Well-suited for a wide variety of shooting situations, the FUJIFILM XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR is a versatile 24-120mm-equivalent zoom, spanning wide-angle to medium-telephoto, and featuring a constant f/4 maximum aperture. Complementing this flexible design is an advanced optical layout, which includes a trio of aspherical elements and one ED aspherical element that help to minimize a variety of aberrations in order to produce high sharpness and clarity. A Super EBC coating also improves contrast and color neutrality by reducing flare and ghosting when working in strong lighting conditions. Also benefitting use in a variety of situations is a quick and quiet autofocus system along with a six stop-effective image stabilization system that minimizes the appearance of camera shake. Additionally, the lens is fully weather-sealed for working in inclement conditions.
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- X-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
- 24-120mm (35mm Equivalent)
- Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
- One ED Aspherical Element
FUJIFILM XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR Overview
FUJIFILM XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR Specs
|Focal Length||16 to 80mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 24 to 120mm)|
|Lens Mount||FUJIFILM X|
|Lens Format Coverage||APS-C|
|Angle of View||83.2° to 20.1°|
|Minimum Focus Distance||1.15' / 35 cm|
|Optical Design||16 Elements in 12 Groups|
|Diaphragm Blades||9, Rounded|
|Filter Size||72 mm (Front)|
|Dimensions (ø x L)||3.08 x 3.5" / 78.3 x 88.9 mm|
|Length at Maximum Extension||5.16" / 131 mm|
|Weight||15.52 oz / 440 g|
|Package Weight||1.9 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||8.3 x 5.6 x 5.5"|
FUJIFILM XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR Reviews
The all arounder
This is my go-to lens for studio and is the perfect travel lens also. I love the 24-120 focal range for studio work. I own the full frame equivalence of this lens for my Nikon Z bodies as well as for my Sony a7r series bodies. I can achieve almost any look I need without having to constantly change lenses during a session. I was a little skeptical of this lens initially because I had not really heard many people talk about it, as it was considered a kit lens. After shooting with it a bit and getting used to its characteristic, it quickly became one of my most used lenses. The autofocus is mostly accurate as any missed focus shots could be attributed to user era on my behalf. By adjusting the focusing speeds and tracking in my X-H2, this lens instantly became a contender for my similar Nikon and Sony branded lenses as far as image quality, autofocus and reliability is concerned. The autofocus is fairly quiet and does not pickup in video as long as you use something like a shotgun mic or smaller. It's compact and lightweight design makes it a perfect match for any fujifilm camera as it balances well on most bodies. Furthermore, it's light weight also makes it great for holding long periods of time without fatiguing your shooting arm and hand, making it an excellent choice for travel and street photography. This is an excellent lens with many uses and if you are on the fence about getting it, go ahead, I promise you will not be disappointed.
Great daily walkabout lens !
Not the best for landscapes
I go hiking and shoot a lot of landscapes and rather than dragging along a wide lens and my telephoto, I bought this with the hopes of having just one lens to carry. I shoot with a tripod and yet some of my scenic shots were not the sharpest images, even on long exposures. I was disappointed to say the least after spending $800 on this lens. I will keep trying with the hopes that something will change.
Versatile travel lens
Great travel lens. Light and versatile. Still putting it through its paces but it feels like a keeper
Excellent Flexible Mid-Range Zoom
I recently purchased this lens mainly for its extra zoom range over my Fuji 18-55mm f/2.8-4. I am glad I did as it is a performance upgrade to the 18-55mm in virtually every way. The extra 2mm on the wide end and the extra 15mm on the long end makes it easier for me to go with just one lens more often. Optically, center frame sharpness is mostly better than the 18-55mm. Toward the frame edges, sharpness is generally comparable and often a bit better. The weakest focal length of this lens seems to be at 80mm. However, at least in my copy, I have found overall sharpness there to be more than acceptable. The OIS and focus speed of this lens is also very good. This lens is a somewhat larger than the 18-55mm but still feels very good and well balanced on my X-T3. The Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8, on the other hand, is much larger and heavier. It also does not have OIS which, at least for me on the X-T3, is a show-stopper. One possible downside for video shooters is that this lens oddly goes in and out of focus while zooming. The bottom line, however, for stills shooters is that this lens offers an overall upgrade to the Fuji 18-55mm and a smaller, lighter (albeit one-stop slower) more flexible alternative to the Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8.
