At first glance, the 23mm f/1.4 looks like an enormous beast of a lens compared to what was (at the time of it’s release) the smaller 18mm f/2 and 35mm f/1.4 lenses. The main reason for the bulk of this lens, aside from it’s fast 1.4 aperture, was the manual focus clutch mechanism. Pulling back on this lens revealed a manual focus design with hard stops and a depth of field scale. This feature is only shared with it’s 14mm f/2.8 and 16mm f/1.4 prime brothers. I take a look at this and other features of the 23mm f/1.4 in this video.
No time to watch? Here’s some quick thoughts:
- Fast, internal autofocus and a bright f/1.4 aperture.
- A manual focus ring with hard stops and a depth of field scale to aid zone focusing. Sorely missed in todays era of fly-by-wire focus rings!
- Compared to other primes in the Fuji lineup, it’s definitely a larger prime lens.
- Despite it’s f/1.4 aperture, it will be tough to justify the extra expense for this lens if the new, smaller 23mm f/2 is a solid performer at $449
- Not weather sealed