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The Fujinon XF 16-80mm f/4 R boasts a staggering 6 stops of stabilization!

Fujinon XF 16-80mm f/4 R boasts up to a staggering 6 stops of stabilization!
(Image credit: Fujifilm)

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 and Fujifilm X-T30 don't possess in-body image stabilization. 

The Fujifilm X-T3 doesn't have IBIS, but the XF 16-80mm f/4 gives it 6 stops of OIS

The Fujifilm X-T3 doesn't have IBIS, but the XF 16-80mm f/4 gives it 6 stops of OIS (Image credit: Fujifilm)

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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Fujifilm X-T3 review
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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded 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, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-PhotoDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show. An Olympus (Micro Four Thirds) and Canon (full frame) shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a particular fondness for vintage lenses and film cameras.