Fujifilm Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8R Lens Review

8/4/2013 10:58:34 AM

The lens with a super wide angle is designed for interchangeable-lens X-Pro1 Fuji camera. It features a field equivalent to a 21mm lens on a 35mm camera, a maximum aperture of f/2.8 and costs about $1,155.

Features and handling

This lens’s design uses a lot of metal and high quality plastics, which makes the products very light-weighted, but it still owns a solid and sturdy build. With the weight of 230g, this lens is rather light for an optical wide-angle lens.

The Fujifilm Fujinon XF

The Fujifilm Fujinon XF

The 58m filter thread does not rotate or extend as the focusing process is conducted internally, which makes it very ideal to use with polarizing and graduated filters. A petal-shape hood plays the role of a shield to prevent the lens from exposing to extraneous light that might cause light, as it is attached to the bayonet around the front of the lens. The focusing ring is also easy to use as it is well damped. To have the distance scale and the hyper focal displayed on the lens, you just need to slide the focus ring back towards the camera. The autofocus performs quickly and very accurately thanks to the latest update for the X-Pro1. An SD card containing the latest camera firmware is packed together with the lens in the box.

Just like other XF lens, this 14mm lens’s case has a manual aperture ring. This aperture ring has been marked at each full stop, but there are still click stops for each stop setting. The ring also has an “A” setting for the automatic operation. Just with a light touch to the aperture ring, you are applying the adjustment for the setting selected.

The front of the lens

The front of the lens


The sharpness in the center of the frame reaches the excellent level when the aperture is at its maximum level and the clarity towards the edges approaches very good levels.

Stopping down to f/5.6 still leads to very good clarity in the center part of the frame and wonderful sharpness towards the edges of the frame.

Chromatic aberration testing

Chromatic aberration testing

How to read our chart?

Figures from the center of the frame at different apertures are represented by the blue columns, and the green ones indicate the readings from the edges. Take the averages of them we will have the red weighted columns.

The scale on the left side of the chart indicates the real image resolution. The higher the column is, the better the lens performs.

In this review, we tested the lens on a Fujifilm X-Pro1 using Imatest.

The Chromatic Aberration is excellently controlled. It barely exceeds half of a pixel width when the lens is stopped down to more than f/8. It is very hard to spot at this level as it is an extreme low one, even in images whose frame’s edges are high contrasted.

The sharpness testing

The sharpness testing

How to read our chart?

Chromatic aberration indicates the inability to focus on a sensor or soften all colors of the visible light at the same point of the lens. The higher the chromatic aberration, the higher probability that noticeable fringing or halo effect around the sharp edges within the picture appears. However, it can be fixed by editor software.

The Apochromatic lens has special lens elements (aspheric, extra-low dispersion, etc.) to minimize those issues, so undoubtedly, there are usually more costly.

In this review, we tested the lens on a Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera using Imatest.

For an ultra-wide angle lens with a moderate maximum aperture, as expected, the falloff of illumination toward the corners is considerable at f/2.8. Here, 2.36 stops are the difference between the corners and the center area, and the visually uniform illumination is not possible to achieve until we stop the lens down to f/8 or more.

Distortion level is really low for such an ultra-wide angle lens. It is just 0.15% barrel distortion that can be detected by the Imatest, which is an insignificant amount.

The petal-shape hood is packed together with the lens as standard, although its ability is not enough to protect the front of the lens from unrelated light which can cause glare. The reduction of contrast level can be noted when shooting into the light at wide aperture. Excluding all of those things, this lens would be very good in resisting flare.

Sample photos

The sample photos taken by the product

The sample photos taken by the product


Currently, there is still no direct substitute for the Fujifilm compatible camera. It is quite shocked to see the price of $1,155, but when considering the lens fairly and understanding every benefit that this lens brings about, you would find the price reasonable.


Other ordinary wide-angle lenses are not better than this one. One sure thing is that this lens is not cheap at all, but it is capable of providing more-than-wonderful results with very low distortion and almost no sign of chromatic aberration remarkable sharpness is recorded.

The build quality and feeling of this lens are also great and it is undeniable that the hyper-focal scale on the barrel plays such an important role.

The product image

The product image


·         The center area is extremely sharp

·         Wonderful sharpness towards the edges is showed when stopping the lens down

·         Light weight

·         Useful hyper-focal scale

·         Great build

·         Almost no distortion

·         Low CA level


·         The falloff of illumination towards the edges might be quite noticeable



·         Lens Mounts: Fujifilm X Mount


·         Focal Length: 14mm

·         Max Aperture: f/2.8

·         Min Aperture: f/22

·         Filter Size: 56mm

·         35mm equivalent: 24mm

·         Internal focusing: No


·         Min Focus: 18cm

·         Stabilization: Yes

Box Contents

·         Box Contents: Lens, Front Lens Cap, Rear Lens Cap, Lens Wrapping Cloth, Lens Hood, Owner’s Manual


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