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Fuji 23mm – first impressions

I could barely contain my excitement this morning. It’s not everyday that one heads so eagerly into the office… but knowing something special was coming in the mail for me made it that much sweeter.

Ever since buying my X-Pro1, I’ve been looking forward to Fuji releasing its 35mm lens equivalent. So I ordered the 23mm lens less than a week before it came out, and I ended up waiting four weeks for it to arrive. Well worth it.

I finally got it this afternoon, right after lunch. I put it on immediately and was very pleased with its look and solid feel. It’s by far the best build of any X glass so far from Fuji. The aperture ring is firm but smooth, and the same is true for the focus ring. It’s big, but it looks great on the camera (although the hood seems a bit too big).

View from the lot

By the time I got out of work, there was not much light left. And even though my UV filter was late to arrive from Amazon, I couldn’t resist the urge to take my new baby out for a stroll around the neighborhood. I didn’t do anything special or take any spectacular shots, but I got a good sense of what this $900 piece of kit is capable of… even though I barely scratched the surface with it.

Driver's view

Depth of field on the lens is amazing. I noticed that at the office as soon as I put it on. It’s dangerously sharp and image quality is just what I was hoping for. I can’t wait to thoroughly test it out.


I really love this lens. Image quality is as good as the 35mm (or better), and the mechanics are akin to the 14mm. I can’t say enough good things about the 23mm. It will surely be put to good use in the days and weeks ahead. I might even write up a more detailed review later on… with a better variety of images. But I wanted to share something for now, so enjoy (click on any image to zoom in and see detail).

Great seat

Take One

Golden Bay


Take Two


Wrong focus...

Washington Ave


All of the pictures in this post are unprocessed JPEGs shot using the camera’s Velvia film simulation. With the exception of the last one, they were all handheld captures. Do you have a favorite?

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