Fujinon XF23mm f2 R WR review

The Fujinon XF23mm f2 R WR has street smarts aplenty

Fujinon XF23mm f2 R WR
(Image: © Fujifilm)

Digital Camera World Verdict

A prime lens with a focal length of 35mm is often regarded as ideal for street photography. This 23mm lens fits the bill perfectly, delivering the same effective field of view on Fujifilm’s X-mount APS-C format mirrorless cameras. It’s delightfully compact and lightweight, which is a further bonus when you want to shoot unobtrusively around town. Even so, there are some useful features shoehorned in, and performance is impressive.


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    Compact and lightweight

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    Aperture ring and weather-seals

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    Impressive image quality


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    No optical stabilizer

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    Fairly modest aperture rating

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    Aperture ring can’t be de-clicked

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Available in black or silver, the Fujinon XF23mm f2 R WR is designed for Fujifilm’s X-series mirrorless cameras which are based on APS-C format image sensors, enabling a downsized build. The same goes for this 23mm lens, which gives an effective focal length of 35mm in full-frame terms. Although fairly small and lightweight, at just 60x52mm and 180g, build quality is excellent, with a metal barrel and a full set of weather-seals.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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