Fujinon XF 23mm F1.4 R WR Lens

Fujinon XF 23mm F1.4 R WR Lens

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Fujinon XF 23mm F1.4 R WR Lens

 

This is one of those lenses that I could shoot all day with and never run out of ideas. And I’ve done that! It’s another relatively new one for me, but I’m finding it fantastic and amazing in cities, landscapes, you name it.

The focal length (right around 35mm full frame equivalent) covers an enormous range of situations. I’ve used it in landscapes, for up close with shallow depth of field, in cities for all kinds of subject matter, people. Sheesh! And at 1.4mm you can get SO crazy creative with creative focus, I keep finding myself saying “What if I try this?” and “What about that?” and “Oooo… yeah… never thought of that before!”. That’s what I like my gear to do – give me ideas, be fun, inspire me.

Gear doesn’t make the photographer… but the photographer can certainly find new harmonics of creativity with the right gear for them. This lens really works for me.

Image quality is out of this world, sharpness and micro contrast like you won’t believe, gorgeous bokeh, really well built. Not the lightest lens I own, but it’s small enough that it doesn’t matter. It just feels solidly made.

I reach for this lens when…

  1. I want to go out with only one lens when I travel. It handles EVERYTHING like champ.
  2. When I was to play with creative focusing. I love the game of “for the next hour (or 2 or 3 or whatever) shoot everything at 1.4mm”.  It’s fascinating to discover how self-imposed restrictions like that maked you see, frame and get creative with images in all new ways.  And because the bokeh at shallow depth-of-field, even if the lens is a little wide for certain close up subjects, you can create tremendous depth by going low with the aperture and make it not just work – but be surprising and beautiful. It’s just plain fun! I bring this one everywhere, it always make me smile.

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The Images

These were all taken with my 23mm lens, when I was in the mood for one of the two things I mention above…

Villefranche Sur Mer, France
Fujfilm X-T2, 23mm f/1.4

ISO 800, f/7.1, 1/2900 sec
Handheld

Valbonne, France
Fujfilm X-T2, 23mm f/1.4
ISO 400, f/1.6, 1/2700 sec
Handheld

Antibes, France
Fujfilm X-T2, 23mm f/1.4
ISO 320, f/2.5, 1/1000 sec
Handheld

New York City, NY
Fujfilm X-T2, 23mm f/1.4
ISO 500, f/4, 1/60 sec
Handheld

New York City, NY
Fujfilm X-T2, 23mm f/1.4
ISO 800, f/10, 1/750 sec
Handheld

Lake Tahoe, CA
Fujfilm X-Pro2, 23mm f/1.4
ISO 200, f/13, 1/480 sec
Handheld

 

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