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Fujifilm Release New XF 23mm f/2 & Selfie centered X-A3

By Justin Heyes on August 25th 2016

We have known for some time that Fujifilm was going to announce another 23mm in 2016, thanks to their lens roadmap. Today Fujifilm made the announcement of the XF 23mm f/2 R WR official. The lens joins the XF 35mm f/2 R WR in a unique line of weather resistant and small f/2 primes. Like the XF 35mm before it, the XF 23mm f/2 is not meant to replace the XF 23mm f/1.4, instead meant to complement it and give X-photographers another option in a 35mm equivalent lens.

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The inner focusing system uses a whisper silent stepping motor to drive the smaller elements of the XF 23mm f/2; when paired with a phase detection AF system, like those found in the X-Pro2 and the X-T2, focus speeds can be as quick as 0.5 seconds.

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Weighing just 180 grams, the lens consists of 10 elements in 6 groups including two aspherical elements and nine rounded aperture blades. According to Fuji, “the optimum positioning of aspherical elements ensures flatness of the image plane for edge-to-edge sharpness.” Time will tell if the optical formula will provide tack sharp images at f/2 or it will be slightly soft as with its cousin on the X100T.

The XF 23mm f/2 will be available in black only in September for $449. No word yet on when the Silver will be released.

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Fujifilm X-A3

Also being announced today is an update to Fujifilm selfie-esque X-camera, the X-A3. The X-A3 improves on its predecessor with the new 24.2 megapixel CMOS III, better autofocus, and a screen that flips 180 degrees (5 more degrees than the X-A2). Fuji was apparently able to extend the screen using a new “slide-and-tilt mechanism”, making it even easier to take that much need selfie when making breakfast with the family.

Many features were carried over from the last model including similar styling, film simulations and built-in wifi for wireless image transfer or printing on the Instax Share SP-2. The X-A3 has a new 77-point autofocusing system with face/eye/smile detection with a “Portrait Enhancer mode” that brightens and enhances skin tones.

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The X-A3 is a unique beast with a combination of a new 24.2-megapixel CMOS and last generations EXR Processor II, instead of the X-Processor Pro and X-Trans. It seems as Fuji wants to level the playing field in image quality across all their cameras while keeping higher end performance with the Pro series.

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The X-A3 will be available in a Neapolitan of colours (pink, silver and brown) in early October for $599.

About

Justin Heyes wants to live in a world where we have near misses and absolute hits; great love and small disasters. Starting his career as a gaffer, he has done work for QVC and The Rachel Ray Show, but quickly fell in love with photography. When he’s not building arcade machines, you can find him at local flea markets or attending car shows.

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Stephen Dexter

    Hi just to mention, I don’t think this camera does have the x-Trans sensor. I think it is the only Fuji X camera to have a traditional Bayer sensor.

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  2. Paul Wynn

    The X-A3 upgrade looks an interesting addition to the Fuji product line.

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  3. Jean-Francois Perreault

    I’m torn between getting this 23mm f2 or waiting and saving a bit more for the 1.4 version. I’m fine with the size of the 1.4, for me it’s not really an issue. People say the 1.4 is huge but it looks a bit smaller than the 18-55 which I find acceptable.
    So it all comes down to Faster vs WR.

    Does anyone have the 1.4? Is focusing as “bad” as the 35 1.4? I’ve been missing quite a few moments with the 35 1.4 because the focus would just not lock in time and I find it quite frustrating.

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    • Diego Lythgoe

      On my XE1, the 23mm focuses MUCH faster than the 35. It is quite large and heavy for that body, though. To the point I bough an additional grip aid with the 23 and the 56.

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