Fujinon XF16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR review

The Fujinon XF16-55mm f2.8 is as good as it gets for an X-mount standard zoom

Fujinon XF16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR
(Image: © Fujifilm)

Digital Camera World Verdict

This APS-C format standard zoom for Fujifilm X-mount mirrorless cameras isn’t overly big and heavy and build quality, handling and image quality are all pretty epic, as you’d expect from one of Fujifilm’s top-end ‘red badge’ lenses. Combining an effective zoom range 24-84mm with a fast and constant f/2.8 aperture, it’s highly versatile and takes everything in its stride from landscape photography to portraiture.


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    Strong weather-sealed build

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    Physical aperture ring

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    Fast autofocus system


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    Aperture ring can’t be de-clicked

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    No optical image stabilizer

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The Fujinon XF16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR sits on the top rung of Fujifilm’s X-mount quality ladder. If you’re upgrading from Fujifilm’s 15-45mm kit lens, another appealing option is the mid-priced XF18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS XF, also available as a kit lens. It’s very nicely engineered, features weather-seals and a control ring, while also retaining an optical stabilizer. However, it still has a variable aperture rating and, in our tests, sharpness proved good rather than great. At four times the price of the 15-45mm, the constant-aperture 16-55mm f/2.8 ‘red badge’ zoom is the pick of the crop.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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