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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR Review

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR Review - Gary Wolstenholme reviews the ultra wide angle Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR lens.

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Handling and Features
Performance
Verdict
Specification

Fujifilm Fujinon 16mm F1 4 X Mount (6)This wide angle lens for the Fujifilm X-series interchangeable lens cameras provides a field of view equivalent to an 24mm lens on a 35mm camera, sports a fast f/1.4 maximum aperture, weather resistant construction and costs around £730. 

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR Handling and Features

Fujifilm Fujinon 16mm F1 4 X Mount (3)

The lens barrel is constructed from a combination of metal and high-quality plastics, which feels robust and very well put together, as you might expect from a high-end lens. Even so, is quite lightweight, weighing only 375g, especially given that it sports a fast f/1.4 maximum aperture. As a result, it complements the Fujifilm X-T10 used for testing perfectly.

Focusing is performed internally, so the lens does not extend. As a result, the 67mm filter thread does not rotate, making it perfect for use with polarising and graduated filters. A petal-shaped hood attaches to the bayonet around the front of the lens. The manual focusing ring is well damped, making fine adjustments a pleasure to apply. Sliding the focus ring towards the camera reveals a distance scale and automatically changes the camera to manual focus mode, which makes switching between auto and manual focus quick and easy. The lens also has a useful hyperfocal scale marked on the lens barrel.


Fujifilm Fujinon 16mm F1 4 X Mount (1)
To complement the retro styling of Fuji's X-series cameras, this 16mm lens has  a manual aperture ring for controlling the aperture. Each full stop is marked. There are also click stops for each intermediate 1/3 stop setting, and an 'A' setting for automatic operation. The aperture ring only requires a light touch to move through the aperture range, which is great for making quick adjustments. Autofocus is quick and accurate, locking onto subjects with little hesitation. Closest focus is 15cm from the sensor plane, which is handy for shooting in claustrophobic environments, or for the occasional close-up image.

Fujifilm Fujinon 16mm F1 4 X Mount (7)
 

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR Performance

At maximum aperture, sharpness in the centre of the frame is very good, but the clarity towards the edges only reaches fairly good levels. As the lens is stopped down, sharpness levels increase across the frame, with outstanding sharpness being achieved in the centre from f/2 and excellent sharpness across the frame when stopped down to f/8.


 

 
MTF
MTF @ 16mm

How to read our charts

The blue column represents readings from the centre of the picture frame at the various apertures and the green is from the edges. Averaging them out gives the red weighted column.

The scale on the left side is an indication of actual image resolution. The taller the column, the better the lens performance. Simple.

For this review, the lens was tested on a Fujifilm X-T10 using Imatest.

 

Chromatic aberrations are well controlled, with fringing remaining just below three-quarters of a pixel width at f/1.4 towards the edges of the frame. This low level of CA should be difficult to spot, even in harsh crops from the edges of the frame, or in large reproductions.


 

 
CA
CA @ 16mm

How to read our charts

Chromatic aberration is the lens' inability to focus on the sensor or film all colours of visible light at the same point. Severe chromatic aberration gives a noticeable fringing or a halo effect around sharp edges within the picture. It can be cured in software.

Apochromatic lenses have special lens elements (aspheric, extra-low dispersion etc) to minimize the problem, hence they usually cost more.

For this review, the lens was tested on a Fujifilm X-T10 using Imatest.

 

Falloff of illumination towards the edges of the frame is typical for a fast aperture wide angle lens, with the corners being 2.3 stops darker than the image centre at f/1.4. Visually uniform illumination is achieved with the lens stopped down to f/5.6 or beyond.

Imatest detected 1.29% barrel distortion, which is a fairly normal level for a fast aperture wide angle lens. The distortion pattern is uniform across the frame, so it should be relatively easy to correct in image editing software.

With, or without, the petal shaped hood attached, this lens is very resistant to flare, even in harsh backlit situations. Contrast levels remain good when shooting into the light thanks to Fujifilm’s Nano GI anti-reflective optical coatings.


Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR Sample Photos

Value For Money

This 16mm lens from Fuji costs around £730, which is quite good value for a 24mm equivalent lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.4.

There are currently no comparable lenses available for Fuji X-series cameras. Purely for the purposes of comparison, the Nikon 24mm f/1.4 lens is a similar equivalent for full frame SLR camera, which costs around £1300.

 

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR Verdict

This lens is certainly capable of delivering excellent quality images. When you consider the robust build, weather resistant construction and excellent handling of this lens, the £730 price seems very reasonable indeed.

Fuji X-series camera owners after a high quality, fast, wide-angle lens will find this lens should easily satisfy their requirements. There is little fault to be found with this lens, but much to recommend.

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR Pros

Very good sharpness in the centre at maximum aperture
Excellent sharpness across the frame when stopped down
Relatively lightweight
Traditional design
Excellent build
Weather resistant

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR Cons

Only fairly good sharpness towards the edges at maximum aperture
 

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The Fujifilm Fujinon XF16mm f/1.4 R WR is capable of delivering excellent quality images.

 

Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR Specifications

ManufacturerFujifilm
General
Lens Mounts
  • Fujifilm X Mount
Lens
Focal Length16mm
Angle of View83.2
Max Aperturef/1.4
Min Aperturef/16
Filter Size67mm
StabilisedNo
35mm equivalent24mm
Internal focusingYes
Maximum magnificationNo Data
Focusing
Min Focus15cm
Construction
Blades9
Elements13
Groups11
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data
Dimensions
Weight375g
Height73mm

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