image courtesy: Max Angeloni
Fujifilm X-Pro1 Fujinon 23mm 1/40 f/1.4 Iso 200 – JPEG SOOC
– Is it sharp wide open? In the reviews I’ve read until now there are some saying that it is a bit soft in the centre of the image, others say it is sharp. Now I got feedback from Max Angeloni (riflessifotografici). Judging from this image taken by the professional photographer I’d say that there is really no reason to worry about soft results wide open… of course if you know how to set your lens and camera properly.[Lucky Italian FR-readers can now buy Max’s latest book “le luci del fotografo“. There are many ways to use natural, artificial or mixed light in order to make the best out of your images. Just look at the cover image on his book to get an idea of what you can achieve if you make a wise use of light. 128 pages and more than 100 images. Italian readers can get a pleasant photography lesson for €18 only]
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– the photographyblog review of the 23mm is online here. They confirm that:
“The Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 R lens is remarkably sharp in both the image centre and edges virtually throughout the entire aperture range. The fast maximum aperture of f/1.4 makes it incredibly easy to creatively throw the background out of focus, with the seven-blade iris diaphragm achieving some lovely bokeh effects. Vignetting is practically a non-issue, and chromatic aberrations are present but well-controlled. There is no barrel distortion worth mentioning.
Perhaps the only real fly in the ointment is the price – at around £849.99 / $899.95 this isn’t exactly a cheap lens. Compared to a similarly specced DSLR lens with an equally fast aperture, however, it could be viewed as something of a bargain. In summary the Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 R is another very high-quality optic in the XF lens range and definitely worthy of our Highly Recommended award.”