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FujifilmXF 23mm f/1.4 R Lens
 
4.9

(based on 135 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (78)
  • Nice bokeh (75)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (73)
  • Durable (61)
  • Consistent output (60)

Cons

  • Heavy (15)

Best Uses

  • Low light (80)
  • Landscape/scenery (69)
  • Night photography (62)
  • Weddings (42)
  • Street photography (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (45), Semi-pro photographer (31), Pro photographer (20), Enthusiast (5), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (98)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Love it

This is my focal length. Every photographer have one and my eye see in 23mm. I use a X100 for 3 years and I decide to move to the X-Pro1 unhappy with the X-E1...Read complete review

This is my focal length. Every photographer have one and my eye see in 23mm. I use a X100 for 3 years and I decide to move to the X-Pro1 unhappy with the X-E1 and take this lens on my move. After 3 shoot I was impress by the build of the lens and it optic. And the week after I realize how heavy this lens is, it's near the size and weigth of the X-Pro1 so I can not be impress but it ergonomy of use. The X100 fit in a pocket, nobody notice you take picture in the street and weigth less than this lens with 4 spare battery.

But after shooting more with it I felt for this lens. It make such nice picture. I shoot most of the time at f1.4, bokeh are similar between f1.4 and f2 but you have more light. And image are sharp and constrasted. I do not see any chromatic aberation but I shoot in jpeg (yeah I don't like post processing picture) so maybe the jpeg converter remove it.

I own nikon prime 35mm f2 D, 20mm F2.8 D, 50mm F1.4D and G and 105mm f2.8 D macro. With all this lens I always step down 1+ stop auperture to have better quality image on full frame (it's worst on DX camera) and I don't have this lack of sharpness with this 23mm lens. Is better than the X100 lens. It's contrast/bokeh wide open remember me my Nikon 35-70 F2.8 D at 35mm on my D700 (another great lens).

Also manuel focusing is smooth. Now with firmware update and the X-Pro1 I do not have problem automatic focusing on moving children. I would like beeing able to focus near.

So far I'm really impress. This lens is heavy but by far the better prime I ever use. I have hight expectation for the fujifilm 14mm and the 35mm !

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice lens but...

I was looking for a good street shooting lens and it is very bright and the auto focus is really fast. But the auto focus and even the manual focus is really noisy compared...Read complete review

I was looking for a good street shooting lens and it is very bright and the auto focus is really fast. But the auto focus and even the manual focus is really noisy compared to say the new 18 - 135mm which is almost silent. Also there needs to be more distance markings on the barrel in whole numbers to manually zone focus especially between 8ft and 2.5ft. Most Americans can estimate 1, 3 and 6 feet.

Beautifully made and love the XT1.

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5.0

Sharpest lens

By Stef

from Brooklyn

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Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography

    Comments about Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R Lens:

    Great quality built
    Fast and one of the sharpest lens I tried

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    3.0

    Nice lens but...

    By RD

    from Iowa

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Comments about Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R Lens:

    I was looking for a good street shooting lens and it is very bright and the auto focus is really fast. But the auto focus and even the manual focus is really noisy compared to say the new 18 - 135mm which is almost silent. Also there needs to be more distance markings on the barrel in whole numbers to manually zone focus especially between 8ft and 2.5ft. Most Americans can estimate 1, 3 and 6 feet.

    Beautifully made and love the XT1.

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    • No

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    5.0

    The perfect lens for me

    By Dave R

    from North Adams, MA

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    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography

      Comments about Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R Lens:

      This is my everyday lens. The size is right on my x-pro2 and the handling is great. Focus i quick and accurate.

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      5.0

      One of the best lenses I own

      By Michael

      from Philadelphia

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R Lens:

        I tend not to heap superlatives on much of anything, but I really think this is an amazing lens and probably the best lens I own at the moment.

