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The one downfall of the 16mm F1.4

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  1. Fraser

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    The downfall is actually a positive of the lens.. It focuses so close i find myself getting annoyed with other lenses because i have become so use to this feature...

    Has anyone else felt like this, or is it just me....... haha
     
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    Agree ! that is why it is on my camera most of the time. Love my 14 mm but the 16 took over!
     
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    Absolutely, have gone from Fuji 16mm 1.4 to Sony/Zeiss Loxia 21mm 2.8.
    Loxia Min FD - 25cm
    Fuji Min FD - 15cm

    That's 6 inches! Maybe doesn't sound like much, but in use it is very noticeable. Also, the 16 has excellent bokeh, the Zeiss can be, but must be watched.
     
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    10cm are about 4 inches.
     
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    1st world problems :(
     
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    Sure. Just like the close focus one ... ;-)

    But I definitely know where you're coming from. I'm using a X100F most of the time and whenever I'm using the X-T2 I'm missing either close focus, ND filter, fast flash sync ... just goodies you get used to and incorporate into "muscle memory".
     
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    The only negatives I can find for this lens are:

    1) I don't use it enough
    2) It's a bit expensive

    I shot my first wedding on the Fuji gear this week, the 16mm was invaluable.
     
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    Yes, I love this "downfall" of the 16.
    The 23 ƒ1.4 & 35 ƒ1.4 can also focus close too, which makes at least two more annoying lenses in my bag. :)
     
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    Yeah, but nothing like the 16mm, it's like 3 inches or so...
     
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    More like 6 inches. Almost the same for 35mm ƒ1.4
     
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    Out of interest..... The end of the tape measure was against the end of the lens. I would say that's around 2 inches... ;)

    tape.jpg
     
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    Hehe - right, exactly - had 15 in my head no idea why lol
     
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    More like 4 inches (3.9 to be exact)

    OK - I am back at par lol
     
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    Shadowside Good Glass is Forever...

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    Actually, minimum FD is always based on subject to film/sensor surface - not the objective lens.
     
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    This we know, but if you like I'll do the same test with the 35mm 1.4 and I'll be surprised if it isn't at least 3-4 inches....
     
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    According to Fuji's published specs it should be about 9 inches from the objective lens ( my estimation) and 11 inches from the image plane.

    BTW - That made for a really cool image :)
     
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    There's no point in having a 1.4 lens if you don't use it wide open! :D
     
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    Well, except that typically (but not always) a f1.4 lens will have better IQ at f2.0 than the same FL whose max aperture is f2.0.

    But the joy is definitely using it wide open, as you clearly demonstrated :)
     
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    I disagree. Brighter lens allows me to shoot with faster shutter speeds. This is the main reason, why I use such lenses. Wide open ability is a bonus. They often produce better IQ, as well . . :cool:
     
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    I agree with YogiMik. I have the 16 1.4 and rarely shoot it wide open or close up but love the lens. At 2.8 to 5.6 apertures, the results are amazing. It why lenses have several aperture choices.
     
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