The X-Transians have gotten their first wide angle prime, and the reports keep pouring in. Here are 6 of the most memorable-almost religious experiences, to be found around the Interwebs:
First, we've got Ray from FujiXspot, who takes the 14mm Fujinon for a full workout on the streets of Philadelphia, and ends up with some decision dilemmas:
"So, there's no doubt in my mind that the 14mm is an excellent lens in any respect that matters. My only hesitance is still based on a combination of price and wondering if I'll use it enough to justify it. The other lenses I have similar costs into are the Olympus 12 and 75. The 12 is probably my most-used lens, so no question there."
Olaf Sztaba has no such qualms, he shouts "just get it" and justifies that with a bombardment of nice pics and some explaining:
"Since I sold my SLR gear and started shooting exclusively with X-series cameras I have started enjoying photography once again. I spend less time playing with menus and settings and focus instead on light and composition. The biggest drawback of the system so far has been the lack of wide-angle lenses – my favourite perspective. But my problem has been solved. This weekend I picked up the latest Fuji lens – XF 14mm F2.8. What a lens it is!"
Chris Gampat at the Phoblographer has no time for beautiful pictures, after all he lives in hectic New York. He takes the lens for a walkabout nonetheless, and has some interesting observations to share:
"In my hands, I felt that this lens isn’t really a finished product. The grooves around the focusing ring are sharp and feel as if they could cut a finger. It’s almost as if Fujifilm is trying to punish me Yakuza style for manually focusing their lens by putting razor sharp grooves to my finger pads."
Mike Kobal may also live in New York, but we all know that East Village is a less hectic, and inspiring place, too:
"Let’s remember the 14mm is a high performance, almost perfectly corrected aspherical super wide and not a low light monster. The sharpness and detail rendition is incredible at 2.8 and it gets better when we stop down a bit, especially the boarders sharpen up nicely. Nonetheless, I expected af speed to be a bit faster."
David Cleland at Flixelpix goes wide with the 14mm down at the beach, taking a couple of long exposure pics and some notes:
"An ultra wide at f/2.8 offers a fantastic level of flexibility. I couldn’t wait to explore a few long exposure photographs at this wider ratio. On a positive note the filter size for the 14mm lens is the same as the 18-55mm Fujinon zoom lens which is great news for long exposure photography as the same ND filters fit both lens systems."An ultra wide at f/2.8 offers a fantastic level of flexibility. I couldn’t wait to explore a few long exposure photographs at this wider ratio. On a positive note the filter size for the 14mm lens is the same as the 18-55mm Fujinon zoom lens which is great news for long exposure photography as the same ND filters fit both lens systems."
Last but not least, Spanish DSLR Magazine has a regular review of the Fujinon XF 14mm ready. According to Google transgorbler, this is their
"Fujifilm is marking territory in the area of the cameras and high-end objectives with innovative plannings, they should do think party anchored somewhat successful formulas of the past. First-in this stage have done recently through its X-Trans sensor, and now, developing a range of optics, that if left as from a very high level, will best. But we have to note that in the current state of technology of the image is the end key of the processor. Fujifilm And apparently it is certainly unique. And hence the problem to process your RAW files through independent development software. Especially that much to talk about ... and talk" Fuji Ole?
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|Model||FUJINON XF14mm f/2.8 R||FUJINON XF18mm f/2 R||FUJINON XF35mm f/1.4 R|
|Lens Mount||Fujifilm XF bayonet||Fujifilm XF bayonet||Fujifilm XF bayonet|
|Lens type||Fixed Focal Length||Fixed Focal Length||Fixed Focal Length|
|Lens construction||10 elements in 7 groups (includes 2 aspherical and 3 extra low dispersion elements)||8 elements in 7 groups (includes 2 aspherical elements)||8 elements in 6 groups (includes 1 aspherical element)|
|Diaphragm Blades||7 aperture blades circular opening||7 aperture blades circular opening||7 aperture blades circular opening|
|Angle of view||89.00°||76.50°||44.20°|
|AF Motor type||linear motor-driven autofocus||linear motor-driven autofocus||linear motor-driven autofocus|
|Auto Focus / Manual Focus switch||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Full-Time manual focus||No||No||No|
|Minimum Focusing Distance||0.18m||0.18m||0.28m|
|Front lens element rotating||No||No||No|
|Lens Hood included||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Weather sealing details|
|Weight||215.0 g||116.0 g||187.0 g|
No longer the stuff of rumors, here's the E-M5 straight from the horse's mouth:
That's a whole train of wide angle mirrorless system lenses, and it seems the caboose* has derailed somehow, pretty soft and fringy compared to the other 3, BUT it was used with a GH3, not the best of combinations. Kudos to Sony to make such a sharp wideangle (used with a NEX-5R) zoom lens, they had a slow start but seem to have begun catching up by now. As for the Fujinon xf 14mm (mounted on the X-E1), it performs as expected, very sharp with no visible Chromatic Aberrations. The PanaLeica 7-14mm falls a bit behind, but it is the oldest lens of the bunch, by a wide (heh) margin. Click on the image for the full thing. For those daring enough to delve through the Google translated text, here's a snip: . . . read more
Download links provided at bottom of page, but they will become alive tomorrow, because right now we're in the future :) (Via Fuji Rumors) From Fujifilm:
Fujifilm X-Pro1, X-E1 and XF35mm firmware updates available. New firmware versions for the X-Pro1 and X-E1 cameras and the XF35mm lens are now available to download.
Fujifilm X-Pro1 - firmware version: 2.03
* Allows compatibility with the new “XF14mmF2.8R” lens.
* Improved performance of Auto Focus under various shooting conditions. . . . read more