Today, Fujifilm announced the Fuji XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR lens for its XF platform cameras (such as the recently released X-T1, part of a class of APS-C mirrorless cameras popularized by the success of the acclaimed Fuji X-Pro1 back in 2012). The weather-resistant (WR) 16mm f/1.4 R WR lens gives the Fuji X-mount lineup a much-needed wide-angle addition to the wide-aperture lens lineup with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24mm -- a focal length that street photographers will love along with several other additions.
In true Fujifilm fashion, the new 16mm f/1.4 lens also features an aperture ring (this is what the standalone "R" in the name signifies) with extremely precise 1/3-stop increment adjustability and a depth-of-field scale to make manually focusing a landscape shot or on-the-fly zone focusing for street photography a cinch.
A nine-bladed aperture for smooth bokeh, weather and dust resistance with operability down to 14° F, Nano-GL-coating for flare- and ghost-reduction, and a minimum focusing distance of less than six inches round out the features of what will likely be a lens hard to keep on store shelves come its May 2015 release.
At a price of $999.95, the Fuji XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR is certainly has a premium price to match those features. We will update this post with pre-order information when available.
The 16mm lens, reported to be about the size of the current 56mm f/1.2 lenses, fills out the wide end Fuji's highest-end lens system that also consists of the 23mm f/1.4 R (35mm full-frame equivalent), 35mm f/1.4 R (53mm full-frame equivalent), and 56mm f/1.2 R, and 56mm f/1.2 R APD lenses (both 85mm full-frame equivalent). It is also the first and only prime OR wide-aperture lens in Fuji's XF lineup to feature weather resistance.
For more information, check out Fujifilm's webpage for the 16mm lens (if the link doesn't work yet, it should update/go live very shortly). Alternatively, those interested can read the full press release.