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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 14 mm f/2.8 R

17 October 2013
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary

Pros:
  • Solid casing made of metal,
  • Sensational image quality in the frame centre,
  • Excellent correction of the chromatic aberration (longitudinal and lateral),
  • Imperceptible spherical aberration,
  • Negligible distortion,
  • Very low astigmatism,
  • Good work against bright light,
  • Fast, accurate and silent autofocus.

Cons:

  • High vignetting.

The Fujinon XF 14 mm f/2.8 R is an expensive lens. Its price is comparable to the price of the Zeiss Touit 2.8/12, a device more difficult to construct (because of a larger angle of view) which we tested not so long ago. If we deal with such expensive instruments our demands are very high and every slip-up in our test can be pretty costly. The Fujinon had no slip-ups. It’s obvious the exorbitant price is combined with zero tolerance for mechanical and optical compromise. You get a solidly build instrument which is optically excellent and will work very well in practice.


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Of course you can ponder whether or not its high vignetting level is actually a flaw. In my opinion it isn’t. That aberration would most likely be lower if you increased the physical dimensions of the tested lens. Still significant dimensions don’t fit the idea of handy mirrorless lenses so I am prepared to pay such a price. You should also take into account the fact that the software of the camera can produce JPEG files with vignetting nicely corrected.