Much earlier this morning, Fujifilm officially announced their compact 5× standard zoom lens, the XF 16-80mm F/4 OIS WR.→
Spec-wise, it’s a pretty enticing lens. I have every intention of adding this to my roster, and depending on how it performs optically, travelling with it instead of the XF 16-55mm F/2.8 WR (Review). The reason for that quite simply comes down to size and weight.
Size and Weight
You’ve likely already seen the size comparisons, but I’ve been hoping for the weight difference to be equally, if not more appreciable. Let’s have look in chart form:
Weight in grams
Not too shabby. Fuji’s claims about being about 40% lighter than DSLR versions of the zoom seem pretty accurate. It shouldn’t go unstated that f/4 on APS-C doesn’t have the same design challenges as on 35mm/full frame when it comes to keep size and weight down.
New Levels of OIS
Reaching 6 stops plus technical shutter vibration reduction, and tripod detection, which Fuji claims will “adjust its performance to provide optimum image quality.” That’s pretty cool. I can’t count the number of times I’ve realized OIS on my lens is on when mounted to a tripod when it shouldn’t be.
Ideal Travel Lens
It’s not quite my dream landscape travel lens, but I can't help but be eager to give this lens a try, and see how it stacks up to the XF 16-55mm F/2.8 WR in particular. The XF 16-80mm F/4 OIS WR is also one more reason not to choose the XF 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 OIS WR, and I have a feeling Fuji’s noble kit—the XF 18-55mm F/2.8-4 OIS—will be sitting on more shelves soon. Hopefully Fuji adds the new XF 16-80mm F/4 OIS WR as a kit option.