Well, I know where any extra money I manage to scrounge together the next couple of months will be going. I had guessed that it would be coming soonish, and low and behold, I was right. Today fujifilm made it official and announced the XF 23mm F/2 R WR and I couldn’t be more excited to get one for my X-Pro 2.
You may or may not know, but my native Fuji Kit currently consists of the 35mm F/2 and the 18mm F/2, but when using one of them 95% of the time it is the 35mm. The 18mm just feels too wide for me in most cases, I do use it, but fairly rarely. I had been planning to save/get the XF 23mm F/1.4 (currently on sale, btw), but when Fujifilm added the 23mm F/2 R WR to the roadmap last month I decided to wait because I figured the F/2 would be a better fit for me and would match with my 35mm F/2 perfectly.
Fujifilm XF 23mm F/2 R WR Specs
- Weather-resistant design
- 10 elements in 6 groups
- 9 blade aperture
- Minimum working distance of less than 9 inches
- Fast and silent autofocus of 0.05 seconds
I am trying to get my hands on a review unit, but if that falls through I will no doubt be purchasing one as soon as I can manage it. Some of the initial impressions and other reviews out there from people (like the video embedded above) who were lucky enough to give it a go early have all been positive.
Similarly to the differences between the 35mm F2 and 35mm F1.4 it sounds like the new F2 variant is faster with AF, quieter, built better, and really only lags behind on DoF and light capture due to the difference in max aperture. In other words, not much reason for me to go for the F1.4 version, I am perfectly happy with the DoF I get with my F/2 35mm and I much prefer the smaller all metal construction with quieter/faster AF.
Looking forward to adding it to my kit for sure.