judge a lens. The focal length determines how “zoomed in” the image will appear, with a shorter focal length providing a wider field of view and a longer focal length providing a narrower field of view. The Fujifilm xf 23mm f2 has a focal length of 23mm, which falls into the wide-angle category.

In terms of distortion and edge to edge sharpness, the nod goes to the XF 35mm f/2 WR. At close to medium distance, the XF23mm f/2 does exhibit barrel distortion along the edge (more so than the XF 23mm f/1.4mm) as well as some softness. However, at medium to far distance the lens is linear and sharp. Wide open, the lens does exhibit some fringing with extreme light, but stopping down and post processing removes it completely. Although this lens performs well while shooting wide open (AF speed and accuracy), optically the lens performs best at f/4-5.6. The closer focusing distance of the XF 23mm f2, above left, has allowed it to more than make up for the slower aperture in terms of bokeh-blob size – now it’s the newer model that’s delivering the larger blobs, despite having a focal ratio one stop slower. The larger blobs have however accentuated the unusual shape of the blobs on the XF 23mm f2 – once again there’s no right or wrong, but the older XF 23mm f1.4 is definitely rendering a more symmetrical rounded shape. The general shape of the lens is something one needs to get used to but in my eyes, it is not as worse as some people claim! The lens is just not pretty 😛 However, the weather resistance is a neat feature but only then useful if paired with a weather-resistant body. Nothing my Fujifilm X-T20 can claim for itself. YOU CAN READ MY IN-DEPTH REVIEW OF THE BEST FUJI LENS FOR TRAVEL Fuji 23mm f2 Weight and Compact Size

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The Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 has a metal bayonet that is just as solid and sturdy as the rest of the all metal lens. Just like my other Fujicrons, the build of the XF 23mm f/2 leaves very little to be desired, and gives me a lot of confidence that it will last a very long time. Focusing

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