Heckuva Lens Hood On A Heckuva Lens
Note that the new one is going to be more compact but is one stop slower than this lens. It also misses out on an important focusing feature...more on that as we go.
The 23mm lens approximates the same field of view for the Fujifilm X series of cameras that a 35mm lens would have done for a full-frame film camera of the twentieth century. It is a comfortable focal length and gives a relaxed view of the world - not too tight and not too wide. You can still accept it as a normal sort of view in the viewfinder or computer.
It is echoed at present by the 23mm f:2 lens fitted to the X-100 series of cameras. I have always found this to be excellent for tourism and general shooting and is the preferred focal length for shooting party events. It accords brilliantly with the flash power of the Fujifilm EF 42 speed light. It can be a little tight at hot rod shows if they park the vehicles too close together, but if you wish to settle for a front or back 3/4 shot it is very good. there does not seem to be distortion in the shots at this focal length.
Okay, we've got the angle of view - what about the aperture. A true f:1.4 to f:16 in very precise clicks. A setting as well for who you need to go programmed.
I would risk saying that people who might be used to using the manual rangefinder focus of L---- cameras with their lenses would very much warm to this Fujinon lens. I know during my test shots I kept it in the MF mode all the time and made use of the focus-peaking feature of the Fujifilm X-pro1 to nail it every time.
So...which 23 are you going to get - the new lightweight 23mm f:2 WR, the tiny 23mm f:2 on the X -series camera, or this low light 23mm f:1.4? Any way you go, you'll get a good standard wide.
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