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Fujinon XF16mmF2.8 R WR: small on size, big on style

Fujinon XF16mm f/2.8 R WR: small on size, big on style

Fujifilm has announced the Fujinon XF 16mm f/2.8 R WR, a 24mm equivalent lens that adds a wide-angle optic to the current line-up of X-series prime lenses. Fittingly enough, it's a perfect partner for the Fujifilm X-T30 that has also just been unveiled by the company.

We got to take the lens for a quick test drive ahead of our full review, and found it to be a very pleasing piece of glass. As you'd expect of a Fujifilm optic it is gloriously designed, remaining lightweight at just 155g despite the robust metal exterior, and boasts weather resistance and operability down to -10°C/14°F.

The Fujinon XF16mmF2.8 R WR is a perfect partner for the Fujifilm X-T30

The Fujinon XF16mmF2.8 R WR is a perfect partner for the Fujifilm X-T30

1/2000 sec, f/2.8, ISO125 (Taken on a pre-production Fujifilm X-T30)

1/2000 sec, f/2.8, ISO125 (Taken on a pre-production Fujifilm X-T30)

1/30 sec, f/2.8, ISO800 (Taken on a pre-production Fujifilm X-T30)

1/30 sec, f/2.8, ISO800 (Taken on a pre-production Fujifilm X-T30)

It's not just dripping with style, though – the aperture and focus rings are pleasingly tactile and and well damped, feeling suitably slick to operate, while the inner stepping motor provides autofocus that's near-silent yet nice and snappy. 

The bright f/2.8 aperture (consisting of nine blades) makes it a versatile performer in less than ideal light. When combined with the X-T30 or X-T3, it benefits from the improved low light AF performance that goes down to -3EV.

The XF 16mm will retail for £349, with the silver version being available from late March and the black edition coming in May/June.

Read more: 

Hands on: Fujifilm X-T30 review

The best Fujifilm lenses in 2019

The editor of Digital Camera World, James started working in the photographic industry in 2014 as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy – successor to David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus. In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus. An Olympus and Canon user, James was previously technique editor on PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine.