Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8 R Review: Summary
Despite its age, the Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R is still an impressive and outstanding piece of glass. It resolves plenty of detail on modern high-resolution APS-C sensors from Fuji. It has no distortion, very low chromatic aberration levels, excellent handling of ghosting and flare, and considering how small and light it is, it also handles very well on any X-series camera.
The only downsides I can think of are heavy levels of vignetting, lack of weather sealing and a relatively slow and outdated autofocus motor. While vignetting isn’t a big issue for most photographers (including myself), especially when using software like Lightroom and Capture One that automatically apply lens corrections, the other two issues certainly need to be addressed by Fuji engineers in the future update. Considering that most modern Fujifilm lenses have weather-resistant (WR) design, the XF 14mm f/2.8 R should certainly get it. The push / pull focusing design is also very odd to use when compared to modern lenses, so a much faster and nearly silent linear motor would be a welcome addition as well.
While I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the XF 14mm f/2.8 R to all Fujifilm X fans, I would love to see an update in the form of XF 14mm f/2.8 R LM WR. Now that would be one killer lens!
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