Versatile Workhorse: A Review of the Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR Lens

The 24-70mm f/2.8 lens is the workhorse of choice for a wide variety of photographers and videographers across a lot of genres. Fuji's version comes with a lot of the company's top technology, and this excellent review takes a look at what you can expect from it in practice. 

Coming to you from The Hybrid Shooter, this great video review takes a look at the Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR lens. The 16-55mm f/2.8 comes with a lot of features, including:

  • Three extra-low dispersion elements for reduced chromatic aberrations and improved clarity
  • Three aspherical elements for reduced distortion and spherical aberrations and improved sharpness
  • Nano-GI (Gradient Index) coating for reduced lens flares and ghosting
  • HT-EBC (High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating) coating for further reduction for flares and ghosting and increased contrast
  • Twin Linear Motor autofocus system with low noise for video work
  • Dust and moisture-sealing
  • Rounded nine-blade diaphragm for smoother bokeh

Altogether, the XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR looks to be a very useful, high-quality lens that is sure to be a popular choice for a wide range photographers and videographers shooting Fujifilm cameras. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

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Mike Nguyen's picture

Problem with these 2.8 zooms on APS-C is that it makes the camera+lens combo not much smaller than full frame. An X-T4 with the 16-55/2.8 is larger and heavier than a Nikon Z6 with a 24-70/4S and only 6oz lighter than a Z6 with a 24-70/2.8S.

Likewise, when I shot Canon DSLRs, my 20D w/ the EF-S 17-55/2.8 was not much smaller than the 5D w/ 24-105/4L that replaced it.

Frederick White's picture

This lens is 1000€ cheaper than the Nikkor equivalent. I would love the Z series camera set but a lot of people choose APC because of price, not weight.

Alex Dunning's picture

Yes, this.
Not everyone chooses APS-C because they want something ultra compact. That seems to be quite an outdated perception, from before 'CSC's' just became 'C's'.
Price is one important aspect, the other is having choice - you can have a very compact lens if you choose, or a larger one if you want quality/features.
I have a battery pack and a large lens on my XT3 95% of the time. I didn't buy the system for it's size, I bought it for its quality+controls+price+lenses.

Mat Thomas's picture

Don't ask me why I'm looking at a review for a lens I own (!). I guess the ring with these bigger lenses for Fuji is that it kind of means your camera can do a bit of both. The 16-55 is there for weddings and some photoshoots but then you can whip it off and throw on a prime when you like.

Alex Dunning's picture

I looked because I wondered whether they'd updated it. This lens came out in 2015.