An Overview of the XF 16-55mm
An Overview of the XF 16-55mm
Of all the new lenses, I believe this one is the most ‘all round’ and ‘goto lens’ of all the new lenses. By far one of the most versatile lenses that Fujinon make and have made to date. If you are looking at buying into the system, this is very good lens to look at starting with if you are going to only have one. Additionally, if you are a wedding photographer, this lens should be on your ‘must have’ list. Packed with all the Nano Gi coating, ED lenses, aspherical lens elements while the nine, rounded aperture blades look after the blurry bokeh bits.
Sharpness – As you might expect and all the following blogs will no doubt confirm, this lens is among the best Fuji have made. I have not done a science based test, but, this lens is totally good enough for me and I might have to cry when I send this pre-production back to Japan. I love this lens that much. (ended up getting one anyway)
Focus – Again, as you might be starting to tell, I like this lens and one of the best elements so far is the speed of which this lens works on the X-T1. Pretty much faultless and among the best Fujinon lenses to date.
Overall, would I buy this lens. Yes 100% over any lens, aside the 35mm this is the best lens Fuji have made, but as always, this is only my thoughts put together around my style of shooting.
The XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR delivers on its promise of extremely high resolution and stunning bokeh for professional-grade results when paired with the FUJIFILM X-T1, or any X-Series CSC. The XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR also uses the newly-developed Nano-GI (Gradient Index) coating technology to effectively inhibit ghosting and flare, producing clear images from edge-to-edge.
The XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR uses a light weight Internal Focusing System and a Twin Linear Motor for high-speed autofocus (AF) and whisper quiet AF as fast as 0.06 seconds. When combined with the near-silent shutter sound of the FUJIFILM X-T1, photos can be taken unnoticed in quiet and sensitive locations. – Fuji Press statement
Other 16-55mm blog posts on this site:
- Wide-angle to medium-telephoto zoom
- Edge-to-edge sharpness
- Suitable for a wide range of shooting scenes
- 16-55mm (24-84mm in 35mm format)
- Constant f2.8 aperture
- Nano-GI coating for reduced ghosting and flare
- Linear motor for fast, quiet autofocusing
- Solid, weather-resistant construction
- Fuji X-mount
Best wide to mid zoom lens. Bright and sharp at f2.8
Size, weight & cost
|Type||FUJINON LENS XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR|
|Lens construction||17 elements 12 groups (includes 3 aspherical and 3 extra low dispersion elements）|
(135 equivalent: 24-84mm)
|Angle of view||83.2°～29°|
|Aperture control||Number of of blades : 9 (rounded diaphragm opening)|
Stop size : 1/3EV (19 stops)
|Focus range||Normal：0.6m～∞ (whole zoom position)|
Macro： 30cm～10m（Wide）, 40cm～10m (Telephoto)
|Max. magnification||0.16x （Telephoto)|
|External dimensions||φ83.3mm x 106.0mm (Wide) / 129.5mm（Telephoto)|