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:
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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:
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!