The Fujifilm 16mm XF 1.4 R WR lens is now in full circulation and I’ve been using it at recent weddings of mine.

AS most visitors to this part of my website know, I’m a documentary wedding photographer – which means I take images as the moments unfold, without any intervention from me at all.

I think the 16mm lens is the “perfect” lens for reportage photographers.  Its light, its very fast (both in terms of light acquisition and focusing acquisition), its weather resistant and its very small too.

A few preview images from a wedding I shot recently.  The images are all from the bridal prep, and entrance to the wedding breakfast time.

You can also see my very first initial review of the fujifilm 16mm lens and I will be posting a lot more about this lens in due course.

fujifilm 16mm weddings

Fujifilm 16mm for Weddings: 1/150th, f/3.6, ISO 400

fujifilm 16mm weddings

Fujifilm 16mm for Weddings: 1/150th, f/4.5, ISO 200

 

fujifilm 16mm weddings

Fujifilm 16mm for Weddings: 1/140th, f/3.2, ISO 400

fujifilm 16mm weddings

Fujifilm 16mm for Weddings: 1/125th, f/4, ISO 200

fujifilm 16mm weddings

Fujifilm 16mm for Weddings: 1/420th, f/7.1, ISO 400

fujifilm 16mm weddings

Fujifilm 16mm for Weddings: 1/1,900th, f/1.4, ISO 400

fujifilm 16mm weddings

Fujifilm 16mm for Weddings: 1/2,200th, f/1.4, ISO 400

fujifilm 16mm weddings

Fujifilm 16mm for Weddings: 1/900th, f/1.4, ISO 400

fujifilm 16mm weddings

Fujifilm 16mm for Weddings: 1/140th, f/1.4, ISO 400

fujifilm 16mm weddings

Fujifilm 16mm for Weddings: 1/125th, f/1.4, ISO 500

If you are looking for a wide angle lens for this kind of wedding work, then you are likely going to be choosing between the XF14mm, the XF16mm and the XF23mm.  They are all very close in terms of focal length, but for me the XF14mm is just a little too wide, and a little too slow to be considered a primary lens for me while shooting weddings.

As it stands, I’m still deciding on whether to adopt the 16mm as my preferred wide angle lens over the 23mm.  Maybe I’ll drop the WCL off of my X100T and revert that to 35mm and use the 16mm on my X-T1, along with the 56mm on the other X-T1.

I’m not sure yet – but, and I don’t think anyone can complain about this, what a dilemma to have?  Fujifilm have given us so many choices when it comes to lens selection we are genuinely spoilt for choice right now.