New from Fuji…….
Probably no one, that is a Fuji fan or user, is unaware of the newest lens to be released shortly. The 16mm f 1.4 is yet another of Fuji’s stellar fast lenses. Joining the 23mm f 1.4 (35mm equiv.), the 35mm f 1.4 (50mm equiv.) and the 56mm f 1.2 (85mm equiv.) the 16 fills that critical 24mm equivalent spot with real speed!!!! It is close to the same size and weight of the 23mm, which is to say, in the three bears story form; “just right”. The lens I got to shoot at the Fuji National Sales Meeting in Phoenix this week was a late prototype, very, very close to a production lens.
How good is it? If the production model is any sharper it will have to come with warning label about picking it up, you just might cut yourself! No, seriously this is one tack sharp lens with gorgeous bokeh at the wide open setting. The background goes completely dreamy when focusing close at f 1.4!! See below!
The build quality is top notch, all metal, substantial feel, and the clutch manual focusing ring is a really great feature, that I’ve enjoyed very much on the 23mm and 14mm. It is a 67mm filter size so it’s back to Bob Singh for yet another polarizer, but hey, I love Bob’s filters, and it’s always great to talk to my brother!!!!
I really enjoyed addressing the 140 Fuji team members in Phoenix, a great group of folks and I saw a lot of very exciting future products, sadly I’m under a non-disclosure agreement, but will break any news when I’m permitted to do so, however I can tell you to get excited!!! The Fuji team in Japan has been busy making a lot great products we will see in the future. Trust me, there is much to anticipate!
I’m thankful for Justin Stailey’s invitation to join them and I plan to stay in touch. The designers and engineers asked a lot of questions and were very focused on giving us, you and I, the products we need, very refreshing!!!! Fuji is doing it the right way, listening to the customer, and then acting on their suggestions!
I’m very much looking forward to my visit with the folks at Liberty University early next week and then on to do a workshop with the great Fred Sisson in Roanoke! Life does not get much better than this!!!!! It will though, when I stop in Corbin over the weekend to see Sherelene!
P.S. Continue to pray for Sue Haverstock, it sounds like she is making good progress, let’s keep lifting her and Jim up! Thanks to all of you that have joined us in a circle of prayer!
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