Review of Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR Lens

The Fuji 16mm is a highly anticipated lens that I was excited to get my hands on. All Fuji lenses are exceptional quality, and this lens is no exception.

Review of  Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR Lens

The build quality of this lens is absolutely fantastic, it is solid metal which balances perfectly on the X-T1. As you can see there is a tightly spaced focus scale when you slip the focus ring into manual mode, I found the scale to be accurate when using the hyperfocal settings, the focus ring has a nice fluid feel to it and is extremely easy to get sharp focus.

I found the aperture ring a bit too easy to turn, I often found myself inadvertenly changing the aperture while carrying the camera around. My only other issue is the focus scale not showing on the LCD like the zoom lenses, I believe this is common with the primes.

The bokeh of this lens is smooth, silky, and beautiful. The close focusing distance is less than 6 Incredible sharpness throughout the scene. Taken at f/8

Review of  Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR Lens

More bokeh at f/1.4 More bokeh at f/1.4

I know many will be looking here to see how it performs for night photography, I am happy to say that it performs quite well.

Below are crops to show the coma and sharpness. Note that I failed to change the focus when I changed the aperture, so you will notice that it is very sharp at f/1.4 (what I used to focus) but not at f/2 and f/2.8, that is how delicate the focus is for this lens. I assure you the lens is sharp at f/2 and f/2.8, the bigger concern is coma at these apertures.

Review of  Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR Lens

Review of  Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR Lens

Review of  Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR Lens

You can see in the upper right corner there almost no coma at f/1.4 and clears up at f/2. In the center of the frame there is a slight amount of chromatic abberation, which begins to clear up at f/2. The biggest surprise was to see the coma in the upper left corner, at f/1.4 it is significant and mostly clears up at f/2. This may be a case of a bad lens, but I cannot say for sure. It should be noted that this is a very small area of the image, it could easily be cropped out or cleaned up in Photoshop.

Overall I was very pleased with this lens for night photography and would recommend it. It would be best used at f/2.0, which is typical with f/1.4 lenses like the Rokinon 24mm. The color rendition is very good with lots of color in the stars.

I really enjoyed using this lens and would highly recommend it to my fellow Fuji shooters.

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1 thought on “Review of Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR Lens”

  1. I sent this lens back because of the extreme coma on Astrophotography. Maybe I got a bad one as well but the whole point of paying for f1.4 was to use it at that aperture. Otherwise, for the sake of 2mm focal length, I might as well use the 18-55 f2.8 kit lens which has no coma. For this kind of money, I think we can expect better. I also have my doubts about the bokeh on this lens – it looks fine on your first (close up) sample but look again at the distance on the (portrait format) sample of the mossy tree, that looks horrible. I see this a lot in Fujinon lenses where out of focus areas have an ugly, double image, motion blur appearance.

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