Yesterday, I received my Fujinon XF16mm F1.4 R WR which I had ordered from WEX here in the UK as soon as it was made available (you can also buy your Fujinon XF16mm F1.4 R WR from Wex today too).
Unfortunately I don’t have a wedding this weekend to shoot with it, and I’ve literally spent thirty minutes on the streets of Cirencester taking some basic snapshots (then I headed to AV8 at Kemble, there isn’t really a Red arrow and a Boeing 747 on the streets of Cirencester).
To say I’ve been waiting for this lens for a long time is an understatement. Back in the days when I shot with my Canon system, I was often tempted to shoot a bit wider than the 35mm that I had become accustomed too. I purchased the Canon 24mm F1.4 three times, and each time I returned it (twice because they were bad copies, and once because I just didn’t get used to it).
As a wedding photographer, for the last six years I’ve shot almost exclusively with a full frame or equivalent dual lens system (35mm and 85mm – 23mm and 56mm in APS-C format).
I wouldn’t be exaggerating when I say that I’ve spoken to hundreds, perhaps thousands of wedding photographers who have said either:
“I’d love to swap to the Fuji X-Series system but there isn’t a fast 24mm equivalent lens”
– or –
“I’d over to sway to the Fuji X-Series system but there isn’t a fast 135mm equivalent lens”
So I guess you could say Fuji listened, once again, and the FUJINON XF16mm F1.4 R WR, so far, at least, has not failed to live up to the billing. Weather resistant, light, extremely fast in low light and and an incredibly close minimum focus distance means this lens is going to be the one that I will make space for in my gear bag when I shoot weddings.
I’ll be taking this lens along when I go shooting on the street all the time I’m sure. My next Street Photography with X-Series is next Tuesday in Birmingham and I will be giving the 16mm a good run out there.
Once I’ve shot a wedding or too, I’ll definitely be doing a full “from the viewpoint of a working pro” review, but here are a couple of snapshots from my 30 minutes or so I’ve spent with the lens so far:
1/400th f/5.6 ISO400
1/350th f/9 ISO400
1/150th f/4 ISO400
1/110th f/1.4 ISO400
1/100th f/1.4 ISO640
1/140th f/2.5 ISO400
1/350th f/9 ISO400
1/420th f/11 ISO400