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Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8 ASPH
XF14mmF2.8 R (21mm equivalent)
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Fuji 14mm f/2.8 XF

Fuji Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 for X-Pro1, X-E1 and X-mount cameras (metal 58mm filter thread, 8.245 oz./233.8g, 0.6'/7"/0.18m close focus, about $899). This free website's biggest source of support is when you use these links, especially these directly to it at Adorama or at Amazon, when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live. Thanks! Ken.

 

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Sample Image Files

Tom's Welding.

Tom's Welding, 19 February 2013. (Fuji X-E1, Fuji 14mm f/2.8, AUTO ISO 400, f/3.2 at 1/150, Perfectly Clear, boring colors further amplified in Photoshop CS6.) Original © file.

 

Salt

Salt, 18 February 2013. (Fuji X-E1, Fuji 14mm f/2.8, AUTO ISO 200, f/8 at 1/180, Perfectly Clear.) Original © file.

 

Salt Boom

Salt Boom, 18 February 2013. (Fuji X-E1, Fuji 14mm f/2.8, AUTO ISO 200, f/7.1 at 1/350, Perfectly Clear.) Original © file.

 

Sample Images

Motel 66.

Motel 66, 17 February 2013. (Fuji X-E1, Fuji 14mm f/2.8, ISO 200, f/8 at 10 seconds, casual use of tripod, Perfectly Clear.) bigger.

 

Bagdad Cafe

Bagdad Cafe, 18 February 2013. (Fuji X-E1, Fuji 14mm f/2.8, AUTO ISO 500, f/8 at 1/15 (I set f/8 and 1/15 and the X-E1 automatically selected the correct ISO), Perfectly Clear, split-toned print.) bigger.

 

Sample Image Gallery: Route 66, February 2013.

 

Introduction       top

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This Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8 is an aspherical 21mm-equivalant ultrawide lens that only works on X-mount cameras. As of March 2013, only two exist: the Fuji X-Pro1 and Fuji X-E1. As shot on these cameras, this lens has superior optical performance.

This all-metal lens has no visible distortion, focuses super-close, is super-sharp right out to the edges at f/2.8, has no lateral color fringes and has no visible light falloff even at f/2.8.

Just as important, it's all-metal, not a plastic dog plop like all the other autofocus ultrawide lenses sold for the past quarter century. For manual focus only, it has engraved distance and depth of field scales on its barrel! Finally, quality has returned!

Unlike the XF 18mm f/2 and XF 35mm f/1.4 that have 52mm filter threads, this 14mm has 58mm filter threads, matching only the Fuji 18-55mm XF.

 

Compatibility       intro      top

This is a Fuji X-mount XF lens that works only on Fuji X-mount cameras.

As of March 2013, there are only two of these: the Fuji X-Pro1 and Fuji X-E1.

 

Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8

Fuji X-mount XF 14mm f/2.8. enlarge.

 

Barstow Rail Station.

Barstow Rail Station, 19 February 2013. (Fuji X-E1, Fuji 14mm f/2.8, AUTO ISO 400, f/13 at 1/420, Perfectly Clear, split-toned print.) I flipped the negative to make the image read from left to right. bigger.

 

Specifications        top

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Name

Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8

Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8. enlarge.

Fuji calls this the Super EBC XF14mmF2.8 R.

EBC is Electron Beam Coating, also known as multicoating.

 

Optics

10 elements in 7 groups.

2 aspheric and 3 extra low dispersion elements.

 

Focal length

14mm.

When used on the X-mount cameras with their 1.52x sensors, it sees the same angle of view as a 21mm lens sees when used on a 35mm camera.

When used on the X-mount cameras in their 1:1 square crop mode, it sees the same angle of view as a 50mm wide-angle lens sees when used on a 6x6cm (2¼"square) medium-format camera. This is about the same as a 28mm lens sees when used on a 35mm camera.

See also Crop Factor.

 

Angle of view

89.º

 

Diaphragm

7 rounded blades.

Stops down to f/22 in 1/3-stop clicks.

