Fujifilm 16mm Giant's Causeway Northern Ireland

The Ultimate in Wide : The Fujifilm 16mm F1.4 Lens

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Over the last decade the number of zoom lenses I own has decreased in favour of fast primes. Some may question the need for a wide angle landscape lens with a f/1.4 aperture but the speed is perfect for shallow depth of field captures and the additional speed makes it perfect for shooting the night sky during astrophotography outings.

Fujifilm 16mm Weather Resistance

The Fujinon 16mm f/1.4 lens is the first prime lens to offer weather protection. Ironically my gear rarely gets wet but it is something I am constant anxious about when in the mountains.

In Northern Ireland even a positive weather forecast and a sunny start doesn’t mean you will be rain free an hour late. Matching the Fujinon 16mm with the Fujifilm X-T series camera creates a weather resistant setup and the  24mm (full frame equivalent) is one of my favourite focal lengths for landscape photography. The 1.4 aperture makes the lens idea for astrophotography. The image below was captured in Margaret River, Australia hand held!

The Fujifilm 16mm lens feels solid thanks to its all metal construction, it weighs 375g and is 73mm in length feeling comfortable and well balanced when attached to the X-T4; the combination is certainly light enough to carry on full day hikes without issue.

Fortunately the 16mm has the same filter size as the 18 – 135mm so I was able use my Lee Filter Seven5 system when out on Northern Ireland’s Mourne Mountains. I didn’t take my tripod on either of these excursions so all images are hand held.

Fujifilm 16mm Sample Images

The Fujifilm X range of cameras offer the ability to create stitched panoramic images directly in camera. I love capturing panorama images on the Fujifilm X100V camera but the 16mm is wide enough to really capture the sense of space

Fujifilm 16mm Panorama

Fujifilm 16mm Panorama

Although the images focus on applying the lens in a landscape setting I found the XF 16mm to be a terrific documentary lens while on holiday. Although 16mm isn’t going to cut it for close up portraits it is perfect for action holiday shots and capturing small groups.

The lens really impresses, the autofocus is fast, accurate and near silent. The resultant images are sharp both in the centre and at the edges (even wide open). The barrel controlled aperture ring is smooth and the image capture process is intuitive when mounted on the X-T4. The Fujilm XF 16mm is a lens that is simply impossible to fault.

Conclusion

If you shoot landscapes or documentary / street photography then the Fujifilm XF 16mm is an exceptional lens. The f/1.4 aperture means it is perfect for night and low light photography or for creating images with creative shallow depth of field. The weather resistant seal is the big selling point for me, no more worrying about the drizzle of the clouds or an unexpected rain shower, add this to an already phenomenal lens and you have the perfect partner for the Fujifilm X-T4 that really is excellent value for money.

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David

David is a documentary and landscape photographer covering everything from dramatic long exposure landscape photography through to live music. David is a former Official Fujifilm X Photographer.

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  1. I’ve had the 16mm f/1.4 since the beginning of my transition to Fujifilm (from full frame Nikons) as the 24mm focal length has been a favorite of mine from back in the film days.

    While everyone justifiably touts the fast aperture and its selective focus potential, this lens has one old school feature that is increasingly rare today. Pulling back the manual focus clutch reveals a comprehensive DOF scale allowing deep focus shots utilizing hyper and zone focusing with consistent results. Selective focus can be effective in certain situations, but when you need 3 feet to infinity to be in focus, that scale takes all the guess work out of the process.

    This lens impressed me every time that I return from an outing with it.

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