Fujifilm presents its new lens for the X series cameras, the Fujinon XF 16-55 mm f/ 2.8 R LM WR.
It is, as indicated by the WR acronym. a sealed lens against the weather, in 14 points, which is added to that effect to the Fujinon XF 18-135 mm f / 3, 5-5.6 OIS WR and Fujinon XF 50-140 mm f / 2.8 R LM OIS WR and the Fujifilm X-T1 and X-T1GS cameras, which also enjoy such protection against harsh environments.
On the X-Trans APS-C sized captors that are mounted on the Fujifilm X Series, the equivalence is approximately 24 to 82.5 mm.
The constant aperture of f/2.8 and enlarged relative scale to the XF 18-55 mm f/2.8 to 4 R LM OIS, will make this optical zoom a very attractive standard of a professional nature.
Instead of antireflective Super EBC, this optical use, like the Fujinon XF 50-140 mm f/2.8 LM OIS, WR, Nano-GI coatings ("Gradient Index), based on nanocrystals. This type of coating offers a variable rate, depending on the angle of incidence, and it is therefore very effective for incidence diagonal angles that range on very extreme low values.
The optical scheme comprises 12 groups of 17 elements, of which three are non-spherical and three made of low dispersion ED glass.
Those responsible for the design of Fujinon XF 16-55 mm f / 2.8 R LM WR are very satisfied with the image quality from center to corners, of the soft and beautiful circular bokeh, both on first and second plane -the diaphragm is 9 blades- as well as a very plain field, with little spherical aberration and field curvature.
With regards to autofocus, it is the internal type and it works through a double linear engine that allows rapid and silent action at 0.06 seconds, with the option of manual focus at all times in AF + MF mode.
It is important to note the absence of the initials "OIS" … which is referred to the stabilization that this new lens lacks!
According to the statements by Mr. Hisashi Toshi, Country Manager of Fujifilm in Korea, the stabilization feature of this optics has been omitted for reasons of image quality: the lenses dedicated to stabilization had occupied a space in the optical scheme that was better spent on a more "pure" design, as it is intended that the Fujinon Nano-GI XF 16-55 mm f / 2.8 R LM WR will be the new flagship of the Fujinon lens range for the X series, beating all the featured in the sensor field size of 24 x 36 mm.
Interestingly, this lack of OIS triggered some speculation as to whether this future "X-Pro2" (not its real name) could incorporate stabilization in the body (IBIS) by sensor displacement.
The weight of Fujinon XF 16-55 mm f/ 2.8 R LM WR is 655 grams, around 40% less than one’s own zoom lens equivalent to 24 x 36 mm, and it is clear that Fujifilm engineers had the purpose with this lens to beat the picture quality offered by 24 x 36 mm cameras, by summing the optical and X-Trans sensor.
The dimensions are 83.3 mm Ø x 106/129.5 mm angle /tele with Ø for a 77mm filter.
The price of the Fujinon XF 16-55 mm f/2.8 R LM WR is estimated at approximately $1199.