I had about 20 minutes or so today with the first copy of the new Fuji XF 23mm 1.4 lens for the 'X' series cameras. I hope to have more copies available soon so I can get to have a more thorough testing of its capabilities.
Id just finished shooting some test raws with the Sony RX1r when the Fuji walked through the door in the hands of the Fuji Rep. The lens immediately impressed with its sold build quality. Focusing seems snappy and there is a depth of field scale on the lens. My only gripe in this respect is the aperture clicks are not quite as defined as I would like and a little 'soft'
Anyway, Id just finished drooling over the 30x20 inch prints Id made off the Sony RX1r so I thought I would put the 23mm lens on the XE-1 and shoot some raws and do the same. Initial shots were to see how capable it could be at the ideal apertures F8 ish. Well in a word.....STUNNING! Landscape photographers be excited!. Easily the best or equal best of all the X lenses. I tested a very good 14mm copy recently and it was as good, if not, a hair better then that, which is impressive. Files looked very good on silver halide at 30x20 inches.
The camera/lens combo was not in the same league as the Sony RX1r Id just shot in terms of sharpness, colour and 3d'ness...but, it wasnt that far off.... and substantially cheaper to boot.
I then tried a few shots at 1.4 which is where you would likely have a lot of fun with this lens..... Well, quite disappointing to be honest. You expect a fall off wide open but it was seriously softer and not nearly as exciting as I hope it would be.... I hope for Fuji this is sample specific....