Fuji 23mm f/2 Hands-On First Look

Fuji 23mm F2 Lens Hands On First Look

I managed to get my hands on a pre-release copy of the Fuji 23mm f/2 lens and my first impressions are very positive. The lens is well built and solid and only weighs about 180 grams. No images to share because the lens was just a prototype but I think Fuji has hit it out of the park with this one. Hit the jump for the video and more!

Fuji 23mm f/2 Hands-On First Look Video

I was able to check out both the silver and black versions of the Fuji 23mm f/2 lens and I have to say the silver one looked mighty fine on the Fuji X-Pro2. Not exactly stealthy for shooting on the street but it was still pretty sweet looking.

First impressions are super positive with this lens. On camera, it’s well balanced and solid. The aperture adjustment has solid clicks at 1/3 stop intervals and the focus ring is smooth as silk. This is a fly by wire lens so don’t expect any hard stops at infinity but I don’t think anyone would have problems manually focussing this lens.

Autofocus speed was ridiculously fast. I can only go by my initial impressions but it was fast enough to surprise me every time I picked a new subject. Half-press the shutter and boom! In focus. It was impressive to say the least!

This is the lens Fuji X shooters have been waiting for and based on my initial impressions it looks like a winner. The Fuji 23mm f/2 lens is available in late September and can be pre-ordered from your favorite online retailer:

Fuji 23mm f/2 WR (Black) at B&H.
Fuji 23mm f/2 WR (Silver) at B&H.

Fuji 23mm f/2 WR (Black) at Adorama.
Fuji 23mm f/2 WR (Silver) at Adorama.

Fuji 23mm f/2 WR (Black) on Amazon.
Fuji 23mm f/2 WR (Silver) on Amazon.

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Shout out to my friend Ryan Tacay for manning the video camera this time around. Do yourself a favor and check out some of his excellent street photography on the Instagram:

Phraction_Street on Instagram.

What’s your take on the Fuji 23mm f/2 lens? A must buy for Fuji shooters? Or would you rather use the 23mm f1.4? Post your ideas in the comments below and keep the conversation going!

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  • david blanchard

    I’ve been miserable since i sold my 23mm 1.4, can’t wait to have this lense!!!!

  • Jermaine

    I think Fuji cannibalizes sales of any upcoming X200 with this lens. I bet they will give the new model a tilty screen to keep it distinct from the X-Pro line and justify the need to have both.

    I have the 23mm 1.4 already and an X100S. I’ll be picking up this F2 and part ways with the X100 series as an option for me.

    • Not so sure this will affect “X200” sales… the X100 is a very different camera and shooting experience than the X-Pro2 or XT-2. I see this lens as the missing piece that finally makes the X-Pro2 a great street camera. Going to be hard to pry my X100T out of my hands though…

      However you see it, Fuji is making waves with every new release. Can’t wait to review this lens and compare it to the X100T!

      K.

  • Harry V

    Hey Karl, Does the lens obstruct your view when using the optical viewfinder?

    • Hi Haary,

      On the X-Pro2 the lens is visible in the OVG but doesn’t extend inside the 23mm framelines – the tapered design really minimizes the intrusion. Looked like a great fit to me!

      K.

  • Conan Manchester

    I love mine. Spent yesterday shooting with it. I won’t say I prefer it to the 1.4. I love them both for different reasons. I’d definitely choose the f2 on the street as the autofocus is way better than the 1.4 but the 1.4 has its own beautiful character and I will continue to use that in situations where speed and size is not quite as essential. Hats off to Fuji for keeping the filter and lens hood size the same as the 35mm f2. The f2 will sit nicely in my “go to” street bag with my XPro 2 wth the 35mm and 28mm pancake.

  • Joran Kok

    Hi Karl, I own an Fuji X-E2s (previously an X-T10) with the 27mm and 18-55mm and I doubt between buying this lens or sell everything and go for the X-100T. At the moment I mainly use a Leica M2 with a 35mm Zeiss lens. And it seems this lens on an X-E2s looks bulkier than the X-100T. Can you help me decide? :-)