Fujifilm photographers, there is a new lens on the block, just released this past week, it’s Fujifilm’s new Fujinon 23mm F/2 R WR –the second release in their new compact weather-sealed prime lens series following the 35mm F/2 R WR. Designed to provide the ultimate image quality, while remaining small, compact, weather resistant, and most importantly for X-Pro2 shooters, out of the way of the optical viewfinder on the X-Pro2.
We just got our hands on this beautiful new lens, and while more time will be needed to draw full conclusions in our final review, today we have some initial impressions for those of you who have been thinking about picking this bad boy up.
Tech specs below pulled directly from Fujifilm’s website, here .
Type XF23mmF2 R WR Lens configuration 10 elements 6 groups (includes 2 aspherical elements） Focal length f=23mm (35mm format equivalent : 35mm) Angle of view 63.4° Max. aperture F2 Min. aperture F16 Aperture control
Number of blades : 9(rounded diaphragm opening)
Step size : 1/3EV (19 steps)
Focus range 22cm – ∞ Max. magnification 0.13x External dimensions : Diameter x Length* (approx.)
* distance from camera lens mount flange
ø60.0mm x 51.9mm Weight* (approx.)
*excluding caps and hoods
180g Filter size ø43mm Accessories included Lens cap FLCP-43
Lens rear cap RLCP-001
Wrapping cloth Ergonomics
In terms of the ergonomics of this lens, it is virtually identical to that of the 35mm F/2 R WR, just slightly longer. That is a thicker base that tapers towards the front of the lens down to a 43mm front filter ring. Just as with most other Fujifilm XF primes, it does not have any buttons or switches, just the aperture dial towards the base of the lens and the larger focus ring on the front third of the lens.
The handling of the lens on the X-Pro2 is what we would call about as ideal as a lens/camera combination could be. The balance and weight difference between holding the X-Pro2 with this lens or just the body is negligible, and the focusing ring is the perfect distance away from the body for a person with average to medium sized hands to have the base of the camera in your palm and your fingers rest comfortably on the focusing ring.