FUJIFILM XF16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR – Landscape Photography Review


Hello everyone I’m just back from a
two Dolomites landscape photography workshops I spent two weeks with two
fantastic groups photographing some of the most outstanding peaks in the north of Italy
recently last week actually I had a chance to try and test a new
Fujifilm lens for the X system and I’m talking about the XF 16-80mm f4 zoom lens
the lens is a very solid product it really is a very
nicely made lens just like all the newer Fujifilm XF lineup lenses are the
lens feels Pro although it’s not a red label lens which Fujifilm uses
for its top of the line lenses it definitely definitely feels like it you can
notice the small dimensions and as you can probably see the lens is not a big
lens it’s lightweight so nothing here that will strain your back too much
the focusing ring moves really smoothly the zoom function is external meaning
that the barrel will extrude when you zoom in to 80 millimeters it’s quite
firm so it does not accidentally extrude when you have it slung around your body
for a day’s work the lens is also weather sealed so
shooting in dust sand and rain is not an issue at all usually I don’t need a
super fast focus performances from a lens but it’s super super fast and precise especially on the new cameras like the xt3 or xt 30 no hunting even in
lower light condition I tried mainly in my XT 30 but also my
XT 2 and on both cameras focus was flawless
let’s talk for a moment about some specs the 16-80 f/4 it’s a fast and silent lens with an excellent image quality but just how good is it how does it
compare to the professional 16-55 2.8 and my question is for a
landscape photographer or traveler could you potentially save yourself size some
money and weight if you don’t need the f/2.8 aperture in my opinion yes the
weight 440g for the 16-80 compared to the 655g of the 16-55
almost an extra 200g fairly significant then external dimensions
the 16-55 you can see is slightly bigger so the 16-80 I find is actually a better
fit in terms of size and weight for most of the x-series cameras and the
dimensions are very similar to the lovely 10-24 f/4 the equivalent focal length
range is wider for the 16-80mm so from 24mm to 120mm compared to the 16-55 which goes from 24 to 84mm the
filter size it uses the 72mm filter size which is a bit smaller than
the 77mm of the 16-55 is weather sealed the aperture is fixed at
f/4 compared to the 2.8 of the 16-55 and then
the big plus for the new 16-80 is the optical image stabilizer the optical
image stabilizer is the real showstopper with this lens
according to Fujifilm the lens has image stabilization of up to 6 stops a
lot no switch to turns the stabilizer on/off because they XF16-80 OIS is clever
enough to only work when needed the OIS actually detected when you put the
camera on the tripod and adjust according you very nice features who
have obviously since this is not a red badge lens nor a prime lens you will not
get the same performances as with those two types of lenses
however these lens did surprise me quite a lot sharpness is very good too
it resolves perfectly and feeds all the resolution needed for the x-series aps-c
sensors I didn’t notice any vignetting or neither the wide end or the far end
but to be honest I didn’t test for it in particular in a second we will have to
look a little deeper into image quality to see if there really is a large
difference between the two lenses however if I’m completely honest there
is not a night-and-day distinction that would make one a significantly better choice than the other
let’s take a closer look the 16-80 is almost indistinguishable
from the 16-55 in terms of contrast and sharpness in the center
the corners are still a little softer from f/5.6 to f/8 there
seems to be a slight advantage in the 16-55 lens but it’s not going to be
noticeable until you start to pixel peeping applying a little bit of
sharpening in Capture One and the final quality and the detail will be
excellent usually I use my lenses at the sweet spot of f/8 where I have the
optimal quality on sharpness without any issue with diffraction at f11
diffraction starts to kick in for both lenses the distortion is very controlled
there is some at 16-21mm and it get better as you move up the focal
length anyway the distortion is correct automatically once you import the file
in Lightroom or Capture One I can’t notice any difference on the lens
distortion compared with the red label 16-55 is pretty much the same conclusions
definitely I really enjoyed to use this lens on the field it’s a phenomenal lens
well building there OIS is absolutely fantastic the focal range in my opinion
is the perfect balance for people like me love to shoot in the mountains and
like to keep the backpack lightweight of course the largest market is clearly
the travel photographer who doesn’t want or can’t change the lenses all the time
so far I’m really liking these lens It’s versatile small and image quality is
brilliant for its price point I had the feeling that this lens will replace my
16-55 shortly alright guys that’s it that’s pretty much all I want to talk if
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44 Replies to “FUJIFILM XF16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR – Landscape Photography Review”

  1. Thanks for showing the zoom range comparisons! It would be nice to have the extra zoom range, but I think I'll be happy with the XC 16-50mm instead (and about a grand left over in change). Not to mention it's less than half the weight.

