01 Jun Fujifilm XF 16mm f/2.8 Lens Review: A Versatile All-Rounder
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This is a £350 lens, which is relatively cheap as far as Fujifilm optics go. However, I was very impressed with the performance it put in when shooting with the X-T3. Although f/2.8 isn’t a super wide aperture, it still produces attractive shallow depth of field effects, while the overall impression of sharpness across the frame is also very good.
I’m a big fan of Fuji’s range of compact prime lenses – all of them are small, light, available at a good price and when used as part of a set make for a very versatile set-up. The other lenses offer a slightly wider aperture of f/2, but facilitating a wider angle necessitates an f/2.8 setup and shouldn’t make a huge amount of difference in most ordinary settings.
If you only have the budget for one of the small primes, there’s a lot to like about this new 16mm. It is a very versatile focal length that you might find useful for a wide range of different subjects. It’s a fantastic walk around lens for your camera that allows you to grab shots that you see out and about, as well as being useful for more considered landscape photography and so on.
Considering this lens costs less than half the price of the f/1.4 version, and comes with the added benefit of being a perfect travel lens, it’s easy to think of the 16mm f/2.8 lens as a bit of a bargain. If you do a lot of very low light shooting you may well crave that extra wide aperture, but for most situations, the f/2.8 version is more than adequate.
This highly flexible lens comes highly recommended – are you tempted?
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