Fujifilm Adds a Prime

(news & commentary)

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Fujifilm today announced the long-awaited 16mm f/1.4 lens for their XF mount cameras. This gives Fujifilm mirrorless camera users a much needed fast 24mm equivalent prime, and one that’s reasonably compact, at that (hey Nikon, are you paying attention?). Much like their 14mm, this new lens features a pull-to-manual focus ring that reveals a DOF scale. 

The lens is dust and weather resistant, has the usual aperture ring, is Nano coated to reduce reflections, and has a very short 6” (0.15m) minimum focus distance. 

Introduction of the 16mm basically ticks the “fast prime set” check box for the Fujifilm mirrorless system. We now have fast 16mm, 23mm, 35mm, and 56mm primes, which in 35mm equivalent terms is 24mm, 35mm, 53mm, and 85mm. Coupled with the 16-50mm f/2.8 and 50-140mm f/2.8, Fujifilm becomes the second mirrorless camera company to flesh out their lens set to what I would call the basic minimum for serious shooters. The entire lens set now encompasses 19 lenses, with 4 more know to be coming.


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