Rumor: A Trusted Source Reveals that Fuji will Release a 16mm f/1.4 by the End of 2014


We take all unconfirmed news (aka. rumors) with a grain of salt because you just never know, but according to Fuji Rumors this particular tidbit is as good as confirmed. The mysterious “High Speed Wide Angle Lens” on Fuji’s lens roadmap is apparently going to be a 16mm f/1.4 — no ifs, ands or buts about it.

The information comes to FR from a top trusted Japanese source and is one of a two revelations and one ‘reminder’ that they’ve received about the roadmap. Rather than listing them out here, check out the updated roadmap that FR kindly put together below:


If all of the information Fuji Rumors has is accurate — and, again, the 16mm f/1.4 they consider as good as confirmed — then we now have a completed 2014 Fuji lens roadmap. Take a look for yourself, and then let us know what you think about the lineup in the comments down below.

Image credits: Fujifilm X-E2 by Scott Hill

  • greatqam

    A dead system. When fuji releases the new full frame camera system all the lenses are useless für the new system.

  • suqicam

    cause nobody buys crop sensors anymore.

  • nemomen

    If they really do release a 120mm-400mm super-tele I’d be really tempted to go Fuji.

  • greatqam

    I know. Nobody buys APS-C any more, at least since Sony A7.
    Look how much Fuji had to decrease the prices for their APS C lenses in the last months.
    I don’t know what FUJI is thinking. They should release their full frame asap and concentrate on that. APS-C is completely dead since Sony..
    In the future there will be only Smartphones, Four Thirds (Half full frame) and Full Frame for cameras.

  • dannybuoy

    Insert face palm image

  • Ian Norman

    The Fuji X lens lineup shows that an APS-C system can definitely compete with full-frame at a fraction of the size. If this lens is actually a 16mm/1.4 it will have an equivalent field of view and equivalent depth of field to a 24mm f/2.0 lens on full frame meaning it surpasses the capability of competing full-frame mirrorless systems like the Sony a7/r/s (whose fastest FE mount 24mm lens is only f/4). As long as the anticipated Fuji 16mm f/1.4 lens can keep the form factor of the other lenses in the Fuji-X lineup it will likely be smaller than any full-frame lens offering by Sony. I imagine a full-frame e-mount Sony 24mm/2.0 would be markedly larger than whatever Fuji brews up. If it doesn’t weigh a ton, it really makes the X-Series system look very mature in terms of overall capability and size. Most interchangeable camera systems sold today are APS-C so I would hesitate before calling APS-C dead.

  • Zos Xavius

    This post is hilarious. Fuji knows exactly what they are doing and they are growing in market share too. I know quite a few leica shooters that have bought fuji systems. Its not the system for me, but I can completely understand the appeal for a lot of people.

  • kassim

    Fuji cameras are not fraction of the size of a full frame cameras, especially mirrorless one, since you mentioned A7.

  • Terry_Clark

    Go ahead and keep thinking APS-C is dead, it leaves more equipment for the rest of us. I switched completely to Fuji and not one client has ever had a problem, or cared, what camera I use. The only people who care are pixel peepers. In the real world it’s the picture that counts.

  • Baa Bra Brack Ship

    Sarcasm, you don’t understand.

  • Ian Norman

    Given the current offerings of Sony and if you look at the systems each as a whole, the Fuji X system competes directly on optical capability with the full frame E mount (FE) lenses and is definitely smaller when directly comparing lenses with equivalent fields of view (FOV) and depths of field (DOF) capabilities. I’ll call this “optical equivalence.”

    For example, the XF 35mm f/1.4 is very close in equivalence (FOV and DOF) to the Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm/1.8, the fastest offering in the FE lineup, but the Fuji comes in a much smaller package. Similarly, when comparing the standard kit zooms, the Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS is optically equivalent to Fuji’s XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS but the Fuji is also smaller. I can go even further to say that the Fuji X100s’s 23mm/2.0 lens is optically equivalent to the Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 35mm/2.8 but also comes in a much smaller package (although I’m not sure that’s fair because the X100s lens is not removable).

    I also anticipate that when comparing the yet to be released Fuji XF 16-55mm/2.8 R OIS WR and Fuji XF 50-140mm/2.8 R OIS WR, which are optically equivalent to Sony’s current Tessar T* FE 24-70mm/4.0 ZA OSS and FE 70-200/4.0 G OSS respectively, the Fuji lenses will be smaller. Furthermore, the Fuji lens lineup is more complete (granted it’s been around longer) and offers lenses that are not yet available on the A7.

    For example, the Fuji XF 23mm/1.4 R has no competing 35mm/2.0 lens in the full-frame Sony system and the Fuji XF 56mm/1.2 has no competing 85mm/1.8 in the full-frame Sony system. What’s important is the fact that Fuji is designing relatively fast APS-C lenses which makes the system more comparable to competing full-frame offerings. Lastly, Fuji’s compact X Series cameras like the X-A1 are comparable in size to Sony’s APS-C Nex and mirrorless Alpha cameras but Fuji users have access to the markedly faster native system lenses.

    I think that the Fuji system shows that APS-C sensors can make a lot of sense. They’ve made faster lens offerings than other competing APS-C mirrorless systems in relatively small packages and that makes full-frame offerings less competitive with APS-C. I think it also puts Fuji in a better state for manufacturing because it’s simply cheaper to manufacture the smaller sensors. For all of these reasons I think the mirrorless APS-C camera is actually more of a “sweet spot” for manufacturers: the capabilities aren’t far off from most full frame offerings and they’re easier to make.

  • Dwight Roberts

    Enough Fuji with the new lenses. Please get to work on a pro grade speed light system!!!!!

  • Antonio D. Yap

    Fujifilm has to upgrade the 27mm f/2.8 lens to f/2 or f/1.4 to complete the lineup. Also provide aperture ring as the existing lens has no aperture ring.

  • Antonio D. Yap

    I own the Fujifilm X100S and very satisfied with it and planning to buy the X-E2 with this 16mm f/1.4 lens. I will also need the 27mm but with at least f/2 and aperture ring to complete my lens lineup. The existing 27mm/2.8 lens has no aperture ring.

  • Roger

    Your right. I was interested in Fuji until Sony became interesting with the A7s. Trouble is Sony isn’t quite hitting the mark (no super fast primes or decent AF like a6000).

    Fuji right now has a better ‘system’ than Sony, but you are right. If Sony can release a solid system like Fuji’s current X but in FF, then Fuji are in trouble. I’m not sure if Fuji realise yet, but they don’t actually have a choice, they need to go FF. They can then use the crop stuff as entry or for people who really want more compact setup.