Raw's and initial thoughts on the Fuji 23mm 1.4 lens..
I'm surprised at your comment regarding sharpness wide open (DSF0033). The sign, which was obviously the focal point, is tack sharp. It's pretty common knowledge that RAF's need a bit of sharpening. In Lightroom, it looks great with +50/.08/25, but in Iridient Developer using the L-R sharpening, you can even make out the fine texture of the little wire cable ties that secure the sign at the top and bottom! And the rusty painted metal sign post has enough micro detail to make my eyes bleed.
The image is overexposed by about 1 stop, which is why there is some "blooming" around the letters and a perception of being slightly soft, but bringing up the highlight recovery and dropping the exposure a bit fixes that, and really brings the image alive.
I'm most blown away by the "3D" quality of the image. Incredible for a wide lens on APS-C. Now if Amazon would just ship the darn thing!
LR 4.4, Auto tone and Sharpen + in VSCO Toolkit; you can see the sign is leaning away and the bottom wire loop is out of focus but the top one is in. The depth looks like a larger format, most interesting.
I took quite a few images wide open and I stick to what I said. Although I have been shooting alot wide open with the RX1 of late so I have been spoilt
Shooting wide open with a fast "standard" lens is half the fun of this type of lens and at that aperture its not the greatest. Each to their own. Glad your happy with it though! I can agree stopped down its a winner.
Landscape, Travel and Panoramic Photography
I'll let people make up their own mind from the images - but my personal take from using the lens for the past month, on image sharpness wide open, is that it's excellent - as good as the 35mm f/1.4
23mm image set here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dodkin/sets/72157636312068963/
YMMV - depends on your starting point I guess
I'm comparing with Canon L series as my starting point.
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I've got the 35 F1.4. Do you think the 23mm is not much different from the 35mm lens? After all it's only a 12mm difference?
Can anyone justify owning both? - to wife.
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