Fujifilm XF 14mm F2.8 R review
The Fujinon XF 14mm F2.8 R is the fifth lens for Fujifilm's nascent X system of mirrorless cameras. It's a premium wideangle prime, with a focal length specifically chosen to match the full (21mm equivalent) field of view of the X-Pro1's optical viewfinder at its wider 0.37x setting. This makes it a rather unusual beast, as one of only a few genuinely wide primes purpose-built for APS-C cameras. In terms of design and price point, it's most comparable to the Pentax smc DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited and the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm 1:2 for Micro Four Thirds.
The 'R' in the lens name indicates that, like the other XF primes to date, the 14mm has a dedicated ring to control the aperture. This runs from F2.8 to F22, with click stops at 1/3 stop intervals, and has an 'A' position for automatic aperture control from the camera. It also features a manual focus ring with distance and depth-of-field scales, and hard end-stops at each end of its range; this is a welcome contrast to the continuously-rotating focus-by-wire rings used on the other lenses. Manual focus is engaged simply by pulling the ring back towards the camera body. This should (in principle) aid manual focus techniques such as zone focusing, which are commonly used with wideangle lenses.
Fujifilm makes some fairly grand claims about the lens's optics. Specifically, it says the lens is fully optically-corrected for distortion and requires no digital correction, which is often employed by mirrorless cameras (especially with wideangle lenses). It also says that chromatic aberration and vignetting have been minimized - the latter aided by the short backfocus distance of the X mount. But these premium optics come at a premium price, and the XF 14mm will set you back the best part of $900.
- 21mm equivalent focal length range; F2.8 maximum aperture
- Aperture ring: F2.8 - F22 in 1/3 stop steps + 'A' (electronically coupled)
- Manual focus ring with distance and depth of field scales
- 0.18m closest focus; 0.12x magnification
Angle of view
The picture below illustrates the field of view, taken from our standard position.
|14mm (21mm equivalent)|
Fujifilm XF 14mm F2.8 R specifications
|Price|| • $899 (US)
• £720 (UK)
|Date introduced||September 2012|
|Maximum format size||APS-C/DX|
| 35mm equivalent focal length
|Diagonal Angle of view (APS-C)||91º|
|Lens Construction|| • 10 elements / 7 groups
• 2 aspherical elements
• 3 extra low dispersion (ED) glass elements
|Number of diaphragm blades||7, rounded|
|AF motor type||Micromotor|
|Focus method||Internal (rear focus)|
|Filter thread|| • 58mm
• Does not rotate on focus
|Supplied accessories*|| Front and rear caps
Petal-type Lens Hood
|Weight||235g (8.3 oz)|
|Dimensions||65 mm diameter x 58 mm length (2.6 x 2.3 in)|
|Lens Mount||Fujifilm X|
* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area