Fujifilm has announced the latest addition to its APS-C range of XF lenses, the 5x optical zoom Fujinon XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR.
While the lens had been prematurely revealed to the public thanks to an earlier leak by the usual online sources, there are a number of tasty features and that still provided some nice surprises.
Chief among them is the awesome amount of optical image stabilization built into the lens. The Fujinon XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR features a whopping six stops of stabilization, which makes the optic a great performer in low light or at the long end where camera shake would otherwise be problematic.
It's also a useful comeback to the criticism that cameras like the Fujifilm X-T3 (opens in new tab) and Fujifilm X-T30 (opens in new tab) don't possess in-body image stabilization.
With the crop factor of Fujifilm's X-series cameras, the XF 16-80mm f/4 has an effective 24-120mm focal range in full-frame terms, with an effective depth of field of f/6 (though in terms of light transmission, it still performs to its f/4 specification).
It's a constant aperture, too, meaning that you don't lose any performance as you go from wide-angle to telephoto shooting. In addition the lens also has a minimum shooting distance of 35 cm over the entire zoom range, which gives a maximum magnification of 0.25x.
At just 440g and 78.3mm x 88.9mm, the XF 16-80mm is a light and compact lens that pairs with the X range cameras perfectly. It features 16 elements (including 3 aspherical elements and 1 ED aspherical element) in 12 groups and is weather-sealed, remaining operable down to -10°C / 14°F.
The Fujinon XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR is set for release in mid-September, and will carry a price tag of £769 / $799.95.
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