Monday, January 16, 2017

Fuji X-T2 and the XF 23mm f/1.4 R

Pacheco Oak in the Fog
Fuji X-T2, XF 23mm f/1.4 R, f/7.1, 1/500 sec, ISO 400

Fuji X-T2, XF 23mm f/1.4 R, f/7.1, 1/600 sec, ISO 400

 Fuji X-T2, XF 23mm f/1.4 R, f/5, 1/550 sec, ISO 400

I was pleasantly surprised by the XF 23mm f/1.4 R lens on this shoot at Pacheco Pass, in my brief earlier use of this lens with the X-T1, I was not terribly impressed. Perhaps I just had a bad day.  

The lens is quit sharp and exhibits very good micro contrast. It is fast to focus and a very manageable size, just like the rest of Fuji's prime lenses. It seems Fuji's lens line up is just ridiculously good, I'm not just saying that either, I don't get anything from Fuji to say this and I'm comparing to Canons top glass. Fuji is far from perfect, but in a few years they could be at the top of the heap, if they keep producing great lenses and improving their cameras.

This lens which is the equivalent of a 35mm lens on a full frame camera is a versatile lens to have in your bag, along with the XF 35 f/1.4 and the XF 56 f1.2 all that's needed is an ultra wide. That lens I think will be the XF 10-24 f/4 R OIS, when shooting ultra wide I much prefer a zoom if a quality one is available. Composition is really important for wide angle shots and feet cant always be used when in crampt quarters.

Fuji X-T2, XF 23mm f/1.4 R, f/5, 1/480 sec, ISO 400

Keep it up Fuji, lets see whats next!


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