Been thinking of getting the XF16mm F1.4? Now with the new XF16mm F2.8 WR in the market; our life as a photographer gets a little more complicated if you are looking for a 16mm lens in the Fujifilm eco system. Or it’s easier now to make a decision? Speed, Price, Size, AF, WR…… the never-ending questions!
Let’s start with XF16mm F1.4. It’s been in the market for couple of years now. It’s in my set-up; and I owned one. I love it as it truly an amazing lens. Some even think it’s Fujifilm best XF lens. To some extend I do agreed.
Price is a huge factor in this shoot out. The price difference is almost double. USD$749 for F1.4 and USD399 for the F2.8 version. Does this mean the F1.4 is twice is good? If only we could do a comparison base on dollar and cents vs quality. Life is such that is a lot more complicate.
What if you already own a XF16-55mm F2.8 lens? Is there a need for another prime 16mm lens? I always name the XF16-55mm F2.8; a prime zoom. The IQ form this lens is nothing short of amazing. In my older blog post I did a comparison of this lens vs prime lenses. If this interest you; here is the link :
First of all let me share a series of side by side comparison between two lenses. This is not any scientific test rather just a fellow photographer placing it on his dining table doing a simple test between the 2 lenses.
Minimum focus distant is 17cm for XF16mm F2.8 and 15cm for XF16mm F1.4. Is 2cm a big deal? Yes, it’s a big deal for me. First I am able to get closer and thus the bokeh effect will certainly be more obvious and creamier.
Below are 3 shots from 3 lenses. Each taken at F2.8. Not at their closest minimum focusing distance. A little further away. I find the XF16mm F2.8 to be the sharpest from edge to edge.
Auto Focus speed. I would think XF16mm F2.8 is the winner here. Just by a bit. And it’s AF is also dead silent. Below are 2 video to demonstrate the AF in real situation. Both are mounted on a X-T3.
Weight and size. 155 grams vs 375 grams. It’s less than half of XF16mm F1.4 If you add a XF16mm F2.8 and XF35mm F2 the total weight is only 325 grams. As for the size; it’s a lot smaller for sure.
Finally, the winner is XF16mm F1.4 for me. It’s a brilliant wide-angle lens with WR and with a widest F-stop at F1.4. If you already owned a XF16-55mm F2.8 lens like myself and is looking at getting a 16mm prime lens, I would certainly recommend the XF16mm F1.4. This lens will certainly expand your shooting style. As for size and weight; I can live with it for the extra 2 stops.
If size, price and weight is you priority, XF16mm F2.8 WR certainly shine brightest. And if street, landscape and travel is up your alley; this lens is certainly an essential piece of gear in the set-up. And of course AF is faster too. I am just glad we have options to find the right lens to fit our individual shooting style and budget. I do hope after reading this blog post I didn’t confuse you even more.