The Fujifilm XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR is a standard lens for APS-C, manufactured from 2019. The focus is done by Lens AF motor (Stepper Motor), it has image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 833 €;
22 users have given it an average vote of 8.8 out of 10.
This lens is available with the following mounts:
Fujifilm X-mount: this lens is compatible with mirrorless APS-C Fuji.
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Cons: - never sharp at 16mm (!!!),
- bloody EXPENSIVE.
Opinion: Tested the lens in a 'try and buy' from a local photo shop. I did not buy it. It was IMPOSSIBLE to get a sharp corner to corner image at 16mm at any aperture. !!! All shots at 16mm had soft corners. ALL. I opened the RAW files and had a look and the answer is obvious - the lens takes barrel shaped images at 16mm - the distortion is so huge that I could not believe it and started reading online for confirmation. The camera corrects this huge barrel distortion but the result is soft and useless corners!
I have a 18-55 lens that has horrible OIS and has no WR and so I hoped to get this one to get weather resistance (I often shoot at the sea and at times I do get completely wet with the camera). However, the 18-55 is sharp at 18mm when closed to about f5.6 or f8. In fact I am almost sure 18-55 beats 16-80 at most focal points. And it costs only about EUR 200 (s/h).
Another problem is the size and weight - on a XT-2 body this lens feels as heavy as a dslr camera ... And it makes the camera front-heavy.
So I returned the lens to the dealer. I can see that somebody else here returned their copy to Amazon too!
I will not mention the price (here, in Spain, EUR 900 !). C'mon Fuji - you give us another average lens at ridiculous price! I am considering going back to another brand now that both Nikon and Canon started making mirrorless bodies.
Edit 2020 February: Now I have had another, different, sample of this lens for a test. It was, very unfortunately, as bad as the first lens. Mediocre corners, huge distortion at 16mm and pretty useless sharpness at 80mm and full open ;-((((( Price 890 EUR in Spain. Ha ha ha. Fuji is joking maybe. This lens is permanently OFF my shopping list. I am buying a 16-50 2.8 lens now which is stellar in comparison and costs about the same!
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Opinion:I purchased the 16 80 for my X-T3 in early December but the lens although updated to firmware 1.02 had obvious micromove problems with active stabilizer in combination with mechanical shutter and very scant sharpness to all focal and apertureso to make me suspect that the lens was faulty due to too many obvious malfunction ingesams. I decided to contact the shopkeeper who accepted the return with a replacement on the trust. The second 16 80, always updated to firmware 1.02 did not present the above malfunctions so finally I could start to really test it. From the beginning I noticed that image quality in general is good or just enough comparing it with the photos made with the 18 55 that won with low hands. More obvious distortion, more obvious vignette and especially from 55 to 80 poor image quality even in the center of the frame. Having bought it just for those extra 25 mm the disappointment was so much. I recently made a trip between Myanmar and Thailand where I took with me only the 16 80 and in these days that I'm looking at the photos the limits mentioned above were highlighted in all the shots made at the various focal points and the various diaphragms confirming my disappointment. With all this I photographed magnificent places and I like the photos but not on a qualitative level. I sold the 16 80 to the shopkeeper and bought back on 18 55 receiving fortunately a very good economic treatment.
Pros:Compactness, solid construction, 5x excursion, WR and OIS,
Cons:button absence on the lens to insert or undock the OIS
Opinion:I had the opportunity to have the optics (a demo) on trial for a week thanks to the availability of my trusted shopkeeper. The first tests were not exciting and many photos were completely blurred (or moves?). Then the firmware update (1.02) solved every problem. I then purchased the optics, which gave me performance consistent with the demo tried. In my opinion it is a good all-rounder goal, able to give the different focal points more than dignified results, sometimes excellent (if you use central diaphragms, from 5.6 to 11). In my opinion it guarantees better results than 18/55mm, at least in my case, which I have consequently resold. I have many fixed goals and I can say that they certainly guarantee a higher sharpness, at least to the more open diaphragms; but being a 5x zoom this is physiological and, of course, you have to make informed choices depending on the different photographic situations to deal with. Sometimes it may be preferable to have with it a good zoom 5x light and versatile like this 16-80mm which, I must say, has already given me several satisfactions. Finally, I found the stabilization system very efficient and I very much liked the reappearance of the diaphragm diaphragm diaphragm. The construction is in Fuji's usual standards. Recommended.
Pros:Construction, compactness, speed and precision maf, stabilization, lampshade
Cons:Optical yield does not excel at the most open diaphragms (it is better between f. 8 and f. 16), evident distortion between 16 mm. and 22 mm., slightly soft between 60 and 80 mm.
Opinion:I was undecided whether to replace the old "all-rounder" 18-55 f. 2.8-4 with this brighter and more "extended" zoom or with the 18-135 f. 4-5,6 and then I tried the specimen of my friend. Good feeling of robustness, a little less weight and clutter. Excellent focus speed even with little light and excellent also the stabilization that allowed me "stop" shots at 80 mm with times of 1/25". The result, however, disappointed me a little because the most open diaphragms (f. 8 down) I did not find the same homogeneity between the center and the edges of the image; 16 mm. 22 mm. there is a bit of distortion, much more than the 18-55 which is more correct and sharper. It is not an optic store but if one buys it to take advantage of its brightness and - of course - the most open diaphragms can face some disappointment. Basically, I decided to keep the 18-55 not deeming the value for money of this zoom convenient. I'd say eight and a half.
Cons:Paraluce, 16 mm no at most angles only enough.
Opinion:I had long had waited a long time for a Fuji optics all make extended focal for travel, mountain, Mtb bike excursions. Pros: Excellent fluid dial construction marked various AF diaphragms very fast and accurate, excellent stabilizer. Cons: paralight too small, very high distortion on the wide-angle side small criticism my reason in general high on wide angle zooms Fuji the 16 mm not at most especially at long distance not exciting. Other: Or written a lot on this optics I wanted to defend unfortunately many photographers with couple problems the three-time update version for 16-80 definitely with problems. Personally I would say a successful optics I did not expect miracles from a 5x zoom otherwise I choose fixed optics or more than one zoom I would say one compromised for photography trips if you want to bring a single optics otherwise I would advise against the 10-24th 55-200.
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