01 Mar The Good, The Bad and The Better

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FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (16mm, f/4, 1/500 sec, ISO250)

Like cameras lenses are always a very controversial topic among photographers. So here we go: Fuji XF 18-55 OIS vs XF 16-55 WR. Which is the better lens and why?

First the basics:

Of course it is the photographer not the lens who takes the picture. An excellent photographer will make better images with a cheap camera plus kit lens than a less talented person with a pro-camera/lens-combo. It’s the same with bicycles. A pro rider on an old rusty bicycle will ride faster than the average guy on the newest and best carbon bike. But that logic doesn’t mean that you have to be a pro-rider to enjoy a good race bike as well as you don’t have to be a pro-photographer to enjoy better gear.

The XF 18-55/2.8-4 OIS came out first. It was predominately bought in a kit together with the camera so it is safe to assume that the vast majority of Fuji shooters at one point owned or still owns this lens. It is compact and light, it has image stabilization, it offers a slightly faster aperture than most kit lenses and it is also slightly better built than the usual kit lens. It looks like the perfect lens.

The XF 16-55/2.8 WR came out later and from the start there was a lot of discussion because the lack of image stabilisation but most of all because of its size and its weight. Only a one

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