Lightning Review: Just-Announced Fujinon 23/1.4 R Lens from #Fujifilm .

I am just back from a week in Tokyo, where one of the highlights of the trip was getting to play with a loaner 23/1.4 lens from Fuji. For those interested, here are the highlights after a few days of hands-on shooting:

1. She's a chunky piece of glass - although smaller than other 35/1.4's, of which this is an equivalent. Balances very well on any X-camera (have used on an X Pro 1, an X-E1 and an XM1 -- feels nice all around.)

2. Focus is super smooth and works great from the hip with focus peaking, FWIW. Perhaps surprisingly, this lens marries well with the diminutive XM1 with the screen flipped into a stealthy waist-level mode.

3. The shade, while optically ideal as a flower design, makes the lens feel bigger. My hope is that Fujifilm (or someone else) does an optional, rectangular shade a la the 35/1.4. Plus, it would look gorgeous. China, wanna make some money? Get on this, stat.

4. Is it sharp wide open? Oh yes, yes is it is. Screamingly tack sharp. Attached is a (dim, available-light) photo of my son playing Minecraft last night when he should have been in bed. 1/10th sec @ f/1.4 at ISO 800, hand-held. This is not a lab benchmark MTF test, this is a real-world, holy-shit-I-can-shoot-handheld-in-this-light shot.



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