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Jonathan Cross

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16mm versus 18mm lens
« on: February 18, 2019, 02:49:02 pm »

Fuji has announced a 16mm f2.8 lens.  I have the 18-55 f2.8-4 lens.  What difference will the 2mm make?  The zoom has IS whereas the prime does not.  This does not especially concern me; it is the difference in the field of view in practice that interests me.  I have the 35mm f2 and love it for its small size; the IQ is great for me.  Given the price of the 16mm f2.8, I could be tempted if its wider field than 18mm and IQ are worth it.  I have an X-T2 and 3.

What do people think?

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Re: 16mm versus 18mm lens
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2019, 03:00:43 pm »

Fuji is a 1.5 crop right? So it's a difference between 24mm and 27mm in full frame terms. Find someone with a full frame zoom covering that range to try it out or take a peek here (it has examples for 24mm and 28mm).

https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-16-35mm-f-4-L-IS-USM-Lens.aspx

As you go wider every mm has a more significant effect. I would say for landscapes having a 24mm equivalent is quite desirable.
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Re: 16mm versus 18mm lens
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2019, 04:33:55 pm »

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Re: 16mm versus 18mm lens
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2019, 04:55:41 am »

I would jump down to the 14mm lens.

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Re: 16mm versus 18mm lens
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2019, 10:02:19 am »

There's a small but noticeable difference in field of view between the 16mm and 18mm Fuji lenses. Whether that translates into something useful for your photography is, of course, not something we can answer. Your current lens is a zoom, so it's more versatile. It has OIS. It's a great little lens overall. The new Fuji 16/2.8 is likely to be slightly sharper -- though probably not noticeable in prints. It's certainly smaller and lighter, and "weather sealed" whatever that means. It's fairly inexpensive at US$400. I'm very likely to get one, as I have a serious GAS problem with the Fuji wide angle primes. And the wide angle zooms. OK, I have a GAS problem with Fuji lenses. Fine. :)

I think I agree with Paulo and would recommend the 14mm f/2.8. It pairs up very well with the 18-55 zoom. It's significantly wider in field of view, still fairly compact, and incredibly well corrected optically. They are not that expensive on the used market.

For me, the new 16mm f/2.8 is a lens I would pair up with one of the 35mm lenses and the 50mm f/2 as a small, light, 3-lens prime kit. I probably wouldn't carry the 16 and the 18-55, I would just take the 18-55 by itself for maximum simplicity.
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