Fujinon XF 23mm f / 2 R WR lens test

Getting to know the lens

Fujifilm continues to expand its line of optics for its mirrorless cameras with an X-Mount. And while other manufacturers, in pursuit of record-breaking indicators, are increasing the size and weight of photographic equipment, the Fujifilm developers are trying to achieve maximum compactness and lightness of the lenses, not forgetting the picture quality. This is partly why there are so many fixes in the system. With their compactness, they give excellent image quality. Today we have just such a lens on our test – small, but distant. Let’s get to know the Fujinon XF 23mm f / 2 R WR.

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Fujinon XF 23mm f / 2 R WR is designed for use with cameras equipped with a Fujifilm X mount and APS-C format sensor, i.e. with a 1.5x crop factor. Therefore, the equivalent focal length of the lens is 35 mm. It is suitable for many tasks, providing a wide enough angle for photographing landscapes and working indoors, but without creating noticeable perspective distortions. Such a lens can be used to shoot portraits, especially waist and growth ones, without fear of severe deformation of the proportions of the face and body of the model.

Fujinon XF 23mm f / 2 R WR fits perfectly into the philosophy of Fujifilm, which stands for shooting light, without burdening the photographer with extra pounds of technology. It is designed to displace its “older brother” – the faster and more expensive Fujinon XF 23mm f / 1.4 R. However, this is not just the “expensive” and “affordable” versions of one lens, differing in size and aperture.

Fujinon XF 23mm f / 2 R WR. Weight 180 grams, filter thread 43 mm

Fujinon XF 23mm f / 1.4 R. Weight 300 grams, filter thread 62 mm

Those who used the Fujinon XF 23mm f / 1.4 R know that its autofocus is clearly buzzing. By the standards of Fujifilm optics, this lens is quite weighty. The brand new Fujinon XF 23mm f / 2 R WR can offer the photographer faster and virtually silent autofocus. A stepping motor for autofocus appeared here, which will show all its capabilities in conjunction with the new phase autofocus of Fujifilm X-T2 and Fujifilm X-Pro2 cameras.

The new lens is protected from moisture, dust, frost-resistant. The manufacturer claims a range of operating temperatures up to −10 ° C. Typically, in modern photographic equipment this figure is 0 ° C and above, and the fact that some photographers use it in cold weather may become the basis for refusing warranty repairs.

Arrangement of seals protecting the lens from moisture and dust

The first thing that catches your eye when you get acquainted with the Fujinon XF 23mm f / 2 R WR is compactness and lightness. The lens weighs 180 grams, and the diameter of the thread under the filter is only 43 mm.

The novelty belongs to the high-end lenses of the XF series. The body is made of metal. Traditionally, Fujinon XF 23mm f / 2 R WR has an aperture ring for XF lenses. It is electronic, with it you can select a specific value and entrust the automation with a diaphragm. Very comfortably!

Fujinon XF 23mm f / 2 R WR Silver Version

The ring switches with a soft but clear “click”. In this case, it is difficult to accidentally knock down the selected value – the ring travel is moderately tight. Note the nuance that videographers can worry about: the aperture ring does not have a “faceless” mode, so smoothly adjusting the aperture during recording does not work.

Focusing on the Fujinon XF 23mm f / 2 R WR is internal – the front lens unit does not move. This increases the possibility of dust and moisture protection, increases the reliability of the design.

X-T2 / XF23mmF2 R WR Settings: ISO 200, F8, 1/180 s, 35.0 mm equiv.

The minimum focusing distance is 22 cm versus 60 cm for the Fujinon XF 23mm f / 1.4 R! So the lens allows you to take close-ups, they can shoot small details. The maximum increase is 0.13x.

The focus ring is wide enough, it is convenient and pleasant to use. Its stroke is soft and clear, just like on fully mechanical lenses with manual focus. The ring does not have a mechanical interface with optical nodes. The entire electronic system is so responsive and quick to use that you won’t even notice that it focuses electronically. By the way, the electronic focus ring is a familiar solution for Fujinon lenses.

The focusing distance from infinity to the minimum is performed in two turns of the ring (720 degrees). This is quite a lot. Note that the second revolution provides focusing in the range from MDF to about 50 cm. This allows you to very accurately aim when shooting close-ups.

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