As an only child I never experience this term call Sibling Rivalry.
Until now with the new Fujinon XF23mm F2 WR. This is not
the first sibling rivalry in the X-Series Fujinon family. Last year we
had XF 35mm F2 WR vs the classic XF 35mm F1.4. You could
read more here :https://ivanjoshualoh.com/2016/01/04/35mm-vs-35mm/
This year, I feel the 23mm siblings is definitely a more heated rivalry
in the Fujifilm family. Specially for street photographers; this is the
must have focal length. Now, lets get into the details of this new lens.
The XF23mm F2’s design follow its cue from its elder brother XF
35mm F2 WR. If you are looking at small lenses in your X-series
set-up, look no further. Its has 9 rounded blades in its core. This WR
lens consists of ten elements in six groups, including two aspherical
elements. The lens barrel is sealed to make it weather and dust
resistant, and capable of operating at temperatures as low as -10°C
XF23mm F1.4 is not really a big lens. Neither is it small lens in the
mirrorless world. Weighting naked at 301grams. As for the new
XF23mm F2, its pretty feather weight at only 180 grams. That is
about 40% lighter then XF23mm F1.4. And maybe 20% – 25%
smaller in size.
Its silent and definitely faster! The inner-focus system uses a stepping
motor to drive the lightweight focusing elements for a silent and fast
auto focus. When paired with either X-Pro2 or X-T2’s phase detection
AF, the XF23mm F2 can focus in a blazing speed of 0.05 seconds.
This is possible with High Performance turned on.
Here are a series of pictures taken with both lenses at different aperture
to see how they stack up against one another.
Here are 2 shots of both the lenses at wide open. This is how much 1 stop makes.
They maybe the same focal length; comes from the same
manufacturer but they are very different. First, I think the price
between the F1.4 and F2 lenses will be about 35% to 40% difference.
That is quite a gap. Size and even auto focus are also different.
Therefore don’t bother to compare; rather we should look at ourselves.
What type of photographer are you? If you love the great outdoor, street,
portraits, documentary and travel. The XF 23mm F2 WR is for you. What
about XF23mm F1.4? Its for that photographer that will willing to cough
out more to get that extra. That photographer essentially needs that
extra F-stop and a creamer bokeh. A tad better IQ. All this comes with
downside like weight and a tad slower AF.
Finally if you can’t see yourself falling into those category. Then, you
need to pat yourself on your own shoulder like myself. We are Fujifilm’s
most ideal photographers; we will probably need to have these 2 lenses
in our set-up. Good luck to us.
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