13 Dec Fuji XF 23/1.4 R or XF 23/2 WR?

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FUJIFILM X-T1 (44.4mm, f/8, 1/2 sec, ISO200)

Recently Fuji started to update its lens line and added slower versions of their 35mm and 23mm lenses. But why should you get one of those over the faster version? It depends – here is a comparison of the two 23s.


1. Size/weight and mechanical quality

Let’s start with the most obvious difference in between those two lenses. While the XF 23/1.4 R is not a big and heavy lens at all especially if compared to full frame lenses it is a substantial lens in the mirror less world. The XF 23/1.4 R weighs 300 grams while the XF 23/2 WR is just 180 grams. If you think that is not much of a difference think again. It might be negligible if attached on a Nikon D5 but it is a huge difference on something like a X Pro-2 and even more so on one of the smaller bodies.

Of course size is different too but there is a simple solution to reduce the size of the XF 23/1.4 R: just get rid of the hideous lens shade that comes in the box and get the beautiful, rectangular lens shade from Fuji.

Built quality is excellent on both lenses. Fuji got the aperture rings just right. They have a nice click and just enough resistance to avoid that the aperture changes unintentionally when you take the camera out of the bag. It’s hard to ignore that the smaller and cheaper lens is weather sealed….

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