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
 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