Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16 mm f/1.4 R WR review | Lenstip

By | August 13, 2015

Pros

  • solid and sealed casing,
  • excellent image quality in the frame centre,
  • sensible image quality on the edge of the frame,
  • slight lateral chromatic aberration,
  • low distortion – noticeably lower than the results of the rivals,
  • very low astigmatism,
  • good performance against bright light,
  • silent, fast and accurate autofocus.

Cons:

  • too high longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • distinct vignetting,
  • significant coma,
  • some problems with spherical aberration.

The Fujifilm company took on a very difficult task. Producing a small lens with an angle of view exceeding 80 degrees and an aperture as fast as f/1.4 means raising the standards very high indeed; so high that no other mirrorless system is able to offer a similar combination of parameters. Voigtlander tried to combine very good aperture fastness and a wide angle of view but they failed spectacularly. Fujifilm on the other hand fared much better. Of course there are slip-ups: even though you could expect high vignetting levels the slip-ups concerning weak coma and longitudinal chromatic aberration correction weren’t that obvious. ……

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