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Looking through a new world with the Fujinon XF16mmF1.4 R WR

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Who would have thought a lens could make such a difference in the way you see the world?

XF16mm

The focal length of the XF16mmF1.4 R WR is superb for photographing indoors and outdoors and is often overlooked by many photographers wanting something wide. Being a prime lens you will find it is a welcome challenge in your gear arsenal as you navigate the nonexistent zoom with your legs out in the field. It’s this real world experience when composing that will make you feel part of the scene as you live every moment of your surroundings.

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Fujifilm X-Pro2 – XF16mmF1.4 R WR – ISO 200 – F2.0 – 1/1600 sec

Combine the small size with a maximum aperture of F1.4 and photographs seem to ‘pop’ whenever they are printed or presented on a screen. The bokeh performance on this lens is stunning and something many photographers will find appealing when photographing the smaller things in life. If you prefer capturing landscape scenes, you will notice a natural look to them as the lens captures the majority of the surrounds at a 24mm (35mm equivalent) focal length.

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Fujifilm X-Pro2 – XF16mmF1.4 R WR – ISO 200 – F5.6 – 1/1600 sec

If you find yourself in the wet and wild outdoors, the XF16mmF1.4 R WR lens incorporates 9 seals to counteract the weather and dust in your environment, so it makes sense to marry this lens onto a weather resistant body like the Fujifilm X-T1 or Fujifilm X-Pro2. Its hardy exterior complements any interchangeable X Series body and the large focus ring turns with ease and precision.

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Fujifilm X-Pro2 – XF16mmF1.4 R WR – ISO 200 – F4.5 – 1/80sec

It is no wonder many photographers are starting to take notice of this finely crafted Japanese made lens. Superb image quality without the size and weight make this the perfect lens for travelling and keeping your camera small and compact.

Do you own this lens yourself? What’s the best picture you have taken using it?

 

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  1. I took the 16mm on my travels last year – Japan, Europe and Canada. It rarely came off the XT-1. Landscape, architecture, street, and the secret weapon of the F1.4 – all those museums and galleries where flash and tripod photography was not allowed. I am travelling to China tomorrow and the 16mm is already on my X Pro-2!! Taking the 56mm for portraits and the 35mm F1.4 on my X Pro-1 as backup and because the 35mm F2 in black seems in very short supply at the moment.

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  2. Thanks for this article, Leigh. One big question for me – how well does this lens work with the X-Pro2’s Advanced Multi-Hybrid Viewfinder (HMVF)? Does the lens intrude too much? Is it better used with the EVF instead? The f/1.4 maximum aperture and 16mm width make it look attractive for available light (or available darkness) indoors photojournalism for which I would rather rely on the HMVF. I am looking for a wider lens to complement the 23mm f/1.4 and 56mm f/1.2 and am wondering if this is the lens to do that.

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