Top positive review
24 March 2017
Surprised at the lack of reviews here! I currently own the 18-55, 35 f2 and 56 f1.2. That's too many lenses for me. As much as I love the 35 I don't need it for portraits now I have the 56. That left me thinking of something I could use as a travel lens, something I could pair with the 56 and just have a 2 lens system. Enter the 23 f2. I thought long and hard about this or the 1.4 and as much as I'm sure the bokeh on the 1.4 is great, I had to ask myself what I was buying this for. I've got 2 young kids and do a lot of shooting indoors where, as much as the extra stop of the 1.4 would help, its focus speed would certainly be a hindrance. As I said, I've got the 56 so portraits are covered, what I needed was an everyday lens that I could use for my holidays and around the house snaps of the kids. This lens fits the bill completely. I've read that its perhaps a little soft close up at f2 and perhaps it is, that being said, you would only ever see that at 100% crop in lightroom. Even then, soft is not the right word, its perhaps not as crisp. As I said though, unless you're looking for it you'd never know. Also, a touch of vigentting at f2 but I actually like it for my black and whites and it goes by 2.8. Focus is instant, I've got it paired with an xpro2 which helps. Its a challenge for me thinking in 35mm terms as I've been a 50mm guy all this time but I'm enjoying the context this lens brings to my pictures. I took several photos with the 35mm and the 23mm and the difference in field of view surprised me. It took a while getting used to but I wouldnt swap this lens for the world. The build quality is great and the optics are superb (its a fuji, expect no different). If you only have to have one lens, make it this one.