04 Sep Fujifilm XF 23mm & 35mm
Source: Fujifilm Insider
Boudoir and portrait photographer Tigz Rice has been a Canon user for years, but the smaller and lighter X-Series cameras and lenses are becoming more and more tempting.
Two of my favourite Canon lenses, the 35mm F/1.4 and the 50mm F/1.2, are also two of my most used lenses therefore if I’m to seriously consider switching systems, the Fuji equivalents, the XF 23mm F/1.4 and the XF 35 F/1.4, have got a lot to live up to.
First up the XF 23mm F/1.4. Straightaway the size has a positive impact and was an instant hit in terms of portability. Along with its robust solid metal exterior, the lens barrel is sealed to make it weather and dust resistant, as well as being capable of operating at temperatures as low as -10. It’s not often I’d need a lens to be able to deal with extreme temperatures, but the weather and dust resistance is definitely a feature worth noting for location shoots.
Offering a maximum aperture of F/1.4 the XF 23mm and, with a normal minimum focusing distance of 0.22m you’re able to get stuck in on every shoot even in dark, enclosed spaces – as is often the case with boudoir photography.
When used with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 the auto-focus performance was excellent. The results are brilliantly sharp, although on close inspection, at its maximum aperture there was a little softness that is not too unusual when shooting at a lens’ widest aperture. Like most of the Fujinon lens range, there seemed to be minimal distortion and vignetting. I also didn’t have a problem with any chromatic aberratio…
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