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FujifilmXF 14mm f/2.8 R Ultra Wide-Angle Lens
 
4.9

(based on 96 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (86)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (49)
  • Durable (35)
  • Easy to use (22)
  • Reliable (19)
  • Strong construction (19)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape photography (32)
  • Travel (27)
  • Landscape/scenery (23)
  • Everyday (12)
  • Night photography (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (16), Photo enthusiast (14), Professional (11), Semi-pro photographer (11), Semi-professional (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (69)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Plenty fast, great bokeh

For those of you trying to decide between the 14mm f/2.8 and the new 16mm f/1.4 I say this: When I reach for an Ultra-Wide, I'm not going for super buttery background...Read complete review

For those of you trying to decide between the 14mm f/2.8 and the new 16mm f/1.4 I say this: When I reach for an Ultra-Wide, I'm not going for super buttery background blur. I'm also not particularly interested in shooting Ultra-Wide portraits. This lens balances minimal distortion with with lots of great DRAMA, if positioned carefully. f/2.8 is plenty fast for most applications, and again, when I'm shooting wide I'm generally shooting at f/5.6 - f/16 anyway to get as much in focus as possible.

This little guy is a gem; distance markings, push-pull focus ring, and 58mm filter ring. After dark, I reach for Fujifilm's 23mm or 35mm primes. I'm a manual shooter, and paired with an X-T1, this lens is a manual shooter's dream. See attached samples.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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i held off from purchasing this otherwise fine lens because of all the reviews commenting on the loose aperture ring. I decided against the Zeiss lens because of the rubber aperture ring and the...Read complete review

i held off from purchasing this otherwise fine lens because of all the reviews commenting on the loose aperture ring. I decided against the Zeiss lens because of the rubber aperture ring and the climate in Thailand would not be kind to it.

Right from the get go I missed a few shots because the aperture ring slipped from 'A' to f/22. Best advice I can give is constantly check the aperture and hold it there!
If you are not a stickler for detail, then this might not matter, however it annoys me. The lens was purchased from B&H and is now in Thailand, so I won't be returning it.

Hopefully if enough people complain, Fugi will eventually fix the aperture ring so it does not move so easily.

For the above stated reason I gave it three stars and will not recommend it.

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5.0

Extraordinary Lens!

By lrusr

from Roseville, California

About Me Photography Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Optically Corrected
  • Rugged

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Architecture
    • Cityscapes
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Real Estate

    Comments about Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R Ultra Wide-Angle Lens:

    This is the third copy of this lens I have owned...
    It seems that in each iteration the aperture ring is slightly better, with the third time being the charm. I use the lens primarily for cityscapes/architecture. This is my got lens for walking around San Francisco and it's beautiful beaches. After having sold the original to fund the 10-24 I realized I coveted this lens. It will be a permanent fixture on my XE-2,

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    5.0

    Crisp and clear

    By Mary Lee Dereske

    from Placitas, NM

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R Ultra Wide-Angle Lens:

      This is an initial review; hope to be able to edit in the future.
      First impression - very clear and crisp pictures. I've never used a wide angle before, so I'm getting used to composition. I've included 2 images I took the first time out with this lens. I did not use the hood. I use it with the X-E1. So far I'm happy. For these images I shot in RAW, used Aperture to export as JPEG, only did minor adjustment to the images. One image I shot into the sun, the other I have a patch of snow just so I could see how it handled dynamic range.
      One thing that threw me for a loop is that to see the distance markings for manual focus, you have to PULL the focus ring towards you. I have never seen something like this on a prime lens before (not that I've had a whole lot of lenses, maybe it's becoming the current type of design).
      I've only taken still images with this, so unsure of speed of focus.

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      5.0

      Excellent Optics

      By Fuji Fan

      from NY

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography

        Comments about Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R Ultra Wide-Angle Lens:

        Sharp out of the gate from 2.8. Exceptional when stopped down. Well handled distortion. Nice contrast. Highly recommended.

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        5.0

        Exceptional lens

        By Mike

        from Israel

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R Ultra Wide-Angle Lens:

            This lens alone is a good enough reason to shoot with the Fuji X system! It should be a required kitbag item for item for lanscape shooters.

            I recently returned from a photo trip to Scotland and 13 out of 14 of my favorite images where shot with this lens! There is almost zero distortion - beautiful beautiful glass and a joy to use.

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            5.0

            Great wide angle lens

            By Photographer from Colorado

            from Denver

            Comments about Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R Ultra Wide-Angle Lens:

            Bought this lens to use with my Fuji X-t1 and have been very pleased. Tack sharp images. Well built.

