Fujinon XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR review

The Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 LM WR is a new version of the old XF 23mm f/1.4 R lens. Is this premium prime worth it?

Fujinon XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR
(Image: © Rod Lawton)

Digital Camera World Verdict

It’s impossible to fault the performance of the Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 LM WR, both in terms of autofocus response and image quality. It does exactly what it promises, brilliantly. It’s a bit larger than we might have hoped, though, and it’s not cheap. And while the aperture ring is great, the lack of a focus distance scale is disappointing.


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    Fast and quiet AF

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    Excellent image quality

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    Clean, unfussy design


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    Long for an APS-C 35mm equivalent

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    Internal ‘clonk’ when powered off

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    Not cheap

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One of the strengths of the Fujifilm X system is its lenses, especially its prime lenses. Most APS-C systems are pretty poorly supported with primes, and Fujifilm is the exception.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com