 

Close Focus

0.6 feet (7 inches, or 0.18 meters).

 

Maximum Reproduction Ratio

1:8.3 (0.12x).

 

Filters

Metal 58mm filter thread.

 

Hood

Plastic bayonet hood included.

 

Size

2.56" diameter x 2.3" long.

65 mm diameter x 58.4 mm long.

 

Weight

8.245 oz. (233.8g), measured.

 

Announced

06 September 2012.

 

Promised for

November 2012.

 

Shipping since

February 2013

 

Included

Lens.

Front and rear caps.

"Lens wrapping cloth."

Hood.

Paperwork.

 

Packaging

Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8

Box, Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8.

Inside the box are a black pulp-formed cardboard holder for the lens, and a small folded tray on top made of microcorrugated cardboard to hold the manual and lens wrapping cloth.

 

Price

$899, Fall 2012 - April 2014. (It was $699 for a while after a rebate in March 2014.)

 

Casa del Desierto.

Casa del Desierto, 19 February 2013. (Fuji X-E1, Fuji 14mm f/2.8, AUTO ISO 400, f/11 at 1/400, Perfectly Clear, split-toned print.) bigger.

 

Performance       top

Intro   Specs   Performance   Recommendations   More

Overall   Auto and Manual Focus    Bokeh    Distortion

Ergonomics  Falloff  Filters  Flare & Ghosts  Color Fringes    Macro

Mechanics    Sharpness   Spherochromatism   Sunstars

 

Overall      performance      top

The Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8 ASPH is optically just about perfect, excelling at sharpness, falloff and distortion, as well as mechanical quality.

 

Auto and Manual Focus      performance      top

Auto and manual focus is closed-loop, read directly from the image sensor. There are none of the mechanical errors present in rangefinder (LEICA) or SLR cameras.

Autofocus is super-fast, as ultrawides usually are.

The Fuji 14mm has an innovative manual focus ring that attempts to work as well as a real 21mm f/2.8 ASPH lens on a real 35mm camera, however you have to piddle with camera firmware updates to get it to work.

My new X-E1 seemed to work OK as I tested it before leaving, so I hit the field for a few days of shooting, and only then did I get a bold UPDATE CAMERA FIRMWARE message every single time the camera turned on or woke from sleep! I've never seen such an obnoxious camera before, blaming me for its own defective firmware. Geeze; if Fuji can't ship their cameras with working firmware, I'm duty-bound to report it.

As shipped, my 14mm's manual-focus ring didn't work. It never talked to the camera, which in turn never sent those manual focus commands to the lens. I'm sure if I was a computer guy instead of a photographic artist and had a way to update firmware in the middle of B. F. Egypt with no computer or internet connection (I never carry a laptop in the field; I bring enough cards and only an iPad - for entertainment) it would have worked — but I'm too busy shooting while in the field

I presume if you have the time and hardware to update the firmware it would work great, which is a great push-pull focus ring that is used to swap between auto and manual focus — which also shows distance and field scales when you're in manual mode, yippee!

I had no problems. My X-E1 ignored the ring and always focused in auto or manual mode as set on the camera's switch. Even manual focus was easy: I just tap the AFL button for spot focus, never needing the manual ring.

 

Bokeh      performance      top

I never looked for bokeh, the character of out of focus areas, not simply how far out of focus they are.

With ultrawide lenses, almost never is anything out of focus enough to show any difference in blur quality.

 

Distortion      performance      top

Distortion, as shot on the X-E1 which is probably correcting it, is completely invisible, whoo hoo!

For critical scientific use, plug this figure into Photoshop's lens distortion filter. These aren't facts or specifications, they are the results of my research that requires hours of photography and calculations on the resulting data.

Distance
Factor
10' (3m)
-0.4

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Ergonomics      performance      top

Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8

Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8 for X-mount cameras.

Ergonomics are great! It feels great to have a real metal lens in my hands. The only other real metal lenses made today are almost exclusively from LEICA; even Nikon and Canon have been churning out plastic for too many decades.

