Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16mm F2.8 R WR review

May 17, 2019

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Fujinon XF16mm F2.8 R WR



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Fujifilm's smaller, lighter and more affordable alternative to the XF16mm F1.4 R WR has arrived. Michael Topham offers his verdict

Fujinon XF16mm F2.8 R WR review: Autofocus

Whereas the XF 16mm F1.4 R WR relies on a coreless DC motor to drive autofocus, this newer lens has an inner focusing system driven by a stepping motor. Focusing between near and far subjects revealed that it goes about its business of focusing quietly, albeit not totally silent.

Switching back and forth between the XF16mm F2.8 R WR and XF 16mm F1.4 R WR highlighted that this new optic is the quieter of the two, but unless you’re shooting where there’s no ambient sound, you’re unlikely to notice this.

Fujinon XF16mm f/2.8 R WR

The focus ring can’t be snapped back to enter manual focus like the XF16mm f/1.4 R WR

In terms of accuracy, as we’ve come to expect from mirrorless systems that determine correct focus using the imaging sensor, there’s nothing to complain about. When shooting wide open at f/2.8, it’s good to get into the habit of selecting the smallest AF point possible to ensure you nail the focus precisely where you want it.

  • Price: £349
  • Filter diameter: 49mm
  • Lens elements: 10
  • Lens groups: 8
  • Aperture blades: 9
  • Aperture: f/2.8-f/22
  • Minimum focus distance: 17cm
  • Dimensions: 60x45.4mm
  • Weight: 155g
  • Lens mount: Fujifilm X-mount
  • Included accessories: Lens caps, lens hood, wrapping cloth

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