Fuji XF 16mm F1.4 R Lens Review Coming Soon

Fuji XF 16mm F1.4 R Lens Review Coming Soon:

I’ve had a very busy start to the summer, which I guess is a good thing.  It’s better to have more to do than nothing at all, right?  I’ve been reacquainting myself with old friends and meeting new ones.  I’ve been doing a lot of fishing and archery.  I’ve been going out a lot lately, and photographic wise, I’ve been having a blast with the Hasselblad 503CW.  I have to say, I am quite obsessed with medium format film right now.  I sent some film out for process and scanning, so I should have more photos to post here soon.  The good thing about this obsession is it’s actually gotten me to pick up my Leica M6 again.  Lastly, I’ve been testing the Fuji XF 16mm F1.4 R lens and while my review is not ready yet, I have to say that this is one killer lens.

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 ↑ Two iconic cameras and two of my favorites.

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↑ Some rolls I’ve sent out to get processed and scanned.

The Fuji XF 16mm F1.4 R lens is sharp, very well built, and for an F1.4 wide angle lens, it’s not huge.  It was a great lens to use but one issue I have with it, which is not the lens’ fault, is that I think my tastes in wide angle lenses have changed over the years.  I used to shoot with a 24mm on the Leica a lot but sold it a long time ago.  As some of you know, I currently shoot with an 18mm Super Elmar on the Leica and a 12mm Zeiss Touit on the Fuji.  Therefore, it took me some time to adjust to shooting with a 24mm again.  But I will discuss more about the XF 16mm F1.4 in my upcoming review, which I am currently working on.  For now, I’m just checking in since I haven’t posted anything in a while, and I’ll leave you with just a few examples I had when I went to Coney Island the other day for dinner.

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↑ Great art at the Coney Art Walls.

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↑ Love the detail of this piece.  I was with someone at the time, so I didn’t get to spend to much time looking at the art at the Coney Art Walls but I think I will come back.  There’s some really cool stuff and I urge anyone who is in the area to go and take a look.  Here’s their Facebook page.

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↑ Who would’ve thought there was scenery like this in Brooklyn?

As always, I appreciate you visiting, and when I get my film back, I will post them right up here.  As for the XF 16mm F1.4, I finished shooting with it, so I’m currently in the writing process.  Therefore, my XF 16mm review should be up soon!

6 comments… add one
  • Markus

    Looks like a great lens. I did not like colors from the fuji cameras but i think they got better in this department. For shure a good lens helps 😉

    Brooklyn or Rio de Janeiro ? Nice shot.

    • Patrick

      Thanks Markus!

      Sorry for the late reply. I ended up taking a short trip with some friends. The lens is excellent and this is Brooklyn…Coney Island to be exact :).

      Take care,

      Patrick

  • Jed O

    Hello Patrick,

    Your intro to this lens has me more interested in it than I thought I might be, so will be looking for your article about it. For my Fuji X-E2 I have the 18-55mm which is really quite excellent at the wider end – I seem to use this more than anything on it. And I have the XF14mm, so I really couldn’t understand why Fuji thought this 16mm would be needed – at least I can’t say that it is by me. But maybe there is something I’m missing & will look forward to your write up about it. And I have always been a fan of Fuji colors – film or digital. But do admit that their people skin tones are probably better than their others, but I don’t find that a weakness; just a difference. Cheers,

    Jed

    • Patrick

      Hi Jed,

      Sorry for the late reply! I still own my XF 18-55mm and I’m perfectly happy with it. It’s a great lens, and compact for its range. The difference between a 21mm and a 24mm might not sound like a lot but for me, I got so used to shooting with an 18mm and even the 21mm that it really took me some time to get used to the 24mm equivalent. In other words, sometimes it just didn’t feel wide enough for me. It seems the 24mm and 28mm lenses are the optics that just don’t seem to fit with me to well nowadays. But still, the XF 16mm had a lot of pleasant surprises :).

      Best regards,

      Patrick

  • Jiri Folta

    Hi Patrick! I’m really looking forward! It would be also great if You could wright review of XF 90… All the best!!
    Jiri

    • Patrick

      Hi Jiri,

      Great to hear from you and thanks! I’ve been thinking about the 90mm, so maybe I will soon! I hope things are well with you,

      Best regards,

      Patrick

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