Lenstip Fujinon XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR Review: “SENSATIONAL Image Quality” and More XF18/23/33 Reviews

So, here is what I am probably going to do. I do plan to replace my current Fujinon XF 23mm F1.4 R with the brand new Fujinon XF23mm F1.4 R LM WR.

Not that I am unhappy with my 23mm, which has served me well for many years. At my parents-in-law home there are two big prints of images I took with that lens. And also at the wedding I shot last year is was my absolute workhorse along with my XF56mmF1.2 delivering images that the bridal couple totally love.

However, if I am in love with my XF35mmF1.4 and will never sell it, I can’t say the same of the XF23mmF1.4. So, if Fujifilm releases something “better”, then I have no problem to sell my good old 23mm for the newer version.

And I must say, the latest Lenstip review of this lens, is really pushing me towards replacing my XF23mmF1.4 faster than I actually planed. The only problem: go and find one! It’s mostly out of stock.

Look at the Pros and Cons that Lenstip identified for the new Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 R LM WR:


  • solid, weather-sealed casing, mostly made of metal,
  • sensational image quality in the frame centre,
  • very good image quality on the edge of the frame,
  • negligible longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • excellent correction of lateral chromatic aberration,
  • sensible coma correction,
  • blur areas pleasing to the eye,
  • efficient, silent, and accurate autofocus.


  • a bit too high vignetting,
  • performance against bright light should have been better.

They conclude:

The results of our test show clearly that refreshing the 1.4/23 model was a very good idea. The new lens provides an excellent image quality across the frame, no matter what aperture you employ. Taking into account the fact that you deal here with a fast, wide-angle lens such an achievement is especially praiseworthy. The price of the Fujinon XF 23 mm f/1.4 R LM WR is not low, reaching $900, but complaining here would be justified only if the lens had some serious slip-ups. Our test showed that it performs exceedingly well in almost all categories so you can only shrug and say that high quality doesn’t come cheap.

You can read the full review at lenstip here.

And since we talk about the latest and greatest lenses, let’s add to Lenstip review also some other about the XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR, but also about the other two siblings, the XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR and the XF33mm F1.4 R LM WR.

More XF18/23/33 Reviews

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ePhotozine Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 R LM WR Review

ePhotozine has published its full review of the brand new Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 R LM WR.

A fantastic lens with virtually no Cons. They call it a “a beautiful lens that delivers the goods with style.”

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 23mm F/1.4 R LM WR Pros

  • Excellent sharpness centre and edge
  • Even sharpness across the frame
  • Virtually banished CA
  • Modest vignetting
  • Almost entirely flare-free
  • Virtually rectilinear
  • Fast f/1.4 aperture
  • Weather resistance
  • Very high construction quality
  • Close focusing

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 23mm F/1.4 R LM WR Cons

  • Slightly pricey

For the full review check out ePhotozine here.

In Your Hands Soon: Fujifilm Video Shows Assembly and Shipping of Fujifilm XF23mm f/1.4 R LM WR

Fujifilm has shared a video that quickly shows how the Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 R WR LM is been assembled, packed and put in a truck for deliver to customers soon.

The final promise: “it will be in your hands soon”.

The lens itself seems to be manufactured in the Fuji’s factory in the Philippines (Calamba, Laguna – street view on Google Maps here), which is able to produce 18 million lenses a year.

Well, that was a rather long wait, with several postponements. But hopefully the shortage for this lens is now finally over and Fujifilm was able to produce enough samples to fulfill all pre-orders.

You can see the video shared below also on our Instagram.

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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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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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