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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Fujifilm X Lab “Secret” Development Story of Fujinon f/1.4 lenses and More “Full Power” Lenses Coming in Future (also Zooms)

In episode 22/23 of the Fujifilm X Lab series, Fujifilm managers and engineers gather together to talk about the inside story and what they call the “development secrets” of the new generation fast f/1.4 prime lenses, the “XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR“, “XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR” and “XF33mmF1.4 R LM WR“.

Episode 22 is dedicate to the Fujinon XF18mm f/1.4 R LM WR whereas episode 23 focuses on the Fujinon XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR and  Fujinon XF33mmF1.4 R LM WR.

It’s once again in Japanese and we rely on the automatic Google translation tool, which is far from optimal. I went through this pain for you and summed it up below. However, if any Japanese FR-reader has the time and would like to make a better translation for us, feel free to drop it down in the comments or send it over to me at fujirumor@gmail.com.

With that said, down below are the key points of the video as we as the video itself.

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Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 to Start Shipping February 24, 2022

A few days we reported how Fujifilm officially announced the delivery delay for the Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 R LM WR (as well as the LH-XF23 II) to February 2022.

Now stores started adjusting the delivery date and AmazonUS here, Adorama here as well as Moment here now indicate February 24 as new shipping date. We will soon see the same adjustments also at BHphoto here.

I am so happy with my XF35mm f/1.4 R and XF23mm f/1.4 R that I have no plans to upgrade for now. I use the XF35mmF1.4 a lot for personal stuff (from travels to family) and the XF23mmF1.4 was a trusted performer at the recent wedding I shot. I guess I would only upgrade, if in future I’d own higher resolution Fujifilm X series cameras and I’d like to take the most out of them in terms of autofocus speed and resolution.

With all that said, my favorite lenses for the X series remain the new XF27mm f/2.8 R WR and the versatile XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 (which once again was my workhorse at a recent hike I did).

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Notice Regarding Postponement of Release of “Fujinon Lens XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR”

The new Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 R LM WR is getting delayed from the original planned shipping date of November 30 to February 2022. Also the LH-XF23 II is getting delayed.

The reason is not the too high demand this time (like with the XF33mmF1.4), as the pre-orders are in line with what Fujifilm expected. The reason is the delay in parts procurement. You can read the press release below.

At the moment stores still show November 30 as shipping start, but I guess we will see that change in the next few days.

Press Release

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