Fuji XF 16mm f/2.8 R WR Field Test: Fuji’s newest XF prime is an all-around great wide-angle lens


posted Friday, May 17, 2019 at 3:30 PM EDT

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An important aspect of any great native lens system is fast prime lenses for users who demand the utmost in light-gathering capabilities and optical performance. However, ideally, there should also be more affordable options for photographers who want to capture sharp photos but don't necessarily need the brightest and most expensive lenses. When it comes to wide-angle prime lenses, the Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4 has proven to be a popular choice, but its fairly large size and weight, plus its $1,000 price tag, mean that it isn't the best choice for everyone.

Enter the new Fuji XF 16mm f/2.8 R WR lens. The new wide-angle prime features a compact weather-resistant design and impressive optics, all for around $400.

While slower than the 16mm f/1.4 lens, the XF 16mm f/2.8 still offers a lot to like in terms of image quality. The lens has 10 elements in 8 groups, including a pair of aspherical elements, and it delivers strong performance even at f/2.8. Corner performance is quite good as well, especially as you stop the lens down.

Shot on Fujifilm X-T30 at f/11, 1s, ISO 160.

Shooting with the XF 16mm f/2.8 is very enjoyable. The lens offers very quick autofocus performance, and its lightweight design renders it easy to carry and handhold for extended periods of time. It's a great companion to a small X Series camera, such as the X-T30. To find out what else I think about the XF 16mm f/2.8 lens and to view many sample images, head to my Fujinon XF 16mm f/2.8 R WR Field Test


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