I want to thank everyone for the response to my last blogpost!
Some of you asked, if I could write down my opinion for using the Fuji XF16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR as a "Every-Day-Lens".
So I own the lens for about 2 weeks now and I am really impressed with it. Before I go deeper into the "Review" I must say that this is my own opinion. This blogpost is also not a technical type of review as you all may find many of those on the internet.
The lens is build really well and solid. Although I did't test the WR-Feature (Water Resistance) I will believe Fuji that it performs well in those conditions :D
The zoom ring is not too easy and not too hard to use.
The focus ring at the front end of the lens is for normal fingers (as I have) wide enough and also very good to use. So well made, in my view, as one would expect that for a Fujifilm XF lens.
The lens is made of metal. The inner part of the lens when zooming is made of plastic, which is certainly due to the weight saving.
The filter diameter is 77mm, which was perfect for me. So I can continue to use the filters from my Canon EF 17-40mm or EF24-105mm.
The lens has a weight of 655 grams. As I called the lens my "Every Day Lens" in my last blogpost many of you asked, if the weight is a problem for me when carrying it around all day long.
It isn't! To me! But let me explain...
I do not know if this objective can be compared with the standard kit XF18-55mm. Because it's is not just about the size or weight.
It should be remembered that the XF16-55mm offers an integrated aperture of F2.8. For this larger glass in the lens is something necessary. This results among others in a higher weight.
Is a higher weight for me for the quality of what the lens has a course and still within acceptable limits.
I had on my trips no problems so far.
Along with the X-T1 (incl. Memory card and battery) weighs 1,095 grams combining. For the lens 655 grams and the X-T1 440 grams.
I compare that now, for example, with the combination of Canon EOS 6D & EF 17-40mm F4L you come here to a total of 1,255 grams. 755 grams on the EOS 6D and 500 grams on the 17-40mm. This is already 160 grams more compared to the X-T1 with the XF16-55mm.
Suppose here even the Canon EF 24-70mm F / 2.8 L II USM for comparison, then the combination of the EOS 6D with the EF 24-70mm comes to a total of 1,560 grams and thus is about 465 grams heavier.
Of course, it remains entirely up to whether one feels that as much or little. For me it does not make a huge difference - but quite noticeable.
(Lack of) Optical Stabilisation
Another often asked question was if I am missing an OS (Optical Stabilisation) with this lens.
Sure a good stabilization is a nice feature. But adding the OS feature would result in an increase of size and weight.
Applying the rule of the inverse of the focal length as necessary shutter speed for still getting sharp pictures then you would need on the short end of the lens about 1/20 of a second and at the top of 55mm about 1/60 second as the longest shutter speed.
Paired with the perfect ISO performance of the X-T1 that should not be a problem. At least - you guess it - to me...
As far as I can say the AF Speed of the lens is really good.
For the most of the time I use the center AF point at it's second smallest setting. So far I didn't miss a shot so the accuracy is pretty awesome!
Haven't used the lens in real low light conditions so far.
It's all about the pictures! I want to show you some samples made on one of my latest tours.
All pictures were shot in RAW and converted to JPEG in Adobe Lightroom CC. Just some minor adjustments and adding Fuji profiles. Further details are posted below each picture.
The bokeh is very nice! Although I am a big fan of prime lenses I like the flexibility of this lens a lot. The maximum aperture of F2.8 is really good to be able to play with the blur in the various motifs.
An absolutely high-quality, weather-resistant all-round lens that is worth its price and probably for a long time in my camera bag - or rather on my camera - remains!
So for me the XF16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR is a perfect "Every-Day-Lens".
Please write your questions or comments below this blog post :)