Last week I shared a shot taken with my new Fuji 16mm f/1.4, on the path near to home. Today I’m sharing another taken using the same lens.
The wild garlic was in flower, so I headed out on my daily walk with the Fuji XE3 and Fuji 16mm prime.
Before I talk about the lens, I should mention that the 16mm f/1.4 lens that I’m using wasn’t the first 16mm lens I bought. Initially, I went for the newer 16mm f/2.8. I thought it would be a small, light prime lens that would be ideal for street photography.
Whilst I don’t want this to turn into a full-blown lens, I would advise caution if you’re thinking of buying the f/2.8 16mm prime. It is a small, light lens but it didn’t feel a good fit when I used it on the XE3. I also found around half of my test images had some softness or shake, even at fast shutter speeds. Ironically, I think it was the lack of weight that was making it harder for me to handle the camera.
But the real decision maker, or should I say deal breaker, for me was the level of image distortion. Initially I thought the images looked soft around the edges of the frame and quite stretched. When I turned off the lens correction in my RAW converter I realised why. The uncorrected image looked like I’d shot it using a fisheye lens.
I returned that lens, and whilst I had to invest more money to buy the f/1.4, it’s worth every penny to me.
The 16mm f/1.4 is an exceptional lens. Not only on terms of image quality but also the feel on the camera. Whilst I initially thought it looked a little large on the XE3, the two handle so well together. I’ve noticed that most of my images are pin sharp and they have a lovely quality to them that’s difficult to describe.
But something that I wasn’t expecting is that this lens has changed the way I shoot. Because the minimum focus distance is so close, I’m finding myself using it to get in low and close to subjects whilst throwing the background out of focus. I tried something similar with the 16mm f/2.8 but the results didn’t look right for reasons that I can’t put my finger on.
The Fuji 16mm f/1.4 is an excellent lens which I’m looking forward to using a lot more in the future.