Fujifilm’s 23mm f1.4 will render an equivalent of 35mm on Fujifilm’s APS-C X series cameras. As one of the classic focal lengths, this has been a lens that photographers have been asking for for a while. The lens features a minimum focusing distance of around 11 inches, 11 lens elements in 8 groups, an all metal build, a snap-back style focusing ring that lets you toggle between autofocus and manual focus, and overall just some seriously beautiful image quality. And there is very little to complain about with this lens.
Justifying the purchase of $899 to yourself though, will be one of the toughest things to do.
The X-series is an exciting line of cameras, and with each new entry, Fujifilm is strengthening its place in the photography world. My previous X-perience was with the X20, a high-end point-and-shoot, so an interchangeable mirrorless X camera is a breath of fresh air. The Fujifilm X-A1 arrived at my door, and a day later, Chris Gampat lent me his X-Pro 1, Fujifilm 35mm f1.4 and SLR Magic 23mm f1.7. Armed with the X-A1 and glass far better than the kit lens, I set out to make the most of my few weeks with this entry-level offering from Fujifilm.
As time edged closer to 10:00 a.m. last Wednesday in the basement of the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, the photographers from various media organizations readied their kits for showtime. Beyond the large metal door in front of us were the Rockettes out of costume and in rehearsal. I was there on assignment for school, and the Fujifilm X-A1 served as my only method of recording the hour aside from a reporter’s pad. Most of the photographers there had bigger rigs from the likes of Canon and Nikon, and they were probably more seasoned than I was. As the Rockettes dipped into arabesques and kicked high in the air, I raised the X-A1, consulted the LCD, and started shooting.
Good news for fans of Fuji’s X-system–and especially for those who’ve been thinking about getting into the system. Adorama is starting a promo today that will save you up to $300 on select Fuji X-camera + lens combos. Purchase an X-Pro 1 or X-E1 camera via Adorama’s promo page and add any of the lenses in the list below to your shopping cart to benefit from the instant savings:
Price After Instant Savings
*Only one lens each may be added to a single camera purchase (ie. Customer may not purchase two (2) – 35mm lenses but may buy one (1) each of all lenses listed).
**The 18-55mm lens promotion can only be combined with a body only sale of the X-E1 or the X-Pro1. It may not be combined with the X-E1 Hard Bundle Kit that already includes the 18-55mm lens.
When Fujifilm first announced their 27mm f2.8 pancake lens, lots of photographers probably got excited because it was the first pancake lens for the system and the company’s rapidly growing additions. But many photographers also asked for something like the 23mm f2 on the X100s. And while this lens is longer and slower, it may well end up glued to the camera of a particular type of photographer. It exhibits high image quality and excellent build quality.
Fujifilm’s first real pancake lens for their X series of cameras is their 27mm f2.8. Many thought that the company would take the 23mm f2 on the X100s and adapt it for use on the interchangeable lens cameras, but indeed that didn’t happen. What users got instead is a lens that is truly compact. In fact, this is the company’s first prime lens without an aperture ring around it. So in order to control it, you’re going to have to use the dials on a camera.
Coming in either black or silver, Fujifilm managed to pack 7 elements in 5 groups as well as 7 aperture blades into the lens. And when mounted to their cameras will give the user a 41mm field of view–potentially trying to win over many hardcore Micro Four Thirds users that really love their Panasonic 20mm f1.7.
We’ve been playing with the lens for around a week so far, and while it is nice, it sure has its quirks.