Fujifilm has announced the Fujinon XF 23mm F2 R WR, adding a 35mm equiv. prime to its weather-resistant X-mount lineup. The lens offers water and dust resistance and will work in temperatures as low as 14°F /-10°C. Built with a metal housing, it provides a ring for aperture control and uses a stepping motor that Fujifilm claims is capable of focusing speeds as fast as 0.05 seconds when paired with the phase detection AF systems of the X-Pro2 and X-T2. It's made up of 10 elements in 6 groups and uses a 9-blade aperture. 

The Fujinon XF 23mm F2 R WR will go on sale in September for $449.95.

Press release:

FUJIFILM ANNOUNCES THE NEW FUJINON XF23mmF2 R WR

Compact, lightweight and stylish XF23mmF2 R WR expands high-performance X Series lenses

Valhalla, N.Y., August 25, 2016 – FUJIFILM Corporation has announced the new FUJINON XF23mmF2 R WR, a compact, weather and dust-resistant wide-angle lens weighing just 180g. The new lens joins the lineup of X Series digital camera lenses known for their outstanding image quality. The XF23mmF2 R WR has a highly versatile focal length (35mm in 35mm format equivalent), covering a range of subjects from snapshots to landscapes and portraits. Its compact, lightweight design and high-speed autofocus (AF) capability allow users to enjoy taking pictures quickly and easily.

The XF23mmF2 R WR gives users advanced image resolution, capable of drawing out the full performance of the proprietary Fujifilm X-TRANS CMOS sensor. It has a similar size and design to the existing XF35mmF2, adding to a stylish collection of compact lenses. The inner-focus AF system uses a stepping motor to drive lightweight focusing elements for silent and fast autofocus. When combined with the phase detection AF system of the FUJIFILM X-Pro2 and X-T2, the lens can focus in an astonishing 0.05 seconds.

The metal exterior gives users a feeling of premium quality and robustness, and the aperture ring and focus ring have been designed with just the right amount of clicking and torque for optimum feedback and operability. The lens is weather and dust resistant and operates at temperatures as low as 14°F / -10°C, making it an ideal choice for outdoor photography.

FUJINON XF23mmF2 R WR Key Features:

  • FUJIFILM X-Mount is compatible with all FUJIFILM X Series interchangeable system cameras
  • Weather-resistant design capable of operating at temperatures as low as 14°F / -10°C
  • 10 elements in 6 groups with 2 aspherical elements
  • Super EBC (Super Electron Beam Coating) ensures high performance by reducing both flare and ghosting
  • 9 blade aperture creates smooth and circular bokeh
  • Minimum working distance of less than 9 inches
  • Fast and silent autofocus of 0.05 seconds
  • Compatible with the vented metal hood “LH-XF35-2” (also compatible with the XF35mmF2 R WR).

The FUJINON XF23mmF2 R WR will be available in September 2016 for USD $449.95. It will initially be available in Black only.

Fujifilm XF 23mm F2 R WR specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typePrime lens
Max Format sizeAPS-C / DX
Focal length23 mm
Image stabilizationNo
Lens mountFujifilm X
Aperture
Maximum apertureF2
Minimum apertureF16
Aperture ringYes
Number of diaphragm blades9
Optics
Elements10
Groups6
Special elements / coatings2 aspherical elements + Super Electron Beam Coating
Focus
Minimum focus0.22 m (8.66)
Maximum magnification0.13×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeStepper motor
Full time manualYes
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleNo
DoF scaleNo
Physical
Weight180 g (0.40 lb)
Diameter60 mm (2.36)
Length52 mm (2.05)
SealingYes
ColourBlack, silver
Filter thread43 mm
Hood suppliedYes
Hood product codeLH-XF35-2
Tripod collarNo