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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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