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Coming in 2023: Yongnuo 23mmF1.4, 33mmF1.4 and 56mmF1.4 Autofocus Lenses for Fujifilm X

A few days ago we shared an image of a mysterious 33mm f/1.4 autofocus lens for Fujifilm X mount and we speculated it could be a Yongnuo lens.

Well, our speculations were correct. And moreover, this will not be the only AF lens coming from Yongnuo for Fujifilm.

Yongnuo will launch the following three lenses autofocus for Fujifilm X mount according to the Camerabeta at the Chinese Weibo social media here.

  • Yongnuo 23mm f/1.4
  • Yongnuo 33mm f/1.4
  • Yongnuo 56mm f/1.4

The new Yongnuo lenses are going to have some stiff competition:

Yongnuo 23mm f/1.4 vs…

Yongnuo 33mm f/1.4 vs…

Yongnuo 56mm f/1.4 vs…

Good luck Yongnuo!

Given the latest rumors, news and pre-announcements, it is time to update our full list of third party AF X mount lenses.

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New Firmware for Viltrox 23mmF1.4, 33mmF1.4, 56mmF1.4 and 85mmF1.8II – Fujifilm X-T5, X-H2, X-H2s Support and AF-C Improvement

Viltrox has released firmware updates for their 23mmF1.4, 33mmF1.4 and 56mmF1.4.

The firmware adds support for the Fujifilm X-T5, Fujifilm X-H2s and Fujifilm X-H2 and it improves AF-C speed.

You can find all details and download links below.

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Viltrox 23mmF1.4, 33mmF1.4 and 56mmF1.4 Limited White Edition Launched

Viltrox has launched a limited white edition of their Viltrox 23mmF1.4 33mmF1.4 56mmF1.4 for Fujifilm X series.

There are a total of 500 lenses available worldwide and you can check them out here.

Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 R LM WR Reviews, XF70-300 vs XF100-400, Hands-on with XF33mmF1.4 and XF27mmF2.8 R WR and More

For this weekend I’ve prepared a little roundup covering some of the latest Fujinon lenses. Down below you will find:

Latest Gear:

The Roundup

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Compared: Sigma 16mmF1.4 vs Fujinon XF16mmF1.4, Sigma 30mmF1.4 vs XF33mmF1.4 and Sigma 56mmF1.4 vs XF56mmF1.2

We told you regarding the upcoming X mount Sigma lenses, that we don’t believe they will suffer the same faith of the X mount Zeiss Touit Trinity.

The main reason: the Zeiss Touit X lenses were more expensive than their Fujinon XF counterparts but did not offer a better image quality that would justify the price jump.

On the other hand, the Sigma X mount lenses will come in at a sensibly lower price tag than their Fujinon XF competitors and probably at the same time offer a very good image quality, too.

Well, today I’d like to go a bit more in depth and compare also some of the other specs thanks to the very useful B&H Photo comparison tool.

Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN vs Fujinon XF16mm f/1.4 R WR

  • the Sigma is 55% more affordable than the Fujinon lens
  • the Fujinon is 7.5% lighter than the Sigma
  • the Fujinon has better close focus distance capability (15cm vs 25cm)
  • full specs comparison here (filter size, optical design etc)

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN vs Fujinon XF33mm f/1.4 R LM WR

  • the Sigma is 58% more affordable than the Fujinon lens
  • the Sigma is 26% lighter than the Fujinon
  • both have the same close focus distance capability (30cm)
  • full specs comparison here (filter size, optical design etc)

Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN vs Fujinon XF56mm f/1.2 R

  • the Sigma is 52% more affordable than the Fujinon lens
  • the Sigma is 31% lighter than the Fujinon
  • the Sigma has better close focus distance capability (50cm vs 70cm)
  • full specs comparison here (filter size, optical design etc)

Given the gentle price and probably also the great performance, I believe the Sigma X mount lenses could potentially be an attractive option for many Fuji X shooters.

What I believe could be the biggest “deal breaker” is not that they are too close to existing Fujinon lenses, but that all the Sigma lenses mentioned above do not have an aperture ring, which is something many of us love and consider a key part of the Fuji X shooter experience.

At least for me it’s like this, so much so that I sold my original XF27mmF2.8 to get the new XF27mmF2.8 R WR just to have an aperture ring on the lens.

But other than that, I am happy Sigma joins the X mount with whatever lenses they want and I look forward to more in future.

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

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, more in depth reviews by Ivan Joshua Loh and Keith Wee, as well as a video of Gajan Balan and Lee Zavitz (you’ll find it all down below).

The X Lens Roundup

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Fujinon XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR and XF33mmF1.4 R LM WR Review Roundup

In the hope that one day Fujifilm will be able to ship those two wonderful lenses, here is a roundup about the brand new Fujinon XF33mm f/1.4 R LM WR and XF23mm f/1.4 R LM WR.

XF33mm and XF23mm Roundup

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This Sport Photographer Tested the XF33mmF1.4, Changed One Autofocus Tracking Setting and Suddenly Got 90%+ Tack Sharp Images

Sport photographer Andrea Cimini sent me his video review about the brand new Fujinon XF33mm f/1.4 R LM WR. The review is in Italian, but I think I can do a better job than the automatic Google translation tool in bringing it to you in English. And yet, if you simply can’t tolerate my English skills, of course you can use the Google option instead ;)

Down below is the summary of the part where he talks about the autofocus tracking performance, as I think it contains an interesting tip.

Video Summary

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It’s All In Stock (in Europe): Fujifilm GFX50SII, Fujinon GF35-70mm and XF33mmF1.4

Good news first: several stores spread all over Europe have now the Fujifilm GFX50SII, Fujinon GF35-70mm and XF33mmF1.4 in stock.

In fact I have received los of emails by FR-readers (thanks a lot), who either got their sample already or found the gear marked as available at several stores. So it looks like over here in Europe Fujifilm was able to keep its word and ship the gear by late September / early October.

So if you live in Europe, check out your local store to see if they have the gear available.

An exception is of course the Fujinon XF23mmF1.4, which Fujifilm said would ship only sometimes in November.

The bad news?

Well, if you live in North America, then nothing shipped and nothing is in stock so far. Seems like Fujifilm prioritized European customers this time.

To know when Fujifilm is expected to start shipping the latest X and GFX gear in USA, check out our huge in stock check here.