In defense of the XF16-80mm f4.
I have GAS (gear acquisition syndrome). I love researching gear almost as much as using it, and I'm fortunate in that I can afford the best gear at this stage of my life. With that said, this 16-80mm f4 came with my camera, and I couldn't wait to upgrade to a better lens in this general focal range (or get some primes that fill this range and offer higher IQ). I spent dozens and dozens of hours researching new lenses, watching videos, reading blogs, weighing pros and cons. I wanted something faster, sharper, and more premium... or so I thought. At the same time I was researching, I spent dozens and dozens of hours getting familiar with the 16-80mm f4 and learning the ins and outs of it. I've taken about five-thousand-ish photos with it at this point, from macro (only 0.5x magnification) to vast landscapes to astrophotography (yes, at f4) to street photography to night photography to portraits to photos of my pets to... you get the idea. Looking at the specs on paper, I thought this lens would be no good. An f4 aperture? Not very exciting. Reviews keep saying it's soft at the edges, and it's not tack sharp at 80mm. Okay, that's true, but only when you zoom in and really pixel peep (and this is on a 4k monitor, and I am fortunate to have 15/20 eyesight which is better than 20/20). But the more and more I use this lens, the more I realize that it is the perfect lens for me (and I'm so glad it was included as my kit lens). As much as I want to spend more money on a fancy new lens (again, I have GAS and money to blow), I cannot find a better substitute to replace the 16-80mm f4 for MY needs (I will explain those needs later on). Here's why: 1) Yes, the f4 seemed boring at first. How on earth am I going to take sharp shots in dim lighting with those slow shutter speeds at f4? Answer: OIS. The OIS on this lens kicks major behind. I am able to take stable, sharp shots as low as 1/4s at the wide end and 1/30s at the telephoto end. Yes, that is not an exaggeration. The OIS is, in my opinion, better than shooting at a wider aperture. I've turned OIS with this lens off and on to test the difference (you can do that in the cameras settings menu), and it's NUTS what it is capable of. And the X-T3 does not have IBIS, so if you're thinking of getting the XF16-55mm f2.8 for the X-T3, think again -- your shots will be significantly blurrier, especially when shooting at apertures above f4 (which will be most shots for most people). So then I realize... I don't need a faster lens, because it isn't going to help me in most situations. Yes, a faster lens will capture subjects in motion better, but this brings me to another point below... 2) The dynamic range and signal-to-noise ratio of the newer X-Trans sensors on the X-T3s and X-T4s etc. are so good at base ISO that I can simply shoot at a higher shutter speed and get slightly underexposed photos that I very easily and quickly fix in post-processing (shooting RAW). I can easily push a slightly underexposed photo from my X-T3 one or two stops without any noticeable degradation of quality. So to take sharp photos of subjects in motion, I simply set my ISO to 160, my shutter speed to whatever is needed based on the speed of my subjects, and put the aperture to f4. I've taken handheld photos in Joshua Tree National Park using nothing but moonlight with this method that have turned out great. I've taken sharp photos of walking subjects at night. They all look great. (BTW, I'm aware of ISO-invariance for Fuji cameras, but shooting at a higher ISO can easily blow out your highlights, so I prefer to fix in post.) 3) The focal range is ridiculously useful. Having the ability to go between 16-80mm means I only need to carry two lenses with me: the 16-80mm f4 and the 50-140mm f2.8 (also has OIS). These two lenses allow me to get 75% of the shots I need. I find myself most often shooting at the extreme ends: 16mm and 80mm. And of course, I shoot a lot in the middle as well. These ranges are perfect for the outdoorsman who wants to capture a range of images on a hike. 4) Build: It's generally compact for the focal range that it has. It's not too cumbersome to carry around. It feels sturdy, and I don't need to worry about dust and moisture with the weather sealing. In fact, I've taken it snow-shoeing, I've taken it out in rain storms, I've taken it on boats, I've taken it up mountains, I've taken it to the dusty desert... and I've never had to worry about it. It's a workhorse. Cons: I only have a few. The lens hood is pretty big, and it's plastic. A big hood is good for reducing glare and protecting the glass (I never need to use a lens protector / filter), but it