Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8 ASPH
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.
Sample Image Files
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.
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!
Fuji X-mount XF 14mm f/2.8. enlarge.
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.
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.
10 elements in 7 groups.
2 aspheric and 3 extra low dispersion elements.
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
7 rounded blades.
Stops down to f/22 in 1/3-stop clicks.
0.6 feet (7 inches, or 0.18 meters).
Maximum Reproduction Ratio
Metal 58mm filter thread.
Plastic bayonet hood included.
2.56" diameter x 2.3" long.
65 mm diameter x 58.4 mm long.
8.245 oz. (233.8g), measured.
06 September 2012.
Front and rear caps.
"Lens wrapping cloth."
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.
$899, Fall 2012 - March 2013.
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.
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, 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.
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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.
Light falloff is completely invisible, even at f/2.8, as shot on the X-E1 which is probably correcting it automatically.
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.
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.
There are no lateral color fringes as shot on the X-E1.
Rockwell's Watch at close-focus distance. f/11 at 1/450 on X-E1 at AUTO ISO 800.
Crop from above image in 50 x 33" (1.5 x 1m) print (100% pixel-to-pixel).
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.
All parts are anodized aluminum.
All engraved and filled with paint, except for laser-engraved certifications on bottom of lens and on its identity ring.
Front ring, laser-engraved.
Laser engraved on rear of lens barrel.
Rain seal at mount
Noises When Shaken
Very quiet clicking.
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.
I never saw any spherochromatism (called color bokeh by hobbyists). This means that out-of-focus highlights don't take on slight color fringes.
The rounded 7-blade diaphragm rarely makes sunstars.
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.
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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