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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 23 mm f/1.4 R

19 March 2014
Szymon Starczewski

11. Summary


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Pros:
  • solid casing,
  • excellent image quality in the frame centre,
  • good image quality on the edge of the frame,
  • proper correction of lateral chromatic aberration,
  • slight spherical aberration,
  • imperceptible distortion,
  • defocused images pleasing to the eye,
  • very good work against bright light,
  • fast and accurate autofocus.

Cons:

  • significant lateral chromatic aberration,
  • huge vignetting near the maximum relative aperture,
  • a bit too high coma

The Fujinon XF 23 mm f/1.4 R, tested here by us, must get a really positive assessment. Still the situation is hardly so rosy if you start comparing the price of that lens to the prices of its rivals. The Sigma A 35 mm f/1.4 HSM, a device more difficult to design and produce, is not only cheaper but also its optically a bit better. It shows that the Fuji specialists could have done a better job. Perhaps the savings on low dispersion glass made themselves felt but, if you actually save on something the price of the lens should reflect it as well and in the case of the Fujinon it cannot be noticed at all. Perhaps it is a result of the lens being a novelty on the market, and such devices always come with a higher price tag. However, in our opinion, a price below 3000 PLN would be more appropriate for the possibilities of the tested lens.