I think I would be lying if I said I didn't miss the 23F1.4 lens which I sold for the new smaller, lighter and faster F2 version.
However, don't get me wrong, I love the 23F2 version for the reasons it is small, fast and weather sealed but for indoors low light family kind of gatherings the extra stop and creamy bokeh is something that I missed.
It excels as a travel lens though. During recent trips to Ottawa and Jamaica I used the 23F2 and the 35F2 extensively and I marvelled at how light both lenses were to carry around with me at all times. I hardly noticed them in my beach bag or carry on purse. I believe that is the point to these lenses. I might not have brought the more hefty XF23F1.4 lens to the beach, choosing rather to swim instead. Why oh why can't I have them all?
The XF23F2 lens is fast focussing, capable and great for just going about your day. Kind of like an X100F but with weather sealing and the option of changing lenses.
Of course I first subjected it to the frigid northern temperatures of Yellowknife, NT in midwinter.
It really is a great focal length and lens for Street Photography. However there isn't much street photography to do in Yellowknife during the winter as everyone is pretty much huddled indoors, so I took it to the streets of Ottawa on our way to Jamaica in March of this year.
Here are a few beach scenes from Jamaica where I quickly turned my attention to the visiting Heron. I thought it would be more of a challenge to sneak up on that bird and try to get a decent picture with a 23mm lens. I think I succeeded.
All good vacations come to an end and fortunately summer eventually returns to Yellowknife.
Some pictures from Ottawa this past spring to highlight the absolutely decent bokeh on this lens.
To conclude both F1.4 and F2 versions of Fuji's XF23 are exceptional lenses and I recommend you have them both (if you can).
When we move back to Ottawa in a couple of months to be back with family I may find myself wanting to purchase the XF23F1.4 version again.