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            5.0

            Very top notch ultra wide angle lens

            By TomJ

            from north Texas

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Fine craftsmanship
            • Lightweight
            • Optically excellent
            • Rugged

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Architecture
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Urban Landscapes

              Comments about Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R Ultra Wide-Angle Lens:

              I have used the 14mm primarily for landscape work. Compared to full frame lenses, this 21mm equivalent focal length is smaller lighter, and beautifully made as are all the Fuji XF primes and zooms. I have used it thus far on my X-Pro 1, but beware, you will want to use the electronic viewfinder as attempting to use the optical viewfinder results in seeing a lot of the lens in the frame. I look forward to using this lens with my X-Pro 1 since the lens seems to be very well corrected for distortion and should make for a great architecture lens as well.

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              5.0

              Into the Great Wide Open

              By Phantom Photog

              from Southern California

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Architecture
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R Ultra Wide-Angle Lens:

                This is my second lens for my X-Pro1, The first being the 18-55. It's also the first prime I've bought since going digital. The 18-55 is a magnificent piece of glass and so far I'd say the 14mm is going to be the same. Maybe even better. It is different enough that it will take some getting used to. The sliding manual focus on/off for instance. The auto focus seems much faster than the zoom and at 2.8 it has pretty good bokeh if focused at about three feet or less. More than 5 or 6 feet and and 5.6 and the world is in focus. It's also nice that it uses the same hood as the 18-55. As this is only my second Fuji lens I'm becoming acquainted with the awkwardness of changing lenses on the X-Pro1, the release button being on the right of the lens mount. I like it so much that I'm considering shelving my 18-55 zoom and filling my bag with prime lenses only. Also, it does not vignette with a polarizing filter, even at f22 (UV and polarizer together, I have not tried). With this added to my bag I'm ready to leave my DSLR and variety of lenses at home on my next overseas trip.

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                5.0

                Espectacular!

                By Francisco

                from Santiago, Chile

                Comments about Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R Ultra Wide-Angle Lens:

                Este lente es una maravilla. Es liviano y tiene una resolución y claridad a las fotos que saca inigualable. Aunque 14mm pudiera parecer una distancia focal poco flexible y que se remite a paisajes y arquitectura, uso mucho este lente, en especial en fotografía callejera, en street photography, dando imágenes espectaculares de personas y situaciones. Solo hay que no tener miedo y acercarse más a los sujetos a ser fotografiados. Es tan wide que las personas piensan que estas apuntando a otro lado con la cámara xD. Tengo tb el 27mm y el 35mm, muy buenos ambos, pero este es el regalón.

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                5.0

                Killer Lens

                By Drew Wallace

                from Denver

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R Ultra Wide-Angle Lens:

                  Solid construction. Minimal distortion on frame edges. Haven't had any issues with the aperture lock that other people are commenting about.

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                  5.0

                  REALLY GREAT ULTRA-WIDE!!

                  By Saltfly

                  from South Carolina

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R Ultra Wide-Angle Lens:

                      Like most all of the lenses coming from Fuji, this one shines in every respect. Smooth focusing, very little distortion and as sharp as Leica glass. Solid in the hand, when mounted on the XT 1, it's about as good as it gets....results from these lenses rival anything I get from my full frames. The 14mm is a gem!

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                      (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Drama Class

                      By A Friend Of Brick Tamland

                      from Philadelphia,PA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R Ultra Wide-Angle Lens:

                        Have become a Fuji Believer in recent years.

                        I use this lens more than I thought I would when I placed it in my cart. My aim in getting it was to get a lightweight wide angle that would help introduce more dramatic flair into my work. To that end, I carry it daily and use it to shoot mostly Street Photography and Cityscapes.

                        As photographers we spend, some times more than we should. Every once in awhile we find an indispensable gem of gear, one that transcends all expectations and seems to have a little magic in them. I am here to tell you this lens is special.

                        1) This lens in the center from f/4 - f/11 is as sharp any lens I have ever owned and is acceptably sharp all the way across to the corners.

                        2) Much lighter than the other Fuji Wise Angles, which should not be diminished as being a critical attribute. It balances nicely on my XT1.

                        3) Push-Pull Manual Focus -- I shoot via Zone Focus and this lens allows me to dial in the Aperture and Distance rather quickly. Again, do not discount the ability to shoot via the accurate distance scale. One con some have mentioned is some perceived looseness with the Aperture Ring; my copy seems to be fine, it turns a little more freely than I am accustomed to, but not an issue.

