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Fujifilm XF 14mm F2.8 R review

April 2013 | By Andy Westlake
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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.

Headline features

  • 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
 Focal length  14mm
 35mm equivalent focal length
 21mm
 Diagonal Angle of view (APS-C)  91º
 Maximum aperture  F2.8
 Minimum aperture  F22
 Lens Construction  • 10 elements / 7 groups
 • 2 aspherical elements
 • 3 extra low dispersion (ED) glass elements
 Number of diaphragm blades  7, rounded
 Minimum focus  0.18m
 Maximum magnification  0.12x
 AF motor type  Micromotor
 Focus method  Internal (rear focus)
 Image stabilization  No
 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

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Total comments: 5
edwaring

Just a correction... you said:

"One point worth knowing, though, is that there's no way of combining auto and manual focus"

If you shoot in manual mode with the AF-L button set to lock it it becomes a one touch AF button. One touch and the camera will focus and lock on whatever is in the focus point. The lens remains in manual focus though so you can correct, zoom in to check focus using the wheel etc without changing any settings. This is my preferred way of shooting with the Fuji cameras for all lenses.

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andywhoa

What camera did you do this review with? When I attach my XF14mm to my X-T1, the focus distance display disappears from the camera's display. However, in your review, it is still present.

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BarnET

It may be good if DPreview would include the camera used in AF conclusion.
And also with the firmware version. The XE-1 used to be very sluggish in AF. But with the firmware made big improvements

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Indulis Bernsteins

If there is one thing that anmnoys me with Fujifilm lenses it is the sloppy aperture clicks, which make it too easy to bump out of your setting. It would be an easy thing to fix, but each new lens has the same problem.

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Stephen Scharf

Andy,
Nice review. Though, I have to take exception with the slowish AF performance comment. I find that my XF14 is actually quite snappy with respect to AF performance, probably the fastest of all my XF lenses. For example, I've shot professional drag racing and Indy Car pit lane action with it on continuous focus at 6 FPS with excellent results.

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