        On an X-T1, it feels well balanced, and I can only imagine it would handle similarly on a X-Pro model. It may perhaps feel a little out of place on a smaller, lighter body. The aperture ring is sublime and the clicks are satisfying, and you can probably guess what apertures you're moving between without actually looking at the lens or the value in the viewfinder. The manual focus ring feels well weighted, has a nice long throw between closest distance and infinity, and is quite accurate despite not being mechanically coupled to anything. I will say, though, the distance scale printed on the barrel is next to useless. There's not enough markings to really get a good idea of how much depth-of-field there is at any aperture, making it feel vestigial rather than anything one would rely on for accuracy.

        Mechanical attributes aside, this lens helps to produce wonderful photos. Details are sharp even at f/1.4, and they get even sharper as you stop down the aperture. The bokeh is gorgeous, though out-of-focus highlights get a little heptagonal by f/2.8 - this is really the only area where I think this lens could improve, aside from perhaps adding weather sealing. Focusing accuracy is almost always spot on, which helps when shooting wide open. There is some focusing noise, kind of like a low grinding whirr, but it doesn't bother me. That noise pales in comparison to old autofocus motors that sound like a spasming dot-matrix printer.

        Among the 'normal' focal length prime lenses available for the Fuji X-Mount, this is the one I'd recommend. I've shot with the 35mm f/2 and f/1.4, and, despite somewhat preferring their focal length, the 23mm beats both of them hands down, in my opinion. I found the 35mm f/1.4 hunted a bit too much on certain subjects, such as people with darker skin tones, and the 35mm f/2 - despite being weather sealed and having a superior aperture iris - is, well, only f/2. I often shoot in dark environments, so that extra stop of light means something, such as a faster shutter speed or a lower ISO setting. Neither are bad lenses by any means - they were both very sharp and I can see why they're quite popular. I personally feel the 23mm f/1.4 is just that much better.

        That pretty much summarizes how I feel about this lens: It's just that much better than others I've used. Despite a few minor and completely inconsequential and ignorable drawbacks, this is the finest lens I own... and will probably remain so until I buy the 90mm f/2 (also an amazing lens, but for different reasons).

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        5.0

        Great lens for events/street/everything

        By Ed

        from Ithaca, NY

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R Lens:

          Does not come off my camera.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Wonderful prime lens

          By Old Lady

          from White River, VT

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light

            Comments about Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R Lens:

            Like it for small spaces; sharp images, not heavy, unobtrusive

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            • No

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            5.0

            Sharp

            By Vel

            from Virginia

            Comments about Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R Lens:

            Light, Sharp, and Fast!!

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            5.0

            Absolutely Amazing!!!

            By Michael

            from Hamilton, Nj

            Comments about Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R Lens:

            Bought the XT1 a week ago with 35mm, f2 lens which is outstanding. I wanted something a bit wider for street photography and some landscape work. I bought the 23 mm F1 .4 lens expecting a good lens, I was not expecting excellence!!! From build quality to image quality, this lens is off the charts amazing!!! I've been shooting Nikon gear for the last 45 years and I'm totally blown away by what Fujifilm has produced with their cameras and lenses. This lens is a must-have for any Fuji X photographer.

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            5.0

            Great street lens

            By Bob

            from Washington, DC

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Night Photography

              Comments about Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R Lens:

              Got this to use with my X-T10. Sharp as a tack, fast, relatively quick to focus, solid build. Great for street photography.

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              5.0

              Best APSC 35mm equiv lens

              By Viking

              from Doha, Qatar

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R Lens:

                I don't miss my other full frame 35mm while I have this lens on my camera, it is razor sharp edge-to-edge, great IQ and bokeh quality is very good considering it is a WA lens and APSC.
                I had the Sony-Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 but this one is as sharp as the Sony with both at the maximum aperture but, it is 2/3 stops faster.
                I also have some other canon 'L' lenses and the performance of this one is on par with them.
                This is my first lens purchase for fuji after the kit lens and I can't be happier. This lens is perfect for low light situations and street photography. Just looking forward to get some other new lenses.

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                5.0

                Excellent glass for both street and portraits

                By Syed

                from Boston, MA

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography

                Comments about Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R Lens:

                I have been using this glass for last few weeks. I am mainly using this for street shots. This lens never disappointed me, not even in low lights. The only thing I did not like was the focus clutch, because I have to be aware if if the focus clutch is switched on or off if I plan to switch from Manual focus to the continuous focusing.

