First attempts to shoot infrared with Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS have shown clearly that this lens is totally useless for such kind of photography due to very visible hot-spot at the center of the image. For the time being I was limited with use of XF 35mm F2 only, until the XF 23mm F2 has appeared on the market.
The first impressions are very positive. Solid, metal and very precise construction, smooth movements of the rings – simply perfection 🙂 And the size – this lens is small, lightweight and perfectly fits X-Pro2.
It fits as well also the X-T1 or the X-T2 – with one exception: in case of the X-T2 with Vertical Power Booster Grip and L-bracket, it is a bit difficult to reach the rings on the lens while looking through the viewfinder.
There was a bit of sunshine today, so I had a walk. The gear I took with me was one lens – XF 23mm F2 – and two bodies. Yes, such a “reversed” set – usually I take one body and two lenses, but this time I wanted to take some shots both in visible (so X-Pro2) as well as infrared (so X-T1 IR landed in the bag)light.
OK, no need to talk too much – it is better to see the pictures. Just some notes:
- Shots in the visible light – jpg from the X-Pro2, Velvia mode, resized to the size used by my webpage.
- Color shots in IR – RAW with swapped red and blue channels, resized to the size used by my webpage.
- Black and white shots – all taken in IR – jpg from the X-T1, monochrome mode, resized to the size used by my webpage.
- The IR shots show dark corners – this is not a lens’ fault, this is my fault – I have used additional shade on the IR filter which turned out to be too deep for focal length of 23mm.