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Showcase Fuji XF 23mm f/2 WR

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by tonyturley, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. tonyturley

    tonyturley Hall of Famer

    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    Tony
    Surprised to not see a thread for this here. The one I rented arrived a short while ago. Testing it on my X-T1. First image was with the camera set on full automatic, the second full manual. Tweaked the contrast a bit, didn't touch the saturation.

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    X-T1    ---    23mm    f/13.0    1/350s    ISO 200

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    X-T1    ---    23mm    f/8.0    1/800s    ISO 200
     
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  2. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Hood River, OR
    Kyle
    How does it feel to use? Smallish and snappy-quick focus is what I usually hear.
     
  3. tonyturley

    tonyturley Hall of Famer

    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    Tony
    That sounds about right, Kyle. I like the size and weight. The aperture and focus rings are nicely damped, and stay put without being stiff. The only issue is that the X-T1 with this lens will not fit in the tiny Lowepro pouch I kept strapped to my handlebars to carry the X30. Have to think of another way to carry it on my bike. Probably will just use a strap slung around my shoulder. Still too early to decide, but I'm torn between this lens and the 18mm f/2. If the 18mm was WR, it would be a no-brainer for me.
     
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  4. tonyturley

    tonyturley Hall of Famer

    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    Tony
    A couple from this morning. The sky really was that vibrant . . . no tweaking needed.

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    X-T1    ---    23mm    f/8.0    1/30s    ISO 200

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    X-T1    ---    23mm    f/8.0    1/125s    ISO 200
     
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  5. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Hood River, OR
    Kyle
    I ALMOST got a sunrise like that this morning, but clouds rolled over the sun and killed it.
     
  6. tonyturley

    tonyturley Hall of Famer

    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    Tony
    Bummer. I've had that happen . . . many times.
     
  7. tonyturley

    tonyturley Hall of Famer

    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    Tony
    3/18/17. Laurel Creek, along Beckwith Road in Fayette County, WV. Lots of Rhododendron tunneling and rock scrambling. I'm pleased with the IQ, but there were times I found myself wishing the lens was a bit wider.

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    X-T1    ---    23mm    f/11.0    1/10s    ISO 200

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    X-T1    ---    23mm    f/11.0    1/10s    ISO 200

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    X-T1    ---    23mm    f/10.0    1/10s    ISO 200

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    X-T1    ---    23mm    f/13.0    1/125s    ISO 200
     
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  8. Safari

    Safari Regular

    54
    Dec 26, 2015
    A beautiful showcase, thank you. I'm pretty happy with my zooms, but this lens is top of my list for my probable first prime and these shots pretty much have me convinced. Hoping for an income tax refund!
     
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  9. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Hood River, OR
    Kyle
    Yep those are gorgeous. Also sounds like my kind of day.
     
  10. tonyturley

    tonyturley Hall of Famer

    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    Tony
    Thanks Kyle. It was quite a morning. Laurel Creek makes a wild run from the canyon rim to the bottom of the New River Gorge, dropping 500' or so its last 1.5 miles. Makes for both stunning photos and adventurous footing. I've climbed down into the canyon during freezing rain, with everything covered in clear ice . . . that was dicey! There are no trails . . . those of us who photograph Laurel Creek just pick our best spots to scramble down to the creek. To get all of the photos I got Saturday required several descents and ascents over a stretch of 1.25 miles. I always pick spots where there are trees I can use to zig-zag down the slopes . . . and hope the roots hold!!
     
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  11. tonyturley

    tonyturley Hall of Famer

    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    Tony
    The rented 23mm WR goes back to the owner tomorrow. I was pleased with its handling and IQ. If it was wider, I could see myself having it as an only lens for my X-T1. The size is certainly convenient. The Tokina 17mm/3.5 I've been carrying on the X-T1 is the same size and about 40g heavier than the XF 16mm/1.4, but is of course 3 stops slower - and over $800 less expensive. It is my hope that Fuji does come out with an 18mm f/2 WR. Such a lens would live on my X-T1.
     
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  12. unstable_rider

    unstable_rider Regular

    107
    Apr 2, 2017
    USA Minnesota
    Paul
  13. csnite

    csnite New Member

    6
    Mar 6, 2013
    A couple from Father's Day on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. All with the Xt-20.
    full.
    X-T20    XF23mmF2 R WR    23mm    f/11.0    4s    ISO 100

    full.
    X-T20    XF23mmF2 R WR    23mm    f/11.0    4s    ISO 100

    full.
    X-T20    XF23mmF2 R WR    23mm    f/16.0    1/1s    ISO 200
     
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  14. tonyturley

    tonyturley Hall of Famer

    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    Tony
    Well done. My kind of place! Hiked the AT in western NC once . . . need to get back down there.
     
  15. pdurand

    pdurand Regular

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    Mar 17, 2016
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  16. tonyturley

    tonyturley Hall of Famer

    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    Tony
    On the X-T1.

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    X-T1    ---    150mm    f/1.0    1/4000s    ISO 800
     
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  17. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Hood River, OR
    Kyle
    An excellent time of day for a photograph!
     
  18. gravija_flare

    gravija_flare Regular

    95
    May 23, 2016
    A planet called Gaia
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  19. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Garry
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