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As the Fuji ambassador (or X-Photographer, if you prefer), Fuji Italy chose me to carry out a short test for a sample of the pre-production of the new Fuji 16mm fl.4 with particularly interesting lenses because it fills a gap of what is missing in the average lens kit: that of a very bright wide angle.
For clarity, it is necessary to indicate that before arriving on the market and passing the test phases, the lenses follow three steps:
- 1 – Pre-production (often the lens is not final and still has room for improvement)
- 2 – Editor Edition (the lens is almost final, these series are often assigned to the reviews’ tests)
- 3 – Final Specimen
So we’ll leave it at saying that my lens was a bit of a “Pre-production”, thus it is still to be improved upon.
The 16mm fl. 4 is a solid lens like the whole XF series. In terms of size, it is pretty close to the 56mm f1.2 as seen in the photo below. It differs from this in the diameter of the filters (67mm versus 62) , for the length and by the fact of it being tropicalized.
I tested the 16mm in a situation where the electronic shutter of the X – T1 was helpful because I shot in full sun to 1/32000 of a second: some shots would have been impossible with the normal shooting shutter at f1.4.
As we see, the bokeh is very soft thanks to 9 aperture blades.
At f1.4, there is a slight chromatic aberration in the corners but closing of a stop is reduced greatly (for better viewing, you can download the SOOC jpegs in high definition and without any changes here).
Compared to the ” brothers ” 10-24 f4 (stabilized) and 14 f2.8, obviously bokeh is softer, having the advantage of being able to work with an opening by two to three stops more.
This advantage in terms of bokeh is known for the conformation of the wide-angle lense, especially when the subject is fairly close. Even in shots like the one that follows, however, with the subject more than a meter and a half away, the subjects in the background are out of focus (see magnification 100 %, below)
The 16mm WR is dedicated to those who love the bright and wide angles of quality and it certainly will be a good ally for those who, like me, often find themselves fighting with problems of light, especially for weddings. Meanwhile tropicalization ensures that you can stay calm in situations where you have to “bring home work ” or, more simply put, you want to go out to shoot without worries if in case it rains. If you missed my “rain test” of the X – T1 with 18-135, you can see it here.
Given that some people like to do street photography with wide-angle lenses, this lens will certainly make your mouth water; also due to the opportunity to shoot in low light without problems related to being blurry.
Since I happened to try the 16mm also during a session in a skate park, here it is in a situation where, as a rule, no one pushed a wide angle: an environmental portrait. I think the quality is absolutely excellent even for professional use.
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