FUJINON XF14mm f/2.8 R opinions, hand-on, user reviews, and 'oohs and aahs' roundup.

FUJINON XF14mm f/2.8 R lens review

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 confusion conclusion:

"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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Company FujiFilm FujiFilm FujiFilm
Model FUJINON XF14mm f/2.8 R FUJINON XF18mm f/2 R FUJINON XF35mm f/1.4 R
MTF Charts FujiFilm FUJINON LENS XF14mm f/2.8 R mtf chart
FUJINON LENS XF18mmF2 R Spatial freguency 15lines/mm
FUJINON LENS XF18mmF2 R Spatial freguency 45lines/-mm
FUJINON LENS XF35mmF1.4 R Spatial freguency 15lines/mm
FUJINON LENS XF35mmF1.4 R Spatial freguency 45lines/mm
Initial Price $900 $550 $600
Release Date 09/2012 01/2012 01/2012
Discontinued
Lens Mount Fujifilm XF bayonet Fujifilm XF bayonet Fujifilm XF bayonet
Lens type Fixed Focal Length Fixed Focal Length Fixed Focal Length
Resolution - - -
Chr. aberration - - -
Vignetting - - -
Transmission - - -
Distortion - - -
Focal Length 14.0mm 18.0mm 35.0mm
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)
Stabilization system No No No
Diaphragm Blades 7 aperture blades circular opening 7 aperture blades circular opening 7 aperture blades circular opening
Max Magnification 0.1x 0.1x 0.2x
Angle of view 89.00° 76.50° 44.20°
Zoom Ratio 1.0x 1.0x 1.0x
Maximum Aperture f/2.8 f/2.0 f/1.4
Minimum Aperture f/22.0 f/16.0 f/16.0
Aperture ring Yes Yes Yes
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
Internal Focusing Yes Yes No
Minimum Focusing Distance 0.18m 0.18m 0.28m
Internal zooming Yes
Filter Diameter 58mm 52mm 52mm
Distance Scale Yes No No
Front lens element rotating No No No
Lens Hood included Yes Yes Yes
Weather sealing No No No
Weather sealing details
Body material Metal Metal Metal
Diameter 65.0mm 64.0mm 65.0mm
Length 58.0mm 40.0mm 54.0mm
Weight 215.0 g 116.0 g 187.0 g
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