  2. Hey Andrea! Great video. Nice to hear more detail about the lens from your perspective and recent use. With that OIS it would be well suited to doing landscape work while walking or trekking and not have to bother with tripod so much. The shots of your Dolomite workshop look amazing and I love your image in the background behind you. Take care man!

  3. Chiao and molto gracie for your good and informative video on this new XF16-80mm from Fuji. I enjoyed evey minute of it!
    Best greetings from Norway

  4. Thanks for the review.
    It appears that many people experience shutter shock with the XT3 (mechanical shutter) between 1/100s and 1/180s. Did you shoot at that shutter speed with XT30, and did you experience the same issue ?

  5. Very nice intro/review of the new XF16-80 f/4! Well, though I do have a gripped X-T3 and shoot 99% of the time on a good tripod, using the 10-second timer for maximum sharpness, there are those occasional times when I'm hand-holding when walking around, and in those instances, likely would appreciate the OIS of the XF16-80. I am comfortable with the size/weight of the XF16-55, as again, I use it tripod-mounted almost all the time. However, the extra 25mm on the long end of the XF16-80, plus OIS, do intrigue me! That said, I would not want to sacrifice ANY sharpness at all, as I'm somewhat of a "sharpness fanatic". (Indeed, I use the stellar Fujinon XF80mm f/2.8 Macro for my product photography (If interested, see my work at totalqualityphoto[dot]com), which I believe to be the absolute sharpest lens I've ever used in 40+ years of photography! If I do go that route, I'd probably want to do side-by-side test comparisons before selling the XF16-55. Thanks again! Regards, Steve

  6. Excellent real life comparisons. Not a brick wall in sight. The resolving power of Fuji files using capture one take it to another level and you demonstrated perfectly that in your balanced video. Since I bought the 16-80 on release I sold my 18-55, 16 1.4, 50-140 and have settled to a 12-24, 16-80, 55-200 and the absolutely fabulous 35 f2. Tried virtually all Fuji lenses and this selection covers all I need. So glad I dropped full frame and now have fewer back problems and don’t need to wear a climbers harness to carry my camera. Subcribed.

  7. Está buenísimo lo que explicas , pero la calidad es tan buena que lo comparías antes que el 16-55 f 2.8? Voy a cambiarme a Fuji desde Canon y tengo dudas si comprar el 10-24 f4, el 16-55 f2.8 .el 18-55 f2.8-4 y este…. Cual elegirias por calidad de imagen y solo por calidad de imagen de los cuatro? un saludo

  8. Sorry for being a little more critical. So you have a 27mm lens that performs nice at F8 🙂 You can have this even MUCH smaller in the Fuji system. The interesting thing would have been the performance at 16mm and at the long end.

  9. Very good overview Andrea! so, probably time to jump from Canon to Fuji has come!
    Quesa lente mi sembra un ottimo tutto fare, specialmente per il fotografo di paesaggio che tiene il diaframma sempre un pò chiuso.
    Grazie per la condivisone.

  10. Thanks for the vid… I have been looking at replacing my 18-55mm, but I have the 10-24mm, and not sure the extra weight is worth it…. thoughts?

  11. Great video Andrea! Did you have this lens when we on the workshop? Keep this content coming… really looking forward to seeing more! Take care mate 🙂

  12. Did You tested the OIS on tripod? Because as I experienced the OIS doesn't feel that it is on tripod. On tripod (XT2+16-80 30sec exp) I got blurry images with "shoot only" OIS set up in menu, less blurry but not good result with "continuous" set up and I got sharp images only with "off" OIS setup.

  13. I have both these lenses and 16-55 on my xh1 is a beast of a lens and image quality of 16-55 lens at 16mm is far sharper than any of my primes or zoomx

  14. Hello from New Hampshire USA. Great review! I have the Xpro3 on order and am considering adding this lens to my collection. With 6 stops of IS it is making up for the loss in maximum aperture.

  15. Ciao, innanzi tutto complimenti per la review, corta ed esaustiva! Sto per regalarmi una xt30 per Natale, e l'unica cosa che mi frena dal prendere questa lente come prima ed unica è il "problema" del focus durante i cambi di zoom (nei video). Hai notato miglioramenti con i vari firmware che sono usciti ? Grazie in anticipo

  16. Hello Andrea. Love your videos. And love the photos you post in the Fuji group on FB

    I just got an XT20 but no Fuji lens. I mainly want to shoot landscapes. Should my first lens be 10-24 or 16-80? What would be more ideal? I usually shoot seascape/San Francisco since i live in San Francisco.

  17. Great video Andrea. If I can ask. Under which scenarios would you still prefer shooting with the variable aperture f:2.8-4.0 of the 18-55mm lens?

  18. Great video, nice to hear from an actual photographer instead of a bokeh obsessed gear nerd who shoots brick walls. I shall subscribe.

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