                        4) Drama - In my mind you buy an ultra wide because you are aiming to add drama to the frame; to accent your subject; to punctuate the frame. This focal length will get your point across. Other focal lengths may do the same, but I find this one may hit the mark most pointedly in that it says: I am shooting Wide, just not Cartoon-Wide.

                        5) Versatility -- The lens can be applied to shoot environmental portraits, landscapes, architecture, street with equal aplomb. While it can shoot all with technical perfection, the focal length also allows you to manipulate the perspective and add even more presence to the image.

                        I'm carrying on here. Let me put this in the most concise of terms: Buy It.

                        You may be torn between the other comparable lenses in the Fuji Lineup, I get it. Rest assured that you can not go wrong with this lens, provided your aim is to create dramatic images.

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                        5.0

                        NO BETTER ULTRA WIDE AT ANY PRICE

                        By Saltfly

                        from South Carolina

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Comments about Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R Ultra Wide-Angle Lens:

                        This lens falls right into line with the rest of the Fuji primes.......razor sharp, even wide open, and unmatched build quality. No wonder pros are moving toward the Fuji system; this glass rivals Leica in all categories. A must have!

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                        5.0

                        SUPERB WIDE ANGLE!!!

                        By Saltfly

                        from South Carolina

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Comments about Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R Ultra Wide-Angle Lens:

                        That Fuji glass is amazing is old news, but this lens is blindingly sharp with absolutely minimal distortion. I shoot for magazines and trust this beauty to get me the shots I need, with finished product coming right off the card, in most instances. Cannot recommend highly enough!

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                        5.0

                        Plenty fast, great bokeh

                        By PXLPOD

                        from Santa Barbara, CA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Brings Terrific Drama
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Urban Landscapes
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R Ultra Wide-Angle Lens:

                          For those of you trying to decide between the 14mm f/2.8 and the new 16mm f/1.4 I say this: When I reach for an Ultra-Wide, I'm not going for super buttery background blur. I'm also not particularly interested in shooting Ultra-Wide portraits. This lens balances minimal distortion with with lots of great DRAMA, if positioned carefully. f/2.8 is plenty fast for most applications, and again, when I'm shooting wide I'm generally shooting at f/5.6 - f/16 anyway to get as much in focus as possible.

                          This little guy is a gem; distance markings, push-pull focus ring, and 58mm filter ring. After dark, I reach for Fujifilm's 23mm or 35mm primes. I'm a manual shooter, and paired with an X-T1, this lens is a manual shooter's dream. See attached samples.

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                          5.0

                          Great lens

                          By patty

                          from Michigan

                          About Me Photography Student

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R Ultra Wide-Angle Lens:

                            use it for city shooting. Very clear sharp oics

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                            5.0

                            Like it so far

                            By ram

                            from round rock, tx

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R Ultra Wide-Angle Lens:

                            Have had the lens for a couple of weeks and have used it with X-T1 both indoors and outdoors. I like what I see so far, with little distortion.

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                            5.0

                            Absolutely Recommended

                            By Ken

                            from Lexington, KY

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Aviation
                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R Ultra Wide-Angle Lens:

                              Very sharp and well-built lens. Fantastic color reproduction and a great focal length as well. Really the only complaint would be the aperture ring which has a tendency to be easily changed on accident. Overall this is a fantastic lens!

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                              5.0

                              Excellent Landscape Lens

                              By straight shooter

                              from New Haven CT

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Lightweight
                              • Rugged
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Photography

                                Comments about Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R Ultra Wide-Angle Lens:

                                I purchased this lens as my prime landscape lens for my XT1. Once you start using the mirrorless systems by fujifilm you will give up your DSLR
                                The build quality is exceptional and a real value for the money. The ultimate proof is in the photos.
                                Clear and sharp without distortion.

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                                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Another excellent lens from Fuji!

                                By Steve from NJ

                                from NJ

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight
                                • Rugged
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Macro Photography
                                  • Night Photography

                                  Comments about Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R Ultra Wide-Angle Lens:

                                  I use this lens for all kinds of scenery. Urban and suburban and countryside. Since I make some money with my other Fuji equipment, this is my least used. But when I do use it, I am very happy with the results.

                                  I read some reviews where they talked about the aperture ring moving from the Auto setting. Mine has a detent there. I got the lens in November so I don't know if they changed the original design of the ring. In any event, I have never had that problem.

                                  I keep this lens on my X-E2. That makes for a very light combo capable of giving excellent results. I also keep the lens at f8 and shutter speed at 1/125 outside and slower inside. ISO is on auto.

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                                  (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  I love it

                                  By Elie

                                  from Charlotte, NC

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery

                                    Comments about Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R Ultra Wide-Angle Lens:

                                    I like the quality of the pictures taken with it.

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