Is the smaller and lighter 23mm f/2 R WR XF a match for the older but faster 23mm f/1.4 XF R? Michael Topham finds out
Fujifilm 23mm f/2 R WR XF review: Verdict
Those who wanted Fujifilm to make a series of smaller primes to compliment their larger and faster alternatives in the Fujinon range have had their wish come true. We knew that if the 23mm f/2R WR XF followed in the footsteps of the much-loved XF 35mm f/2 R WR, we’d be looking at another great lens, which this is. It’s diminutive proportions make it easier to carry and stow away when you’re wanting to travel light and it pairs up just as well with smaller camera bodies like the X-T20 as it does with Fujifilm’s senior X-T2 and X-Pro2 models.
After using this lens extensively in the field alongside the 23mm f/1.4 XF R, I have got attuned to the way it focuses faster and quieter, and like the extra reassurance you get from knowing it’s weather sealed. I must say I prefer it to the 23mm f/1.4 XF R and particularly like the idea of being able to buy it with the 35mm f/2 R WR for the same money you’d spend for the 23mm f/1.4 XF R. Those who settle for it won’t be disappointed by its build quality or performance. This now leaves us to test the new 50mm f/2 R WR XF lens, which we’re expecting to arrive with us any day now.