Introduction

The FUJINON XF 14mm F2.8 R is a 21mm equivalent and the first ultra-wide angle lens available from Fuji. It barely ekes out the “ultra” denotation, and has been superseded by the XF10-24mm F4 in overall width, but it remains the widest X-mount Fujifilm prime available. It is significantly wider than the tiny XF18mm F2, and is made for a very different use; the XF14mm F2.8 is more of a landscape or architecture lens with it’s minimal distortion, f/2.8 aperture, edge to edge sharpness, and engraved depth of field markings.

The XF14mm F2.8 one held a place in my Ultimate Prime Kit along with the XF23mm F1.4 and XF56mm F1.2 at the time. In the years since writing this review, all three lenses have been supplanted.

XF14mm F2.8 box

Specifications

Lens Construction 10 elements in 7 groups
(2 aspherical, 3 extra low dispersion elements)
Focal Length (35mm format equivalent) 14mm (21mm)
Aperture Range f/2.8 – f/22 in ⅓ stop increments
Aperture Type 7 blades (rounded diaphragm opening)
Focus Range Approximately 18cm - ∞ (infinity)
Maximum Magnification 0.12×
External Dimensions 65mm diameter × 58.4mm long
Weight 235g
273g with caps and hood
Filter Size ø58mm

Features

Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) None
Linear Motor None
Push/Pull Clutch Manual Focus Ring Yes
Nano GI Coating No
Fluorine Coating No

Handling

Build Quality

While the actual construction materials of Fujifilm’s lenses has largely remained the same, the moving parts steadily improved until the XF35mm F2 WR, which Fuji has stated in the new standard by which all other aperture and focus rings will be measured.

That said, the XF14mm F2.8 has some serious sample variation in regard to the aperture ring. After rejecting one copy, I got my current one, which is pretty good, but by comparison to recent lenses, it is still very loose. If you are buying in-store, check the rings before you leave, and if you buy online, buy from a company with a liberal return policy.

The focus ring knurls on the XF14mm F2.8 are so grippy and sharp, they feel like they might cut you.

Size and Weight

The XF14mm F2.8 is small to medium-sized relative to other Fuji lenses, but it’s a good size for a wide angle f/2.8. Out of the box it was quite a bit lighter than I expected.

Manual Focus

Pull the manual focus ring in towards you and you’re focusing manually. I love this, but unfortunately there are just three lenses in Fuji’s lineup that offer it, with the XF16mm F1.4 WR and XF23mm F1.4 being the others.

Engraved Depth of Field Markings

Another feature restricted to just the XF14mm F2.8, XF16mm F1.4 WR and XF23mm F1.4. The more I use lenses with a proper depth of field scale, the more I miss them on lenses that don’t have them.

Hood

The hood that ships with the XF14mm F2.8 is marked “14/18-55.” This leaves me wondering just how much the hood has been optimized for the XF14mm F2.8 since the XF18-55mm F2.8-4 has been around quite a bit longer.

The XF14mm F2.8 is a prime candidate for an add-on metal hood. I’m surprised we haven’t seen one yet.

The FUJINON XF 14mm ƒ/2.8, and hood also suitable for the 18-55mm.

The FUJINON XF 14mm ƒ/2.8, and hood also suitable for the 18-55mm.

Image Quality

Sharpness

The XF14mm F2.8 leaves little to be desired in the sharpness department. It’s fantastically sharp, edge to edge, especially once stopped down to f/5.6 to f/11. Diffraction starts to set in by f/16 and is heavy by f/22. Fujifilm’s Lens Modulation Optimizer helps here for you JPEG shooters.

Distortion

Remarkably minimal. Horizons and architecture lines are kept mostly straight, and distortion isn’t complex. I haven’t had any issues shooting RAW.

Bokeh

Bokeh can actually be achieved with this lens, but as seen in my Wide Angle Primes article, if you want an out of focus background with a wide angle lens, you should really look at the either the XF16mm F1.4 WR or XF18mm F2.

Vignetting

There is some minor vignetting at F/2.8. It’s mostly gone by F/4. Vignetting on this lens is remarkably light even when I’ve had two neutral density filters stacked on it, and the lens stopped down.

Flare

In my experience, you have to really work at getting flare in your images with this lens, even without the hood.

Aberrations

Chromatic aberration is minimal. A photo of a shadowed cliff in front of a bight blue sky could produce a small amount, but these are fairly extreme circumstances.

Conclusion and Rating

Before the XF10-24mm F4 was available, the XF14mm F2.8 was the best way to go wider than 18mm. If size and weight are important to you, it might still be. The newer XF16mm F1.4 WR has stolen the crown in many respects, but just barely, and 2mm in added width can make a significant different to your composition.

It’s one of the faster focusing lenses in Fujifilm’s lineup, it’s sharp, and it handles great. Excelling in both auto and manual focus makes it perfect for landscapes, and zone-focused street shooting for those who like to go wide. No matter what kind of shooter you are, if wide is your game, this is a lens to look at.

Fuji vs. Fuji strongly recommended.

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Image sharpness won’t be an issue. Extremely minor and correctable chromatic aberration is possible

Image sharpness won’t be an issue. Extremely minor and correctable chromatic aberration is possible

Zone focusing with the 14mm f/2.8’s depth of field markings means getting your shot quick and moving on

Zone focusing with the 14mm f/2.8’s depth of field markings means getting your shot quick and moving on

The 14mm f/2.8 excels at dynamic foregound, middle, and background photographs

The 14mm f/2.8 excels at dynamic foregound, middle, and background photographs

I’ll start with a Talisker, then a Lagavulin, and an Ardbeg please. For the love of PEAT!

I’ll start with a Talisker, then a Lagavulin, and an Ardbeg please. For the love of PEAT!

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I don’t know about you, but I don’t think the X-Trans is having much trouble with all those greens

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think the X-Trans is having much trouble with all those greens

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Shot from the hip. You gotta be close with the 14mm f/2.8

Shot from the hip. You gotta be close with the 14mm f/2.8

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Sweeping land or cityscapes are no problem for the 14mm f/2.8

Sweeping land or cityscapes are no problem for the 14mm f/2.8

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The 21mm equivalent makes exaggerating distance easy

The 21mm equivalent makes exaggerating distance easy

Add a 10-stop neutral density filter to the 14mm f/2.8 for some great long exposure action

Add a 10-stop neutral density filter to the 14mm f/2.8 for some great long exposure action

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