Fujifilm Unveils Long-Awaited XF 16-55mm f/2.8 Lens, Available February

Fujifilm Unveils Long-Awaited XF 16-55mm f/2.8 Lens, Available February

Setting off CES 2015, Fujifilm has officially announced the new Fujinon XF16–55mm f/2.8 R LM WR lens. This 16–55mm (24–84mm equivalent) standard zoom lens is proudly described by Fujifilm as the perfect companion for photojournalists who favor a weather and dust-resistant design, a highly practical wide-angle to standard-telephoto zoom, and a wide f/2.8 aperture throughout.

Along with the 14 sealing points for durable weather-resistance, the Fujinon XF16–55mm also uses an internal focusing system with a twin linear motor for autofocus speeds of 0.06 seconds at near silence. Fujifilm notes that when paired with the quiet shutter sound of the X-T1, the combination allows for photographers to go on unnoticed in sound-sensitive locations. It is easy to tell from all the mentioned features that photojournalists are truly an important piece to the roadmap of Fujifilm’s business.

In the last month, the rumor mill was swaying between whether the 16–55mm would have optical image stabilization (OIS) or would not. As we now know, the lens in fact does not include OIS. As Fujifilm UK explained to Fuji Rumors on Twitter:

The Fujinon XF16–55mm uses 17 elements in 12 groups, which includes three aspherical elements that control spherical aberration and distortion, and three extra-low dispersion elements that reduce chromatic aberrations. The lens also uses Nano-GI coating on its glass to reduce ghosting and flare.

The Fujinon XF16–55mm f/2.8 R LM WR features:

  • Fujifilm X-Mount, compatible with all Fujifilm interchangeable system cameras.
  • Weather-resistant and dust-proof design with 14 sealing points.
  • 17 elements in 12 groups, including 3 aspherical and 3 ED glass elements.
  • Nano-GI coating for ghost and flare reduction.
  • 0.06 seconds autofocus speed with near-silent operation.
  • 9 blade aperture.
  • Minimum focus distance of 12 inches.
  • 1/3 EV steps.

The Fujinon XF16–55mm f/2.8 will be available February 2015 and priced at $1,199.95 USD. Pre-ordering is now available at B&H Photo Video.

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