04 Sep REVIEW: 60 Minutes with the XF23mm f2 in Mexico
Source: Maclean Photographic
While I have been working at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez on the latest round of the FIA World Endurance Championship in Mexico City I have been in contact with Fujifilm Mexico. On race day we invited the top people from the Mexican division of Fujifilm to come along to the race to see the first WEC event in their country for themselves.
When they arrived they brought a little present for me, the new Fujinon XF23mm f2 lens for me to try for the day. As it was race day I had only a small window of opportunity to try the lens and that was on the grid during the build up to the race. I have tested the 23mm f1.4 on two occasions and love the images it produces (see review HERE) but the size of the lens means it isn’t one I would put in my camera bag.
The 23mm f2 is about the same size as my 35mm f1.4 and is the same focal length and maximum aperture as the fantastic lens I have on my X100. The 35mm equivalent focal length is perfect for street photography, which is the perfect genre for a grid walk at the race track.
Fitting the lens to my X-Pro2 I had to ignore the silver paint job, which clashed with the black X-Pro2 but this was only aesthetics, this was about evaluating the performance of the lens.
I walked down the grid shooting the entertainment, the team personnel and the drivers as they waited for the green