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Fuji 16mm f2.8 - Real World Examples

Fuji 16mm f2.8

I used to own the excellent Fuji 16mm f1.4 but I replaced this lens (and the 23mm, 35mm and 56mm primes) with the Fuji 16-55mm zoom.

The 16-55mm is a ‘Prime Killer’ and makes for a good alternative. The 16-55mm is a little bulky and heavy and I was interested in the new 16mm f2.8 as a possible option to pair with the X-T3 for every day commuting (where size and weight is a factor)

Fuji X-T2 and 16mm f2.8

Fuji X-T2 and 16mm f2.8

Fuji X-T3 and 16mm f2.8

Fuji X-T3 and 16mm f2.8

16mm f2.8 Size

The 16mm f2.8 is a compact lens with just a 49mm lens thread. It is far smaller than its big sister the 16mm f1.4 - It comfortably fits into the ‘carry anywhere’ bracket and seems designed to complement the smaller Fuji XT-30 size bodies perfectly.

Fuji 16mm f2.8 Examples

Fuji X-T3 and 16mm f2.8 @ f2.8

Fuji X-T3 and 16mm f2.8 @ f2.8
Edited in Capture One Pro 12 with default sharpening

I took the lens around East London during my lunch break. The 24mm equivalent focal length is interesting for landscape but also street photography.

Initial Thoughts

The only thing I've really noted so far in testing is the difference in the minimum focusing distance.

The 16mm f1.4 focused so close that you would find that you were almost touching the subject with the edge of the lens hood.

The 16mm f2.8 is a shorter physical length lens with a larger close focusing distance 17cm vs 15cm which means that a focused subject feels that much further from the camera. In fact Fuji have done a great job of maintaining a very short close focusing distance in this optic.

Comparison Image - Fuji 16mm f1.4

The 16mm f1.4 has edge on Bokeh and overall IQ. That said there really is not a lot in it and thr 16mm f2.8 is a well put together lens. I will develop this post with further examples in the coming weeks.

The shot of the the padlocks was taken with the Fuji 16mm f1.4 in Rome, Italy

Fuji 16mm f1.4