Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 R (Fujifilm) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images and Verdict
Lens Reviews - Fujifilm X-Pro

Sample Images

Unfortunately I forgot to enable RAW mode during the field session so the following images are straight JPEGs.

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Make FUJIFILM
Model X-E1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-E1
ISO Speed 800
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/3.2
Exposure 1/100s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-E1
ISO Speed 800
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/1.4
Exposure 1/110s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-E1
ISO Speed 800
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/2.2
Exposure 1/70s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-E1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/600s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-E1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/1.4
Exposure 1/100s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-E1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-E1
ISO Speed 800
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/1.6
Exposure 1/90s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-E1
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/1.4
Exposure 1/450s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-E1
ISO Speed 800
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/170s

Verdict

The Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 R is a highly attractive addition to the Fujifilm lens lineup. It combines an ultra-large aperture with high quality results. At large aperture settings the center quality is already pretty high whereas the borders/corners are at least on a good level. The resolution is much more snappy at f/2.8 and images are tack sharp between f/4 and f/5.6. The low amount of lateral CAs also contributes to the high sharpness perception. Image distortions are nothing to worry about whereas vignetting can be an issue in RAW images at f/1.4 and f/2. However, Fujifilm is relying on image auto-correction so this is usually a lesser issue from a user perspective. Wide-angle lenses tend to produce a quite harsh bokeh (out-of-focus rendition) but the quality of the Fujinon is really good especially around f/2.

The build quality of the XF 23mm f/1.4 R is very high and as such in line with most Fujifilm offerings. The lens is mostly made of metal and precisely assembled. Due to its surprisingly low weight of just 300g it may not feel quite as substantial as -say- a Leica lens. However, objectively there's little to complain about except for the lack of weather sealing. The AF isn't overly fast but probably good enough for such a wide-angle lens. If you prefer to focus manually (by wire) every once in a while, the focus clutch mechanism may come handy. We would have preferred a full-time manual focusing mechanism though.

Ultra-large aperture lenses tend to be very pricey and in absolute terms this also applies to the Fujinon. However, at less that 1000US$/EUR, it is relatively affordable in our opinion and certainly worth a deeper look. Therefore highly recommended!

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