FUJINON XF 8-16mm F2.8 – New Ultra-Wide Zoom From FUJIFILM

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FUJINON XF 8-16mm F2.8 – New Ultra-Wide Zoom From FUJIFILM

FUJIFILM is in the process of significantly expanding its range of interchangeable lenses for mirrorless cameras. Next up is the FUJINON XF 8-16mm f/2.8 zoom lens. It is due in November, but some specifications have already been published. Let’s take a quick look at it!

Fujinon XF
The new FUJINON XF lens seems to be a pretty impressive ultra-wide zoom with a consistent f/2.8 aperture throughout its zoom range. Apart from this lens there’s another yet to be released lens: The FUJINON XF 200mm f/2 along with a new 1.4x teleconverter.

FUJINON XF 8-16mm f/2.8

This  lens is not quite ready for shipping, yet. But, and that’s part of this post’s purpose: We have a prototype of the lens at the office and certainly will put it through its paces. Until then, let’s look at the specs of this upcoming ultra-wide zoom.

Fujinon XF
First up, this lens sports a FUJIFILM X-mount, obviously. If we want to convert the focal length range to the “normal” 35mm equivalent, we have a zoom range of 12mm to 24mm. The FUJINON XF 8-16mm f/2.8 zoom consists of 20 elements in 13 groups and that includes 4 Aspherical elements, 3 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements and 3 super ED elements. The whole thing weights 805g and is 121.5mm long while the lens diameter measures 88mm.

Fujinon XF

Lens elements and rubber weather sealings (shown in green).

The iris is made out of 9 rounded blades which can be adjusted in 1/3 EV steps. Minimum focus distance is 25cm, measured from the film plane, so don’t expect a macro lens here. Auto focus is also available, of course and, according to FUJIFILM, it’s high-speed and quiet. Let’s hope it is! There’s also a decent amount of weather sealing going in in this lens, so it seems to be a perfect companion for some serious outdoor shooting. FUJIFILM claims it will be fully operational down to -10°C/+14°F.

Pricing

This lens is already listed on B&H and as we approach this years November you can get the FUJINON XF 8-16mm zoom for about $2.000. The other new lens, the FUJINON XF 200mm f/2.0, a 200mm prime with an impressive f/2 aperture will be available in November, too. The kit with the lens and the 1.4x teleconverter won’t be cheap: almost $6.000 need to be spend.

Fujinon XF
If you are into video shooting, the perfect companion for these lenses, the FUJIFILM X-H1 mirrorless camera, sells for about $1,650.

Links: FUJIFILM Blog | Lens Roadmap

Are you a FUJIFILM shooter? Let us know what you think about the addition of this new wide angle lens in the comments below!

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Timothy McClanahan
Timothy McClanahan
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August 4th, 2018

Wow, I hadn’t noticed the big price drop on the X-H1. That $1,650 USD price isn’t the regular price – that includes an ‘instant rebate’ of $250, but still, that’s a much better price now that the a7III is out.

Really looking forward to the X-T3 and eventual X-H2, to solve their current limitations.

And I agree with Kerrin, a Fujifilm cinema camera, maybe about the size of an FS5, would be incredible, especially with AF/IS versions of their incredible MKX zooms (including a third UWA version) would hit the industry like a sledgehammer. C’mon, Fuji, you can do it!

 Kerrin Sheldon
Kerrin Sheldon
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August 3rd, 2018

I’d buy a Fujifilm Super35 Cinema Camera in a heartbeat if they released it. Their APS-C lens lineup is stellar (way better than Canon or Sony’s) and the new Fujinon zooms are great. Plus the XH-1 video quality is on par with the A7sII, GH5, and FS5s of the world, so I’m sure they could make a C200/FS7 quality Super35 Cinema Camera fairly easily. Without segments to protect, they could also include the XH-1 IBIS. They’ve already figured out the fly-by-wire rings with linear focusing in the XH-1, so using all of their small primes and small 2.8 zooms (with correct equivalent focal lengths) would be a dream. Not to mention the best color in the game (or at least much better than Sony or Panasonic).

Please, Fuji.

Timothy McClanahan
Timothy McClanahan
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August 4th, 2018
Reply to  Kerrin Sheldon

FYI – Sony has figured out their color issues now, and are moving that great new color science from the Venice into their hybrid cameras, so that advantage is going away. That’s good for consumers, though. Now if they would just move their advanced tech from their hybrid cameras into their midrange cameras like the FS5 and 7, all would be well. An FS5mkIII with 6Kto4K downsample, Dual-IS, with full 10-bit video with X-OCN option would be amazing. That auto e-ND that started on the FS5 is simply incredible, and until Panasonic gets their upcoming sensor out with on-sensor ND, Sony has the best ND in the industry, on any camera at any end of the spectrum. But it’s only on 3 cameras! (FS5, FS5mkII, and FS7mkII) Argh.

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