14
Feb
2013

[UPDATE] XF 14mm: first impressions of dslrmagazine, phoblographer, Olaf and dc.watch

[Update:] The Spanish dslrmagazine posted right now his XF 14mm review. Read it here (translated version)

image courtesy: dslrmagazine

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1) The phoblographer published his first impressions of the XF14mm (specs&price). You can read them here. From the conclusions:

“In our tests so far, we’re fairly impressed with the image quality but still don’t think that this lens can touch the 35mm f1.4. However, we love the fact that Fujifilm decided to put a working depth of field scale on this lens. The build quality is also the best of the X series lenses released so far. We’re a bit disappointed with the autofocus performance on the X-Pro1, so far, with the latest firmware updates.”

image courtesy: phoblographer
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2) I’ve received this mail from Fujirumors reader Olaf: “[...] I have just published sample images taken with the XF 14mm F2.8. Please feel free to share them with your readers. Regards, Olaf.”

“Since I sold my SLR gear and started shooting exclusively with X-series cameras I have started enjoying photography once again. I spend less time playing with menus and settings and focus instead on light and composition. The biggest drawback of the system so far has been the lack of wide-angle lenses – my favourite perspective. But my problem has been solved. This weekend I picked up the latest Fuji lens – XF 14mm F2.8. What a lens it is!”

Read the whole article and see Olaf’s shots on his website here!

Please note that these are sample images without any distortion correction applied. Processed in Capture One 7 and Lightroom 4.”

image courtesy: Olaf

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3) Last but not least, the dc.watch article here (translated version)

[ XF14mm in stock status check: AmazonUS/ B&H / Adorama / Amazon GERMANY / Amazon ITALY / or on ebay worldwide via slidoo ]

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  • Oleg

    How many “so far”s have you found in this short text?I`ve found 4 so far))))

  • http://www.justingiritlian.com Justin

    It would be amazing if you could post a test of the same subjects taken at the same angle with both the 18mm vs the 14mm to really show off the framing of both of these lenses. I want one of them but not sure which.

    • Antonio G

      After the reviewer’s referring to the DoF scale it would be really great if Fujifilm extends that to other lenses as the expected 23 mm, and even with mk ii versions of existing ones, namely the 35 mm F:1.4.

      • Antonio G

        Sorry my previous comment was supposed to be a separate on and it came out here as a response because I intended say something about Justin’s interest before I saw George’s post.

        Anyway, I would add that if you still have doubts about which one to choose the 18 mm may be more suited to you, as the 14 mm is an UWA and usually the kind of people that buy is well aware of both the effects and complexities offered by this focal distance.

        • MJr

          Indeed. And Ultra Wide can really only be experienced through a viewfinder. Even if the ‘sample’ photos look quite wide, it’s always wider in real life than you’d expect from just looking at an image on the screen. Sometimes even if you made the photo yourself. ;)

          It’s actually a real challenge keeping UWA photos interesting because often everything is just so far away. You’ll have to learn to work with the emptiness, especially with open landscape, or just get really really close to the ‘subject’ in order to fill the frame.

  • George

    There is no significant difference in field of view between those and 21mm/28mm lenses, so you can use any of the comparison tools and images that a web search for “focal length comparison” shows. Be aware though that there are aspects that those comparisons don’t show. In particular, you need to be much more careful with the 14mm about vertical tilt and faces of people near the borders of the frame. Also in the case of the Fujinons, the 14mm is sharper and has less distortion, but is also larger and more expensive than the 18mm. Summarily, the 14mm requires more effort from you than the 18mm. Lastly, note that 18mm is also where the kit zoom starts, and since the prime lens isn’t outstandingly good, the zoom could be the better choice then.

  • George

    Hard to trust dslrmagazine’s conclusion regarding distortion; it rather seems the lens is better than their ability to get the test chart straight!

  • Tony Bologna

    Do you find the MF ring to have the same feel as other XF lenses or is it “looser”?