FUJIFILM has just announced two new lenses: the FUJINON XF 16-80mm F/4 R OIS WR for their X line of cameras, with APS-C sensors, and the FUJINON GF 50mm F/3.5 R LM WR for their GFX series with large-format sensors.
FUJINON XF 16-80mm F/4 R OIS WR
In the FUJIFILM X line of lenses for APS-C cameras, there are quite a few quality zoom lenses to choose from. To name some, we can list the XF 18-55 mm f/2,8-4 R LM OIS which is a decent entry-level zoom lens, and the XF 18-135 mm f/3,5-5,6 R LM OIS WR which is a bit more versatile. Also, there is the excellent XF 16-55 mm f/2,8 R WR, but this zoom lens doesn’t feature image stabilization.
First announced back in July 2018, the FUJINON XF 16-80mm F/4 R OIS WR is finally here. This wide-angle to medium-telephoto zoom lens, equivalent to a 24-120mm (35mm equivalent) looks perfect for everyday and travel shooting. It’s the sweet spot compromise between focal range, brightness, and image stabilization while keeping a small (at just 88.9mm long) and lightweight (only 440g) form factor.
While we are still waiting for a new FUJIFILM camera featuring IBIS, the Optical Image Stabilization of this lens is claimed to compensate up to a full six-stop image shake-correction. If you often forget to disable the lens’ OIS (we all do) while using your camera on a tripod, here is a cool thing. The lens can detect that you are not shooting hand-held. It will modify/decrease the intensity of the OIS accordingly to your shooting scenario.
The constant F/4 aperture features a nine-blade rounded diaphragm for creamy bokeh renders. In terms of lens design, there are 16 elements in 12 groups, including three aspherical elements to reduce lens distortion and spherical aberrations, and one extra-low dispersion aspherical element to minimize chromatic aberrations. Finally, a “Super EBC (Electron Beam Coating)” is applied to each piece of glass to reduce flare/ghosting and improve contrast and color accuracy.
If you are shooting under challenging conditions, the FUJINON XF 16-80mm F/4 R OIS WR is weather-sealed against dust and moisture. You can also use it up-to 14°F/-10°C while keeping the ability to focus super close at 35cm at every focal length.
The front diameter is 72mm, and the lens comes with a sun hood.
FUJINON GF 50mm F/3.5 R LM WR
The FUJINON GF 50mm F/3.5 R LM WR is a tiny pancake lens with dimensions of just 84 x 48mm. At the moment, it’s the smallest and lightest GF lens available at just 335g. Otherwise, there is still a physical aperture ring on the back of the lens for immediate and tactile adjustment of your aperture. If you don’t want to mess with your aperture settings by hand, put the ring in the A position and let your camera do the job for you.
This lens is equivalent to 40mm (35mm equivalent) when paired to a GFX camera. It is a perfect compact lens to be attached on your camera at all time without noticing it.
The lens design consists of nine elements in six groups, with one aspherical element to reduce spherical aberrations. There is a linear AF motor for quick and quiet focusing in both photo/video modes. The diaphragm is a nine-blade rounded design.
The FUJINON GF 50mm F/3.5 R LM WR features the same dust/weather sealing and low-temperature capabilities (up to 14°F/-10°C) as the FUJINON XF 16-80mm F/4 R OIS WR.
Finally, the minimum focusing distance is 55cm, the front diameter is 62mm, and the sun hood comes with the lens.
Pricing and Availability
The FUJINON GF 50mm F/3.5 R LM WR retails for $999.95, while the FUJINON XF 16-80mm F/4 R OIS WR is $799.95. The lenses can already be pre-ordered, with an expected shipping date around the end of September.
What do you think of these new FUJINON lenses? Do you consider replacing your XF 16-55 mm f/2,8 R WR with this new FUJINON XF 16-80mm F/4 R OIS WR? Let us know in the comments down below!