Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 MKII and XF33mmF1.4 / XF18mmF1.4 Reviews

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In their best and worst episode for 2021, DPRTV praised the fact that Fujifilm was refreshing some of their older lenses.

Now we have to understand what a MKII lens is.

Surely the XF27mmF2.8 R WR and the XF10-24mmF4 R OIS WR are MKII lenses, but those lenses inherit the same optical design of their predecessors.

The only MKII lens left is the XF23mm f/1.4 R LM WR, and that one indeed features an all new internal lens design.

As for the other lenses that come to mind, the XF33mm f/1.4 and the XF18mm f/1.4, Fujifilm does not consider those lenses as “MKII lenses”, so much so that Fujifilm did not discontinued the glorious XF35mmF1.4 R and especially the XF18mm f/1.4 is a different lens compared to the XF18mm f/2.

With that said, today we are going to cover the XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR, XF33mm f/1.4 R LM WR and XF18mm f/1.4 R LM WR in a dedicated roundup.

Consider that the XF23mm f/1.4 will ship only in February 2022. This time the delay is not caused by too high demand, but, as Fujifilm explained here, it’s the lack of parts that creates problems.

So there is not much to find about that lens (we covered it last month here with the latest reviews). There is, however, a quick look at it (and lots of samples) by Patrick La Roque, which we will share down below as well as a video of Gajan Balan and Lee Zavitz (you’ll find it all down below).

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Fujifilm Instax Mini EVO Review

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Now that the Fujifilm Instax Mini EVO is available for pre-order, I’ve looked around for reviews.

The only review worth to be mentioned at this point is the one of Bernie Shore. You can see his video below as well as a summary. In case you missed it, I will also share the Fuji Guys video we’ve already posted in the past.

There are some unboxing videos and first impressions from Japan and other Asian countries, where the Instax Mini EVO started shipping already. But to get our hands on the Instax Evo here in Europe also in North America, we will have to wait February 1st according to BHphoto and also according to AmazonUS.

Instax Mini EVO Review / Summary

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Samyang 12mm F2 AF X First Impressions Review

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In Europe and other parts of the world, the brand new Samyang 12mm f/2 AF X autofocus lens for Fujifilm X mount is already shipping, and hence the first reviews now start to appear on the web.

As we reported a few days ago, Samyang US customer service told to a FR-reader that his Samyang 12mm f/2 should ship in January, hence it might take a bit longer in North America to ship.

So how does this lens perform?

Well, you can find a first impressions video review by Luca Petralia (as well as a summary) down below.

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Samyang 12mm f/2 AF X First Impressions

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Black Friday is Over, but the Massive Fujifilm X/GFX Rebates Continue (Save up to $1,500)

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Black Friday is over, but not for us Fujifilm X and GFX shooters.

The deals are not many, but they are good, some of them really good.

The top 3 deals in my eyes are these ones:

The deals end on December 26, but note that the deal is not available for back orders. So it’s better to get yours as long as the gear is in stock.

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DPRTV Best and Worst Camera Gear 2021: Lots of Love for Fujifilm GFX100S and Fujinon XF MK II Lenses, but Best Stills Camera is…

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In their usual very entertaining way, Chris and Jordan from DPRTV share their best and worst camera gear episode for 2021.

Instead of the best stills and hybrid camera categories (as they did last year), this year they axed the hybrid category and replaced it with the best video camera, which has been won by the DJI Ronin 4D. I wish they would have kept the hybrid category.

Also, there is not one overall best lens, but best lens for M4/3, APS-C and Full Frame. Medium Format is not contemplated in the lens options, so the stellar Fujinon GF80mm f/1.7 (which I use every now and then with very gratifying results) had no chance to participate to this years’ DPRTV selection.

Best Lens for M4/3

  1. Olympus 8-25mm f/4 Pro
  2. Panasonic/Leica 25-50mm f/1.7

Best Lens for APS-C

  1. Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 DC DN
  2. Fujinon XF33 mm f/1.4 R LM WR: They are happy to see that Fujifilm is updating their older prime lenses

XF 33mm f/1.4 R LM WR: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / Focuscamera / Moment
XF 23mm f/1.4 R LM WR: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / Focuscamera / Moment
XF 18mm f/1.4 R LM WR: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / Focuscamera

Best Lens for FF

  1. Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD
  2. Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM

Best Video Camera 2021

  1. DJI Ronin 4D
  2. Nikon Z9

Best Stills Camera 2021

  1. Nikon Z9: 3D AF tracking. Excellent dynamic range. 45 MP. Rugged and versatile and not the most expensive.
  2. Fujifilm GFX100S: they love image and build quality. Really premium medium format sensor with more approachable price point. Makes high end medium format accessible to a lot more people. You can’t find the camera anywhere, as everybody wants one.

Look, I own the Fujifilm GFX100S and I admire it. It stunns me over and over again. And if you want the best image quality, more then you could ever desire, then go for it. But as much as I admire it, I can’t fall in love with it as I do with my Fujifilm X gear, since it lacks of manual controls. To be clear, it is fast and stupidly easy to operate. But just not as fun. So Fuji, take the X-T form and function, and make a GFX out of it, pretty much like this prototype you’ve showen to us in the past.

And yet, it has captured some precious family memories at a quality I do not deserve :).

GFX100S: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / Focuscamera / Moment

Worst Video Camera 2021

  1. Sigma fpL

Worst Lens 2021

  1. Laowa Argus 35mm f/0.95

Worst Stills Camera 2021

  1. Sigma fpL

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