With the newly released XF 16mm 1.4WR on the market, the 14mm is now the less sexier wide angle prime, but I decided to go with this lens because it is still the widest prime in the line-up and there is not enough difference in focal length between the 16mm and my 18mm to justify the purchase. Still, it would've been ideal if the 14mm had weather resistance. The XF 14mm has been around for a while now, and there are plenty of technical reviews, so I won't pixel peek or discuss the specs here, and quite frankly I wouldn't be any good at it. 14mm is the full frame equivalent of 21mm, and I have to admit it is not my favourite perspective. I find myself always trying to get closer to my subjects in order to minimize the foreground and to exclude distracting elements around the edges of the frame. These challenges aside, it is a great lens for architecture and cityscape, and that's what I will mainly use it for. I am not a landscape photographer, and I do not believe you need ultra wide angle for landscape, but I am looking forward to trying it out for a landscape shoot, perhaps that will be my next post.
I put the 14mm on my X-T1 and went for a walk around Toronto's financial district, and I came away impressed with the image quality and the AF speed. There's no drop off in sharpness from corner to corner.
This lens really shines when you don't have space to back up or when you can't create distance from the subjects, and this is especially true when you are indoors.