The Fujifilm Fujinon 14mm f2.8 review.
Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8 ASPH XF14mmF2.8 R Fuji – review by Phil M.
Is the Fujifilm XF14mm f2.8 a must have lens? What would you choose as the optimum wide angle for travel with the Fuji X-Pro2 or X-T2?
Not so long ago we didn’t have many options in the high-quality wide-angle range however, things have changed. We are now almost spoilt for choice with the XF 14mm f/2.8, the excellent Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4, and the useful XF 10-24mm f/4 plus the offerings from Zeiss and Rokinon. So when I was looking for a wide lens for travel I needed to narrow the field a little. When I travel I need to stay light and small, so the Fujifilm Fujinon XF14mm f2.8 seems to fit the bill rather well. It not only is smaller that the other offerings from Fujifilm but also is pretty sharp and shows very little if any distortion.
But is it a must own Fujifilm lens? And is it good on the go? Well, after a year of jetting around the world with my camera gear I would like to share my thoughts in the video below.
Well, there is a choice these days with the excellent Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16mm, the Fujifilm Fujinon 10-24mm and the Fuji XF14mm f 2.8. But which is the better choice for the travel photographer, In the video above I share my thoughts of this.
The XF 14mm for the Fujifilm X series is possibly my favorite lens to slap on the camera and leave the house with. It offers a wonderful view of the world, giving an equivalent to a 21mm lens in the world of 35mm film. I originally feared this would be a tad too wide for my needs and offer up too much distortion. How I was wrong, it just goes to show you cannot make a judgment on a piece of equipment before really taking it out into the world for a damn good go first.
It’s hard to explain exactly why I like this Fujinon 14mm lens so much. I might be more in love with the results it gives me If I’m honest. Certainly, I would never have said prior to using it that it would be a great portrait lens. Conventional thinking tells us it’s a total no-no. However, I shoot more environmental portraits with this than any other lens in the Fujifilm range. I have to admit I thought the excellent Fujifilm XF 35mm f1.4 would be my main choice for that sort of photography. I love the 35mm for sure, but the 14mm lens just does things so much better in the real world when I’m traveling.
As you can see, the XF14mm is capable of producing some incredible images that are very sharp corner to corner from around f4 onto f8 with little to no distortion, just exhibiting the expected deformation … I have used this lens now extensively having shot with it around the world. I can conclude that for me at least, it’s a must have!
The Fujifilm Fujinon 14mm f2.8 review. Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8 ASPH XF14mmF2.8 R (21mm equivalent) review by Phil M. This fast wide prime is very small. This makes it great for travel, sure you can have a faster lens, the Fujinon XF 16mm for example or a wider one, the Fujinon XF 10-24mm zoom. However, they are too bulky and heavy for me to use in my travel kit. This great little wide angle fits in a pocket no problem. It’s not weather sealed sadly but it is very sharp from f4 onwards. This makes it perfect for my travel photography needs. It works great when paired with the Fujifilm X-Pro2, so much so I could happily take just this one lens and body combo on trips overseas.
The Fujifilm Fujinon 14mm f2.8 review. Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8 ASPH XF14mmF2.8 R (21mm equivalent) review by Phil M.