14mm or 23mm... (and I hardly ever do this)

Started Feb 11, 2014 | Questions thread
arcaswissi99 Regular Member • Posts: 124
Re: 14mm or 23mm... (and I hardly ever do this)

Jim Radcliffe wrote:

I would really like to take advantage of the current discounts on both of these lenses but not having had my hands on either one I find it difficult to choose.. I like fast glass.. both lenses seem to be very good in all respects... but I'm not sure I can justify buying both at this time.

These two cost about the same amount of money so that is not an issue.

I rarely ask for others to help me make a decision but in this case I am going to do so.

If you have the time, please list the reasons you would buy one or the other... thanks! I look forward to your input and your help in keeping me from buying both due to GAS.

Hi Jim,

I´ve bought both a week ago because I return into the Fuji boat

Both lenses are great in my opinion. Unfortunately you can´t compare them.

If sharpness is everything I´d go with the 14mm which is one of the best wide angles I´ve ever tried and believe me these were quite a few. No distortion what fun not to worry about any distortion correction in Lightroom or other progs. Very good against sun for such a wide lens. Color correction! - I hate fringing and this lens is almost free of any longitudinal or lateral chrom. aberration.

If versatility is your thing, go with the 23mm. You have a lens with nice bokeh, with 1,4 perfect for reportage, really nice color rendering - softer than 14mm, also very low distortion. Unfortunately some locas which can be difficult to get rid off and without testing scientific probably a bit less sharp but no slouch - some of my last flickr photos are made with the 23mm - this one with f 2.0.

Fuji X-E1, 23/1,4 with f 2,0. As I forgot to change DR to 100, unintentionally shot with ISO 800.


For me I decided to want both plus the 56/1,2 and the 55-200. Looking forward to getting my X-T1.

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