Fujifilm GFX 50S w/GF 23mm f/4. 1/125th sec f/4 @ ISO 3200. Classic Chrom. TJ Schneider of The Shop Vancouver
Back in the film days I was never a fan of the 18mm ultra wide angle focal length. I didn’t trust it. The major manufactures would make 21mm prime lenses, or 21-35mm zooms; but rarely would they go to 18mm. The only brands who would go that wide was 3rd party manufacturers like Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, etc. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the focal length, it’s just the number seemed too…. even? Yes both 18 and 21 is divisible by 3 (sorry, I’m nerding out a bit), but the 21mm focal length just felt… better. The Fujifilm XF14mm, the WCL-X70 (for the X-70), the Ricoh GR-21, Leica 21mm F/1.4 Summilux Asph, these are all 21mm equivalent (or actual) field-of-view lenses. I trust this focal length. But 18mm ultra wide? The APS-C equivalent is a 12mm, a focal length that Fujifilm does not make, but Samyang/Rokinon does… see the pattern? So when Fujifilm announced the GF 23mm f/4 lens instead of a GF 27mm f/4 (yes I did the math), I was a bit surprised. Would I dare test this unusual (for a major manufacturer) focal length prime lens for the GFX system? If so, would I enjoy shooting with it? Because of my experience shooting with the XF10-24mm zoom lens, I can safely say I am indeed reviewing and enjoying this crazy (good) prime lens for the GFX system.
GFX 50S with GF 23mm f/4. 1/200th sec f/4 @ ISO 1600. Classic Chrome. Richard Sixto