Fujinon XF 16-80mm F4 R OIS WR: lens test

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Fujinon XF 16-80mm F4 R OIS WR is the new lens for the Fujifilm X system. This is a universal zoom with optical stabilization system; its claimed effectiveness is as much as 6 exposure levels. It will become one of the “whale” lenses for the FUJIFILM X-T3, and will also be sold separately.

Fujinon XF 16-80mm F4 R OIS WR is designed for the Fujifilm X system. We tested it in conjunction with the Fujifilm X-T3 camera.

Learn Price Fujinon XF 16-80mm F4 R OIS WR

The Fujifilm system has quite a few universal zooms. There are whale Fujinon XC 15-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ and Fujinon XF 18–55mm F2.8–4 R LM OIS. There is also a large and fast (but without stabilizer) zoom Fujinon XF 16–55mm F2.8 R LM WR. But the place of the lens with a wide range of focal lengths and constant aperture was vacant until recently – it was replaced by a novelty.

X-T3 / XF16-80mmF4 R OIS WR Settings: ISO 80, F11, 9 s, 88.0 mm equiv.Download RAW

Equivalent focal lengths of the lens range from 24 to 120 mm – this range is well established among photographers. On the one hand, it allows you to get high-quality images, in contrast to hyperzoom, on the other – the lens is versatile enough to do just one on a reportage shoot or on a trip.

Minimum focal length shooting: wide viewing angle.

X-T3 / XF16-80mmF4 R OIS WR Settings: ISO 80, F14, 3 s, 24.0 mm equiv.Download RAW

In the wide-angle position, the Fujinon XF 16-80mm F4 R OIS WR provides a viewing angle (83.20 °), sufficient for shooting landscapes, architecture, and working in tight spaces. Some universal zooms have a minimum focal length of 18 mm, where the maximum viewing angle is 79.10 ° (for example, Fujinon XF 18–55mm F2.8–4 R LM OIS). The difference between 16mm and 18mm is small at first glance, but tangible in practice. This additional viewing angle will help cover more space.

16mm: the building entered the frame as a whole.

X-T3 / XF16-80mmF4 R OIS WR Settings: ISO 160, F16, 30 s, 24.0 mm equiv.

18mm: the viewing angle is no longer enough for shooting.

X-T3 / XF16-80mmF4 R OIS WR Settings: ISO 160, F16, 30 s, 28.0 mm equiv.

But it’s worth translating the zoom into a telephoto position, as it is already quite close (the viewing angle is 20.10 °), you can shoot scenes that are remote from us. In fact, the XF 16-80mm F4 R OIS WR replaces three lenses at once – wide-angle, standard camera and telephoto.

These two frames are taken from one point. At the minimum focal length …

X-T3 / XF16-80mmF4 R OIS WR Settings: ISO 80, F11, 60 s, 24.0 mm equiv.Download RAW

… and at maximum focal length.

X-T3 / XF16-80mmF4 R OIS WR Settings: ISO 80, F8, 1 s, 120.0 mm equiv.

The most important characteristics are listed in the name – Fujinon XF 16-80mm F4 R OIS WR . If everything is clear with the focal length and aperture, then the abbreviations should be decrypted. The novelty belongs to the line of professional zoom lenses XF. The design used a lot of metal parts, hence the large (by the standards of Fujifilm X optics) weight of 440 grams. Recall that full-frame solutions with a similar zoom range weigh per kilogram.

The “trunk” of the front lens block, which extends when zooming, is made of plastic. The size of the lens when folded is 78 x 89 mm. The diameter of the thread for the filters is 72 mm.

From a folded state, the lens does not move apart under its own weight. The zoom ring has a rubber pad, the focus ring is corrugated metal. Both rings are well damped, moving with a pleasant effort.

The letter R in the name of the lens indicates that it has a separate ring for adjusting the aperture – an additional plus in terms of ergonomics. The ring switches smoothly and clearly, the switching step is ⅓ EV, stepless operation is not provided.

The city at night and bright lights are a plot in which it is very easy to catch excess glare if the lens has weak glare. The proprietary multi-layer coating Super EBC (Electron Beam Coating) protects against glare.

X-T3 / XF16-80mmF4 R OIS WR Settings: ISO 160, F5.6, 40 s, 56.0 mm equiv.

Fujinon XF 16-80mm F4 R OIS WR has protection against dust and moisture, as evidenced by the acronym WR. Recall that not only the lens, but also the camera should have moisture protection for shooting in bad weather conditions. Today, in the Fujifilm range, the following cameras are equipped with dust and moisture protection: X-Pro2, X-T1, X-T2, X-T3 and X-H1. By the way, frost resistance of the lens is also stated (up to -10 degrees Celsius).

Scheme of rubber seals in Fujinon XF 16-80mm F4 R OIS WR. They protect the lens connections from moisture and dust entering the structure.

The minimum focusing distance of the Fujinon XF 16-80mm F4 R OIS WR is 35 cm. It is measured from the camera matrix. This is a bit, the novelty allows you to take pretty close-ups!

X-T3 / XF16-80mmF4 R OIS WR Settings: ISO 640, F4, 1/30 s, 120.0 mm equiv.Download RAW

Fujinon XF 16-80mm F4 R OIS WR – a lens manufactured at a high technical level. Let’s see how he shows himself in work.


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