Fujinon 16mm 1.4 REVIEW

In this video review i´m showing you my experience using the Fujinon 16mm 1.4 on the Fuji XT-2 after using it for 8 months.

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ABOUT THE FUJINON 16MM 1.4

The XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR Lens is a 24mm equivalent wide-angle lens designed specifically for Fujifilm X-mount mirrorless cameras. Two aspherical and two extra-low dispersion elements are incorporated within the lens design to minimize chromatic, spherical, and axial aberrations as well as distortions for consistent edge-to-edge sharpness and illumination. A Nano-GI coating has also been applied to alter the refractive index between elements and suppress flare and ghosting. Conventionally thought of as an ideal lens for street, travel, and landscape photography, this wide prime also features a minimum working distance of less than 6″ for photographing close-up subjects.

Complementing the optical assets, the lens also features a weather-resistant design with nine different seals in eight different areas to prevent moisture and dust from entering the lens, as well as enabling its use in temperatures as low as 14°F. A quick and smooth autofocus motor helps to deftly acquire focus in as little as 0.11 sec., and manual focusing use is benefitted by the inclusion of a depth of field scale for presetting focus.

Wide-angle 16mm prime lens provides a 24mm equivalent focal length when used with Fujifilm X-series mirrorless digital cameras.
Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture benefits working in difficult lighting conditions and also aids in selective focus control.
Two aspherical elements control spherical aberrations and distortions and two extra-low dispersion elements help to reduce lateral and axial aberrations. The combination of the two designs minimizes overall distortion and maintains edge-to-edge illumination and sharpness.
A Nano-GI (Gradient Index) coating has been applied to alter the refractive index between the glass and air in order to better suppress lens flare and ghosting for diagonal incident light.
An HT-EBC coating has been applied the entire surface of each element to for controlling ghosting and flare for greater image clarity.
A weather-resistant design includes nine different seals in eight areas to prevent dust and moisture from entering the lens, and also permits working in temperatures as low as 14°F.
A quick and quiet autofocus motor pairs with a two group floating focus system to achieve precise focus in as little as 0.11 sec.
Contrasting the wide field of view afforded by the lens, a minimum working distance of less than 6″ is ideal for photographing close-up subjects.
Nine rounded diaphragm blades contribute to a pleasing out-of-focus quality to benefit the use of shallow depth of field techniques.
Depth of field scale benefits working with manual focus and presetting your focus position.
Focal Length 16mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 24 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type Fujifilm X mount
Format Compatibility APS-C
Angle of View 83.2°
Minimum Focus Distance 5.91″ (15 cm)
Magnification 0.21x
Elements/Groups 13 / 11
Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
Features
Autofocus Yes
Physical
Filter Thread Front:67 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.89 x 2.87″ (73.4 x 73 mm)
Weight 13.23 oz (375 g)

BUILDQUALITY, ERGONOMICS & WEIGHT

This Fujinon lens is build like a tank with a metal construction and it is fully weather sealed, dust resistant and it works in temperatures down to -10 centigrade.

The great buildquality continues with the focus ring which you can push down to activate manual focus. The focus ring is very smooth to turn and very precise.

The aperture ring is probably a little bit to easy to rotate but everything on this lens really feels high quality and worth the money.I also shot in the rain with the 16mm 1.4 since it´s fully weathersealed and it worked with no problems. I also had the booster grip on the XT2 in the rain, and everything is still working great.

The 16mm 1.4 is not the lightest Fujinon lens but compared to other lenses especially fullframe the weight of only 375 gramms and the size is really ok and the lens balances really nice on a Fuji XT2.

The filtersize of this wide angle lens is 67mm if you want to screw your filters on. I can recommend filters from B+W like this ND 1000x filter, which have great buildquality and the image results look great with it. You don´t have any discoloration with this filter.

Here you can see the Fuji XT-2 with the Fujinon 16mm 1.4 on a small Cullmann travel tripod. Since this combo is so lightweight, you can use these small travel tripods with no problem and you don´t have to carry a lot of heavy stuff.

AUTOFOCUS PEFORMANCE

This lens has 13 elements in 11 groups so there is a lot of glass that moves in here.

Since I have this lens for 8 months now focusing was never an issue for me, it is really fast on the XT2 and I have no complaints here.

Same goes for the video af-c, focusing works great with it, even in my ultimate suddenly appearing hello kitty test at F1.4 which you can see in the video above.

And with F8 focusing is even faster. See my recommendation for suddenly appearing subjects setting in this video:

IMAGE QUALITY & SHARPNESS

This lens has Fujis HT-EBC and Nano GI coatings just like in my Fujinon 50-140 2.8 for reduced flaring and ghosting which is great and this definetly makes a difference. How good is the sharpness?  It is super sharp and I mean really, really sharp already beginning from F 1.4.  Up to F8 corner sharpness is very good and almost no vingnetting visible.

This 16mm 1.4 is probably not quite cheap, but in this case you get what you pay is absolutely true, it is one of the best or maybe the best prime lense fuji has to offer, or like the angry photographer would say: “It’s the titts“.

So everything is perfect on this lens? Well,  not quite, if you shoot raw at F1.4 keep in mind you will get some purple and cyan fringing like you can see here in these branches, but of course you can get rid of it in lightroom for example.

This is quite common when shooting with lenses at F1.4, but the lens is really not prone to chromatic aberrations.

The detail, sharpness, color and rendering this lens produces with the XT2 is just outstanding and definetly comparable to what you can get with fullframe in my opinion, since i switched from the A7II to the Fuji XT-2 i have not missed fullframe for a second.

Since it is a very fast 1.4 lens you can also get a very nice bokeh and you can also get very close to your subject, almost like with a macro lens.

This lens is so versetail, you can shoot landscapes, nature, street, sport, portraits and a lot more with it. 16mm  or the equiv of 24mm in fullframe is a great focal length if you don´t want to carry a heavy 16-55 / 24-70 zoomlens with you. If you are just starting with the Fuji X-System or you want to upgrade I can definetly recommend the Fujinon 16mm 1.4.

CONCLUSION & RATING

Now after 8 months, I shot so much with this lens in all sorts of conditions, sun, rain and snow, I shot in the summer, spring, autumn and winter and I only had 1 connection issue in 8 months during a shoot in ice cold temperatures with it which only happened once, a part in the lens was replaced by the fuji service and since then I never had that issue again.

Since the image quality, detail and sharpness of this lens is so outstanding I can really only give it an almost perfect 9 out of 10 and my full recommendation!

 

 

 

If you would like to buy this lens or any other gear, please use these Amazon links, from there you can buy anything you want to support this blog:

Fujinon 16mm 1.4 on: Amazon US

B+W ND 1000x Filter on: Amazon US

B+W ND 1000x Filter auf:  Amazon Deutschland

Cullmann Nano Travel Tripod on: Amazon US

Cullmann Nano Reise Stativ auf: Amazon Deutschland

Fuji XT2 on:  Amazon US

Fuji X-T2 Booster Grip on: Amazon US

Fujinon 56mm 1.2 on: Amazon US

Fujinon 16-55mm 2.8 on: Amazon US

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2 Comments about "Fujinon 16mm 1.4 REVIEW"

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Very nice test. Thank you.
Are your photos straight out of camera ?

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