Fujinon XF 23mm f/2 R WR

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.

Fujinon XF23mm F2 R WR
Fujinon XF23mm F2 R WR

The first impressions are very positive. Solid, metal and very precise construction, smooth movements of the rings – simply perfection πŸ™‚ And the size – this lens is small, lightweight and perfectly fits X-Pro2.

Fujinon XF23mm F2 R WR + X-Pro2
Fujinon XF23mm F2 R WR + 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:

  1. Shots in the visible light – jpg from the X-Pro2, Velvia mode, resized to the size used by my webpage.
  2. Color shots in IR – RAW with swapped red and blue channels, resized to the size used by my webpage.
  3. Black and white shots – all taken in IR – jpg from the X-T1, monochrome mode, resized to the size used by my webpage.
  4. 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.
IR shot - swapped red and blue channels.
IR shot – swapped red and blue channels.
IR shot - black and white version.
IR shot – black and white version.
IR shot - swapped red and blue channels.
IR shot – swapped red and blue channels.
IR shot - black and white version.
IR shot – black and white version.
IR shot - swapped red and blue channels.
IR shot – swapped red and blue channels.
IR shot - black and white version.
IR shot – black and white version.
IR shot - swapped red and blue channels.
IR shot – swapped red and blue channels.
IR shot - black and white version.
IR shot – black and white version.
IR shot - swapped red and blue channels.
IR shot – swapped red and blue channels.
IR shot - black and white version.
IR shot – black and white version.
JPG out of X-Pro2 in Velvia mode.
JPG out of X-Pro2 in Velvia mode.
JPG out of X-Pro2 in Velvia mode.
JPG out of X-Pro2 in Velvia mode.
JPG out of X-Pro2 in Velvia mode.
JPG out of X-Pro2 in Velvia mode.
JPG out of X-Pro2 in Velvia mode.
JPG out of X-Pro2 in Velvia mode.
JPG out of X-Pro2 in Velvia mode.
JPG out of X-Pro2 in Velvia mode.
JPG out of X-Pro2 in Velvia mode.
JPG out of X-Pro2 in Velvia mode.
JPG out of X-Pro2 in Velvia mode.
JPG out of X-Pro2 in Velvia mode.
JPG out of X-Pro2 in Velvia mode.
JPG out of X-Pro2 in Velvia mode.