A Review of the Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R LM WR Lens

Wide-aperture 35mm lenses are some of the most popular out there, at home in a quite varied range of applications, including portraiture, weddings, astrophotography, traveling, and a lot more. For Fuji shooters, there is the XF 23mm f/1.4 R LM WR lens, and this awesome video review takes a look at the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in practice. 

Coming to you from Gordon Laing, this great video review takes a look at the Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R LM WR lens. 35mm lenses (or equivalent) are quite popular, as they offer a pretty neutral rendering that is wide enough to capture a decent amount of the scene but not so wide that you run into major issues with distortion. With an f/1.4 aperture, Fuji's is particularly useful, and it comes with a few other features that make it all the more desirable:

  • One aspherical element for less distortion and better sharpness
  • Super EBC coating for less flares and ghosting and deeper contrast
  • Rounded seven-blade diaphragm for smoother bokeh

Altogether, the XF 23mm f/1.4 looks like a great option for a lot of scenarios. Check out the video above for Laing's full thoughts on the lens. 

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David Castillo's picture

Great review by Gordon. Been on the fence about upgrading from the 23mm f/2 to the new 23mm f/1.4 for lifestyle portraits. The review has helped me decide to make the upgrade.

winzehnt gates's picture

@Alex Cooke
Please correct the lens name in the title and in the text. "XF 23mmF1.4 R" usually refers to the old Fuji 23mmF1.4. The new mk2 is the "XF 23mmF1.4 R LM WR".
I clicked on the article because I thought: "How nice, someone has reviewed the old 23mmF1.4. I wonder how it holds up today."
Only after starting the video, I saw that you had mislabled the lens in the title.

Alex Cooke's picture

Good catch, thank you!