Fujinon XF16mmF1.4 R WR
One of my favourite lenses on a full-frame DSLR is the 24mm f1.4. While wide-angle lenses have plenty of depth-of-field due to their design, it doesn't mean you can't throw the background out-of-focus if you use a really wide aperture - and f1.4 will do the trick nicely.
Now Fujifilm has released a 24mm-equivalent lens for its X-Series cameras, the Fujinon XF16mmF1.4 R WR.
Due for release in Australia in late May 2015, the lightweight 375 gram lens includes two aspherical elements and two extra low dispersion (ED) elements that reduce spherical and chromatic aberrations to deliver, according to Fujifilm, sharp, rich image quality even at the widest aperture quality of F1.4. I'm pretty confident this will be the case, based on Fujifilm's other lenses.
According to Fujifilm, image quality is further enhanced by Fujifilm's proprietary HT-EBC coating applied to the lens surface and Nano G1 Coating on the rear surface of the G1 lens. This alters the refractive index between glass and air to reduce ghosting and flare from diagonal incident light.
The minimum focusing distance is just 15 centimetres and autofocus takes just 0.11 seconds, thanks to a built in high-torque DC coreless motor. You can also focus manually and the focus ring includes a depth-of-field scale. THe new XF16mm is also weather resistant with nine seals in eight areas of the lens barrel, keeping the lens protected from sudden rain, dust and splashes of water.
However, this is a specialist lens at $1449. It's a lot more than some lenses, but also a lot less than the full-frame versions. I'm looking forward to testing it in the near future!
For more information, visit the Fujifilm website: www.fujifilm.com.au/pro-cameras