Today is a big day for Fuji, because the company has just announced its first wide angle weather resistant prime lens, the Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR. This is a pretty significant milestone for Fuji, because the lens is equivalent to a 24mm lens in terms of field of view on full-frame, which is a very popular focal length for many different types of photography such as landscapes, architecture and environmental portraiture. Being a fast f/1.4 lens, it is also a great candidate for low-light photography. On top of that, Fuji made this lens weather resistant to withstand both dust and moisture, so it will couple greatly with the Fuji X-T1 and future weather-sealed cameras.
Astrophotographers will be very pleased with this lens thanks to its optical design that is optimized for its performance at the widest aperture of f/1.4. Featuring a total of 13 elements in 11 groups, with two aspherical and two ED (extra-low dispersion) elements, this is one of the most complex lenses Fuji has produced to date. In fact, based on the lens design and MTF graphs, I expect the XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR to surpass all other Fuji wide angle zoom lenses and primes in sharpness at equivalent apertures. And best of all, the lens will sell for $999 MSRP, which is significantly lower compared to lenses from other manufacturers with similar optical characteristics.
Let’s take a look at the construction of the lens:
If you look at the current list of Fuji lenses in our lens database, you won’t find a prime lens with such a complex design to correct for various optical aberrations. The XF 16mm f/1.4 should be stellar performer in dealing with spherical and chromatic aberrations and ghosting / flare should be a non-issue either.
And here are the MTF Charts:
If you do not know how to read MTF charts, please see this detailed article that I wrote a while ago. Based on what I see from the above, both contrast and sharpness should be superb for f/1.4. Mid-frame is almost as good as the center and the extreme corners are a little weaker, but keep in mind that you are looking at f/1.4 MTF here – stopped down to f/2 and smaller, the overall sharpness should improve greatly. I expect the sharpness of the lens to peak between f/2.8 and f/4, based on my prior Fujinon lens evaluations.
Overall, the XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR looks like a very attractive lens for the Fuji X system. I cannot wait to get my hands on a review sample soon.
To find out more about the lens, see this page in our lens database.
Valhalla, N.Y., April 16, 2015 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation announced the new FUJINON XF16mmF1.4 R WR, a weather-resistant, fixed focal length lens (24mm in 35mm format equivalent) that delivers a dramatic wide field of view and stunning image performance. The F1.4 maximum aperture in the XF16mm gives users extraordinary image quality in low-light conditions, and pleasing bokeh-rich macro photography with a minimum working distance of less than 6” for numerous creative photographic possibilities.
The XF16mmF1.4 R WR features a high-speed autofocus of 0.11 seconds, a weather- and dust-resistant structure that can work in temperatures as low as 14°F, and great portability thanks to its compact size. The XF16mmF1.4 R WR includes a depth-of-field scale on the focus ring that is perfect for landscape, travel and street photographers who want to calculate the distance, adjust the aperture setting, and shoot spontaneously.
Perfect match for the FUJIFILM X-T1
The XF16mmF1.4 R WR pairs perfectly with the award-winning FUJIFILM X-T1, a weather-resistant premium interchangeable lens camera with a large OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF). It has the latest generation 16.3 Megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor and an EXR Processor II that allows photographers to capture amazing, high resolution images anywhere.
FUJINON XF16mmF1.4 R WR key features:
- FUJIFILM X-Mount is compatible with all FUJIFILM X-Series interchangeable system cameras
- Weather-resistant design with 9 sealing points in 8 areas
- 0.11 seconds autofocus speed and nearly silent operation
- Uses 13 elements in 11 groups, including 2 aspherical lens elements to control spherical aberration and distortion, and 2 ED glass lens elements to reduce lateral and axial chromatic aberration
- Nano-GI coating alters the refractive index between glass and air to reduce ghosting and flare
- 9 blade aperture creates smooth and circular bokeh
- 1/3 EV steps
- Minimum working distance of less than 6 inches
The FUJINON XF16mmF1.4 R WR will be available in May 2015 for USD $999.95 and CAD $1149.99.