Fujifilm X100V Versus Fujifilm X-T5 With 23mm f/2 Lens

Fujifilm was the focus of our recent video where we compared two of its camera models: the Fujifilm X100V and the X-T5, equipped with the 23mm f/2.0 lens. This comparison isn't just about the cameras themselves, but rather a deeper look and comparison between the lenses.

The Fujifilm X100V has taken a significant step forward, updating the lens for the first time since this series was introduced. This development piques the interest of photography enthusiasts, leading us to ask: how does the new lens on the X100V compare to the widely acclaimed and affordable 23mm f/2.0 lens, particularly when used with the X-T5? Our video focuses on this question, emphasizing the lenses over the camera bodies.

Both cameras boast unique features, but our comparison hones in on lens performance. The X100V, with its compact design and exceptional image quality, introduces a new dynamic with its upgraded lens. The X-T5, paired with the 23mm f/2.0 lens, offers a versatile and cost-effective option that many photographers favor for its balance of price and performance.

In the video, we examine various aspects of lens performance, including sharpness, bokeh effect, color rendering, and lens flaring. We also discuss the ergonomics and practicality of each setup, giving a well-rounded view of what each lens offers.

To find out how these two impressive lenses performed, check out the full video linked above.

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Totally agree that this needs to be among the first of the 'Fujicrons' in line for a refresh. Some of the more overt differences between the two would be regarding,

AF - XF 23mm f/2 is completely silent and very fast on the X-T5, while the X100V is fast, but definitely not silent.

Performance at minimum focus distance - X100V is essentially perfect wide open at close focus with 0.21x magnification, while the XF 23mm f/2 is very poor wide open with only 0.13x magnification.

If the XF 23mm f/2 performed as well as the X100V at close focus distances, it would essentially be perfect imho.

Very unhappy with my FUJi xt5

It overheats all the time even in the middle of a photoshoot, which is very embarrassing for a professional photographer.

Be careful when purchasing Fuji.

I had the XT4 and was told the issue was resolved with XT5. It was not.
I have the XT5 and the same thing

The current 23mm f/2 is garbage along with the other Fujicron lenses except the 50mm f/2. Unless your on a budget or need an ultra compact package, there's absolutely no reason to buy it over either the Fujifilm 23mm f/1.4 R or 23mm f/1.4 R LM WR. Sigma and Viltrox also make far better 23 mm lenses. The increase resolution, superior autofocus and all around better camera should immediately end the discussion on which camera/lens combination is best. The X-T5 is superior in every aspect, including price. Anyone with an X-T5 is is doing themselves a serious disservice by choosing the Fuji 23mm f/2.

Fair comparison since they are the same focal length and aperture. But I would put my money into the old 1.4 if on a limited budget. Also, the new one is spectacular.

It overheats all the time even in the middle of a photoshoot, which is very embarrassing for a professional photographer.

Be careful when purchasing Fuji.

I had the XT4 and was told the issue was resolved with XT5. It was not.
I have the XT5 and the same thing

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Roger Cozine
4 days ago
The current 23mm f/2 is garbage along

Fun video, but lenses don't affect color.

It may be wise for you to look up how lenses affect colour. This is well documented. How light travels through a lens depending on the design, internal reflections, flares, and coatings can affect the final rendition.

If your claim about how only the sensor and, camera profile and raw processor affect colour then colour filters wouldn't work. An extreme example to be fair but still the point stands.

With respect, nearly everything you just wrote is incorrect.

Yes those designs can affect the "final rendition", but not color.

Lenses capture and transmit light to the sensor or sheet of film. Anything contrary is not well documented. Certainly not by any scientists or engineers. You could argue that color is just as much, if not more, psychological than physical.

Slapping a color filter on a lens doesn't prove anything regarding your claim that one lens creates different colors than others.

Check out Jim Kassons blog. He has quite an extensive section on color science and imagery. Of course this topic is more nuanced than we're making it, but the physical properties of lenses don't affect color reproduction.

So if I take pictures with two different lenses on the same camera using the same profile and raw processor, you're saying that the colours will be exactly the same?

cause I've attached an image and the only thing different is the lens. Same profile, same white balance, same ISO and shutter speed and obviously the same raw processor.

However, there are noticeable difference in colour. Can you please explain?

Very unhappy with Fuji.

Bought XT4 and had it less than a year when it started giving problems.
Then bought XT5 - same thing.

Be careful if you are a professional photographer. Not a reliable camera

Thank you for a fine video. In one area I must disagree. I thought the color density (and color cast) was far better on the XT-5 setup, in EVERY single shot...