So this is my first review! It’ll be more of a “my thoughts” kind of review rather than a technical one. I figure there are enough of those. That being said…the Fujinon XF14mm is one of my favorite lenses. I recently went on a trip to Chicago (recently… as in last fall), and I used this lens a lot. It seemed to be the perfect focal length to capture the long canyons of city along with the busy streets as we were walking around downtown and the riverwalk. You can see some of the sample photos from my trip below.
The lens’s specs, as can be found in the lens’s manual (found on Fujifilm’s website), are shown in the table below. The lens does have an EBC (Electron Beam Coating), which helps allow the lens to capture natural color. OIS(Optical Image Stabilization) is not included with this lens, but I have not had an issue with this limiting my use of the lens. This lens is roughly 3/4 the size and weight of the XF18-55. You can see the comparison with the side by side photos above. The construction of the lens is a combination of metal and plastic and feels solid in your hand. The lens retails for roughly $900, but you can find a used version that is still in great shape for about half that price if you do some searching.
This lens is also a great option for architectural and landscape photography. The distortion is extremely low, and it is wide enough to make buildings look great from close up. I hardly ever have to correct the colors on photos taken with this lens. The Fuji colors and wide focal length allow for some great architectural/landscape shots. This is currently the widest Fuji prime lens available. I do wish Fuji would make a 12mm or a 10mm prime. Hopefully one day?
With the very close focusing distance (18cm or roughly 7 inches), you can still use the lens for some close up shots and easily frame subjects. The center of the frame is in extreme focus/very sharp over the entire aperture range. As you stop the lens down, the edge become more and more sharp. For close up subjects you can get some bokeh, but with this being a super wide lens, the bokeh is minimal.
The focus ring can pull in or out to lock the lens into manual or auto focus mode. Once in manual, it is very smooth to adjust the focus of the lens, and of course with the camera’s focus peaking mode turned on, it is very easy to adjust the focus to right where you need it. The auto focus is very fast and quiet, and the aperture ring, as with most Fuji lenses, is easy to turn and clicks to each f-stop value very nicely.
Overall, I really enjoy using this lens, and I carry it anytime I travel. I hope this review/”my thoughts” on this lens has helped you! Please send me a message if you have any questions!