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Fujifilm Manager Talks XF33mmF1.4 and XF23mmF1.4: “Fit for the Future of Fujifilm X Series”

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Specs Comparison: XF23mmF1.4 vs XF33mmF1.4
Specs Comparison: XF23mmF1.4 vs XF33mmF1.4

An interview with Japanese Fujifilm manager Mr. Ueno has been published at a Japanese youtube channel.

We rely on the automatic Google translation tool, but don’t worry, you I’ll spare you this pain and I went through it for you. You can see a summary down below. If any Japanese FR-reader would like to sum it up for us in the comments, feel free to do so, we’d very much appreciate it.

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Summary

  • XF18mmF1.4 is a “second generation” lens fit for the future of X series
  • XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR and XF33mmF1.4 R LM WR follow the same concept
  • remove aberration and optimize for high resolution with 2 aspherical lenses and 3 ED lenses
  • linear motor for fast and accurate autofocus
  • solid build and weather sealed
  • number of lenses has increased to 15
  • XF23mm can focus as close as 19cm. When you focus that close, the background is very blurry
  • both lenses have very smooth bokeh. Also the 33mmF1.4 has a creamy bokeh
  • XF35mm vs XF33mm: it’s 2mm difference, and at angle of view it’s a lot of difference. It doesn’t make much sense to compare them. Pick the lens based on your preferences, as the lenses have different characters.
  • XF35mmF1.4 stays in the lineup (not discontinued)
  • 23mm is the king of “snap lenses”, 33mm a bit more compressed look

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