Other APS-C systems—even the well-established Canikon DSLR systems—are frequently criticized for lack of wide-angle primes (Pentax excepted). Not so Fuji. The well-regarded Zeiss Touit 12mm is available in X-mount, and Fuji's own XF 14mm is already praised as one of the best lenses in the Fuji system. But it's an ƒ/2.8 lens—hardly a hardship for a 21mm-e, as photographers are well used to lenses becoming slower as the angles of view widen.
But if you do want something two stops faster, Fuji has made good on it roadmapped promise for a superfast 24mm-e (a lens with the same angle of view on APS-C as a 24mm lens on full frame). The XF 16mm ƒ/1.4 R WR ("R" means is has an aperture ring and "WR" means weather-sealed) is available for pre-order.
In the 35mm era, wide-angles of 24mm and wider were known as "ultrawides" and were usually the third lens to purchase in a classic kit, after a normal and a short tele. My "cheapskate" problem was always that I would plan a kit consisting of a ~35mm "near-normal," a ~85mm short tele, an ultrawide prime, and a ~80–200mm telephoto zoom...and then I'd get by with the first two lenses and go without the latter two.
But if you're looking for a fast lens in the old ultrawide category for your Fuji, this 16mm should be very tempting. It would make an ideal top-class kit with the 23mm ƒ/1.4 and the 56mm ƒ/1.2. And it's not as if you don't have other good options.
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Rob L.: "I'm not sure which spectrum that I'm more excited about for this lens—not certain if it's intentional, or just a side effect of a well-designed lens, but Fuji's high end primes are wonderful in IR. So just for that, I'd be salivating, but a fast wide would be so nice for the available dark, close-in photography that 50% of my travel photos seem to be."
Stephen Scharf: "The embargo on this lens was raised by Fuji late last week, and all the X-photographers who were testing late version prototypes are already singing its praises, some saying it's the sharpest Fuji X-series lens to date. That's saying something given the performance of the 56mm ƒ/1.2 and the 55–140mm ƒ/2.8 zoom. Personally, I'll be sticking to my 14mm ƒ/2.8, which is a spectacular lens. My local brick and mortar camera store guys says the XF 14mm R is worth buying in to the X-system for this lens alone, and I agree. Moreover, it appears Fuji lenses are getting better and better, which is really saying something."