Fujinon XF 23mm f/2 R WR (Fujfilm) - Review / Test - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Fujifilm X

Sample Images

The following sample shots were taken with a X-Pro 1 and RAW-converted in CaptureOne.

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Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/480s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/640s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/2500s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/400s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/500s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/6.4
Exposure 1/750s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1100s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/6.4
Exposure 1/680s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/6.4
Exposure 1/750s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/600s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/850s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/6.4
Exposure 1/800s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1200s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/6.4
Exposure 1/320s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/6.4
Exposure 1/450s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/800s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/250s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/4000s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/4000s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/1900s

Verdict

The Fujinon XF 23 f/2 R WR is a nice little prime with lots of strengths, but some weaknesses, too. The build quality is very good, except for the included plastic hood. Apart from that, the lens feel sturdy and solid, but remains compact and light-weight. AF is very fast and virtually silent.

Sharpness is impressive across the whole frame. Image distortion and lateral CAs are well controlled.

Vignetting is very high, though. Autocorrection takes care of that to a good part, however this kind of software correction doesn't come for free and can lead to visibly higher noise levels in the image borders and corners.

Bokeh is ok, but not great, however many wide-angle lenses struggle in this regard.

In summary, the lens delivers very good and solid performance and thus deserves a 4-star rating.

Optical Quality:    
★★★★★
Mechanical Quality:
★★★★★
Price/Performance:
★★★★★