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Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R | Roel

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to test a pre-production copy of this new prime to provide some feedback to Fujifilm.  This article will discuss my experience with it plus provide you with some of my initial images taken with this lens.

Before you can use this lens with your X-Pro1 or X-E1,  you will need to upgrade the firmware on the camera body (which allows for lens corrections plus enables a few other features).  I was supplied with (non-public) beta-firmware from Fujifilm (V2.02 for my X-Pro1) but I suspect when this lens is publicly released, a new firmware version (V2.03 or higher) will be available for download.

Final Thoughts
Here is a quick summary of this lens:
 
Pros

  • excellent build quality and lightweight
  • fast f/2.8 aperture
  • the AF/MF clutch is a welcome feature to move quickly from AF to MF
  • focus ring responds nicely when using manual focus (as opposed to the original focus by wire)
  • Depth of Field markings
  • Distance Scale markings
  • aperture ring feels solid with discreet 1/3 stop settings
  • sharp, even wide open
  • very little distortion
  • surprisingly flare resistant
  • the petal lens hood is an improvement over the previous ones made by Fujifilm

 
Cons

  • the $US 899.99 price tag might put some people off
  • 14mm (21mm equivalent) is very wide and will challenge any photographer’s composition skills
  • the focus ring could use more dampening, but that may change in the final production units

See full review on roel.me

2 comment(s)

Hi Thomas,

I’m now following your reports dedicated to those nice Fuji X System for quite a long time. Till now I used my good old trusty 5D but I will certainly switch to a X System Camera within the next 2 or 3 month.
Anyhow – The loan of the artist is the audience applause and that’s what I’d like to say- Thanks for sharing all your experience an such an great and very informative way, you are really doing an outstanding job in this field. 1000 of review pages are around but there are only a few which can compete with your X-System dedicated page. Great Job – please keep on so!
Servus from Vienna,

Chrisitna

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