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  1. Albert Smith
    April 24, 2020 @ 6:24 pm

    The 23mm f/2 was my first fujifilm lens, coupled with an X-T2… bought as an experiment to see if I could go lighter than my full frame Nikon DSLRs. That experiment was a success and now I grab one of my fuji cameras ( also got an Xpro2) over my Nikons most everytime.

    The funny thing is that I constantly think of “upgrading” to the 23mm f/1.4 now that I am all-in with fujifilm, but when I look at the quality of the images made with the f/2 lens and compare the size and weight, I’ll be sticking with the smaller lens.

    I’m sure that some pixel peepers can quantify how the faster lens is better on paper, but the smaller lens performs great in the real world.


  2. Herco
    April 28, 2020 @ 12:57 pm

    I have mixed feelings about the 23/f2. The form factor and build quality are excellent and considering the price it’s good value. However, the softness when close focussing (esp. in the corners) annoys me and makes me grab my 23/f 1.4 more often. It’s a pity since the f2 looks and handles great on my X-Pro2. What I would love to see is a MkII version of the f2 much like the X100V. Or Zeiss delivering a Touit lens at around 23-27mm. Something like the 40mm/f2 Batis lens for Sony FE, but then in APS-C version incl. the Close Focus. That lens is stellar and would be glued to my X.


  3. Martin Lamprecht
    May 5, 2020 @ 2:18 am

    I also find the 23mm/f2 lens to be a great all-around lens, even if it isn’t great for close-ups, let alone for macro applications. I bought mine as a colour- matched set for my graphite-coloured X-Pro2 a couple of years ago and the combo looks fantastic, beside being a rugged, ideal all-weather kit.


  4. CM
    May 6, 2020 @ 7:18 am

    Similar to others that made the comments…I made the move to Fuji with the same lens. 23mm f2 and the XT20 coming from a 6D matched with a Sigma 35 Art.

    Quite shortly after I made the full switch. I’ve contemplated many times the discussion between the 23mm f2 vs f1.4. I bought the 23mm f2, missed the “full frame feeling” and bought the f1.4. Traded the f2 for the 35mmf2 (and forever regret it). Sold the 35mmf2. Now own the 18mm f2 and 35mm 1.4 and have been thinking about getting the 23mm again but seems a bit tight between my set up.

    I will probably at some point in time buy the 23mm f2 for the right price so I have a WR lens to go with my Pro 3


  5. Brad
    May 12, 2020 @ 6:22 pm

    Hello- I found your article interesting. Has there been a change in your view of the Fuji 23 1.4 lens, over time? Perhaps, since the article was written?

    The reason I ask is that, in the third paragraph, under “Handling and Build Quality,” it states, “Once I have held the Fujifilm 23mm F1.4, but I was never satisfied by the lens. The focal length is the same but the size and weight were just too much to handle.“

    Whereas, in the section at the end, it states, “And now my camera of choice is on the heavier side again: Fuji X-H1 with a Fujifilm 14mm F2.8, a Fujifilm 23mm F1.4,…”


  6. Don
    August 20, 2020 @ 4:00 pm

    The Fujinon 23mm f2 is a must have in my view. The positive factors out way many times over the knee jerk comments always revolving around this wide open softness commentary close up. I have found the issue to be vague and wonder why shooting close up wide open has become such a priority. In real world terms, the 23mm f2 provides real world performance regardless of the cost.


  7. Allen
    December 15, 2020 @ 4:27 am

    Great combo. I have the same set up and love it. I actually leave my Xt3 at home and take this out much more. Its so comfortable in the hand and quality coupled with color science is fantastic. Nice article thanks for sharing


  8. Jay Dann Walker
    January 4, 2023 @ 8:39 am

    I bought this lens online recently, at an excellent sale price in Sydney (Australian) where prices for Fujinons seem to be especially competitive. A $150 discount from the best camera shop price I had found, seemed too good to resist. And it was!!

    The 23/2.0 Fujinon is now my most loved walkaround lens. It does absolutely everything I want a lens to do, without fuss or bother, it adds very little weight to my XT2 or XE2, it is as sharp as any Fuji lens I’ve ever owned (which is saying something in itself!!), and my results are good enough to sell – in fact I have this week sold two images taken with it, to an architectural book publisher in Europe – in this digicrap image age, not an easy achievement. So my new ’23’ is already well on the way to paying for itself.

    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.

    On the rare occasion that I want only a B&W image (+/-5% of my output), I did a custom preset to give as close to 1960s Kodak Tri-X as I could replicate – how to do this is easy to find on the ‘net if you Googleit – as I light the old TX “lightness” and glowing highlights. Across Y-R-G is close, but not quite the same. As a second choice for the buildings I photograph, I would go with Acros R. But then again, image buyers prefer to do their own tricks of the trade and conversions to suit their publication’s style. Let them do it.

    I also want to add, I own the Fujinon 23/1.4, a lens I absolutely adore for its unique “look” but not one I use often. Oddly, but that’s me, if I ever feel the urge to do street photography, I would use this lens rather than the ’23’, with an Across Y film simulation. My preferred look for “street” is deep, dark shadows which to me add a certain mystery to the images. Again, this is me.

    My thanks to the writer of this most informative and well structured article. Also a question – do you ever use the Fujinon 18-55 kit zoom?? If yes, please can you write a piece about it?? I for one would greatly appreciate your thoughts about, and maybe a few images taken with this often maligned but also excellent small zoom.

    From Dann in Melbourne, Australia (and often in various places in Southeast Asia)


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