Fujifilm 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR lens

I seem to have neglected to mention this lens previously. It must have been that I bought it when I was in low posting mode, or something like that.

To begin with, while I’d seen the specification and reviews, I’d pretty much decided that I wasn’t going to buy this lens any time soon. For a start, it was quite expensive, and while that f/2.8 maximum aperture throughout the zoom range was tempting, it was a significantly smaller range than that of the 18-135mm that had been sitting on the X-T1 most of the time.

But then Fujifilm had one of their nice cashback offers – the offer of £75 back in my hand made it look a bit more attractive, but still a wee bit expensive. But then those nice Wex Photographic people made me an offer I found hard to refuse. For one day only, they were giving 10% off Fujifilm lenses. Ooooh. Well, at the time, the lens was selling for £749, which meant that combined with the cashback, I’d be getting near enough £150 off, which was enough to persuade me.

This is another of Fujifilm’s “red badge” lenses, like the 50-140mm. As far as I understand it, that means it’s a higher class of kit than their normal zooms, and given that those are rather good, that’s nice to know.

It’s got the usual Fujifilm quality about it – solid build, smooth focus and zoom rings and a nicely clicky aperture dial[1]. Unlike the 50-140mm, this one does extend when it’s zoomed, and it lacks the legendary Fujifilm optical image stabilisation, presumably on the grounds that this would have made an already large lens even bigger and heavier. But given the aperture and the ability to use high ISO and maintain image quality, it’s not as significant a loss as it might have been. Not so sure I’d want to use a longer lens without it, but at this range, it’s not so much of a problem.

Autofocus is generally nice and quick, and I’ve been happy with the relatively few images I’ve taken with it so far – here’s one I did earlier:

Crystal Tigger

Crystal Tigger

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/110s
Focal length: 55mm
ISO: 6400
Taken: 6 February, 2016

It’s become my standard walk-around lens, replacing the 18-135mm, and while I miss the longer zoom range, I enjoy being able to have a bit more control over depth of field at any zoom level.

Of course, the price has come down a bit since I bought it, but I still got a good deal.

[1] A thing I’ve come to love on Fujifilm lenses. It was quite a shock when I had to take a photo with a friend’s Canon to find it didn’t have one!


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