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Review of Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR Lens

The Fuji 16mm is a highly anticipated lens that I was excited to get my hands on. All Fuji lenses are exceptional quality, and this lens is no exception.

The build quality of this lens is absolutely fantastic, it is solid metal which balances perfectly on the X-T1. As you can see there is a tightly spaced focus scale when you slip the focus ring into manual mode, I found the scale to be accurate when using the hyperfocal settings, the focus ring has a nice fluid feel to it and is extremely easy to get sharp focus.

I found the aperture ring a bit too easy to turn, I often found myself inadvertenly changing the aperture while carrying the camera around. My only other issue is the focus scale not showing on the LCD like the zoom lenses, I believe this is common with the primes.

The bokeh of this lens is smooth, silky, and beautiful. The close focusing distance is less than 6" which makes this an incredibly fun lens to use for macro-esque photos.Taken at f/1.4

The bokeh of this lens is smooth, silky, and beautiful. The close focusing distance is less than 6" which makes this an incredibly fun lens to use for macro-esque photos.Taken at f/1.4

Incredible sharpness throughout the scene. Taken at f/8

Incredible sharpness throughout the scene. Taken at f/8

More bokeh at f/1.4

More bokeh at f/1.4

I know many will be looking here to see how it performs for night photography, I am happy to say that it performs quite well.

Below are crops to show the coma and sharpness. Note that I failed to change the focus when I changed the aperture, so you will notice that it is very sharp at f/1.4 (what I used to focus) but not at f/2 and f/2.8, that is how delicate the focus is for this lens. I assure you the lens is sharp at f/2 and f/2.8, the bigger concern is coma at these apertures.

You can see in the upper right corner there almost no coma at f/1.4 and clears up at f/2. In the center of the frame there is a slight amount of chromatic abberation, which begins to clear up at f/2. The biggest surprise was to see the coma in the upper left corner, at f/1.4 it is significant and mostly clears up at f/2. This may be a case of a bad lens, but I cannot say for sure. It should be noted that this is a very small area of the image, it could easily be cropped out or cleaned up in Photoshop.

Overall I was very pleased with this lens for night photography and would recommend it. It would be best used at f/2.0, which is typical with f/1.4 lenses like the Rokinon 24mm. The color rendition is very good with lots of color in the stars.

I really enjoyed using this lens and would highly recommend it to my fellow Fuji shooters.

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