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Keywords: Fujinon Wide Prime XF APS-C X-mount tested


MichaelShea

Registered: April 2014
Posts: 3
Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R review by MichaelShea
Review Date: 4/28/2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $1,031.00| Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Outstanding lens with corner to corner sharpness and absence of distortion; excellent build
Cons: Vignetting visible on raw files; lens hood blocks part of OVF visibility on X-Pro1

Without question the sharpest wide-angled lens I've ever used, taking the (micro) four thirds, Pentax and Fuji systems all into consideration. I suggest you disregard SLRGear.com's unfavourable and unfathomable comparison with the Fuji 18mm f2 in this respect - the latter lens by common consent is the weakest prime in the present Fuji line-up and I own five of them, including both of these models. The 18mm f2 is useful but flawed, whereas this lens is getting quite close to perfection.


I'm never really sure why so much is made of a lens's capabilities wide-open, unless it is the kind of lens that is typically going to be actually employed in this way. The maximum aperture of this one is neither one thing nor the other, but I would expect most potential buyers will be considering it for landscape and/or architecture, when f4 or f5.6 is far more likely. At these apertures and up to at least f8, the results you will obtain are nothing short of superb. The only limit to the quality you can expect to see is the raw converter you choose and I could ramble on about that, but won't because it will only distract and confuse matters.


Zone focusing with the aid of the manual focus clutch ring is a useful tool to have, although I can't say I've ever really needed it for the kind of photography that I do, which doesn't normally involve people walking across my field of view. Auto-focus is quick and completely reliable. I've not had a single failure yet.


The lens is fairly substantial in comparison with other mirrorless camera system alternatives, but it rests very comfortably on my X-Pro1. The only poor fit with that particular camera is that around a quarter of the frame is missing from view when the optical viewfinder is chosen, because of the sheer bulk of the petal lens hood. The EVF of the X-Pro1 is not its strongest point, but that is once again another story.


Vignetting is removed from jpegs inside the camera, but this doesn't apply to raw files. Even at f5.6 the evidence is very apparent, but Lightroom can remove it with ease and there is no visible loss in image quality as a result.


Distortion is genuinely non-existent with this lens. This means you will retain the whole of your image without needing to resort to software that will either chop off the edges and/or blur what's left afterwards.


This is an exceptionally good lens from a very impressive Fuji stable. In my opinion, in a very short period of time Fuji has assembled a wonderful collection of high quality optics that will ensure the APS-C format remains intact for the mirrorless camera market long after DSLRs become exclusively full-frame or completely redundant.
exploring

Registered: May 2013
Posts: 1
Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R review by exploring
Review Date: 5/17/2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $900.00| Rating: 10 

 
Pros: modern implementation of the "old school" design, brilliant optics
Cons: aperture ring a bit too easy to move

Two SLR Gear REVIEW ERRORS: this is not as much my review of the lens, I just wanted to indicate two errors in the review, possibly a result of copy/paste (once fixed, this note can be deleted by admin):
1) "manual focusing system is engaged by sliding back the focusing ring to reveal a distance scale etched in feet and meters. While there is no depth-of-field information on the lens" - ? this is a proper DOF scale,
2) "the 18mm [Fujinon XF 18mm] might be a hair sharper" - unless SLR Gear tested two very unusual samples it is actually the other way around?
spochana

Registered: January 2013
Posts: 4
Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R review by spochana
Review Date: 5/5/2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $900.00| Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp Image from center to edges, low distortion
Cons: A bit slow auto-focus compared to 18-55, loud mechanism

Finally I bought this lens after using Fuji X-E1 for a few months and felt that 18 mm was not enough for the wide end. I intended to wait for their 10-24 mm zoom but it shall be a while before they release it (perhaps at the end of 2013). Overall I am quite pleased with the JPG quality that need no correction. The only thing I don't understand is why a fixed lens has a slower auto-focus and louder mechanism than their 18-55 zoom kit. If the focusing system is the same as their 18-55, I will rate all 10.


 






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