02 Jun A Practical Review of the XF16-55mm F2.8

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With an equivalent focal length of 24-84mm on a full frame and a constant aperture of f2.8 the XF16-55mm falls in the same category as other 24-70mm lenses including the prestigious Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L lens which many consider as the pinnacle of this focal range and is also seen as the benchmark for others to follow. Can Fujifilm’s XF16-55mm keep up with the heavyweights?

As readers of my blog will know, my reviews are not focused on numbers or colour charts (no pixel peeping here), they are based on real world examples of everyday practical use absent of studio lighting and other sophisticated equipment. Before we start I just want to put out a disclaimer that this review (as with my previous and future reviews) is my own, I am not endorsed or paid by Fujifilm to post these reviews. Now that that’s out of the way lets get on with the review.

Introduction

The XF16-55mm F2.8 is considered Fujifilm’s first pro zoom lens along with the XF50-140mm and the new XF100-400mm. Like some of the other companies who have trademark visual aesthetics, Fujifilm to has their own with its red “XF Zoom” badge. The design is simple and doesn’t take over the lens or scream out “Hey look at me!” like Canon L lenses do. The other thing that sets this lens apart from the others is the physical Aperture Ring on the lens.

“XF Zoom” Badge

Focal Length: 16-55mm (24-84mm full frame equivalent)
Maximum aperture: f/2.8
Minimum aperture: f/22
Weight: 655g
Filter Size: ø77mm

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