06 Sep Fuji XF16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR Review | Long Term

Source: Fujifilm Insider

This long-term review is well overdue…I started it months ago then suddenly got contracted to work on a handful of projects. I’m slowly catching up on my writing and now that my Summer weddings are done my time is a bit more free.

The XF16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR is the first of my two-lens working kit. It’s matched with the XF50-140mm telephoto zoom and get’s the lions share of use in my daily work because it covers just about everything. Pretty much all my photog buddies have a similar kit regardless of what brand they use. Always the same… 24-70 and 70-200mm or whatever the equivalents are in 35mm terms.

The basics that I like are as follows:

Constant F/2.8 aperture from 16 to 55mm (24-82.5mm/35mm effective focal lengths)
Linear Motor focusing system
Weather Resistance
Solid Build

It’s not inexpensive, but professional level lenses rarely are. The premium you pay ensures that it will stand up to daily use without being too careful. This lens also sports an array of very fancy glass and coatings to correct, minimize and/or eliminate issues that might effect image quality. My copy has been in steady use for well over 2 years without any significant problems. I’ve replaced the lens hood twice because of various mishaps. They absorbed whatever impact I subjected them to and saved the front element. Far less expensive than damage to the lens itself if I hadn’t attached them it.a …

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