Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR (Fujifilm) - Review / Test - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Fujifilm X

Sample Images

The images were mostly shot in overcast conditions. The sun isn't always shining ... even in Sydney. :-)

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Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 16.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/140s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 16.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/200s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 320
Focal Length 16.0mm
Aperture: f/1.4
Exposure 1/1500s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 16.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/110s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 16.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/210s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 16.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/280s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 16.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/110s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 16.0mm
Aperture: f/1.4
Exposure 1/1900s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 16.0mm
Aperture: f/1.4
Exposure 1/2900s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 16.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/160s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 16.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/180s

Verdict

The Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR may not knock your socks off like the XF 90mm f/2 R LM WR but it is a capable performer nonetheless. The center quality is just fine at f/1.4 whereas the corners show some softness - emphasized by field curvature. However, how often do you require sharp corners at such a setting anyway? Stopping down to f/2 lifts the quality substantially and it's impressive from f/4. Lateral CAs are negligible but we spotted a bit of purple fringing in extreme scenes. The amount of vignetting is good unless you disable auto-correction. The (native) amount of distortions is very low for a 24mm lens. The bokeh is surprisingly decent for a lens in this class albeit not without weaknesses.

The build quality is very good thanks to a weather-sealed, all-metal construction assembled with tight build tolerances. The Fujinon features a focus clutch mechanisms for switching between AF and MF mode. I am not big fans of this approach but this is a matter of taste. The AF is speedy and noiseless.

With the addition of the Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR, Fujifilm is now offering an impressive set of five/six ultra fast prime lenses covering the range from 16mm to 90mm ... plus several slower prime lenses. Honestly, given the depth and quality of their lineup, it is quite surprising that Fujifilm isn't more popular. I, for one, think that it is the best mirrorless system out there (at this stage) and it just got a bit better again.

Optical Quality:    
★★★★★
Mechanical Quality:
★★★★★
Price/Performance:
★★★★★

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