The dedicated aperture ring is also mandatory, but absent on most other brands of lenses. One petty whine about the great aperture ring is that it needs a deeper detent at A, otherwise it's easy to knock it to f/22 by accident.

 

Falloff (darkened corners)      performance      top

Light falloff is completely invisible, even at f/2.8, as shot on the X-E1 which is probably correcting it automatically.

 

Filters, Use with      performance      top

There's no problem with vignetting, even with three stacked filters! You can't get away with this on LEICA, ha ha!

The filter ring doesn't move.

The all-metal filter ring is a pleasant surprise compared to the plastic crap from other brands.

 

Flare and Ghosts     performance      top

There's no problem with ghosts.

Even under the most devious conditions I could devise, all I got were a dim circle or two.

No problems here.

 

Lateral Color Fringes      performance      top

There are no lateral color fringes as shot on the X-E1.

 

Macro      performance      top

macro

Rockwell's Watch at close-focus distance. f/11 at 1/450 on X-E1 at AUTO ISO 800.

 

crop

Crop from above image in 50 x 33" (1.5 x 1m) print (100% pixel-to-pixel).

 

Mechanics      performance      top

Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8

Rear, Fuji X-mount XF 14mm f/2.8. enlarge.

The Fuji XF 14 2.8 is built much better than anything from Nikon or Canon today. It's built as well as LEICA lenses, with much newer technology to boot.

 

Hood

Plastic bayonet.

 

Filter Threads

Anodized aluminum.

 

Hood Bayonet

Anodized aluminum.

 

Barrel

All parts are anodized aluminum.

 

Focus Ring

Anodized aluminum.

 

Depth-of-Field Scale

Yes, engraved!

 

Internals

Metal.

 

Aperture Ring

Anodized aluminum.

Third-stop clicks.

 

Mount

Dull-chromed metal.

 

Markings

All engraved and filled with paint, except for laser-engraved certifications on bottom of lens and on its identity ring.

 

Identity Ring

Front ring, laser-engraved.

 

Serial Number

Laser engraved on rear of lens barrel.

 

Rain seal at mount

No.

 

Noises When Shaken

Very quiet clicking.

 

Made in

Japan.

 

Sharpness      performance      top

Warning 1: Image sharpness depends more on you than your lens.

Warning 2: Lens sharpness doesn't mean much to good photographers.

With those caveats, the Fuji XF 14/2.8 is super-sharp.

If you get out the microscope, it's a tiny but less sharp in the corners at f/2.8, but that's only in comparison to how super-sharp is everything else. The corners become as super sharp as the center by f/8, and even at f/2.8, they're good.

 

Rated MTF:

MTF at 15 cycles
MTF at 45 cycles
MTF at 15 cyc/mm (10 cyc/mm equiv.)
MTF at 45 cyc/mm (30 cyc/mm equiv.)

 

Spherochromatism       performance     top

I never saw any spherochromatism (called color bokeh by hobbyists). This means that out-of-focus highlights don't take on slight color fringes.

 

Sunstars      performance      top

The rounded 7-blade diaphragm rarely makes sunstars.

 

Recommendations       top

Intro   Specs   Performance   Recommendations   More

The Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8 ASPH is an extraordinary lens. When a lens is just about optically and mechanically perfect, there isn't much to say, other than to get one.

Fuji says to please update the firmware of your camera body when using the XF14mm for the first time.

If you have an X-mount camera, you need one for ultrawide use. I wouldn't bother with the Voigtländer 12mm and lens adapters since it's so much more work, and about the same price anyway.

Forget slumming with LEICA or other off-brand lenses; you can't get anything sharper and any other lens won't autofocus or autoexpose or log data, and no other lens will have a diaphragm that opens and closes automatically as needed for focus and shooting.

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More Information        top

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Fuji X-Pro1   Fuji X-E1

XF 14mm f/2.8   XF 18mm f/2   XF 35mm f/1.4   XF 60mm f/2.4 Macro

XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4

 

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