A fast 35mm prime is a perennial hit, used by everyone – from documentarians and street photographers, to landscape enthusiasts and those making cherished wedding memories. The XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR is not the first iteration of this popular focal length in the X Series, but arrives with a mass of new potential.
Offering a comparable angle of view to the human eye, the XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR ensures there’s nothing to stand between a viewer and the power of an image. A true storytelling device, the lens features precision optical construction. Lifelike resolution is complemented by tightly controlled aberrations.
Among a range of headline features, close focusing, weather-resistance and a linear motor are standouts. The former puts subjects as close as 19cm well within sight, while a number of internal and external seals protect against dust, moisture and temperatures down to -10°C. A near-silent linear motor drives rapid and accurate autofocus – capable of freezing the unpredictable moments we can’t afford to miss.
Despite such outstanding all-round performance, the XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR remains a compact daily companion. It’s portable enough to carry, and makes for a seamless addition to any kit bag at a lightweight 375g.
Push/pull manual focusing ring
If you like to regularly switch between manual and autofocusing, the XF23mmF1.4 R has the perfect control to do so quickly and easily. The manual focusing ring smoothly slides forwards and backwards; slide backwards to reveal the focusing distance scale and focus manually, push forwards to switch back to autofocus.
Distance and depth-of-field scales
Photographers often want to maximise depth-of-field when shooting with a wide-angle lens, and for this reason the distance and depth-of-field scales etched on the barrel of the XF23mmF1.4 R are invaluable. At a glance you can see what will and won’t be in focus using any given aperture and focusing distance. This is also handy when pre-focusing for street/documentary work.
Fast F1.4 aperture
The lens’s F1.4 maximum aperture gives photographers a great deal of versatility. Use it to reduce the need to switch to a tripod or other form of support in low light, or to help subjects to stand out from their background by providing a very shallow depth-of-field. The aperture ring on the XF23mmF1.4 R is also click-stopped in one-third stop steps for precise exposure adjustment.
Rounded aperture diaphragm
Seven metal blades with rounded edges make up the aperture inside the XF23mmF1.4 R. The rounded edges make for sharper images and smoother bokeh (out-of-focus highlights), plus the seven blades combine to create an almost circular aperture opening. This means highlights are rendered as circles rather than as hexagons.
15 elements in ten groups
FOCAL LENGTH (35MM FORMAT EQUIVALENT)
ANGLE OF VIEW
Number of blades: Nine (rounded diaphragm opening), step size: 1/3EV (22 steps)
EXTERNAL DIMENSIONS (DxL)
58mm Lens Cap
23 Lens Hood
58mm Protector Filter
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