Is it sharp wide open? XF23mm test shot by Max Angeloni + photographyblog review (Highly Recommended Award)


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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.

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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.”

Fuji XF 23mm: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

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X-PRO1 massive price drop: body + 18mm + another XF lens for £999! (UK + ROI)


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As I told you last month, Fuji stopped the production of the X-PRO1 and now it’s time to empty the warehouse! The first awesome X-PRO1 deals are right now available in UK and Ireland! That’s the deal:

Purchase a new Fuji X-Pro1 + a Fuji XF 18mm lens between Friday 1st November and Friday 31st January 2014 and claim a lens FREE (choose between the 27mm, 35mm or 60mm). You’ll save £480 / € 600

Offer runs until January 31st January 2014 inclusive. You have to purchase the X-PRO1 from approved retailers. Here is the list.

Check out for example the deal at wexUK or jessops.

Simply keep hold of your receipt, download and complete the claim form, send it back to us along with your receipt and we’ll send you an 27mm, 35mm or 60mm lens completely free!!!

Fuji X-PRO1: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

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DEALS: Fuji X-E1+18-55 still $200 off + X100S $140 off



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save $200

Regulary FR-readers will know that the last X-E1 deal was supposed to expire on October 23rd. Well, actually the deal expired, but not for all X-E1 combinations and not in every store.

– Adorama has still both combinations, the black and the silver kit $200 off and you get also 6% reward!

BHphoto has only the silver X-E1 kit $200 off at the moment. But they bundle it with the Ruggard Streak 25 Shoulder Bag (Black with Yellow Accenting) SanDisk 16GB SDHC Memory Card Ultra Class 10 UHS-1. You’ll save $56 and get also 4% reward!

AmazonUS is also offering just the silver X-E1 kit rebate (with 2% reward).

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Zeiss Touit

save up to $251

And don’t forget Zeiss Touit deal until January 31. You will save $180.00 on the 32mm f/1.8 and save $251.00 on the 12mm f/2.8! Check the Zeiss-deals at AmazonUSBHphoto / Adorama / Pictureline

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save $140

Top rated ebayUS reseller cameraland sells the X100S for $1,159. You’ll save $140! Only 9 available at the moment.

Feel free to use the links in this post to purchase your gear. A small commission goes to Fujirumors. It won’t cost you a penny extra and you’ll support this blog and keep this site running. Thanks.


X-E2 – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / Pictureline / EUROPE: wexphotographicUK / DigitalRev / Fotomundus24 GER / PCHstore /

XQ1 – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / EUROPE: wexphotographicUK / DigitalRev / PCHstore /


Dispached: wexphotographic (UK) already shipping the X-E2 (and also in stock)!


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Today, when UK FR-reader Andrew will arrive home from work, he will already be able to take his first shots with the Fujifilm X-E2!!! UK store wexphotographic already shipped his X-E2 as you can see from the screenshots! The black and silver body+kit lens combination is also in stock at Wex. Here is what Andrew wrote me:

“WEX photographic here in the U.K called me last night and said that my X-E2 order will be with me tomorrow! (Friday 1st November). […] I was really surprised too! Didn’t expect it till mid November at the very earliest myself.  I’m at work right now, but as soon as I get home I’ll send along some pictures (won’t be until later today, but my partner is in to collect the camera). I’ve attached a couple of screenshots of the WEX delivery notification and the Parcel Force website delivery status. I’ll keep you informed.”

enjoy your camera, Andrew!

feel free to support FR by purchasing your gear using the shoplinks on this site. It doesn’t cost you anything extra, but it’s a big help to keep this site running. Thanks

X-E2 – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / Pictureline / EUROPE: wexphotographicUK / DigitalRev / Fotomundus24 GER / PCHstore / AmazonDE (via DR)

XQ1 – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / EUROPE: wexphotographicUK / DigitalRev / PCHstore / AmazonDE (via DR)

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XF23mm, X-E2 and XQ1 samples and hands on review.


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Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

– Tom Grill is testing the XF23mm on the X-E2. Read his first impressions and download high-res samples here: “I think you will find that this is an extremely sharp lens wide open both in the center and in the corners, and at f/5.6 it is nothing short of sensational. […] The lens feels good. It focuses fast, is comfortable to hold, and due to its large size fits nicely on my X-Pro1. If anything, I am not a fan of scalloped lens shades. They seem unnecessarily large on short focal length lenses. I already found myself leaving it off when there was no absolute need for it.  That is the only negative thing I have to say about my experience using this lens, which says something in and of itself.”

XF23mm samples at brandonremler here.


USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / Pictureline / EUROPE: wexphotographicUK / DigitalRev / Fotomundus24 GER / PCHstore / AmazonDE (via DR)

– The X-E2 at here (translation).

– X-E2 samples at the Polish site (tranlsation)

– Portugal, a wedding and the X-E2 here (translation).

– Some shots taken with the X-E2 by mingthein here.


USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / EUROPE: wexphotographicUK / DigitalRev / PCHstore / AmazonDE (via DR)

– Samples at letsgodigital here.

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