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                (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great Lens, But...

                By Larry

                from Yonkers, NY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • Lens hood too large
                • Manual Focus Device Slips

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R Lens:

                This is my second lens for the Fuji XE-2. It's a rugged, well-made lens lens, but is heavy to carry. The lens hood is unusually large.

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                5.0

                Another Stellar Prime from Fujifilm

                By tomj

                from north Texas

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Excellent sharpness
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R Lens:

                  Excellent sharpness, solid build quality, fast maximum aperture, smooth manual focus ring, genuine aperture ring

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                  5.0

                  Night Time Street Shooter!

                  By Ricky M.

                  from Houston Texas USA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography

                    Comments about Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R Lens:

                    I purchased this lens right before a trip to New Orleans and I'm really glad I did. One of the main objectives was to shoot some live music performances, and thanks to this lens I was able to do so fairly well. The lens is very easy to use and very well constructed. I'm very pleased with the IQ but have only used it for a long weekend, that been said so far so good. The lens is a bit large compared to the 35mm, but is not too big or heavy, more like the younger brother of the 56mm. I'm partial to primes, and this lens is a great choice for an all-purpose walk around for day or night, indoors or outdoors. I'm very pleased with my purchase

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                    5.0

                    my favorite lens

                    By ajs

                    from Kingston, NY

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday photography
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R Lens:

                    I use the 23mm f/1.4 with the fujifilm X-T-10. The lens is part of a top notch lineup of fujinon lenses and a can say without reservation that the 23mm is the best performing lens I have ever used.

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                    5.0

                    Perfect for nighttime street photo

                    By IgorT

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Night Photography

                      Comments about Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R Lens:

                      Bought this lens before a trip to Tokyo. I am used to shoot on film; this is the first serious investment I made to transition to digital. Coupled with a Fuji X-T1, it was perfect to capture Tokyo streets. The aperture made it easy to deal with varying levels of light. The wide angle allowed for getting a full view of the vertical cityscape and the crowds below. Highly recommended.

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                      5.0

                      Beautiful Lens!

                      By seaspoke

                      from Astoria, NY

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography

                        Comments about Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R Lens:

                        As always, Fuji knocks it out of the park! Blow away the Canon L series!

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                        5.0

                        Best street lens

                        By Jimmy Six

                        from San Francisco CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light

                          Comments about Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R Lens:

                          This Fuji lens is perfect for street use on my XE2 with the hand grip/tripod mount attached, I don't find this lens to big for the XE2 body,I like the size compared to the 18-55 lens as its easier to grip and focus.
                          The perspective of this lens lends its self to street and interior use and with its 1.4 aperture it can be used for close portraits or low light interior shots.
                          This lens much has better contrast then the 18-15 and it really shows with B/W photos.
                          I know there has been a lot of talk regarding the aperture ring being to loose but I don't find any different then Nikon lenses.
                          The only issue is there is no info on finder to tell if the lens is in manual or auto focus mode and I have forgot to check only to miss moment.
                          To sum it up I found this to be the best of the many Fuji lenses and in fact it has not been off my XE2 ofter i started using it.

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                          5.0

                          What a gem!!! the XF 23mm f/1.4 R Lens by Fujifilm

                          By Ralph

                          from NEW YORK CITY

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • NONE

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Photography
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R Lens:

                          It a great for street photography! A lot bigger than my Voigtlander 40mm F1.4
                          but I love it! I find it to be light weight though some people think other wise.
                          If you're looking for a fast, wide, light lens that's sharp this is it! Just buy it.
                          I get beautiful Black and Whites, it reminds me of my old school lenses from the 70s.

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                          5.0

                          Awesome prime!

                          By Nelson

                          from Massachusetts

                          Comments about Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R Lens:

                          this is a sharp lense with wonderful rendering and manual control. its a 35mm equiv on fuji X systems...great all around lense. Fuji makes some amazing glass, and this is one of their best.

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