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My First Week With The Fujifilm XF 23mm F/2 R WR

So a week ago today I went out and got myself the new Fujifilm XF 23mm F/2 R WR, if you have been following along you would know this already based on my XF 23mm F/2 vs 35mm F/2 Comparison post towards the end of last week. I have had two shoots and several photowalks now to become acquainted with the lens, and so today I wanted to jot down and share my thoughts on the lens after this first week.

Quick Impressions of the Fujifilm XF 23mm F/2 R WR

Alright, so right off the bat I will say that I don’t have much bad to say about this lens at this point. My only real issue with it has been its ability to focus in extremely low light situations,but 95% of the lenses I have ever used can have trouble in the light I am talking about, so I am not too worried about it, just wanted to note it though. I will also say that it did get the focus, it was just much slower than I would like.

An example of the sort of super low light shot where the 23mm F/2 & X-Pro2 Pairing struggled to get focus.

In terms of normal light, or even more usual low-light situations the lens focuses quickly, quietly, and accurately. The version 2 firmware update for my X-Pro2 is at play here as well, and I can say that tracking and overall continuous auto focus performance with that pair is outstanding.

Also, nothing against the lens, because its like this whenever you get a new one, but it definitely took me several occasions before I was ‘used to it’. Prior to this the widest lens I had in my kit was a manual focus Pentax 28mm, So would either be using that, the XF 35mm F/2, or my Pentax 50mm F/1.4. It was definitely an adjustment, using the 23mm, since its field of view is quite a bit wider than I am used to. But now that I have several uses under the belt and a couple shoots, I think I have it figured out – now I just need to refine my positioning and posing to better fit this FoV vs that of my 35mm F/2.

The XF 23mm F/2 R WR has been a great lens for me in my first week, matching and living up to the expectations I had for it based on my experiences with the 35mm F/2. Check out the sample image gallery below for some images I’ve taken with this lens over my first week.