Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8 R vs Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8
Now that we have seen the optical qualities of the XF 14mm f/2.8 R, let’s see how it compares to other lenses. First, we will take a look at how it fares against the Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8:
As you can see, the XF 14mm f/2.8 R beats the Zeiss at every aperture in the center, including f/2.8. The Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 is a bit sharper in the corners wide open, but once stopped down to f/4, the Fuji gets slightly better and takes the lead from there on.
Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8 R vs Fuji XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS
While it is unfair to compare prime lenses with zoom lenses, let’s see how much of a difference there is between the XF 14mm f/2.8 R and XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS at similar focal lengths. I personally own the XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS and love shooting landscapes with it, but I know that it has some weaknesses. Here is how it compares at 14mm:
While the XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS has impressively good sharpness in the center wide open, its extreme corners aren’t nearly as impressive due to field curvature. At f/4, the XF 14mm f/2.8 R shows much sharper center and corner sharpness, and once stopped down to f/5.6, there is no comparison between the two in extreme corners.
Still, considering how versatile the XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS is in the field, I personally chose to go with the zoom instead of a set of primes for my type of shooting. I prefer traveling light, and switching lenses back and forth isn’t always ideal when I am in remote locations. But if that does not bother you, then by all means go for the XF 14mm f/2.8 R – it is clearly a better choice optically.
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