adds a couple inches to the length and makes it less stealthy than it already is. The manual focus is actually motor-driven, like most Fuji lenses. I would prefer true manual focus. And while the build is truly good and almost totally metal, there are a couple minor plastic pieces that would be nice if they were metal. They do not affect the performance, look, or durability, but I just like that premium metal feeling. And oh yeah... if you zoom in 200% and peep at the corners on a photo zoomed in at 80mm, then yes, it will be soft. Big whoop, it won't affect people who are using their lenses to take actual photos in the field. My use-cases for this lens: street photography; landscape and backpacking (including overnight or trips in rain and snow); astrophotography (you get usable consumer-grade images, but don't expect miracles); everyday carry; travel; macro (I was surprised by this); portraiture / boudoir. So... what am I going to do with my GAS issue? I am yearning for more gear, but the 16-80mm is the best fit for me right now. Well, I'm waiting for the X-H2 to come out! If I had IBIS in my camera, I would consider getting the 16-55mm f2.8 for the faster aperture in addition to the image stabilization (from IBIS); however, without IBIS, I am going to stick with this f4 with OIS for now as my images will come out sharper when stopped down and OIS enabled. But if I did switch to the 16-55mm f2.8, then I'm sacrificing a significant amount of reach by losing that 80mm range... so even with IBIS, I may not switch. For now, I may just grab a couple new primes (the 18mm f1.4 WR, 80mm Macro with OIS, the 27mm f2.8 pancake, and some macro extension tubes) and stick with the zoom I have now, the 16-80mm f4 -- I do love it. If you're interested in having an extremely versatile lens that takes high-quality (good-enough) photos in a variety of different situations, then get this lens. Especially if you have a camera without IBIS, or if you just want the OIS + IBIS benefit. If you're interested in getting the most technically magnificent image quality from a lens at the expense of versatility in the field, then you will want to look elsewhere (like the new 18/23/33mm f1.4 WR primes, for example, or the 15-55mm f2.8 if you do not mind the omission of IBIS and losing that extra reach. In short, I love this lens, and I think you will too.
Almost a 5
I got this as the kit lens when I ordered my X-T3, and I've been very glad I did. I understand there have been some issues when it's used for video, but I use it exclusively for stills. It's wonderfully sharp, the aperture is good, and the range is fine for all-around use. But I have one quibble. I almost always shoot in manual mode--with the aperture ring set to A, adjusting the aperture with the command dial. The problem is that there is no click-stop or detent between A and f22, so it's easy to accidentally roll out of A. If you don't have PREVIEW EXP./WB IN MANUAL MODE selected in the SCREEN SETTING Setup menu, you won't know that the lens has gone from A to f22. I have PREVIEW EXP./WB turned off when I shoot flash, so it's happened to me. Purely driver error, I know, but it's worth knowing about, and it would have been nice if Fujifilm had inserted a click stop.
Excellent Mid-Range Zoom
This is easily my favorite Fuji mid-range zoom lens. I was initially hesitant to try it due to some of the reviews. At issue was mainly edge sharpness. While not quite as good as, say, the Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8, it is not significantly so and requires some detailed looking to really see. Center sharpness is, however, easily comparable and excellent throughout the zoom range. At 80mm is where this lens is at its weakest but is still quite usable. Compared to the Fuji 18-55mm, this lens is an upgrade in most every way. I particularly like that it goes to 16mm (24mm full-frame equivalent) on the wide end compared to 18mm on the 18-55mm. Somehow the 27mm full-frame equivalent on the wide end of the 18-55mm just does not seem quite wide enough. That was my main motivation for going with the 16-80mm. Build quality of this lens is excellent. The zoom ring is silky smooth and perfectly damped. The aperture ring is also smooth with positive clicks at 1/3 stop increments. This is definitely an absolutely fabulous lens for just about any type of photography requiring a mid-range zoom. It is a perfect match for my Fuji X-T3 body that I can comfortably carry around all day. For low light, I usually just bring along a fast prime or two as opposed to getting just a single stop advantage with the big and heavy 16-55mm f/2.8.
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